Liela Groenewald takes audiences on a musical magic carpet ride. Expect haunting vocals, melodies for the langpad, and nourishment of the soul. Book Liela Groenewald or her LM Kollektiv show by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. For info on forthcoming public shows, go to the Gigs page. And do follow these links to follow Liela on Facebook or Twitter. You can also check out the latest clips on Liela’s Youtube channel.
Liela has played many solo gigs at South Africa’s premier music festival, Oppikoppi, as well as Joburg’s most infamous music bars, the Abelarde Sanction and the Bohemian. She has also appeared live at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn, including a slot at Kaktus op die Vlaktes, at the InnieBos festival (Nelspruit), at a host of other music venues, and has been featured on the South African television shows Die Wasgoedlyn, Jam, and Draadloos (all KykNet), and earlier on Geraas (SABC).
Mervin “upside-down” Williams is Liela’s regular guitarist, backing vocalist and partner in crime. The musicians who have backed Liela over the years include Albert Frost (guitar), Jonathan Crossley (guitar), Anton Lamour (guitar), Rian Malan (guitar), Louis Mhlanga (guitar), Chris “Waterkloof Jones” Vermaak (guitar), Mervin Williams (guitar & vox), Drikus “Brixton” Barnard (bass), Emile Botha (bass), Cesare Cassarino (bass), Nelson Enaiho (bass), Schalk Joubert (bass), Simon Kruger (bass), Gideon Malherbe (bass), Grenville Williams (bass), Ashley van Wyk (bass, piano), Roland Moses (keys), Magdalize Carstens (oboe), Lochner de Kock (gembe), Peter Auret (drums / percussion & production), Shayo Aribilola (drums), Michael Canfield (drums), Samuel Ibeh (drums), Kotie Geldenhuys (drums), Ockert Greeff (drums / percussion), Jerome Reynard (drums), Vernon Swart (drums / percussion), and Riku Lätti / Victor Wolf (accordian, shaker).
Liela was also godmother of the ‘Bra’s met Bakke’ project. Use a google search term of your choice, you’ll quickly see that it is far easier to find pics of men than of women who actually play guitar in a fully-clothed fashion, it is also very easy to stumble upon sex-crazy women caressing guitars, but quite hard to find alluring pics of men and their instruments. So, in response to the overwhelming persistance of patriarchy everywhere, but especially in rock n roll and on the internet, Liela rolled out the Bra’s Met Bakke project to begin levelling the playing field. Bra’s met Bakke (now suspended) can be found here. Simply like Liela’s facebook page to show support and see relevant news in your feed.
Earlier, Liela performed for several years as backing vocalist for Koos Kombuis, veteran of the Afrikaans anti-elite Voëlvry rock tour, and booked and advertised gigs for Koos Kombuis and the Valiant Swart Band in their early careers. Other than Koos Kombuis, artists with whom Liela has performed over the years include Andries “Roof” Bezuidenhout, Valiant Swart, Gert Vlok Nel, Riku Lätti, and Karla du Plessis.
Back in 1999, Liela and Andries “Roof” Bezuidenhout shared the Abelarde prize for best folk artist. In 2000, Liela won the Abelarde prize for best female vocalist, whereas in 2001, the Abelarde stewards couldn’t make up their mind between Liela and Karen Zoid.
* Liela helped organise and market the first live gig ever at Oppikoppi, where she met Chris “Morts” or “Motorkar” Mortimer, husband and fellow parent of Malaika and Nicolas. Chris and Liela are the inaugural (2015) recipients of the Oppikoppi top bar award. Liela is also a Sociologist specialising in the post-apartheid state, urban citizenship, informal settlement, and corporate social responsibility.