"Hot Water is the first band to break out the big performance guns. If I was a muso I’d study the onstage handbook of Donovan Copley (vox/guitar). Complete with members in traditional garb and drenched in township vibes circa 1950, they win at festival life."
"Hot Water is perfect for overseas audiences. Their music is strongly South African without being too obvious and hey shoo wow. Copley’s music has strong influences of blues, kwela, maskandi, rock and even sakkie sakkie...there is no doubt that the man is home brewed for international success."
Donovan Copley is the madman of the South African music scene for sure. His genre-bending creation, Hot Water, is a fusion of everything we love and know about being South African. From kwasa-kwasa to sakkie-sakkie, from folk and blues to maskanda, you know you are in the presence of the crazy and profound - it has grown and organically evolved through a musical exploration of what it truly means to be home.
Cape Town's Hot Water launched onto the scene in 2006, and have since cut three critically acclaimed studio albums and played at every major music festival in the country: Kirstenbosch Gardens, Rocking the Daisies and Oppikoppi to name a few. They've also performed with musical legends such as Hugh Masekela, Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove and FreshlyGround, as well as spontaneously hitting the stage with artists including Karen Zoid, David Kramer and Dizu Plaatjies. Widely featured in many local and international commercials and shows, and the only band to have performed on top Table Mountain, Hot Water is unstoppable.
From very early on, Hot Water garnered attention from across the globe. They have performed in over 10 different countries; from the twelve thousand-strong crowd at WOMAD Cáceres, Spain to the Royal Carré Theatre in the Netherlands, Hot Water has taken its distinctive South African sound across the globe - and the world can’t get enough.
On stage, Donovan is a master of the unexpected. Whether he's hanging from the scaffolding or breaking out into a toyi-toyi, there’s no doubt you're in for some unforgettable fun.
Locally rooted, while at the same time internationally successful, Donovan Copley’s Hot Water is an irrepressible wellspring of joy, an honesty, found deep in the roots of what makes us human.
Finally, it's arrived - a musical statement of happiness and one hell of a jam.
Royal Carre Theater, Amsterdam | Shoreditch Festival, UK | Vortex Jazz Bar (headliner), UK | Merchant City Festival Glasgow, Scotland | WOMAD, UK Charlton Park | Summer Terrace Festival, The Netherlands | Zomer Op Het Plein, The Netherlands | Micro Festival, Germany | World Beat Festival, Germany | Sound of Glarus, Germany | Spanciferfest, Croatia | DRUM Beat Festival, Johannesburg | Concerts by the Lake (Johhny Clegg), Kwa Zulu Natal | Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts, Cape Town | Pinotage On Tap, Diemersfontein | Rocking the Daises, Cape Town | Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Grahamstown | Marie Claire Green Lunch, Franshhoek | Comrades Marathon, Pietermaritzberg | Bush Fire International Festival of the Arts, Swaziland | Up the Creek Music Festival, Swellendam | Oppikoppi Music Festival, Limpopo | FIFA Official FanFest, Cape Town | ZDF ‘Morgen Magazin’ (Morning Show), Germany | Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, Holland | Cup Of Cultures’ Festival, Germany | Wacky Wine Weekend, Cape Town | Old Mutual Encounters (with FreshlyGround and Johnny Clegg) | KKNK Festival, Cape Town Splashy Fen Festival, Kwazulu Natal | Flamjangled Tea Party Festival, Cape Town | Opening of Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town | Hague Jazz Festival, Holland | Opening of Parliament, Cape Town | House on Fire (New Years Eve), Swaziland | Niall Mellon Township Trust Concert, Cape Town | CHOC’ Charity Gala Dinner, Cape Town | Waterpop Festival, Wateringen, Holland | Vodacom ‘Sounds of Summer’ Series | Human Rights Day Concert (headliner), Cape Town | Heritage Day ‘Concert In The Park’, Cape Town | Nedbank Business Woman’s Awards, Cape Town | Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, Cape Town