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In honour of Ed Sheeran coming to South Africa, Rubber Duc pay him tribute with an African infused mashup
Rubber Duc released a mashup of Ed Sheeran song covers on 12 September and the public are absolutely loving it. The song has gotten over 6 000 views in only 6 days! Their post on Facebook has been shared over 300 times and counting. Comments are flowing about how much everyone enjoys the African flair that Rubber Duc have put on the popular songs. “Ed Sheeran is coming to South Africa and we couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the legend but to add some South African flavour to several of his hits!”– Rubber Duc. We can only hope that Ed Sheeran himself sees the video and loves it as much as we do.
Watch the video for yourself, if you like it then share it, you could be helping Rubber Duc reach their dream of sharing the stage with Ed Sheeran in March.
Learn more about Rubber Duc
Since their first hit single in March 2014, RUBBER DUC has become a South African
favourite on radio and at live shows across the country! Nick Jordaan, Amiel Gopal,
Sheldon Sham and Brendan Campbell have captured the hearts of fans of all ages.
They have just been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter
category finalist in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition 2017! The panel of judges included Bastille, Lorde and Tom Waits. Organiser Candace Avery says: “Although being selected an Honorable Mention does not garner any physical prizes, with over 16,000 entries from 140 countries, ISC still considers you an ISC winner. This a remarkable achievement of which you should be extremely proud.”
Although their style and genre is hard to define, their music appeals to a diverse group of people across all age groups. RUBBER DUC believes that music provides a platform to bring people together, to change the world, even if just for a moment… In their own words: “When people sing your music back to you, whether it is one person or a thousand, the point is that the message has touched someone in one way or another.” And they have certainly done that! Their music is uplifting, positive and appealing.
Whether it’s a satirical take on life, like “AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT”, a
touching love song like “FEET” or an anthem like “IT’S ALRIGHT”, their songs tend to
stick in your mind… RUBBER DUC’s go-to director, the legendary Kyle White, creates
equally memorable videos!
Their up-beat and interactive onstage personality makes RUBBER DUC a hit at live
performances. That, and the fact that each band member plays a part of the drum kit in addition to their “main” instruments on their feet, makes watching them as entertaining as hearing their music! Rubber Duc also calls on the incredible drumming skills of Leeroy Sauls to add some additional bang on stage.
Rubber Duc released their much anticipated debut album in September 2016. Conceptualised and created on the road between shows, “THE SECRET SUNRISE” was produced, recorded and mixed at Openroom Studios in Johannesburg by Grammy and SAMA-award winning engineer and producer Darryl Torr, and former Zebra & Giraffe frontman Greg Carlin.
“We can barely contain our excitement for this album! From Wellington, which is about a little town in the Western Cape that we fell in love with, to Feet which is about how difficult it is to sometimes be honest with the people we love, Leaving Town, letting go of that love, to Faithful, about being in love with what we do for a living. LOVE seems to be a recurring theme… These songs are a collection of our experiences, feelings, moments, and memories we have made on this flipping awesome journey, which are all as beautiful as a secret sunrise.”
The album has been enthusiastically received by the public and critics alike. Music blogger Al Broide writes: ‘The Secret Sunrise’ is a great debut record. This is a proudly South African album. Sure, it’s a pop album with an international appeal, but there are so many different African elements sonically. Not only does it broaden the appeal locally, but it also shows that Rubber Duc have released an album that is a true representation of themselves and when an artist does that, the audience can instantly pick it up and the connection is much stronger. There are plenty of single choices on the record and it’s easily one of the best pop records to come out of South Africa this year. This is definitely a record you should be adding to your holiday playlist this December.”
“THE SECRET SUNRISE” was nominated for 2 SAMA’s in the categories Best Alternative Album and Best Produced Album.
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