Jak Tomas w/ Nick Ornellas & Wren Hinds LIVE at Open Sesame Bar

Sat Oct 9, 19:00 - Sat Oct 9, 22:00
Open Sesame Bar


Jak Tomas w/ Nick Ornellas & Wren Hinds

Open Sesame Bar - 62 Hout Street Cape Town CBD

09 October 2021 - 19:00


About the Artist's:

Jak Tomas:

Jak Tomas, the artist FKA Joshua Kenneth Grierson, is a 37 year old multi-genre singer-songwriter, producer and musician born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa.

Since forming his first band at the age of 13, Tomas has embarked on making music which primarily satisfies him first, while always inviting the listener to join in on the adventure.

Known for his explosive and emotionally-drenched live performances, Tomas grew a strong and loyal fanbase throughout the 2000's but in 2012 it almost all came to an end when he decided to quit music; thankfully that decision was short-lived...

In 2015, Tomas took a necessary break from active playing, started DJ'ing and built a humble studio in his bedroom. It was in this studio that he recorded his debut album (as Jak Tomas), Of Love & Anxiety which saw a 2020 release. The first single 'I Was Just a Kid / With a Crush' was listed on iTunes' Best of The Week list.

Since 2018, Tomas has reemerged a little more wiser and even more introspective. It also see him return to the stage and besides keeping audiences inspired in South Africa, in November 2019 Tomas played 2 highly celebrated performances in Hamburg, Germany.

Jak Tomas is an authentic, passionate and uncompromising artist. An artist that wants to tell you a story.

On the 9th of October, Tomas will be joined on stage with his longstanding collaborator, Nick Ornellas. Ornellas is a seasoned drummer and over his long career in the SA music scene, has been affiliated with 5 major acts: Ard Matthews, 7thSon, The Little Kings, Flat Stanley and Saber. Tomas and Ornellas together is a must-see event.


Wren Hinds:

Hailing from the small town of Ramsgate along the tropical east coast of South Africa, singer-songwriter and producer, Wren Hinds delivers a lush, textured and honest approach to crafting songs with a reflective lyrical sensibility that communicates deep profundity.

Set between the Indian ocean and the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal, Hinds was raised in an artistic household and was greatly influenced by the works of his artist mother, his father and elder brothers who all happen to be musicians, as well as his uncle, a prolific poet and lyricist. It was in this environment that his inclination to music was enhanced and encouraged by his fathers song writing and recording in the ‘family studio’. The beauty and tranquillity of these surrounds combined with a familial synergy were to become an emblematic factor in the creative evolution of Wren Hinds.

From 2012 onwards, Wren Hinds had been building up a steady backlog of solo recordings which never saw the light of day until the first Bandcamp release in the summer of 2018 of Tragedy Hill, his debut full-length solo album. The album is a blend of a raw and intricate web of warm vocals, thoughtful lyrics and a simplistic layering of textures made up of the old family piano, an array of his favourite guitars and bowed strings, all recorded at his Durban studio.

In March 2020, while the world slipped into turmoil and uncertainty, Hinds self-released his second solo album, A Thousand Hearts, this time working closely with his uncle and lyricist, Keith Erasmus on two stand out tracks, ‘Sadness in the Wind’, and ‘A Thousand Hearts’. 

In September of 2020, Wren Hinds goes on to release a seven-track EP, A Child’s Chant for the New Millennium, a handful of songs recorded in his childhood home, highlighted by yet another noteworthy writing union with Keith Erasmus on the opening three tracks.

In a relatively short career, all the while flying under the radar with a rather low profile, Wren Hinds has proven to be a prolific songwriter, producer and composer, and an artist that is definitely worth keeping an eye on.


Additional information

Age restriction No under 18s
Refund policy No refunds


Jak Tomas w/ Nick Ornellas & Wren Hinds LIVE at Open Sesame Bar
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62 Hout St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
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