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The Vanilla is a 4-piece feel-good pop band from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. The band consists of Tyan Odendal on guitar and lead vocals, Jaen-Pierre Dowling on bass, Francois Keyser on drums and Barthlo Visagie on lead guitar and synth. Since they launched in March 2015, the band has been building a recognisable brand within the South African music industry. They have performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Cape Town, played with various big-name artists and secured great performance slots at 3 music festivals (OppiKoppi, Up The Creek & River Republic).

The Vanilla`s newest single “Canopies” has been play-listed by various radio stations countrywide, and the track made it onto 5fm’s “SA Top 30” and the “Top 10 @ 10 Indie Charts” recently. On the back of the single’s success, the band commissioned Willem van den Heever to create a music video for the track. Hugo Brand joined the team to take care of the camera work, and the talented Lana Giliomee was featured alongside drummer, Francois Keyser.

Watch “Canopies” here: Radio’s listeners nominated the band in three categories for its prestigious “Bokkie Awards” ceremony that took place in October 2016. The band competed in the “Newcomer of the Year”, “Group of the Year” and “Song of the Year” categories against artists like Jeremy Loops, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Elvis Blue, Loki Rothman and Heinz Winckler. Their track “Out of Here” subsequently won the “Song of the Year” award. 

Catch The Vanilla at the following venues around Cape Town in December:

Upcoming shows:

Fri 2 DecemberBok Radio Kos Fees with Kahn from the Parlotones and Nagligte – Ostrich Farm, Cape Town

Cover Charge: R100.00 / Performance time: 19h00.


Friday, 16 December – Dizzy’s, Camps Bay – headliner show

Cover Charge: R30.00 / Performance time: 21h00.

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