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What: 🎵 Auriol Hays 8th Album Launch at Selective Live

Auriol Hays 8th Album Launch at Selective Live


Where: 🕳 Selective Live

How much:

🎟️ R100.00Quicket

She has the knack to astound, and quite often her sound defiescategorization’. Zakes Mda

With seven albums under her belt she effortlessly manages to deliver iconicsongs from each musical offering. In June 2019, Ms Hays opened for tripleaward winning musician and producer Ben Harper, and in 2021 was theonly South African artist chosen to be part of the Commonwealth ofLearning Virtual Celebrations, focused in addressing increasinginequalities. Ms Hays was chosen as one of 12 artists, to participate in theTankwa Artscape residency in the desert in March 2022. Her 7th album Silkand Gravel was sponsored by SAMPRA and her 8th and 9th, After Dusk and Fool’s Gold will be released at the end October funded by SAMRO. She alsoparticipated in the Plettenberg Land Art Festival in September 2023.Turn Up the Volume and Take it Slow were the two chart topping tracks offher debut album Behind Closed Doors. A Better Man from her deeplyintimate Call It Love Anima Sola sophomore release. Her Deep Hays album,collaboration with Rowick Deep, delivered two unforgettable songs thatcan still be heard on the dance floors, Deeper Than the Ocean and RhythmSublime. Dreaming Music was no different. She astounded her audiencewith her own rendition of Sipho Hotstix Mabuse’s “Burn Out, therebymaking the song entirely her own. “Child Atone”, featuring Riaan Smit fromCrimson House Blues contained, as Zakes Mda said, ‘resonances of theAmerican Deep South of slavery and Uncle Tom, of tamed field hollers andceremonial chants. Auriol’s blues vocals here will surely wake Ma Raineyfrom her grave.’

Ms Hays is no mere jazz singer. She is a musical storyteller, a sonorous shaman, a songwriter above all else whose musical and emotive range is influenced by a plethora of sounds. And all her music rendered is done so in a voice entirely and completely her own. She released various singles from her fifth musical release, TENtation, in 2018, and gave audiences a taste of her new material during an intimate performance in 2023 at Selective Live.

Doors Open at 5pm and show starts at 8pm.


Here are various lyric videos as well as traditional music videos

Come Home To Me (written for Greenpeace):

Slave King:

Finger On the Trigger: trigger/


A Better Man: :

Child Atone:

Over My Shoulders:

Constellations of Desire:

A Million Years:

Turn up The Volume:

Doors open at 5pm and show starts at 8pm