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Sunday, December 6, 2015


(Matthew Mole)

Matthew Mole is easing Durbanites into the festive season and celebrating break-up day when he performs at The Barnyard Theatre at the Gateway on December 9.

Since launching his debut album in 2013, Mole has enjoyed huge success with his songs Autumn; Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine; You And Your Crown; and Same Parts, Same Heart. He has been touring South Africa extensively, travelling internationally, got married in August this year, and is also currently working on his second album.

The Capetonian singer-songwriter seems surprisingly unfazed by the success of his debut album. The Home We Built entered the top of the iTunes chart on its release, making Mole the country’s first artist ever to achieve the feat. The Home We Built was recorded over four months in 2013, while the dozen songs date back little over two years.

Mole couldn’t be further from the typical musician who grew up dreaming of topping the charts. He didn’t hear pop music until he reached high school and even then he didn’t care much for it. Playing the guitar was a different matter. Since the age of 11, when he was given his first guitar and his dad offered to teach him chords, he has scarcely put the instrument down. Singing he started aged 17, although only because his dad told him singing along might help him play better. It was only when Mole took a college course in music production did he first envisage a future in the spotlight. He formed an electro-pop duo with his best friend, just for fun and to experiment with electronics, and later went on to become a solo musician playing on acoustic guitar, drum, synths and electronic equipment.

Tickets R130 pp and seating will be as for normal shows, with no standing room. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit

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