Songs like a bag of fruits

2016-02-16 06:00
Josh Prinsloo is the Fruit Vendor. He will bring his mix of musical influences to the Kaleidoscope Cafe on Saturday 27 February.

Josh Prinsloo is the Fruit Vendor. He will bring his mix of musical influences to the Kaleidoscope Cafe on Saturday 27 February.

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Artist Josh Prinsloo will be bringing the fruits of his talents to Claremont on Saturday 27 February.

As a bassist and guitarist he has jammed with some big names on the local jazz scene, but as the artist Fruit Vendor there’s a side to him that you can’t put in a box.

“There’s been so many influences in my life,” he says. “My aim is to use a combination of catchy, singalong melodies, penetrating lyrics, searing rap vocals and a poignant live show.”

In 2014, he won Music Experience’s Cape Town Folk ’n Acoustic Music Festival competition. A year later at the same festival, he was singled out by David Kramer for possessing a “fresh sound” as an artist whose work contains a good balance between serious and comedic subject matter.

Last year he won the Western Cape leg in the countrywide talent competition of the South African Artist Development Association.

He has played at numerous events and festivals around Cape Town and has shared the stage with David, Die Ant­woord, Kahn Morbee of the Parlotones, Prime Circle, Karen Zoid, aKing, Albert Frost, Adriaan Brand of Springbok Nude Girls, Tony Cox, Jitsvinger, Melanie Scholtz and Majozi.

When asked about his stage name he laughs and says it came about by accident.

“My best friend dared me to write a song about fruit, thinking I would come up with something comical. He was very wrong!

“The song that came out was called ‘Your Fruit Vendor’ which tells the story of a day in the life of a typical street hawker, the kind you might find in St George’s Mall or at the taxi ranks.

“It describes the steps he takes to survive and thrive, selling fruit. While writing the song, a very strong universal theme of humanity came up – that we are all just trying to establish meaningful connections with the people around us.

“Often during our many daily transactions we fail to recognise that the people who cross our paths are human beings, just like us, and that they too have dreams, no matter how insignificant they may appear to be.

“Later, when deciding what to call myself, I settled on the name ‘Fruit Vendor’ because that is after all what each one of us is. As a music artist, I am literally vending the artwork that I create, which is interesting, since every song has a different flavour or style and can allude to the range of different fruits we all get to enjoy.”

Fruit Vendor will be launching his debut Giants EP at Kaleidoscope Cafe in Claremont on Saturday 27 February at 20:00.

Accompanying him is Jason Skippers (drums), Rosco Roman (bass), Eden Myrrh (backing vocals and keyboards), Adrian Rogowski (guitar) and DJ Hearin’ Aid (turntables). Eden Myrrh and Jerome Rex are the opening acts.

V Tickets are R120 each and can be bought directly from Fruit Vendor (email and R140 each at the door.

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