Arno Carstens presents The Blind Tiger Sessions feat Urban Brandy, Little Giants, Mikhail Jones, Laudo Liebenberg, Toya Delazy and Morne van Zyl


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During the Prohibition, in the USA in the early 1940’s, the phrase “I’m going to see a blind tiger” was street-code for visiting a pop-up venue that offered entertainment and alcohol.

A play on this idea, The Blind Tiger Sessions; an annual event hosted by Arno to present a fusion of his personal taste in music and art; is here again, this year pushing the boundaries with a truly eclectic combination of styles.

This year, in partnership with Urban Brandy, Arno is presenting a unique fusion of photography, jazz, afro jazz, pop and rock, for one night only at Southern Sun Waterfront in Cape Town.

The Blind Tiger Sessions 2014 is by invite only.

For more information about the Blind Tiger Sessions:
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IMAGE Arno Carstens

Best known for his career as a singer-songwriter and front man for the Springbok Nude Girls, multi-award winning artist, Arno Carstens, has in fact been expressing himself across a variety of creative media over the last twenty years.

“Art and Music are not mutually exclusive for me. I am a painter that sings and a singer that paints.” ARNO CARSTENS

Arno has just released his 5th solo album, ‘Lightning Prevails’ and is working on his 2nd solo art exhibition, which should be ready late 2015.

Watch the videos for ‘Lightning Prevails’ on YouTube:
Arno Carstens YouTube


IMAGE Toya Delazy

“I love Toya, not just as a friend but also as an artist. She’s incredibly talented and wonderfully fresh. I’m looking forward to seeing her in a (musically) stripped down form.” ARNO CARSTENS

From obscure beginnings in the little known town of eMahlabathini in KwaZulu Natal, to a major record deal with Sony Music that spawned the mega hit ‘Pump it On’ and 3 SAMA Awards, Toya Delazy’s success story is an extraordinary one.

The 1st single ‘Forbidden Fruit’ from Toya’s 2nd album, ‘Ascension’ (28 October 2014) is accompanied by a daring music video, released throughout Africa despite the recent anti-gay wave throughout the continent.

Watch the video on YouTube
Toya Delazy YouTube


IMAGE Laudo Liebenberg

“aKing is one of my all-time favorite bands in the world so having Laudo agree to be on the bill is just too good. He is a lyrical treasure trove and an incredible guitarist and only getting better with age.” ARNO CARSTENS

Laudo Liebenberg is the singer and lead guitarist for AKING, a 4-piece rock band from Cape Town.

The band have just released their 4th full length album ‘Morning After’ and the 1st single ‘Man Unkind’ is a powerful guitar-driven track guided by Foals-esque vocals and a beautifully executed video from Xander van der Westhuizen.

Watch the video on YouTube
aKing YouTube


IMAGE Mikhail Jones

“This young man was born to be on stage and I believe he’s got a bright future in the music industry.” ARNO CARSTENS

Singer, songwriter, drummer and actor, Mikhail Jones embodies all that it means to be a Performer.

As a young boy, he toured Russia and London as a member of the prestigious Tygerberg International Children’s Choir. He graduated from The Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town in 2013 and on a whim, the following year, auditioned for The X Factor SA.

His rendition of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Mirrors’ might not have gotten him a seat in the Top 8, but impressed mentor Arno Carstens enough to invite him to showcase his skills at the 2014 Blind Tiger Sessions.

Watch the video on YouTube:
Mikhail Jones YouTube


IMAGE Kim van der Ventel of LIttle Giants

“My wife and I first saw Little Giants at Swingers 021 Jazz Club in Wetton and these young Jazz guys just blew us away. They represent absolute musical style and are the best thing I’ve heard in the jazz format for years. The amazing voice of Kim van der Ventel is enough to replenish our faith in the future of good talent.” ARNO CARSTENS

The Little Giants was established in 1999 under musical directorship of Ezra Ngcukana and George Werner.

This group of young musicians, aged between 15 and 20 years, from the suburbs and townships of the Cape Flats and greater Cape Town, has developed into a tightly knit integrated unit, bonded by their youthful enthusiasm and shared cultural experiences and feature the haunting vocals of 18 year old Kim van der Ventel.

Watch the video on YouTube
Little Giants YouTube


IMAGE Morne van Zyl

“Morne has taken a couple of portraits of me over the years and is always able to capture something beyond the lens, beyond my skin that leaves me feeling exposed, in the most enjoyable way. I have a deep respect for him as an artist.” ARNO CARSTENS

African born, Cape Town based photographer Morné van Zyl has been specializing in photographing people since 2007. His natural affinity for the art of portraiture along with his comfortable and easy manner with people has made him the photographer of choice for local and international editorial clients, advertising agencies and production companies.

His extensive portfolio bears testament to his reputation as South Africa’s top celebrity and people photographer.

Morné’s two hundred-and-counting close-up portrait series has also been the subject of many print and online editorial profile features. He also shot the stunning portrait of Arno Carstens for his 4th solo album, Atari Gala.

Listen to Atari Gala here:
Arno Carstens Atari Gala on iTunes

Check out Morne’s work here
Morne van Zyl Website


Brandy Cocktail logo

“Brandy is such an iconic South African spirit. I’m excited to be pairing with the Urban Brandy Cocktail route for this year’s Blind Tiger Sessions ” ARNO CARSTENS

The Urban Brandy Cocktail Route is an experienced-based initiative launched in response to the increasing public demand for SA’s favourite spirit in all its guises. The route initially launched in Cape Town in March 2013 with a listing of 5 diverse city-based hotspots.

All venues featured a specially constructed menu of taste-shaping cocktails, each with a premium SA brandy at its base.

Find your nearest venue here
Urban Brandy Cocktail Route Website

IMAGE Southern Sun


27 Nov – Arno Carstens presents The Blind Tiger Sessions feat. Urban Brandy with Little Giants, Mikhail Jones, Laudo Liebenberg and Toya Delazy – Cape Town (By invitation only)

12 Dec – The Dutch – Durban

14 Dec – The House – Zululand

31 Dec – Kirstenbosch with Mango Groove – Cape Town

3 Jan – Fancourt with Jesse Clegg – George
Festive Season - Fancourt Hotel

8 Jan – Cape Vineyards – Noordhoek

10 Jan – Blue Peter – Bloubergstrand

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Making Waves (brought to you by Volvo Ocean Race 2014)

Here is something very cool for young songwriters:

Making Waves, is a national search for young artistic and musical talents (aged 18 to 35) who live in South Africa and are bursting with creativity and originality, organised by Volvo Ocean Race, the round the world sailing race which stops in Cape Town later this year.

The winning artist and musician will receive a prize of R13,800.

Participants have to sign up at:

from 10 September until 3 October and upload an example of their best work. Fans will vote on Facebook and a jury will choose the winners by 9th October 2014.

The winners will create an original piece of work inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race and Cape Town. Works must be submitted by 10th November 2014.

The goal is to give global exposure to artists based in every country hosting the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15, via the race’s official digital channels as well as at the stopovers and in a travelling multimedia exhibition once the race is over.


inRooms is an Online and Mobile TV show. inRooms features artists performing stripped down versions of songs in an iconic setting.  Watch Arno Carstens perform tracks from his latest album release, Lighting Prevails (2014).  

All tracks available for purchase on iTunes: