The Ellerman Sessions Line-up

This year’s line-up for Ellerman Sessions embraces local talent with fervour – from platinum selling musicians to award winning chefs.The music will sound sweeter and the food will taste richer once you know the stories behind the magic. 


Put simply, The Parlotones are potentially South Africa’s biggest selling pop/rock act ever with 800,000+ albums sales worldwide. All the more impressive when you consider this has been achieved via independent record labels in just a few key markets. Double Platinum, Platinum and Gold Records saturate the band’s discography. Their live story is even more humbling having played live to over 2 million people in their career to date. Add to that the 1 Billion people that watched the band on TV as they opened the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup, and you get a sense of this band’s success so far.

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Kahn Morbee (vocals/guitar), Neil Pauw (drums), Glen Hodgson (bass/keys/backing vocals), Paul Hodgson (lead guitar). Image courtesy of The Parlotones.

ARD MATTHEWS with Chef Peter Tempelhoff / 26 JULY

Over the course of the last decade and a half, well known singer and songwriter, Ard Matthews, has been honing his craft and moving people the world over. As the front man of South African band Just Jinjer, his indelible lyrics and melody arrangements led the way to the incredible success of their debut album title ‘All Comes Round’, becoming one of the biggest selling rock genre albums of all time in their native country of South Africa, achieving double platinum status in it’s first year. Ard released his debut solo album in the winter of 2012 to critical acclaim and shortly after teamed up with South African folk icon Vusi Mahlasela for Ard’s single ‘Umuntu’. Ard is now playing regularly as a solo act, as well as still fronting the original Just Jinjer,


Image courtesy of Ard Matthews.


Trained in South African and experienced in the grungy kitchens under the streets of SOHO, Peter moved back home in 2006 to ply his skills in the Cape’s kitchens. While in England he worked in many great restaurants including Quo Vadis with Marco Pierre White and Zafferano with Giorgio Locatelli, to name but two. In 2005, a watershed year for him, he scooped the London Top Table Award (ES Magazine) and was also nominated in London’s foodie Oscars – Harpers & Queens and Moet Restaurant Awards – for Restaurant of the Year, while running the kitchens at the trendy brasserie, Automat. Since his return to the Cape he has won the prestigious title of Sunday Times Chef of the Year 2007, Franschhoek Life Chef of 2007 and also guided The Restaurant at Grande Provence into the Eat Out Top 10 list that same year. In January 2008 Peter took on a new challenge as Executive Chef for The Collection by Liz McGrath, which comprises a trio of 5 star Relais & Chateaux hotels incorporating 4 restaurants in all. His goal is to elevate the fine dining restaurants and their head chefs to star status by using a combination of hard work and training, as well as the use of clever flavours, techniques and beautiful plating. In 2011 Peter was awarded the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef title and was also labelled by the Relais & Chateaux as a future leader in the field of cuisine. Ending 2011 with a bang, Peter’s flagship restaurant – Greenhouse – was voted as South Africa’s Restaurant of the Year by Eat Out and has featured in the Top 10 awards for 2007,2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016.


Image courtesy of Peter Tempelhoff.


Karen Zoid has become an important part of the South African music scene. Since releasing her first solo album, Poles Apart (2002), Zoid has become such an important part of the home grown scene that her name is now the byword for emotionally charged, downright incendiary South African rock music. The press renamed her followers the ‘Zoid Generation’. What’s more, through the last decade, Zoid has managed that unusual and frequently tricky feat of balancing popular appeal with critical praise; of securing an audience of both Afrikaans and English speakers; of retaining her individuality in a market known for its desire for sameness. And through it all, Zoid has held onto an enviable integrity that allows her to speak her mind in a way that only earns her more devotees and proved no barrier to being named Best Female Artist at the 2008 South African Music Awards. Zoid’s super-charged rock energy is an ability to write gorgeous, delicately rendered songs that speak of the emotional vortex that drives this exceptional artist to keep creating.  ‘Zoid Afrika’, her latest album shows that Karen Zoid is South Africa’s premier female rock artist, full stop. She has shared the staged with international acts like John Mayer, Annie Lennox, Metallica, Simple Plan, Hothouse Flowers, Seal and UB40.

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Image courtesy of Karen Zoid.


Michélle’s interest in all things culinary started at a young age growing up in a typical South African home. Her curiosity was fueled by food & cooking literature and her admiration for Chef’s such as Margot Janse, Dominique Crenn and Elena Arzak were a big driving force for her to excel in the industry. After her culinary studies at Boland College, Stellenbosch, Michélle started her career in the Winelands at De Volkskombuis, Stellenbosch and then joined the prestigious One.Waterfront at the Cape Grace Hotel and Laborie in Paarl – all contributing to her canny ability to express traditional flavours in a modern and on-trend execution.  In 2010 she joined Pierneef a La Motte restaurant on La Motte Wine Estate in Franschhoek.  She was part of the restaurant since it opened its doors. (Pierneef a La Motte was listed 2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards as one of South Africa’s top ten restaurants). Michélle also spent some time in Europe and cooked in a few Michelin restaurants, De Bokkedoorns, Chapeau!, De Vrienden van Jacob and Halwemaan while visiting food markets in Barcelona, Spain as inspiration. Michélle has now joined Hazendal Wine Estate as the newly appointed Executive Chef and enjoys being part of the development process of the Estate, currently undergoing extensive renovations with the aim to offer visitors an unparalleled experience in the Winelands.


Image courtesy of Michelle Theron.

WATERSHED with Chef Michelle Theron / 27 SEPTEMBER

Since their breakthrough single in 2000 with “Indigo Girl” South African rock icons Watershed have built their way up to be one of the most respected and decorated bands to come out of the Southern Tip of Africa. Their distinctive melodic guitar sounds blend with the sultry tones of lead singer and songwriter Craig Hinds voice to create a soothing and classic rock sound that is easily recognisable and yet utterly unique. Their albums and singles have consistently been rewarded with gold and platinum status both locally and abroad but Watershed pride themselves on being a touring band and always have a full gig schedule with loyal and vociferous support wherever they play out.

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Vusi began to write songs of justice, of freedom, of revolution, of love, of peace and of life. He joined a poetry group, The Ancestors of Africa, and also joined the Congress of South African Writers, a group of like-minded artists and writers, including Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer who paid for Vusi’s first guitar lessons. At this point, his political activism truly began. For the “crime” of writing songs of freedom and human dignity, Vusi was held in solitary confinement; he was harassed by the police repeatedly. Many of his friends fled the country. Through this struggle, his songwriting became not only prolific but also healing for himself and for his listeners. And as Nadine Gordimer so vividly puts it, “Vusi sings as a bird does, in total response to being alive.” He simply became known as “The Voice.”

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Image courtesy of Vusi Mahlasela.


For the past fifty years it has been David Kramer’s  interest and passion to explore a South African identity in song. An identity rooted in his platteland background. Having studied at Leeds University in the UK, he returned to SA before embarking on a solo singer/songwriting career,  during which time he was awarded 10 gold and 1 platinum record in 5 years. Wanting to explore storytelling, he decided to write a musical and collaborated  with Taliep Petersen in 1986  to write District Six. It changed the course of his life and he has gone on to write 12 musicals since 1987.  One of which ( Kat and the Kings) won the Laurence Olivier award for best musical in London and went to have a successful run  on Broadway. It was the only South African musical to be performed in both these prestigious arenas. David’s work as a writer, director and producer in musicals is unprecedented in South Africa, his productions having sold over a million tickets.


Image courtesy of David Kramer.


Should you be interested in joining us for Ellerman Sessions or require any further information, please contact us on ellerman@ellerman.co.za.

Dinner and drinks included in the event price.

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