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2024 Musicians

We are beyond excited to host Blues legend Dan Patlansky at the 2024 Clarens Arts Festival, as well as a large selection of our extremely talented Clarens resident musos!

Dan Patlansky

South Africa

With a discography of 10 studio albums and more than a decade of being revered as a global blues icon, DAN PATLANSKY has solidified his status as one of the most exceptional blues-based storytellers of his generation, earning legendary recognition worldwide.

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Lily & Bear


Husband and Wife team "Lily and Bear" are valued Clarens locals. What started as the occasional jam session on dates, became a duo performing live at weddings, bars, dives, restaurants and friends' houses. Bianca Pelser has been singing since early High School and reached the final stages of various competitions including Crescendo and Idols. Heinrich Pelser studied music and is currently the guitarist for Jak de Priester and Helene Bester and toured as a member of Ice Project and Frankie Fire. Their style consists of a Guitar and Synth driven mix of Adult Contemporary Alternative Indie Pop with heartfelt Female vocals in English and Afrikaans.

Kate Rok


Kate Rok is a “Voortrekkerkappie” talented South African singer-songwriter who enjoys sharing her passion for music with the world. This versatile brunette was born in Bethlehem and has been singing since she was a little girl. The artist comes from a musical family and her strong voice often secured her a prominent spot in the school choir. She also used to
perform extremely well at art festivals throughout her school career.

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Janco Scholtz


As a pianist, my love for music is deeply rooted in my classical training, which forms the foundation of my playing style. However, I'm equally drawn to the intricate rhythms and improvisational elements of jazz, which allows me to add a touch of creativity to my performances. Alongside my musical passion, I also have a keen interest in photography. I find the art of capturing the world through my camera lens to be incredibly fulfilling, as it enables me to tell stories and evoke emotions through my images. My ultimate goal is to inspire and uplift others through my music and photography, and I believe that by creating art that touches people's hearts and souls, I can make a positive impact on the world.

Guenter "Soul Man" Nerlich


Swiss / South African live performer, singer & songwriter and radio host since 1979 with among others Wet’n’Wild, Gangsters in Love, Snakebite & the Bluetones, Red Devils, Walking Tattoo and lately with Soul Man’s Rhythm & Blues Machine. Hundreds of concerts with his own bands and sharing the bill with or opening for acts like Walter Wolfman Washington, Big Jay McNeely, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Link Wray, Dr John, Crazy Cavan ‘n’ the Rhythm Rockers, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Krokus and many, many more.

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Elvis Mokoena


Proud Clarens Local
Father, Husband and Aviator. 
Expressing my artistic soul behind a guitar and a Microphone

Double Espresso

Italian Jazz Duo


Italian Jazz Duo Double Espresso brings together Cristiano Ilari's resonant double bass and Pamina Bohrer's captivating soprano vocals. Both hailing from Italy but now rooted in South Africa for two decades, their paths intersected fortuitously amidst the post-COVID landscape, sparking a shared passion for new musical horizons.

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Gen Avid

Free State

Gen Avid is a 25 year old independent singer-songwriter & recording artist from South Africa. In 2022 she came in 7th place in the second season of Die Kontrak with Afrikaans mentor Refentse. Based in Bethlehem she continues to play music bringing the fun by getting people to dance & singing along as well as in many different languages. She aspires to bring hope filled music that uplifts and inspires people to persevere in their biggest dreams. Her genre ranges between Country, Folk and Indie music with an occasional Spanish flare.

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