Los Angeles-based, Grammy nominated ‘curious and pioneering’ hip hop, neo-soul and R&B outfit The Internet, is headed to Cape Town. Concluding the line-up for the 18th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), members, Syd ‘tha kid’ Bennett, Matt Martians, Patrick Paige II, Christopher Smith and Steve Lacy will energise and engage fans with their powerful messaging phrased through their unique blend of nuanced soulful melodies and beats, that connect deep within.
Defying easy categorisation of their crossover multi-genre sounds, The Internet was christened as a result of the two producers – Syd (Sydney) and Matt Martians (real name Matthew Martins) - meeting on the net, then officially forming the band in 2011. They have since released three studio albums and three extended plays, with Ego Death, nominated for a Grammy – Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Of Ego Death Pitchfork contributor Craig Jenkins remarked that: “The band's purposeful instrumentation clears room to showcase her [Syd] words, and she has a war story for every stage of love and loss.”
Festival Director Billy Domingo says of their inclusion in the 2017 CTIJF line-up: “We are excited to welcome The Internet to South Africa. Their fresh sound and insightful lyrics both inform and entertain and they are certain to appeal and resonate with a diverse audience. The band is the perfect addition to this socially conscious 2017 musical line-up.”
Catch The Internet on the Manenberg Stage on Saturday 1st April 2017 at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival happening 31 March and 1 April 2017.