Hot Water

Blues - Folk - Original and Roots - Cape Town
Hot Water


Hot Water’s music incorporates elements of traditional South African music (such as kwela, mbaqanga, sakkie-sakkie, maskandi and kwasa kwasa) with folk, blues and indie-pop rock. Southern African music has a natural instinct for celebration and Hot Water’s live performances have a magical way of spontaneously warming any event.

“Hot Water must easily be one of the most exciting musical projects to come out of South Africa recently.” The Citizen

South African singer, song-writer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, facilitator and band leader, Donovan Copley, has a talent not only for creating uplifting and authentic South African music…he has the knack for bringing together a consistently evolving group of musicians from very diverse backgrounds with an ever-fresh musical result that leaves audiences feeling inspired and proud to be South African.

And for the foreign audience, Hot Water opens a gateway to the soul and spirit which Africa and South Africa has to offer. In a world in crisis Hot Water’s music brings space, perspective and insight as well as inevitably drawing people to their feet.

Hot Water’s Live performance is a dynamic and often spontaneous tapestry of inspired songs from one of their two albums…and their upcoming third album. Donovan compares the band to a wheel, seeing himself as the hub in the centre while the band and collaborators hold and help the whole wheel spin.

Simply put: the music brings people together - across ages, across cultures, across races, across gender, across borders. Hot Water creates a space where people from any background have the opportunity to relate on common ground.



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