Dave Matthews Band returned to the stage last night for their first ever shows in South Africa. Performing at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town, the band played to many fans seeing them for the first time, along with some familiar face.
Matthews, who was born in Johannesburg, was the center of attention as the band moved through popular cuts like “Don’t Drink the Water” (appropriately containing the lyrics “yes I will call this home”), “Crush” and “Satellite” before the group brought out longtime collaborator Vusi Mahlasela for a performance of “Everyday.” Vusi last sat in with the band in 2011 at DMB’s Atlantic City Caravan and his earliest appearance dates back to 2006.
The set closed with a few familiar cuts, such as the new “Rooftop,” “The Space Between,” “You Might Die Trying” and “Ants Marching” before the group parted for the encore. Returning to the stage, DMB debuted a cover of “Sugar Man” drawn from the 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which detailed the efforts of two Cape Town music fans, Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, who set out to find out whether the rumored death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true. This was a debut for Dave Matthews Band. The group closed the show with the lengthy “Jimi Thing.”
Dave Matthews Band returns to the stage tonight for a second show in Cape Town before jetting off to Matthews’ birthplace, Johannesburg.
Here’s a look at the setlist from last night:
Dave Matthews Band
November 30, 2013
GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Cape Town, ZAF
Don’t Drink the Water
Shake Me Like a Monkey
Proudest Monkey »
The Space Between
You Might Die Trying
You & Me