Yebo Life hosted Rhodelle: Concert on the Lawn on the afternoon of May 16th. It was a beautiful day spent gathering with friends, sipping artisan coffee, raising awareness and funds for a local ministry, and enjoying the sounds of eight very talented musicians.
All of the photos in this blog were taken by Brent and Nicola of Knit Together, an incredibly creative and hipster duo. We're stoked to be partnering with them on our Cape Town events and outreaches! (Tony and I actually met Brent and Nicola last year, after deciding to hire them to shoot our wedding.)
The concert was hosted at the Rhodelle house in Constantia, a beautiful part of Cape Town that's nestled at the base of the Table Mountain range, and nearly 60 people from around the world were in attendance. Team SEU was here on a missions trip, and those seven Americans played a vital role in making this event happen! We're forever grateful to them.
As people mixed and mingled, Julian, Justine, and the rest of the Republic Coffee Co. team was hard at work pouring, pressing, and talking with folks about their handcrafted coffee. (Can we just say, these guys are awesome!!!) They provided free filter coffee for everyone — for the win! Tony and I were connected with them via Johnny and Christian of Sweet Aroma — our other favorite coffee connoisseur couple.
Donuts and homemade kettle corn: two sure-fire ways to make coffee all the more amazing. By the way, I think Tony popped popcorn for three whole hours the night before the concert! :)
The afternoon was kicked off by Chase Barwick, a Cape Town local and Tony's younger brother. Think Jason Mraz, John Mayer, and Jack Johnson... but South African (watch video clip).
Up next was Rory Eliot of Plush, and man, this guy can play! Check out this video of him singing with his old band, Plush. Unfortunately, he was sick with the flu on the day of the concert, so he had to dart in and out... but not before he chatted with what seemed like everyone in the crowd!
Rory played some of his new songs for us — one inspired by his daughter, and the other by his grandmother (watch video clip). Both songs were incredible. Evidence was in the teary eyes of nearly every female in the house!
Maya Spector is a local jazz musician with a powerhouse voice. She and her guitarist Craig Victor played two of her own songs (watch video clip). Maya is a rising talent in the South African music world, and we were stoked to have her at this gathering!
Halfway through the concert, Tony shared a bit about Yebo Life and what we do. (I love the photo below of me giving him a "You're going to do great!" pep talk.) Then, Edwin Du Plooy took the stage. Edwin and his wife Angie started a ministry called Lavender Hill's Restorational Hands, and they were our ultimate reason for gathering this day.
The Du Plooys are just a normal family, but they're a family who has said "yes" to God. And a part of their "yes" looks like running a soup kitchen out of their home, where they feed 100-150 hungry children and adults every single Tuesday. The proceeds from Rhodelle are being used to help Edwin and Angie start a children's craft program that they plan to host on Tuesdays before the soup is served.
Doing arts and crafts is a simple but powerful way to connect with and invest in the lives of children in vulnerable situations. It's a way to share Jesus's love with the Lavender Hill community.
Next up was Jennifer Eaves, a local singer/songwriter. She's one of my favorite local musicians, and Tony and I had the pleasure of watching her play at the Cape Town Folk 'n Acoustic Festival in March.
Jennifer wrote this song called David & Goliath about the recent fires in Cape Town. You have to listen to it! And really listen. This woman is a storyteller, and she'll guide you through depths and rattle emotions as she sings tales of real people and real places (watch video clip).
The last musician to play was Natasha Meister, a Canadian-born guitarist, who joined the Yebo Life team earlier this year. Words cannot describe what an honor it's been to watch Natasha grow in her relationship with God. She's a magnificent talent... and South Africa's first woman to be endorsed by Fender! I mean, hello!
She played one of her own songs (watch video clip) as well as Set a Fire (with Anastasia Du Plooy) and Radioactive. (Unfortunately, Brent and Nicola had to leave for another shoot before Natasha played, so we don't have any photos of her on stage.)
It's safe to say that Rhodelle was an epic success! I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I did. And if you're a young adult in the Cape Town area, check out the gatherings we have planned for the rest of the year. We'd love to meet you there!