Siblings sing for their souls

2015-11-24 06:00
Brother and sister duo R&C from Ocean View will be launching their debut album in Simon’s Town next week.

Brother and sister duo R&C from Ocean View will be launching their debut album in Simon’s Town next week.

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Ocean View brother and sister duo R&C are preparing to launch their debut album at the Simon’s Town Hall on Saturday 5 December.

Ricardo and Chevon Simon have both been singing at church from a young age. Chevon is the songwriter, while Ricardo has been drumming since his early teens.

Their late sister always encouraged them to pursue a musical career outside of their church. “She could see the potential in us,” Ricardo says.

Essentially, their musical journey as a duo had a fairly humble start. Chevon would write a chorus and take it to Ricardo and the two would flesh the song out together.

Chevon never really considered herself a songwriter. In fact, she didn’t even know she could write songs until a prayer evening at her home one night.

“While the others were worshipping, God just downloaded a chorus into my heart.”

She started singing the melody in the back of her mind, until she got to speak to Ricardo the next day. Chevon only needed to sing the song twice before Ricardo started adding a drum beat by drumming with his hands on his lap.

They were both unemployed at the time and agree that music became their outlet.

“Music always seems to lift your spirits,” Chevon says.

They were sitting on four or five songs for about two years before they started working on their album, Time after Time Volume One.

“It was always our dream to perform our own music,” Chevon points out.

Their recording “break” came when Ricardo met keyboardist Tim Hoare after being booked to play a show. Tim owns a recording studio.

“He asked me what I did besides playing drums.” Ricardo told him about his day job as a driver, but added that he’d love to be a full-time musician. Tim in turn told him about his studio in Noordhoek and asked to hear his music.

“That’s how it all started.”

Two years later, R&C are ready to release their eight original tracks.

Ricardo says he is very grateful to Tim for allowing them to take their time with the recording process.

“It was fruitful because we’d go into studio and work on one song until we got it to where we wanted it to be.”

Chevon describes Time after Time Volume One as contemporary with a touch of RnB, while Ricardo points out that the gospel album also has a bit of a jazz flavour from his background in the jazz fraternity.

He also points out that the album has a proudly South African sound.

The album features performances by Gershwin Scheepers on bass, Lionel Constable on lead guitar, Tim on keys, Ricardo on drums, Ben Ulric and Didier Richards on sax, Wesley Jaftha on guitar and Elton November also on keys. Chevon and Ricardo’s baby sister Vonischia was responsible for the backing vocals.

Almost all these musicians will be at the launch on Saturday 5 December.

“It’s such an honour for me to have an album out,” Ricardo says, adding: “You don’t want to play covers for the rest of your life.”

He hopes that R&C will be able to tour the province with Time after Time Volume One, provided they can find financial backing.

They also hope to be able to one day employ a manager to help them take their music to other provinces.

In the meantime, Tim has already asked when they’ll be starting with their second album.

“Things are really looking good for us,” Ricardo says.

“I want to push the limits and see how far we can get with this album and albums to come.” V R&C will launch Time after Time Volume One at the Simon’s Town Hall in Main Road on Saturday 5 December from 19:30. Tickets cost R30 for adults or R10 for children under 12 from 084 397 5195 or R50 and R20 for children at the door. The album will be on sale at the event at R100. For more information call 084 397 5195.

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