Thursday, October 12, 2006
Abie & the Jazz Gorilla
No peace for the wicked! We're as busy as ever and I just haven't had the time to write again this week, even though the Sunday Times Horoscope promised me that I would!
But that’s just the way it goes!
I was able to enjoy a good chat this week with my good friend Abie Thomas, who came to see us with his wife Rose after having performed for us this past weekend. Abie was special request at a 70th birthday party, and today we heard from the birthday boy's son - the manager of the Constantia Uitsig Hotel - that Stilbaai will never be the same! Abie got a real party going that even got the locals bopping!
Abie and Rose joined us for a great stir-fry lunch, made by Nicole, and we sat reminiscing about the good old days at the V&A Waterfront when we first met, and started performing there.
Abie, myself and another Cape Town character, Miles Shorter the Jazz Gorilla, spent so much time together; arguing performers rights with Maureen Thompson & David Jack; drinking coffees after long sweaty days entertaining the crowds; until Myles threw off the guide-ropes to his yacht and sailed off into the sunset with his family. And none of us have ever heard from him again…
So if anyone out there has seen or heard a gorilla blowing away at a sax, tell him we miss him in Cape Town!
Abie, at the ripe old age of 77-year young, says he is only planning on retiring after the 2010 World Cup – he recons enough people will have enjoyed his music by then – it shows you what a clean lifestyle ensures you. You can continue to make plans long into the future!
This is why I am featuring a little clip produced by my friends at Pistoleros Films in Cape Town, which was sent to me recently. This is their latest Viral Ad, from their humour director John Warner. Pistoleros Films has 3 of its viral commercials in the Spun Gold UK Television show featuring the world’s top virals, 2 of which are from their director John Warner.
If you like the spot please let us know. If you have friends who could benefit from this message please forward it on. And let’s all be able to make plans for well after the World Cup!