- Category: PA 2007
Syd Kitchen, Afro-Saxon minstrel poet, guitarist and singer song-fighter, Syd has been a dynamic, innovative contributor to the SA musical landscape since the 1970's. A highly acclaimed teacher, thinker and published poet – with, at last count, four unpublished poetry manuscripts – this Durban based artist's often biting lyrics and crafty guitar work have earned him a dedicated following at festivals and clubs throughout SA; be it as a solo performer, with the Aquarian Quartet or with Madala Kunene in Bafo Bafo. Kitchen is the only artist to have performed at every Splashy Fen Festival since its inception in 1990.
Syd recently returned from a three-month American tour that took in a performance at the famed venue McCabes in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, as well as concerts in Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Los Angeles, Joshua Tree and several shows in Brunswick and Kennebunkport in Maine. In 2004, Kitchen travelled to Europe and performed solo at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK and the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in Norway amongst other gigs which also took in the famed Half Moon Club in Putney, London . In addition, Bafo Bafo appeared at the September 2004 SA Cultural Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark . Kitchen leaves for the United Kingdom in October for gigs in Dublin, Cardiff, London and King's Lynn, and at the prestigious Belfast Arts Festival in Northern Ireland . His collaboration with playwright/actor Greig Coetzee, “Johnny Boskak is feeling funny”, travelled to the 2006 Edinburgh Festival in Scotland where it was awarded the Scotsman's Fringe First Award; one of only 15 awards given to over 9000 Fringe acts, and is booked for a 6 week tour of the UK in early 2008.
Syd Kitchen has released several critically acclaimed albums to date; all born of an eclectic, curious spirit unfazed by market-place considerations or the wishes of others. He published a cult poetry collection entitled Scars that Shine in the 70's.
Syd comments: “poets and musicians in this world are the conduit to an understanding of what life is; we force people to confront reality on a fundamental, emotional level.”