Mateo Mera rocks South Africa
The Uruguayan Embassy in South Africa hosted the renowned Uruguyan musician Mateo Mera. The concert was held at the Dr Miriam Makeba Concert Hall on 29 June 2016 as a preview before they performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Ambassador Daniel Ruben Castillos Gómez of Uruguay introduced the young talented group and was excited to share their talent with South Africans.
Photo: Dr Karendra Devroop, Director of Music at Unisa (r) is pictured with the band
The young, energetic performers were Mateo Mera (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass suitcase), Gonzalo Diaz (vocals, bass guitar), Rogelio Lago (drums) & Rodrigo Baeza (vocals, guitar, sax). It did not seem that any one of the musicians were restricted to a particular instrument and the audience were awestruck as Mateo Mera opened the concert playing the Sitar.
Photo: Ambassador Daniel Ruben Castillos Gómez of Uruguay introducing the band.
The music on the evening had the audience clapping their hands and rocking in their seats to a variety of gendres including rock, pop, folk, country and even classical Indian. The songs sung in Spanish were from Mera's first and soon to be released second album.
Dr Karendra Devroop, Director of Music at Unisa was thanked for his organisation of the concert. Devroop and Dr. Roland Moses, head of jazz studies at TUT skillfully joined the group on saxophone and piano respectively, showing that music is universal.
Mateo Mera, the almost self-taught musician and his band is a talent not to be missed and can be seen at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. For schedules visit https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/mateo-mera/