Michele du Plessis
Interview by Abré van Wyk
Martin Bester and his band entertained the crowd at the Sabie Tube Race 2019 and the crowd absolutely loved the performance. Martin kindly agreed to an interview with GPS News and this is what he had to say…
How did you find the event?
“The event really surprised me. I had no idea about the Sabie Tube Race until I got the call last year to take part in the event. I had no idea that it was going to be that big and of course, it is just an amazing event. It absolutely blew my mind and Sabie is just so beautiful. I haven’t been to Sabie since I was a toddler and completely forgot how absolutely awesome and beautiful that place is,” Martin said.
Did you know that 50% of the profits generated go to Sabie non-profit organizations?
“When Gerrie from Round Table called me about the event last year, he did explain that to me which made me even more excited about the event. I love getting involved with events where there is a give back angle and where there is charity involved. It fits in perfectly with my “Vir die Liefde” tour. I am such an incredible fan and keen supporter of Round Table who also supported me on my “Vir die Liefde” tour last year. It was just an honour to be part of this.”
How did you find the audience?
“Well, the audience just blew my mind when you consider that they were tube racing for hours in the morning in the rain. That whole bar area and entertainment area was pumping since we got there earlier in the day and the fact that the audience stayed right through the rain and the entire day. We only went onto the stage just before nine and they had just so much “gees” that it was unbelievable. We loved the audience and really appreciated them partying with us, showing us so much love on that stage.”
Would you perform at the Sabie Tube Race again, if invited?
“If I were invited to return next year, absolutely. In fact, I would love to be there on Friday and Saturday. It really is a spectacular event. The scenery, the event is just amazing and I’d love to come back if they would have me.”
What was the highlight of the day?
“Everybody showed me and the band so much love. Sabie is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The fact that people trekked out there and camped out in that rain was incredible. So if it is possible to highlight just one part of the day it must be the show. We loved the show and the audience and it was a privilege to perform for them.”
What’s next for you?
“I am releasing my new Afrikaans single called Konings. I can tell you that before anybody else and I am releasing within the next week or so. It is quite something different; it’s an Afrikaans reggae track, pop-reggae track to be fair and I think people are going to love it. I hope they are going to love it; let me know what you think. And more shows, then just roll from there. Follow me on social media, come and watch the show and invite me to perform at your next event, club or pub; I’d love to do that. I love performing, I love recording and share your music with people. So, look out for my next single and next show and I’ll see you there.”