SA folk-pop sensation Matthew Mole performed his New York debut concert at Rockwood Music Hall last night to rousing support.
He visited NYC seven years ago for the first time, after winning the Converse “Get Out of the Garage” competition and recording at the Converse Studio. Last night was his first live performance in the Big Apple.
In an intimate venue filled to capacity, the audience greeted Matthew, by singing the opening line of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” The award-winning singer defied the chilly weather, by dressing in a bright yellow button down shirt with pineapples.
From Jozi, Cape Town, Durban, and Stellenbosch — the strong South African crowd mixed with concertgoers from New York and London — sang along to all his hits, as well as a cover of The Chainsmokers’ “Closer”.
Singer/Songwriter Lyla Illing, who attended the concert, said she was deeply inspired by Matthew’s performance and the two have discussed a possible future collaboration.
Composer and producer Shereen Cheong from New York, posted on her Instagram, “Really needed this tonight. Thank you so much for your rawness and beautiful music tonight, @matthewjmole .”
(Photo: Matthew Mole in New York fans included South African swimmer Joshua Varrie, Veruschka Mulder, Harko Mulder and Karin Marais.)