Adam Donen returns to Cape Town with all-star cast
Songwriter and poet Adam Donen left Cape Town to find fame. After swapping Vredehoek for London at 18, he has gained acclaim across Europe. TimeOut London champions him as a “musical poet”, and his work is widely and positively compared with that of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
He has been hailed for his “breathtaking arrangements” (Pix magazine, UK) and “immaculate poetry” (Black magazine, Germany).
This April, he returns to Cape Town for three weeks, accompanied by an all-star cast, to record his new album.
The album will be recorded by Grammy Award nominee and long-time collaborator Robert Harder, whose other recent projects have been with Brian Eno and Herbie Hancock.
Performers will include internationally renowned classical violinist Yuki Tashiro and the soprano Ayaka Tanimoto.
“It’ll be grand to be playing Cape Town again,” says Adam. “Last time I had a show here, we were making bad industrial rock in the Purple Turtle, and none of us had much idea how to play our instruments. How I’ve ended up coming back with some of the most ridiculously talented musicians on the planet I’m still not quite sure. It’s more than a little bit of an honour.”
“I left home when I was 18, and didn’t return for a long time. We’re going to be recording out in Simon's Town, where I spent many of the happiest days of my life, and overlooking a sea that means more to me than just about anything.”
His most recent album, Immortality, is out on Walker & Orfing Records in the UK, and Songs & Whispers in Europe and the USA, and available on iTunes.