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Saturday, February 11, 2012


(Louise Carver)

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series kicks off its 2012 season on Valentine’s Day, February 14, with a concert featuring two top-selling artists. SAMA award winners Louise Carver and Arno Carstens will set the romantic mood while fans spend the evening in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens.

Arno Carstens has been hailed as “The Godfather of South African Rock” for the role he has played in the South African rock music industry over the past two decades. He is also an internationally signed, platinum selling singer-songwriter. During his career as the lead singer of South Africa’s favourite rock band The Springbok Nude Girls, and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno has released nine studio albums and had 18 Top 10 singles. He has won five South African Music Awards and shared the stage with legends of the music world. Arno has performed on the main stage at the Isle of Wight Festival, has appeared at Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling and has supported the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller, The Police, Simple Minds and Meat Loaf on European tours.

The beautiful and equally talented Louise Carver is the perfect counterpart to Carstens for this concert. She signed her first record deal with the independent label, Silver Tulip Music at 15. At the age of 17 she released her debut single, It Don’t Matter which became an instant hit and reached no.3 on the 5FM Top 40. Since then she has continued to churn out hits and win critical acclaim along with commercial success. Carver is currently working on her fifth studio album and has once again changed musical direction. The new sound is a tension between live instrumentation and electronic grooves and will be released in the first quarter of 2012.

Fans are in for a treat as these two formidable talents take to the stage at the Durban Botanic Gardens.

Bandile Mngoma, Sponsorship & Events Manager at Old Mutual, says: “It is through initiatives of this nature that Old Mutual is able to promote environmentally-sustainable practices. The concert is an ideal opportunity for us to raise more awareness on the importance of sustaining national biodiversity. We are also excited that top artists like Arno and Louise are headlining the Music at the Lake concerts.”

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series presents live concerts every month throughout the year at the Durban Botanic Garden and all proceeds from the performances go towards an innovative people and plant development programme, the Garden Window Project, within the Durban Botanic Garden.

Arno, Louise, L’Amour … At The Lake will take place in the Durban Botanic Gardens on February 14. Gates open at 17h30. Tickets R100 booked online at, R120 on the night or at the gate. (Children R50 between 8 and 12/under 8 free). Drinks, cooler boxes and picnic baskets are welcome.

Secure parking is available on the Juventus ground. Entrance to all parking is off lower John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road, adjacent to the Botanic Gardens and the Munies Hockey Field also off lower John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road.

For more information about this and other events in the Durban Botanic Gardens, visit or call the Info Centre 031 322 4021 or the Friends Office weekdays – 031 202 5819.