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Young boy finds inspiration and the stage – Basson Laas

Basson Laas Zebra Lounge

Basson Laas, who is not such a young boy anymore, will inspire us all with his voice on 19 March at Zebra’s. Zebra Lounge’s second Thursday Night Live for the year is sure to bring wonderful melodies and warmth to everyone’s hearts. With Gerald Clark having performed at Zebra Lounge in February, this Thursday Night Live with Basson Laas is sure to be just as spectacular.

It is always beneficial to have a good relationship with artists, who bring such depth and creativity to one’s life. We asked Basson to provide us with a short bio of his musical career, to which he offered us a snippet of his heart…

At its core, music has always been synonymous with life, and man’s volatile emotions. Its waves wrap around us like a heated blanket during winter, and its frequencies bring back images from the past – even a familiar scent from our childhood. It brings cheer, enables us to love and encourages us to be hopeful. In essence, it sets us free from the bitterness and confusion that often consumes our lives, and fills it with serenity.

These are the beliefs of Basson Laas, a quiet, young farm boy from the North-West Province. The opportunity to perform live presented itself for the first time while Basson was in his early twenties and studying business at the University of Pretoria. Three friends who whiled away the hours, making music on their stoep, evolved into the band called Man the Fields, and they were adamant to perform their folk style acoustic vibe at any market, exhibition, bar or restaurant that would host them. After a couple of years, the band decided to call it quits in the wake of other career opportunities that presented themselves after university.

Now, after resigning from his most recent job in Pretoria at the end of 2019, Basson is again taking to the stage – this time as a solo performer. His musical style – as a singer/songwriter – is inspired by a broad spectrum of international artists, although he also showcases original songs written in the previous decade. Lyrically, Basson’s music is rooted in a complex nostalgia, which is mirrored in the clean tone of his ivory coloured, hollow-body guitar. Although, he is at the very beginning of this new musical journey, he is excited by the prospect of being a travelling musician that will hopefully, in turn, inspire others.

We are equally excited to be a part of Basson’s new musical journey, and honoured that he agreed to grace the stage at Zebra Lounge on 19 March. Another Thursday night revolutionized at Lake Umuzi, with an up-and-coming, young artist singing his truths and heart stories.

Don’t miss this, Basson starts at 8PM and ENTRANCE IS FREE!

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