Money For Bali is without a doubt, one of the most energetic and yet, easy going outfits to hit the South African music scene. Naturally, you might be a bit sceptical of this claim especially if you are still unfamiliar with this funky music outfit, but these guys only need to be given one chance to prove to newcomers in their audience why fans keep coming back for more. This month they are back at it and planning to raise the roof with their live launch event and you need to make sure you don’t miss this one. The event is a celebration of their latest single, ‘Eyes Like Fire’. This catchy new house track was created from the group’s inspiration of the rhythm and feel of the genre and serves as a testament to their love for South African house music. What makes it such a unique track is their ability to still blend their unique flavour and fresh sound into it, which has become synonymous with Money For Bali.
Catch the exclusive live performance of their new single on Friday night, 29 March at The Raptor Room in Cape Town.
“The title of the song describes the feeling of locking eyes with your partner on the dance floor and literally burning up inside. You know when your heart does that little ‘flutter!’ kind of palpitation”, explains Stefan Botha on the meaning behind their new single. He also comments that “listeners would definitely be met with a bit of a pleasant surprise as the track is something completely different from what we have released before. For those who are hearing us for the first time, we hope that the track piques their interest and motivates them to investigate our music. All in all, the shock factor is there, however one thing we always keep reminding ourselves of is to never forget where we came from and to never forget our influences. So we tried making something new with a tweak”.
In recent months, they’ve rolled into the year reggae style and have hit the sweet spots with their new releases so far in 2019. Their previous single ‘No Milk’ was given a proper send-off with its accompanying music video, available to watch on YouTube. The track has also been added to some notable radio playlists and is currently climbing its way up on MFM’s Top 40 chart. They’ve also further celebrated their new music with a well-received performance at this year's esteemed Up The Creek Festival. But it hasn’t stopped there... A new song called 'Student life' made its way into fans’ eardrums and another kick-ass live performance video was made and is available to enjoy below!
Money for Bali is a five-piece band from the Mother City, Cape Town. The band first started when Stefan Botha and Nick Enslin met whilst Studying molecular biology. They soon became friends and started jamming. Soon after that, they reached out to their mutual friend Tim Welsh, due to his formal music education, in order to develop their creativity and musicality. This lead to the formation of the Money for Bali trio. Although the writing process was fruitful, producing the songs ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Don't Know’, the trio craved a fuller, more coherent band unit. Tim approached bassist Stephen de Souza and drummer Ray Morgan, his two friends from music college, with the proposition of a five-piece band. After a successful trial jam in April 2016, Stephen and Ray both decided to join the band. Their first performance as a five-piece band was at "The Battle of the Buskers" event on the secondary stage at Mercury in July 2016. They have since been performing at various events and festivals both in and around Cape Town. They also took a serious step forward as a band when they decided to go into recording with the well renowned Peter Pearlson at the Academy of Sound Engineering in December 2016, releasing their debut EP called ‘Sex, Wax and Salty Cracks’ in May 2016.