Paarl singer and songwriter Triveno Smith will launch his new album on Saturday 6 November at the Berg River Brewery in Paarl.
The former learner at Klein Nederburg Secondary School grew up in Lantana Street, Paarl East.
He first entered the world of music when he started learning the guitar at church from age 13.
“I learnt all the different styles of the older players and just loved making music. Writing my own music was always a passion for me since I started playing guitar. I love telling stories with my songs.
“In 2012 I made a big move and booked the Old Mill Theatre to have my first show with only my original songs. I invited family and friends, and I felt something amazing come alive in me on the stage that day. I would say 2012 was the year I really took my music seriously and thought this could be something I would do for the rest of my life.”
Triveno is married to Christelle and is the proud father of two, Gabriella (10) and Matthew (3 months).
His career was not always smooth sailing, facing some challenges along the way.
“In 2015, my first wife, Alecia, was diagnosed with cancer. She was also the bass player for my band at the time. It was really difficult to focus on anything other than her restoration to good health. She went through chemotherapy and had a big operation to remove the cancer. We were very happy, at the end of 2015, when the cancer was declared to be in complete remission. In 2016 we started the band Southern Lights with two other friends, Gavin Young and Werner Carstens, and recorded my song “Looking for Love” with award winning producer Helmut Meijer. “Looking for Love” was playlisted by numerous radio stations across SA, including national radio station RSG. The band also had its first live television appearance on SABC’s Hectic Nine 9 that year.”
But bad news would follow; in 2017 Alecia’s cancer returned and she became ill really quickly. After a courageous fight she died on 20 July that year.
“She is greatly missed by family and friends, and her memory lives on through the lives she touched and the music we created together,” Triveno said.
Triveno’s first single, “Little Drops”, was recorded at Franschhoek Recording Studios with Uys Visser in 2012. In 2014, he released his first EP/album entitled Brighter Day. This was a collection of 10 songs, four of which were recorded in a studio and the others taken from live performances.
His new album, Walking Tall, consists of 10 tracks, and is a collection of songs Triveno wrote over a period of more than 10 years.
On this album he worked with producer Ben Howard of Cosher Recording Studios in Cape Town.
“I recorded four singles with Ben in 2019 and went back to Cosher Studios to record the rest of the songs for the album in March 2020. When Covid-19 hit us and all events and festivals were cancelled, it was difficult for us financially, and I could not continue with the album. I really wanted to complete this project so much because I felt people needed to hear these songs of hope. After a successful Thundafund (crowd funding) campaign in June this year I could finally complete my first 10-track, full studio album. It took two and half years to do so.”
This weekend Paarlites can hear the songs at the launch of Walking Tall on Saturday at the Berg River Brewery.
CDs and other merchandise will also be on sale. There will be a food truck selling burgers and Dash Coffee will have hot drinks on sale. The brewery will also be open.
Doors will open from 14:30 and the show will start at 16:00, with comedian John Koopman, also known as Mr Cooper.
Afterwards, Triveno will hit the stage with his band.
Tickets, at R125 per person, can be booked online at Quicket, https://qkt.io/triveno or contact Triveno on 073 625 9503.