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Tidal Waves / Press

“The biggest surprise from a perspective of lesser known acts was the South African band Tidal Waves. Their set was a heavy reggae mix with intermittent dub poetry similar to Mzwahke Mbuli and sounds reminiscent of South African music but an amazing mix of high energy, creative instrumental delivery with extremely potent lyrics. This was there first US tour. I came away thinking, man, this band is perfect for Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.”

Beverley Shaw (Sista Irie, photographer and Reggae DJ) - Private Blog

“Tidal Waves. Epic name. And it suits their sound – a swell and crash of roots rock reggae with a slow, seductive undertow and a spray of intense energy. They’re humble, hard working, and happy souls. They’ve made challenging life choices and they carry their message with pride. Songs of global domination, the evils of an economy out of balance, spiritual insights and lekker lekker dans are run through with energy and positive intention. And with years of experience, they are equally enthusiastic about emerging talent trailing the country and what it means to the morale of the motherland”

Jess Henson - Levi's Original Music Magazine

“Tidal Waves are so accessible. They are always the first band that comes to mind when we discuss bands with a truly and purely South African vibe who aren't the African tribal cliché. I have never left a Tidal Waves show disappointed. It's just not possible to criticise a band that can make you sing along in more than three languages. What other band do you know that can do that? Especially so when you consider how many of their songs are about political and social issues. ”

Mique van der Merwe - Rock out Radio

“Tidal Waves are possibly South Africa’s most fearless reggae band. They consistently produce some of the bravest and most hard hitting social commentary in their music. They have found the perfect balance between getting your groove on, and making valid and inspiring social commentary. And music with a message just seems so much more valuable. The music off their new album, Africa, refuses to step back from that incisive cutting social commentary and innovative blending of sounds.”

Levi's Original Music Magazine

“Jo’burg based global travellers, Tidal Waves, are a different kind of reggae band. From drummer Sam’s progressive, spiced up beats and guitarist Jaco’s blitzy expressions, to front man Jacob’s atmospheric keys and the band’s collective RX Bandits moments, there’s nothing “standard reggae” about Tidal Waves’ sound. Before tonight, I’d only ever seen them on big festival stages, and Tidal Waves made the transition to small stage at Chain & Sprocket in Durban perfectly – intensity and stage presence intact. Tidal Waves were incredible, and the crazy thing is, it was a show wrought with technical difficulties that the audience will never know about. ”

Yusuf Laher - Speaker Box

“Though reggae, especially in South Africa, is seen by many as a somewhat limited genre with a loyal but relatively small following, Tidal Waves long ago transcended such stylistic limitations, appealing to all sorts with their clarion call of “original music for original people.” And it’s not just a catchy phrase but a philosophy they follow rigorously, garlanding their basic reggae vibes with a polyglot of influences, creating in the process a sound unlike that of any other reggae band on the planet.”

JHB Live

“‘I've seen Tidal Waves play in a lot of different places already. From a youth house to a casino, from a pub to the famous Pukkelpop festival and I must say, they impress every audience. Definitely one of the best live bands that I have had the pleasure to work with.”

Hands de Reydt - Blafhik Productions

“Tidal Waves played a steaming and catching reggae set at the 2005 Pukkelpop festival in Belgium. It was amazing to see how they pulled a fully crowded tent at an alternative festival at the same time as Nick Cave was playing, and got all the people to dance. They really represented the good and bad sides of South Africa with their warm and sunny - but also political - music. Off stage we also greatly appreciated these 100% pure people.”

Chokri Mahassine - Pukkelpop

“This band should raise the South African reggae flag worldwide. They will surely follow in the late South African Reggae father Lucky Dube’s footsteps with their uniquely African Reggae sound”

Kelagobe Sekele - Music Industry Online

“Just as one has not lived the full gamut of South African music until you've heard, say, Natascha Roth perform Busi Mhlongo's Yisa Wabant'a Bami, so too, it is an Mzansi must to catch Tidal Waves playing Lekker Dans, their take on sakkie-sakkie, to a predominantly white Afrikaans audience at an Oppikoppi Festival main stage.”

Evan Milton - Cape Argus

“They (Tidal Waves) enjoy a great following in the live rock and festival scene. With their consistent international tours, they are settling in the league of Johnny Clegg and Ladysmith Black Mambazo who are big names overseas. And they're surely becoming SA's ambassadors for reggae, a role that used to be filled by the late, great Lucky Dube.”

“Tidal Waves' fifth album, Manifesto, is a powerhouse album from South Africa's finest reggae band – arguably their best yet. The stand-out track, Mo'Faya, is sure to be the soundtrack to many a 2010 World Cup memory. Tidal Waves are also big with the Afrikaans rock crowd, and new offerings from Manifesto, such as Vastrap and Alles Is Befok, are sure to join the ranks of Lekker Lekker Dans as the Oppikoppi crowd favourites. No surprise, really, that Tidal Waves have been strutting their stuff for a while - 13 years to be precise. The hardest-working band in South Africa, some people call them.”

“The most striking thing about the new Tidal Waves album, Manifesto, is the sheer range of musical styles they manage to incorporate into their reggae groove. From kwela to boeremusiek to old 1950s style Jamaican ska via Sophiatown swing, mbaqanga, goema and rock - all fleshing out a reggae backbone. Manifesto is an original and distinctly African contemporary reggae soundtrack that is fast becoming my favourite release of 2009. They’re steeped in South African music, creating relevant tunes, with a conscious message, and the most exciting and original sound around. Their roots are buried firmly in our culture. And their fruit is one of our sweetest.”

“The performance of “Tidal Waves” was one of the best performances I have seen in thirty one years of attending MIDEM…”