Mishka Reddy took to Long Street in Cape Town to attend the Project Rhino fundraiser. This is what went down…
Friday, 2nd of March 2012, on one very Long Street, a charity gig hosted by Chicks4Change was held in aid of Project Rhino. For only R40,00 you were able to witness an unforgettable band line-up and enjoy a drink or two without feeling guilty for spending a cent because it was all for the rhino’s.
Fox Comet was the last band in the line-up to hit the stage, upstairs at Zula Sound Bar. The band has a very simple composition – a bassist (Nick Catto), guitarist (Stephane Corneloup), drummer (Kyle Gray ) and vocalist (Rob Coutts). So what should make them different? Two words ‘Ginger Ninja’. For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of witnessing this song being sung, or shall I rather say performed by Rob – the coolest Redhead I have ever seen – you are missing out on something of epic proportions. It was the second time witnessing a Fox Comet performance and both times I was just completely and utterly mesmerised. Think Red Hot Chili Peppers meets Bob Marley with a funk flare.
The lead vocalist came out in his ‘khaki broek’ as he called it, in aid of raising as much funds for Project Rhino. But based on the fun and completely mental vibe the band gave off, the ‘khaki broek’ was not too unexpected. They make you want to jump up and down until you are frizzy and sweat-drenched. It’s like happy and soulful trance music. So not trance music at all.
The band really plays on the fact that the lead singer is a proud and freakishly tall ‘ginger-haired-man’ – as I like to call him – with insane dance moves and mad saxophone skills.
Fox Comet has a lot of humility and they earn the respect of every single audience member. I felt like they were giving me a personal concert and I’m sure most of the people in the crowd felt the same way. More than that, they all looked like they were having the time of their lives on that stage.
If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it – William Shakespeare wrote this as the opening line of Twelfth Night. This rings true to me, and if ‘music’ be Fox Comet, then it’s even better.