Between February 2014 and February 2015 Cape Town songwriter Simon van Gend challenged himself to write a song every week for a year. Each week he posted a brand new song to his blog until all 52 were released into the wild world web.
On completion of this mammoth task, he connected with Johannesburg-based artist Sanet Stegmann who took on her own challenge to make an ink drawing for each of these songs. Each illustration is inspired by the stories and the mood they invoke and include a line of the lyrics.
At the same time, Simon and his introspective indie/folk/rock band band (Simon & the Bande à Part) has teamed up with producer Chris Tuck to record the best of the blog songs for a new album.
All this will come together at a joint exhibition opening and album launch on the 3rd of September at Youngblood Gallery in Bree Street, Cape Town, as part of the First Thursdays initiative. Each illustration will be box-framed with a CD of that song and the event will feature a live performance by the band of the songs on the new album.