Enovelle

Enovelle

 Pretoria, Gauteng, ZAF
BandFolkWorld

ENOVELLE is an acoustic post-folk band that fuses the romantic elements of folk music from around the world with the passion of Africa, soulful singing, creative melodic progressions, held rhythmically by the pulse of African drums. Influences range from jazz, classical, flamenco to rock and pop

Biography

ENOVELLE is an acoustic post-folk band that fuses the romantic elements of folk music from around the world with the passion of Africa: soulful singing, creative melodic progressions, rhythmically held by the pulse of African drums. Influences range from jazz, classical, flamenco to rock and some pop.

Enovelle was born at the very end of 2009, five days before their first gig where mainly covers were performed. The crowd response was clear: there’s something different in the music of these four friends. 2010 came with a bang of creativity and Enovelle wrote a couple of original songs, played more venues and just had more fun. In March of 2010 some of their original works were recorded as preproduction to their first album “Als lyk beter in die donker”
finally recorded at the end of the year. Throughout 2010 and 2011 so far, Enovelle performed
regularly from live music venues to galleries, art markets and poetry events. At the beginning of 2011, Enovelle shared a stage with some of South Africa’s best folk bands at FolkFest 2011.
They are looking forward to playing more gigs and festivals around SA this year.

Enovelle is:
Mariechen Luyt has been performing in front of audiences the age of six. She is currently in her third year studying music at the Campus of Performing Arts and is a part-time vocal teacher at
Cornwall Hill College. Some of her influences are Norah Jones, Carla Brunie, Rupa and the April Fishes and South African artists such as Vusi Mahlasela.

Hugo Breedt has taken up accordion with initial inspiration of artists such as Yann Tiersen. Inspirations run rather broad, especially different folk music from around the world. Recently
independent writing has also been a great lyrical inspiration.

Danie van Huyssteen has been playing guitar for more than 10 years. Beside Enovelle he does session work and gives guitar lessons. Guitar influences range form John Petrucci to Louis
Mahlangu.

Christiaan Ackermann has been playing djembe every since his involvement in an outreach programme in Zambia. Beside being a percussionist he is also an excellent guitarist and regularly performs as guitarist/singer.

Lyrics

I Killed a Man

Written By: Enovelle

Maybe he is my brother; he’s a brother that I know.
But if things not getting better, my jealousy will grow.
We’re building both an altar, an altar made of stone
I think we bring a sacrifice, mine will rise to throne.

Though he’ll be burning livestock and I’ll just give some grain
Honest, what’s the purpose, man, to throw your best in drain?
Brother’s altar offering God gladly did accept
Brother said it’s sin in life that He would mine reject.

How dare you little brother to me say that I’m wrong.
There’s justice in these hands, boy. You know these fists are strong.
Before I knew, the rage in me killed dear brother dead.
When asked by God where brother was this is what I said.

I killed a man:
my brother’s dead.
I killed a man!
That’s what I said.

Maybe he’s my brother; he’s a brother that I know.
But if things not getting better, my jealousy will grow.
Before I knew, the rage in me killed dear brother dead.
When asked by God where brother was this is what I said.

I killed a man:
my brother’s dead.
I killed a man!
That’s what I said

Brandmerk

Written By: Enovelle

Partykeer vloei ek maklik
Partykeer skop en skree ek
Maar meeste van die tyd skud ek my kop in ongeduld en wonder,
toemond, of dit nou die tyd is om iets te sê

En soms verdraai jy al die vrae
en ek staan weerloos teen die aanslag wat jy op my rig.

Kom dans in die vlamme van ons taal.
Ons bly in Afrika
Ons kan saam sit tot die maan die son wegjaag.
Als lyk alles beter, beter in die donker.

Skree vir my en wys my jy's nog lewendig.
En keer jouself om jou gedagtes te verdoof
en leer jouself om vry te wees.
Ek het jou nodig, ons het jou nodig

En soms verdraai jy al die vrae
en ek staan weerloos teen die aanslag wat jy op my rig.

Brandmerk my in die vlamme van ons taal.
Ons bly in Afrika
Ons kan saam sit tot die maan die son wegjaag.
Als lyk alles beter, beter in die donker.

Ek plak jou briewe teen my ruite.
Ek wens die son kan weer op my skyn.
Brandmerk jou woorde teen my lyf.
‘n Brandmerk is my vryspraak teken.

Glue

Written By: Enovelle

I had a dream last night that I could fly away to the moon
And take a picture of you. And I think, what a beautiful view
Your pretty blue eyes crying, hiding the pain of the world

And I said, hey mister can you hear the silent whispers
of the poor and the hungry, baby seals, rosewood trees,
all the queens, and the fluffy things and me?

Sir have you got a moment to spare, maybe a penny somewhere?
No, it’s quarter to eight and I‘m late.

And I said, hey mister can you hear the silent whispers
of the poor and the hungry, baby seals, rosewood trees,
all the queens, and the fluffy things and me?

If I had one final wish, glue will be it.
So I could paste the world together one last time

And I said hey mister can you hear the silent whispers
of the poor and the hungry, baby seals, rosewood trees,
all the queens and fluffy things,
all the Jews, milky moos, fish in a pan, maybe you, maybe me
and what about all the bees and all the bears?
Who cares? who cares? maybe just me.

Middelklas

Written By: Enovelle

Wel, dis 'n mooi ding as vryheidsvegters gevangenes neem
As mense uit maag kan lag en rommel optel by die see
As jy nie bang is om jou naaste lief te hê
en elke sonopkoms oopmond te soen

Want vryheid is 'n konsep van vrede in jouself en vreugde in jou hart

Gee my middelklas township jazz
My siel streef na meer as melancholies meegesleur
En ek will nie langer wag nie

Dis 'n snaakse ding as ek morbidig in 'n erediens sit
As ouers jou drome weggooi en dokters rook
As liefde wen en haat verloor
en jy elke aand met 'n smile gaan slaap

Want vryheid is 'n konsep van vrede in jouself en vreugde in jou hart

Gee my middelklas township jazz
My siel streef na meer as melancholies meegesleur
En ek will nie langer wag nie

Want wie het vryheid nodig as jy dit kan steel

Discography

Als Lyk Beter In Die Donker (2011)