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Beatenberg: A band on the rise

South African popular band Beatenberg popped in Joburg after performing at the Miss SA contest in Sun City where Liesl Laurie was crowned the winner. The band, made  up of three handsome men, Rob Brink, Ross Dorkin and Matthew Field collaborated with hit maker DJ Clock on their anthem Pluto. This was followed by their hit single Rafael from their debut album “The Hanging Gardens Of Beatenberg”. This pop trio is making waves and turning heads wherever they go.


The group is nominated for seven XXI Annual South African Music Awards including the coveted KIA Record Of The Year award for Pluto. Rob says they are extremely humbled by the nominations and the love they are getting from all their supporters. They do stress however that music is their primary driver and not the fame and fortune that comes with it.


These fashion friendly young men, look up to the likes of Black Coffee and cite performing with the legendary Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sipho Hotstix Mabuse some of their highlights. They recently played at the prestigious and most loved Cape Town Jazz Festival and just opened for One Direction in Cape Town. When asked about the not so nice side of the music industry, they say they have been very lucky to be treated well and with respect by a lot of industry colleagues.

They have varied musical tastes and their song choices for performances differ from day to day, no two performances are ever the same for these young men. One of their favorite covers also happens to be Frank Oceans Thinking About You which they



Their loyal fans are some of the people these guys are most grateful for. Matthew recalled a Twitter incident where one fan tweeted them a photo of their child and said he had named the child Beatenberg after them. Rob remembered another fan who had tattooed his arm with their name.

Beatenberg refuses to be boxed into any genre, they claim that pop is diverse and has no restrictions. They would like to collaborate with Burna Boy.  KO is one of their favorite artists and to go up against him at this years’ SAMAs is a big deal.


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