Popular Port Elizabeth indie bands, The Brothers and Cottonfields, will be performing on Saturday in aid of legendary folk club personality Dorien du Toit.
The show, from 2 to 5pm at Apron Strings, in Sardinia Bay, will see the “bluegrass rap and roll” of the Cottonfields played in close succession to the “surf ska reggae” of The Brothers.
All proceeds will be donated to Du Toit, who has been in poor health, to supplement his chronic medication.
“He has had two major operations, and there was a risky period but now it’s maintenance,” said his nephew, Jean du Toit, who is a member of the Cottonfields.
“All those who know what Dorien has brought to the music industry over the years will agree that it is time to give something back to this inspirational man.”
Hillbilly rap and rock group The Cottonfields consists of Jean on percussion, rap and vocals, Steven “Joff” Carter on guitar and vocals, singer Megan du Toit (Dorien’s niece) and Gavin “Bones” Willmers on bass.
The Brothers (formerly called The Brothers of Other Mothers) are also from the friendly city, where they skank up a brassy brew of reggae, funk and rock, often full of improvisation – to give a vibey sound they call Skafrican.
The members are Lloyd Martin on drums, Phumlani Mtiti on the saxophone, Joe van der Linden on lead guitar and vocals, Etienne Verster on vocals and percussion, David Houghton on tuba, bass guitar and guitar, and the extremely versatile Graham Beyer, who plays several instruments.
Past folk club fans will remember Du Toit for his on-stage antics and when asked if his uncle would perform on Saturday, Jean said, “he’s gonna see how he feels!”
Apron Strings will have a cash bar and food available.