Former Stirling pupil hits big time with Grassy Spark

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Former Stirling pupil hits big time with Grassy Spark

Music to your ears as former Stirling High pupil, Murray Buitendag produces pure rapture with an amazing band!
Tracy Mashinge-Jeche

Grassy Spark!

If you’re a music geek of the highest order, l’m confident that you know Grassy Spark band! With live shows of exceptional fusion of Ska/Reggae combination with multiple genres, their end product is pure rapture.

 Playing the trombone, an instrument described by Beethoven and other composers as the “Voice of God,” is former Stirling High pupil, Murray Buitendag.

“I started playing music at the age of 10 years. It was only at high school that my love for jazz started,” said Buitendag.

“My parents, two older brothers and my brass teacher, Leonard Brandt, highly influenced my musical journey and directed my path towards studying jazz at the Univesity of Cape Town.”

Murray has been with the band which plays a real mix of everything for four years. Grassy Spark also opened for the UB40 show this year.

“A marketing rep from Big Concerts SA came to one of our shows and was very impressed. The band was pitched to UB40 and they chose us to be their supporting act,” a proud Buitendag said.

One of Buitendag’s career highlights was touring Sweden and playing at the Stockholm Jazz festival with the AM Quartet last year. He also had the privilege to be in the band for the American-based group, Peaches & Herb for their Cape Town show in 2013.

Asked about what fans can expect as the year ends, Buitendag said, “We have a number of shows leading up to the UB40 tour. As always, the goal of the band is a high energy show and lots of sweat!”

They have just released their debut album ‘Portal’ available on most digital platforms and in retail stores. On that note, let’s all celebrate with Grassy Spark singing ‘Red, Red Wine’ 

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