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HAVANNA invited to perform in GERMANY

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In 2012 HAVANNA was invited to perform in Germany during the 1200 th Founding Year celebrations of a small town called Anzing, situated in Bavaria.

 It is NOT a typing error, dear friends. THIS town has been existing for the past 1200 years ! 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Cathedral-keys.jpg1200th Year of Anzing's Building History

In the year 812 Anzing was founded by a gentleman called Suuidhart. There must have been people on that soil before, since they’ ve found a skeleton in 2012, that dates back to 2000 B.C. 

Today Anzing has a population of 3802 people (census taken in Dec.2012).

I (Ilse) had the privilege to live in this picturesque little town for 9 years and it will remain a very special phase of my life. Walking past the historical buildings and monuments was part of an every day routine, without actually realizing that the whole town is soaked in history.

As with every town or village, in Germany, the Church is the main feature. All these Catholic Cathedrals are a few centuries old. The Pfarrkirche Maria Geburt in Anzing was built in 1677-1681. 


 HAVANNA was the 1st musicians to perform WITH drums in this Cathedral, since 1681. 

Words cannot capture the emotions we went through during this performance. We did a repertoire that consisted solely out of my original songs and instrumentals. Music with meditational, motivational and religious elements to it.  

Just to ease the intensity a bit,I told Wynand that we should keep it soft otherwise the Angels will come to a fall!

 b2ap3_thumbnail_Cathedral.JPGPfarrkirche Maria Geburt


So it came that we gave 4 performances of which 2 was in Anzing itself. The other two was in nearby towns called Markt Schwaben and Poing.

All the tickets were sold-out before we even left for Germany!

 b2ap3_thumbnail_Poing-church.jpgEvangelisch-Lutherische Kirche Markt Schwabenb2ap3_thumbnail_Rock-Germany.JPGKatholische Pfarrsaal Anzing


Our Event Co-ordinators Helmut Furtmair, Sabine Schwarz and Bettina Fahrngruber as well as our PA Patricia Hudler-Grain, made our concerts and our stay an experience to treasure for always.


Our “home” office was a place to be creative and our means of transport to the rehearsal room provided by dear friends, gave us the opportunity to mingle with the locals on our way.b2ap3_thumbnail_German-office-Ilse.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_W-fiets-Germany_20130806-190610_1.jpg

Oliver Wulff and Thomas Bittner who are both exceptional musicians in Munich, supplied us with a piano and a drumset. Without their help HAVANNA would have been...speechless.

b2ap3_thumbnail_ThomasW.JPGThomas Bittner and Wynand Mare

Karl-Heinz Fuchs who always has an open door for HAVANNA to play in the church in Markt Schwaben. 


If it was not for these people, ALL our fans and friends in Germany, Anzing would have been just another destination.

People had posters on their doors, at their shops and even on their cars! Even the regional News Paper, “Falke”, welcomed us with a front page article.


Last but not the least....."PROST !" from a South African with a German Beer, to a German with a South African jersey and to all our fans and friends in Bavaria. See you next year ! 


NOTE: HAVANNA is currently planning another tour to Germany in 2014 !!


Havanna is a 2-piece band performing throughout South Africa at any kind of function. Weddings, Private and Birthday Parties, Business and corporate events, Opening of new Businesses, Year End, Christmas, New Years functions, Golf days - we compliment ANY function. We consist out of Wynand Mare (drums) and Ilse Muller (piano and vocals).


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