Picnic blanket joy with Louise Carver
Cape Town - Joburg-based Carver was in Cape Town to promote her Sunset Concert with fellow artist Ard Matthews at Stanford Hills Estate in Hermanus next month.
The 11-time Sama-nominated singer recently released her latest single from her forthcoming album Remedy.
She describes it as a song delving into the intricacies of love.
“It’s about unrequited love. It’s also a song I couldn’t make for eight years because I didn’t have the right album to put it on, but what has been surprising is the song going to No1 on some Afrikaans radio stations,” said Carver.
This will be her fourth Sunset Concert.
“My parents live in Hermanus and I am originally from the Cape, so it has that extra bit of nostalgia for me. Playing all my hits while the sun sets over the Hemel en Aarde Valley is a beautiful way to start the year.”
Carver has a deep passion for animals and is an SPCA ambassador.
“Please bring old blankets to sit on. There will be an animal welfare collection point on the day for you to drop them off after the show,” she said.
The singer decided to delve into the music industry further this year and launched her record label, Carver Entertainment, also signing her first artist, hip-hop performer Owen Kay.
“I’d been with my record label for many years. When I decided to do my own thing a friend sent me Owen’s song via WhatsApp,” said Carver.
Within 15 minutes she was hooked and wanted to sign him.
“I helped him bring the song down from six minutes to just under four and I also added in my own vocals for the song.
“As a musician, it’s all about giving a little bit of yourself to help another musician.”
Kay’s Stakes Are High is due to be released next year.
But Carver’s music label is a continuation of her entrepreneurial spirit.
Ten years ago she realised that fans of her music were not interested in buying caps and T-shirts from her, but wanted something more personal and she set out to design a jewellery line for her fans to buy.
“It’s a pleasure business for me. It will never be my bread and butter, but it’s a wonderful thing to extend my music and keep the passion going.”
The Louise Carver jewellery collection can be bought at her shows and also sells at boutique stores in Joburg or on her website.
The Sunset Concert takes place on January 2, with tickets from R185 for adults and R95 for children under 12 available on louisecarver.com.