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195. Der Reinbeker, page 4 + 16, by Denise Ariaane Funke, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 12.8.19 “It is a philosophical question about whom to help and whom not.« Ike Moriz writes songs with messages and depth. He sings at Oxhoft Weinlager on 16.8.19"

Ike Moriz Der Reinbeker 12.8.19

194. Markt Wochenzeitung, title page  + page 4, O. Jahr, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 03.08.19: “In South Africa things are more intense”

Singer and musician Ike Moriz comes back to Wentorf for a visit.

It's winter time in South Africa - the perfect moment for Ike Moriz, his wife and two daughters to spend time in Wentorf. The singer-songwriter uses some time during his six-week stay to also do several concerts in the region.

Wentorf (oja). The 47-year-old was born in Bergedorf, grew up in Wentorf and went to the local high school. Once a year, he travels back from his adopted home town Cape Town, South Africa, to Germany to visit his parents and sister - and to maintain contact with his local audience. “We’ve gained a strong core of fans who love to attend my performances here,” says Ike Moriz talking to the 'MARKT Zeitung'. "At my open air concert at Lake Tonteich with saxophonist Kurt Buschmann last year we had about 500 spectators - a new record for us and for the concert series." Whether the same number of visitors attended his performance at the Tonteich yesterday, was not known at the editorial deadline.

On Friday, August 16, Ike Moriz will give another concert at 8pm at the Oxhoft Wentorf wine store, Hauptstraße 6e in Wentorf. The entrance fee is 15 Euros. Tickets can be purchased in advance in the wine shop. On the 22nd of August you can also experience the Wentorfer singer from 6 to 10 pm at a White Dinner in the Hamburg Hanseviertel, Heuberg 1.

In South Africa, Moriz delivers sold-out concert hall performances. With his mix of pop, rock and swing, he regularly lands hits in the radio charts in South Africa, the UK and the Netherlands, where he could celebrate several number-one rankings. 

During his performances in Germany, he will present his hit songs from the last few years, including his albums "Gold Rush" and "Love Swings" - these are available online at Amazon or iTunes et al. And maybe he will even give us a taste of his latest song "Voshaarnooi" - a reinterpretation of a 1987 song by South African musician Louis van Rensburg. "I like to experiment with languages," says Ike Moriz, who along with German and English speaks Dutch, Afrikaans as well as some French and Spanish. "With 'Voshaarnooi’ I'm singing in Afrikaans for the first time and I’m planning to re-imagine a few more Afrikaaner titles."

In addition, Moriz has already created enough material for his next album. "The pre-production is already running," he says. "I mainly draw inspiration from the South African environment. The dramatic nature ranging from the oceans and mountains to the desert. In our country, things are much more intense than in Germany, and this influences and becomes part of the songs.” The album should be primarily routed in the pop and rock genres, along with a few swinging jazz/blues inserts. Moriz also wants to record a song for the album with his longtime accompanist Kurt Buschmann. Ike Moriz is still staying in Germany until the end of August. "Especially in the second half of August I'm still open for further performances. If you are interested, you can learn more and make contact via, "says the musician.

(Photo: O. Jahr) Every year, Ike Moriz likes to come back to his old home town of Wentorf to visit his family and perform in front of local fans.  

193. Hamburger Abendblatt, 02.08.19, page 24, Stefanie Rutke & Elvira Nickmann,  Hamburg, Germany: Musician duo performs at Lake Tonteich"

Photo (M. Le Roux): Guest from South Africa in Wohltorf: IKE MORIZ (l.) will give a concert on Saturday together with Kurt Buschmann.

South African singer Ike Moriz and saxophonist Kurt Buschmann give a joint concert in Wohltorf

Wohltorf / Wentorf. There will be a reunion with Ike Moriz: The singer from South Africa is currently on tour in Germany with his "Millennium Hits Tour" and gives several concerts in Northern Germany. Ike Moriz grew up in Bergedorf and Wentorf, now lives with his wife and children in the South African port city of Cape Town.

Every summer he leaves his adopted home to visit his family in Bergedorf. Moriz says: "We are now in Germany and France for six weeks." During this time, he has planned many public appearances as well as priate shows. In our region, Moriz is on stage together with the Bergedorf saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. The musicians will give their next concert at the Sachsenwald Tonteichbad (Am Tonteich 35) on Saturday, 3 August (8pm).

After the concert at the Tonteich the hat goes around

Concert visitors can look forward to a mixture of jazz, swing, pop, rock and blues. The special feature of the Tonteich concerts is that no admission is required. Because at the end of the evening the "hat box” is passed around. "My music is a mixture of my hits from my 19 albums, combined with famous songs that I reinterpret," says Ike Moriz about his program. "I really like this direct connection to the audience," says the artist. He now plays at exclusive weddings in South Africa and is the house entertainer in three luxury hotels in Cape Town.

If you miss the concert at the Tonteich, you will have the opportunity to see live performances by Ike Moriz and Kurt Buschmann: On Friday, August 16 (8 pm), the two artists will be guests at the Oxhoft Weinlager in Wentorf on Hauptstraße 6 e. Tickets for the price of 15 euros are available in advance in the wine store during opening hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 12pm and 2.30pm to 6pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. A few days later, on Thursday, 22nd August (6pm to 10pm), visitors of the White Dinner in Hamburg's Hanseviertel (ABC Street) can enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and sounds of the musician duo.

The fact that Ike Moriz enjoys increasing prominence not only in South Africa, but also in Northern Germany, is demonstrated by the many sold-out concerts. This includes the "Love Swing Show" in Hamburg-Niendorf on 18 August. Lucky for the fanbase that there are no tickets available at the concert at Lake Tonteich and therefore it cannot sell out.

192. Bergedorfer Zeitungpage 17, Stefanie Rutke, Hamburg, Germany, Singer from South Africa performs at Lake Tonteich"

Ike Moriz Bergedorfer Zeitung 2019 August 01 Tonteich Konzert

PHOTO (Madri le Roux-Moriz): Ike Moriz, here at Burg Henneberg in Thuringia, sings at home on several concerts - such as in Wohltorf.

Wohltorf / Wentorf. There will be a reunion with Ike Moriz. The singer from South Africa is currently in Germany, giving several concerts in the region. Ike Moriz lives with his wife and two daughters in Cape Town. The 47-year-old grew up in Bergedorf and Wentorf. Every summer he leaves his adopted home country South Africa to visit his family in Bergedorf. "We are now in Germany and France for six weeks, and we have many shows during this time, even some private ones," he says.

Moriz appears in the region together with Bergedorf saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. The next concert will take place on Saturday, 3 August, at 8pm at Lake Tonteich in Wohltorf.

Ike Moriz and Kurt Buschmann will perform jazz, swing, pop, rock and blues. The special feature of the Tonteich concerts is that no admission is required. At the end of the evening, the 'hat box’ is passed around. "My music is a mixture of classic hits from my 19 albums, combined with old songs that I reinterpret," says Ike Moriz about his program.

"I really like this direct connection with the audience," says the artist about his live concerts. He now sings at exclusive weddings in South Africa and is the resident entertainer at three luxury hotels in Cape Town.

Those who miss the concert at the Tonteich will have more opportunities to experience Ike Moriz live: For example, on Friday, August 16, at Oxhoft Wine in Wentorf, Hauptstraße 6e. Ticket prices are 15 euros pp, available at Oxhoft during opening hours. Another show is Thursday, August 22, from 6-10pm at the Hamburg Hanseviertel during a public "White Dinner” event. All information on the Internet at (ru)

191. Hamburger Wochenblatt, page 6, Franziska Klotz, Bille, Germany, 31.07.19: “Ike Moriz on tour in Germany: tour takes him to Lake Tonteich” 

Usually Ike Moriz can be found at his new home country South Africa. In summer, the native Wentorfer goes on tour in Germany. Like last past year, when he broke the attendance record with 500 guests, he once again stops by at lake Tonteich in Wohltorf. There he performs on Saturday, August 3, together with well-known Hamburg saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. "I play exactly what's most fun and exciting for me at present," says Ike Moriz. These are his own compositions from blues, pop, rock to swing, but also well-known cover songs from Bowie, the Beatles or John Lennon to Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. The concert starts at 8pm and the entrance is free. (Fra)

190. Sachsenwald Zeitung / Glinder Zeitung, 2019 edition 31, page 10, P.T., Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 30.07.19: “Lake Tonteich concert with  Ike Moriz - Music at the water

Wohltorf (pt) – For the fourth time, jazz and pop star Ike Moriz will perform at Lake Tonteich in Wohltorf, where he broke the attendance record with 500 guests last year.

On Saturday, August 3, at 8pm, saxophonist Kurt Buschmann will be joining the native Bergedorfer Ike Moriz's appearance at the ’Naturbad' in Wohltorf, 35 Am Tonteich. Moriz has been living in South Africa since 2005 and can look back on a 25-year musical career abroad. Admission is free, a so-called hat donation is requested.

On Friday, 16th of August, Ike Moriz will be at 'Oxhoft Winelager' in Wentorf from 8pm. Admission to the concert is EUR15. More information on Ike Moriz is available on the offical tour website

Photo: This year, Ike Moriz performs with saxophonist Kurt Buschmann at the Tonteich. (PT)

189. Markt Wochenzeitung, page 4, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 27.07.19: “A Mix of Swing, Rock and Pop” 

Ike Moriz gives an open-air concert at lake Tonteich on 3 August, Wohltorf (gm / oja). The singer and musician Ike Moriz, who comes from Wentorf and emigrated to South Africa, has previously played 3 open-air concerts at lake Tonteich. This year, once again, he is looking forward to returning there. “In 2018 we even set a new attendance record with 550 visitors", says Moriz.

"With this special performance in my old home town, it's gonna be great fun to do musically exactly what I am currently most interested in and what I feel most enthusiastic about," continues Moriz.

"After a 25 year music career abroad, I am looking forward to sharing my musical world with my audience today just as much as I did back then at beginning. So, this time, we will play many of my own well-known songs from the Blues, Pop, Rock and Swing genres, but there will of course also be some well-known cover songs in the program - from Bowie, The Beatles and John Lennon to Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. "

Ike Moriz will again be accompanied by Hamburg saxophonist Kurt Buschmann this year. The concert will take place on Saturday, August 3, at 8pm at lake Tonteich, Am Tonteich 35, in Wohltorf.

188. Hamburger Abendblatt, 25.7.19, Hamburg, Germany: “Reinbek - Swing in the afternoon"

Under the show title "Love Swings", South African singer Ike Moriz will present songs and evergreens of the swing era on Friday in Reinbek. The program includes hits by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin, which are supplemented by the musician's own compositions. This Friday, Ike will be singing from 4 to 5pm at the Villa Kursana in Reinbek. Admission is free.

187. Hamburger Wochenblatt, page 9, Reinbek, Germany, 19.06.19: “Ike’s focus on the swing legends” 

Ike focus on swing legends Reinbek Bille Wochenblatt Hamburg article newspaper

He has already released 19 albums, his songs are played in 17 countries and have reached the number 1 in England, Holland and South Africa several times.

Ike Moriz is now celebrated in his homeland South Africa as a pop idol. Again and again, the actor and musician born in Bergedorf returns to Germany for concerts.

"Love is swings" is the name of his show, which will be presented at 4pm on Friday, July 26th, at the Villa Kursana  Reinbek (Am Rosenplatz 12). It is a tribute to swing legends Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. In addition to popular evergreens such as "New York, New York", "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Everything" he will also present some of his own hits from his now 19 albums. Admission to the concert is free.  (pal/fra)

Bille Wochenblatt Ike Moriz newspaper article 2019 Reinbek Hamburger Villa Kursana

186. Eikestadnuus, Arts & Entertainment, page 11, 20.12.18, “Ike Moriz in last show of the year”, by Elmarine Anthony

Ike Moriz presents a “cocktail of music” with a top Cape Town swing band.

Ike Moriz returns to Oude Libertas Amphitheatre on 30 December for one last spectacular show for 2018. “It will be an evening filled with great music performed by a swing band of legendary musicians of the Cape Town music scene,” says Moriz. Performing with him will be Willie van Zyl on saxophone and clarinet, Alvin Dyers on guitar, Valentino Europa on double base and Ivan Bell on drums.

The band will be performing popular compositions from Moriz’s 18 CD’s, particularly the songs from his swing albums including hits by Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé such as “New York New York”, “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Sway”, “Everything” and “Home”. “I’ve chosen this particular ‘cocktail of music’ because for one thing I believe that it perfectly suits the atmosphere and acoustics of this beautiful location. These songs represent the core of what I love about music in general. “Having performed at the amphitheatre and in front of audiences in twenty different countries, I’ve noticed how certain melodies have the ability to connect and uplift both the audience and the musicians. I’m privileged to present these timeless classics with a group of excellent artists who share my attitude of putting the creation of beautiful entertaining music above all else.”

This year Moriz released a “best of” album which was followed by tour in Europe. According to Moriz the album involved a lot of retrospection which he says is not usually part of his creative process. “It felt a bit like time-travelling through the past 20 years of my life and it was a lot of fun to revisit the diverse times, places, feelings and opinions this music represents for me.”

Moriz’s plans for 2019 includes more tours of Europe and an Afrikaans language project. He says many fans and friends have asked him to sing Afrikaans songs over the years. “I often found that there are so many hidden treasures in this part of South African culture and music. Even oversees audiences have enjoyed a few Afrikaans songs at my concerts.”

For more information visit

185. Markt weekly, O. Jahr, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 15.09.18: "Finale of the successful summer tour" - Ike Moriz is still giving concerts in Geesthacht and Wentorf before returning home 

Markt Wochenzeitung Ike Moriz Kurt Buschmann Geesthacht Wentorf Madri le Roux Südafrika Vladan Antic Summ Werkstatt Cafe Weinfest David Bowie Swing Blues England Holland Nummer Eins Millennium Hits Tour 2018

Ike Moriz (left) and Kurt Buschmann have done many joint performances this summer and can be experienced for the last time this year in Geesthacht and Wentorf. Photo: Madre le Roux

Wentorf / Geesthacht (gm / oja). After sold-out performances in the region, the singer and songwriter Ike Moriz, who grew up in Wentorf, and the internationally renowned guitarist Vladan Antic and Bergedorf saxophonist Kurt Buschmann will be performing at the SmuX - Werkstatt-Café in Geesthacht on September 15, Lichterfelder Straße 5. His last appearance in Germany for this year will take place on Sunday, September 16th from 3-5pm at the Wentorfer Weinfest / Casinopark. Moriz's new album consists of 19 original compositions and hits of his now 18 CDs, which have received much international attention. Even rock legend David Bowie was a fan. Stylistically, his music ranges from melodic indie pop / rock to latin / easy listening to jazzy swing and blues. His songs have been played in 17 countries around the world and have scored the number one slot several times in England, Holland and South Africa.

184. Bille Wochenblatt, pg17, Bergedorf, Germany, 12.09.18: "Easy Songs with strong accompaniment” 

Bille Wochenblatt Ike Moriz Easy Songs Klangbar Bergedorf Plan B Kurt Buschmann Suhrhof Millennium Hits Tour 2018 September Bille_KW37-2018.pdf Saxofonist Südafrika Jazz Pop Popstar

His tour through the homeland takes Ike Moriz to the Klangbar on Friday. Saxophonist Kurt Buschmann will play alongside on the night. Photo: Madri le Roux-Moriz

Bergedorf (mr). This summer, South African jazz and pop star Ike Moriz will present the songs of his new album in a series of concerts in his former hometown Bergedorf. Together with Bergedorf saxophonist Kurt Buschmann, Moriz will perform on Friday, September 14, starting at 9pm at the Klangbar in the Suhrhof, Weidenbaumsweg 1315. Admission is free, a hat donation is requested.

183. Markt - weekly  page 14, O. Jahr, Wentorf, Germany, 04.08.2018: “The best of 16 years - Singer Ike Moriz visits his old home country / concert at Lake Tonteich”

His songs are hits on two continents: The singer and musician Ike Moriz has already celebrated many chart successes in his adopted home country of South Africa, but he is also in great demand in Germany, England and France. Every year, the 'Wentorfer' comes home for several weeks to visit his family, give concerts - and introduce a new album.

Wentorf (oja). While it's winter in South Africa, Germany suffers the hottest summer since 2003. For Ike Moriz, the temperatures are nothing special: "It's unusual in Germany, but in South Africa we've always had such temperatures during summer," says the 46-year old, who grew up and went to school in Wentorf, talking to the MARKT. His home town Cape Town has been struggling with continued water scarcity for a year now.

Thankfully we are still far from such worries in this country - for now at least. That's why Ike Moriz, together with his wife and two daughters, enjoys visiting his family in their old homeland. This time they are in Germany for three months, until the 20th of September when they will return to South Africa.

This period is not a holiday trip for Moriz. Several performances are lined up for the singer here in the region, many of them are public concerts, but there are also a few private performances. "I'm continuing my Millennium Hits tour, which has taken me through South Africa and for the first time also to Namibia, Botswana and even Zimbabwe," says Moriz. He has covered over 3,000 kilometres on some rather adventurous roads, but was also rewarded with magnificent scenery and the sight of many beautiful animals, such as elephants bathing in the Chobe River, whose photos he showed me on his smartphone. His audience - whether in Africa or Germany - is very mixed: 20-year-old young women cheer him on as well as for example his eldest fan, a 98-year-old lady from Bergedorf.

The Millennium Hits tour is named after his latest album: "Millennium Hits 2002-2018". Thereon Ike Moriz has released a selection of 'best-of' songs from his 18 albums released so far. "There is something from every genre. Indie pop and rock from my first years in London, as well as my later swing and jazz songs from 2008 onwards. "Of course, his first number one hit "Fall into the Sun" with which he stormed the charts in England in 2002 couldn't be left out. The album "Millennium Hits 2002-2018" is available on CD as well as from popular online music providers such as iTunes or Amazon.

If you want to experience Ike Moriz live, you will also have the opportunity. The singer from Wentorf will be giving a concert at the Tonteich lake in Wohltorf tonight, August 4, at 8pm. Admission is free.

If that is too short notice, make a note of September 11th. Then Moriz will be singing at the Bismarck-Seniorenstift, Mühlenweg 8-10 in Reinbek from 6.30pm.

Further information on discography and performances by Ike Moriz can be found on the Internet at

photo2: Ike Moriz visits Wentorf. The 46-year-old lives with his family in Cape Town most of the year. (Photo by O. Jahr)

photo 1: Ike Moriz (right) gives a concert in the Tonteichbad in Wohltorf together with saxophonist Kurt Buschmann (Photo by Madri le Roux)

182. Bille Wochenblatt, pg9, Hamburg, Germany, 01.08.18: Millennium hits now with Sax accompa-niment" 

Bille Wochenblatt Ike Moriz Millennium Hits Tour 2018 Kurt Buschmann saxophone saxofon indie pop latin easy listening Tonteich Belami Altstadtfest Bergedorf Wohltorf NDR Tonteichbad Wohltorf August Rock Pop Holtenklinker Strasse Konzert

Ike Moriz continued his "Millennium Hits Tour" in the Greater Hamburg region: saxophonist Kurt Buschmann joined the band. Together, they will perform at 8.30pm on Friday, August 3, at the Belami culture club on Holtenklinker Straße 26. Admission is free. You can hear music from melodic indie pop and rock to latin / easy listening to swing and blues. Native Moriz already performed together with Bushman on the NDR stage at the city festival two weeks ago. Those who missed it can see them this Saturday, August 4, when Ike Moriz, whose adopted country is South Africa, gives another concert at Tonteichbad Wohltorf. All other tour dates can be found at

181. Sachsenwald Zeitung / Glinder Zeitung, page 10, S. Rutke, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 31.07.18: “Singer Ike Moriz on stage at Tonteichbad Wohltorf - From The Beatles to Bowie 

Wohltorf (ru). The singer and songwriter IKE MORIZ, who grew up in Bergedorf and Wentorf, leaves his adopted home country South Africa every summer and comes home to Germany. The charming musician performs together with Bergedorf saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. "This year I am on my 'Millenium Hits Tour 2018'," says Moriz. From his 18 albums released so far, he has selected 18 tracks for his first best-of album. The tour took him from Cape Town to Johannesburg in South Africa, on to NamibiaBotswana and Zimbabwe and now to the old homeland. The first concert will be given by IKE MORIZ and Kurt Buschmann on Friday, August 3, at 8.30pm at the BeLaMi Bergedorf. Here Moriz plays his own original songs. One day later, on Saturday, August 4, he makes a detour to Wohltorf to the Tonteich. At the open-air concert he plays together with saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. "The set ranges from the Beatles to Bowie, but we’ll also play lots of originals," reveals Ike MorizHe has recorded a song in Afrikaans that he will sing at the lake too. "I always do something new," says the songwriter, who looks forward to a concert at home in front of friends. "It's like a home-match for me.” The entry for this summer evening with blues, swing and Latin at the idyllic Tonteich lake is free as always. Donations are welcome.

180. Bergedorfer Zeitung, pg15, Stefanie Rutke, Hamburg, Germany, 30.07.2018: “Concert at the lake - IKE MORIZ’s home match at the Tonteich” 

Ike Moriz Millennium Hits Tour 2018 Stefanie Rutke Bergedorf Kurt Buschmann Ike Moriz Duo Wentorf Schleswig-Holstein jazz swing blues pop Bergedorfer Zeitung news BeLaMi Tonteich Tonteichbad TonteichKonzert Sachsenwaldbad Wohltorf Botswana Namibia Zimbabwe SouthAfrica Südafrika

Wohltorf (ru). The singer and songwriter IKE MORIZ, who grew up in Bergedorf and Wentorf, leaves his adopted home country South Africa every summer and comes home to Germany. The charming musician performs together with Bergedorf saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. "This year I am on my 'Millenium Hits Tour 2018'," says Moriz. From his 18 albums released so far, he has selected 18 tracks for his first best-of album. The tour took him from Cape Town to Johannesburg in South Africa, on to NamibiaBotswana and Zimbabwe and now to the old homeland. The first concert will be given by IKE MORIZ and Kurt Buschmann on Friday, August 3, at 8.30pm at the BeLaMi Bergedorf. Here Moriz plays his own original songs. One day later, on Saturday, August 4, he makes a detour to Wohltorf to the Tonteich. At the open-air concert he plays together with saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. "The set ranges from the Beatles to Bowie, but we’ll also play lots of originals," reveals Ike MorizHe has recorded a song in Afrikaans that he will sing at the lake too. "I always do something new," says the songwriter, who looks forward to a concert at home in front of friends. "It's like a home-match for me.” The entry for this summer evening with blues, swing and Latin at the idyllic Tonteich lake is free as always. Donations are welcome.

179. German TV: Hamburg Journal, NDR, by presenter Julia Wulf, Interview with Ike Moriz at the Hamburg city festival, 20.7.18: 

178. Bergedorfer Zeitung, page 17, Ariaane Funke, Hamburg, Germany, 18.07.2018: “South African popstar visiting Germany” - IKE MORIZ presents new album and tours the north

Geesthacht (daf). The fact that the occasional spectator melted in the ‘Smux Werkstatt-Café', was not only due to the midsummer temperatures. With his intensely expressive performance and impressive tonal range, Eike "Ike" Moriz, singer, actor and songwriter, created a lot of goose bumps. He was accompanied by renowned saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. The South African by choice is visiting his old home country for a few weeks to present his new album "Millennium Hits 2002-2018". In South Africa, the album is already a success and now Germany should follow. Moriz tours through the sites of his youth - the 46-year-old grew up in Bergedorf and Wentorf.

In Cape Town, Moriz has long been a celebrated musician. He plays several concerts a month. His repertoire ranges from jazzy swing and latin to indie-pop. For Ike, South Africa was love at first sight. After absolving his compulsury time at the German army in 1992, Moriz moved to South Africa for the first time. He was working with his uncle on a citrus farm back then. "The wild and wide landscapes inspired me the most. I felt as if someone had lifted a veil. Even the blue of the South African sky is much bluer than ours”, he enthuses.

In 1993 he went back to Germany, where Moriz spent 4 semesters studying business - somewhat unenthusiastically  He did not finish his studies. Instead, Moriz applied to three colleges of music and was accepted at all of them. Moriz opted for Dresden, where he studied jazz and rock/pop. After graduation he went to Rotterdam and London. In London, Moriz worked as a waiter and street musician. "I even toured Europe with a friend. We played at tourist spots and made up to 100 Euros per hour”, says Moriz, who wouldn't have wanted to miss this very instructive time.

In 2005, he left London for South Africa. "I sent my first Single to South African radio stations back then”, recalls Moriz. To his surprise, it jumped straight to number one in the South African charts. Since then, Moriz has released 18 albums that have been played on the airwaves in 17 countries - including several number one hits in England, Holland and South Africa. He lives in Cape Town with his wife and two daughters. There he also composes his songs. He wrote "Sofia" for his little daughter. In the song he tells the story of how wonderful it is to be Sofia's dad.

If you would like to experience Ike Moriz either as a soloist or with Kurt Buschmann, you should make a note of the following dates: On Friday he plays with Buschmann from 6-7pm at the Altstadtfest am Hafen (main stage in the castle park). On 4th August, Moriz and Buschmann will be at the Tonteichbad (Am Tonteich 35, Wohltorf) at 8pm. In Reinbek he plays a Swing Show (Mühlenweg) on ​​September 11th at 6.30pm. At the Klangbar (Weidenbaumsweg 1315) he will perform on September 14th at 8.30pm and there will also be a concert by Moriz and Buschmann in the Smux (Lichterfelder Straße 5). They play on 15th September from 8pm.

177. Markt - Weekly newspaper, page 14, A. Funke, Wentorf, Germany, 07.07.2018: “Wentorf athletes celebrated with 1.500 guests"

Mart weekly newspaper Wentorf Glinder Zeitung Ike Moriz Madri le Roux Kateline Katie Swanepoel Sofia Marie Moriz summer festival SC Wentorf microphone singer South African daughter wife news

In brilliant sunshine and warm temperatures, the summer festival of the SC Wentorf was under a good star. Throughout the day, over 1,500 people visited the club grounds. 

Wentorf-born South African singer and songwriter Ike Moriz was also among the numerous guests. But this time he did not have his microphone and guitar with him. "Today I want to spend time with my three nephews together with my wife Madri and daughters Katie and Sofia-Marie"; revealed the successful singer, about whom MARKT had previously reported. Photo: A. Funke (Singer Ike Moriz and his daughter Katie, wife Madri and little sister Sofia-Marie also had fun at the summer party). /...

176. Hamburger Morgenpost, Heidrun Schumacher, Hamburg, Germany, 27.06.18: “South Africa’s top singer on tour!

Bergedorf born South Africa's No. 1 singer returns with new album, interviews and tour to Germany!

Rivers wind through small valleys along Table Mountain, fine sandy beaches invite for a stroll, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean can be seen at the same time. The sea, the mountains, the city - close together. Spectacular views, dolphins and whales frolicking in the sea, the cool sea breeze in hot temperatures, horseback riding and more: beautiful highlights and exciting days in South Africa, more precisely in Cape Town. The South African singer Ike Moriz left his homeland, and turned his back on confined Bergedorf, years ago. Since I know him personally, I am particularly pleased to announce his latest tour dates. More here …

Millennium Hits 2002 – 2018 Tour.

The South African jazz and pop star, producer and actor Ike Moriz has received wide international acclaim for his now 18 albums. Stylistically, they range from melodic indie pop / rock and latin / easy listening to jazzy swing, smooth lounge and blues. I know his family, I know him personally - Ike Moriz, who likes to talk to me over coffee, about livestyle, concerts in his adopted capital Cape Town, the yearning for the wild life in South Africa, personal texts and how having a family feels.

Everything you need to know about South Africa's #1 singer, composer and producer Ike Moriz can be read in our August 2017 interview:

# Musician interview: Ike Moriz (click)

Photo: Ike Moriz on tour in 2017!

Now, at the end of June 2018, Ike Moriz is revisiting his old hometown Bergedorf, giving concerts in Germany and bringing along a brand new CD: "Millennium Hits 2002-2018"! The album is available since May 14th on iTunes / Amazon etc. worldwide. On the CD you will find a selection of 18 + 1 hits of his 18 previous albums from 2002 - 2018. In South Africa, the launch of the new album was already a great success and now the LP will be presented in Germany for the first time.

First 2018 concert dates in Germany:

# 29.06.18: Klangbar, Ike Moriz solo, Weidenbaumsweg 13-15, 21029 Hamburg, ab 20.30 h
# 12.07.18: Love Swings Show, Ike Moriz solo, Bahnhofstraße, 18507 Grimmen, 16 h
# 15.07.18: SmuX, Lichterfelder Str. 5, Ike Moriz Duo, 21502 Geesthacht, ab 12 h
# 20.07.18: Altstadtfest Bergedorf, Ike Moriz Duo, Hauptbühne Schlosspark, 18-19 h (auch live auf NDR 3)
# 04.08.18: Sachsenwald Tonteichbad, Am Tonteich 35, 21521 Wohltorf, Ike Moriz Duo, 20 h
# 12.08.18: Burg Henneberg, Marienhof 8, 22399 Hamburg-Poppenbüttel, Ike Moriz Duo, 19 h
# 15.08.18: Love Swings Show, Talliner Strasse, 17493 Greifswald, 15 h
# 11.09.17: Bismarck, Swing Show, Ike Moriz Duo, Mühlenweg, 21465 Reinbek, 18.30 h
# 14.09.18: Klangbar, Ike Moriz Duo, Weidenbaumsweg 13-15, 21029 Hamburg, ab 20.30 h
# 15.09.18: SmuX, Ike Moriz Solo, Lichterfelder Str. 5, 21502 Geesthacht, 20 h
(weitere Termine werden noch kommen)

# German tour website Ike Moriz (click)
# Concerts in South Africa by Ike Moriz (click)

Ike Moriz - with his own special charme - will bring us closer to Cape Town again - Table Mountain, sunny beaches, good food, summer wines, ostriches, penguins and relaxation. If this sounds good to you, then dont hesitate and lets go to one of his concerts! I'm sure the charming singer with his blue eyes also likes to sign autographs.

175. Bille Wochenblatt, pg10, Hamburg, Germany, 25.06.18: “Back home after the Gold Rush"

Bergedorf (pal). Following his sold out 'Gold Rush tour' last year, South African jazz and pop star Ike Moriz returns with the "Millennium Hits Tour 2018". It brings him back to his old hometown Bergedorf. On Friday, June 29, Ike Moriz will perform at the Klangbar in Suhrhof Bergedorf. Doors open: 8.30pm. Stylistically, Moriz's music ranges from indie pop / rock to latin / jazzy swing and blues. 'South Africa's own Indie Pop Idol' has studied music and acting in South Africa, Germany and Holland. Since 2005 Moriz lives in his home country of choice South Africa where he was voted one of the top 5 singers nationally.

174. Eikestad Nuus, page 12, by Michelle van der Spuy, Stellenbosch, SA, 08.03.18: “Music with swing at Oude Libertas” (photo: Antonia Steyn) Ike Moriz presents timeless classics with a group of excellent artists at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre on 11 March.

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Beloved crooner Ike Moriz returns to Oude Libertas Amphitheatre with a selection of hits from his 18 albums. Andrew Ford (piano), Willie van Zyl (saxophone and clarinet), Wesley Rustin (double bass), Alvin Dyers (guitar) and Ivan Bell (drums) will join him on stage for the performance on 11 March.

If you loved his Love Swings album, which featured a number of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé’s hits, such as New York, New York and Sway, this show is not to be missed. It will also include some of Moriz’s swing, blues, pop and easy listening favourites that he enjoyed singing during his recent overseas tours.

“One of the highlights I’m looking forward to playing with this incredible band will be John Lennon’s Imagine and the bluesy That’s Life,” says Moriz. All the music will be extremely melodic, catchy and harmonic to allow the audience to fully relax and enjoy another warm summer’s evening under the stars at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre.

Moriz chose this particular cocktail of music because he believes it perfectly suits the atmosphere and acoustics of this beautiful location. “These songs represent the core of what I love about music in general,” he explains. “Having performed at the amphitheatre, and before audiences in 20 countries over the past two decades, I’ve noticed how certain melodies have the ability to connect and uplift both the audience and the musicians.”

Moriz says he is privileged to present these timeless classics with a group of excellent artists who share his attitude of putting the creation of beautiful entertaining music above all else. He recently returned from a European tour, performing in 11 countries and also released his latest album, Gold Rush.

This album was inspired mainly by experiencing the post- Mandela and pre-Ramaphosa era in South Africa and all the chaos that came with it. Songs such as “Lawless”, “Forgotten” and “Gold Rush” are a direct reflection of how it felt to live at a time of state capture and growing corruption and lawlessness.

However, there are also several songs about hope and optimism, such as “Riding On The Storm” and his Volunteer Wildfire Services anthem “Heroes In Red” and the upbeat “Wishful”.

“It was a lot of fun to tour with these songs,” Moriz says, “because it was the first time in many years that I performed songs of the pop, blues, rock and folk genres. I also included one cover song, namely the 70s David Bowie hit ‘Golden Years’.
“It’s meant as a tribute to one of my biggest inspirations after his sudden passing last year. Bowie supported my debut album some 14 years ago by repeatedly choosing my songs as top new songs of the month while I was still living in London.”

Tickets can be booked via Computicket. 

173. Hamburger Wochenblatt Bille, page 9, Franziska Klotz, Hamburg, Germany, 23.08.17 (Foto: Guido Schwarz): “Ike Moriz on Serrahn" 

Bergedorf (fra). Under the header "Music on Serrahn”, bands of different musical styles are playing during the summer months on the stage in front of the quayside of Serrahnstraße on the water. The Bergedorfer shipping line provides a ship for this purpose. For Thursday, August 24, the association Bergedorfer Hafen e.V. has invited Ike Moriz. From 7pm, the South African singer, originally from Wentorf, will perform his program of jazz and swing together with the Bergedorf saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. "We have deliberately selected acts from different musical genres so that many people will feel attracted and spend some great evenings at the Serrahn with good music and nice weather, "says Michael Wenk, one of the board members of the association. On Monday, 21 September, the group "Blues Package" will perform from 7pm. The association Bergedorfer Hafen e.V. has the goal to promote "art and culture" around the Bergedorfer Serrahn and thereby contribute directly to the revival of the Serrahn area.

"The pearl of Bergedorf deserves a different perception," says Wenk, "and these events of the association will contribute to this". The costs are paid by the association, the entrance is free, if needed, seats need to be brought along. The club has announced that in uncertain weather conditions, the concert will always take place in the Klangbar at the Suhrhof, the admission is free.
Photo: Guido Schwarz Photography ( IKE MORIZ sings on the Serrahn in the open air on 24th August, otherwise in the Klangbar.)

172. Hamburger Wochenblatt Bille, page 4, Hamburg, Germany, 09.08.17 (Photo: M. Le Roux): "David Bowie cover on a bright summer's night.” Interview with musician Ike Moriz about ‘Tonteich’ concerts, 'South African feel’ and his fans

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South African singer, producer and songwriter Ike Moriz is back on tour in Germany until the end of September. On Saturday, August 12th, the musician, who grew up in Wentorf, will perform at the Tonteichbad in Wohltorf. 'Bille Wochenblatt' has been talking to him ahead of his show. The questions were asked by Franziska Klotz.

Mr. Moriz, what makes singing at the Tonteichbad special for you?

I am very happy that this year's "Gold Rush Tour" brings me to the Tonteich in Wohltorf again. In South Africa, I often perform outdoors, e.g. this year’s concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at the 'Valentine Under The Stars’ show. Somehow, this kind of concert always creates a very special atmosphere - especially when surrounded by such beautiful nature like at the Tonteich lake: the view of the still, mirror-like water, the tall trees of the Sachsenwald and the lush greenery of the area. Due to its geographical location, Cape Town has no long, bright summer nights like Hamburg. From 8pm it's as black as the darkest night.

What songs can the audience look forward to this time?

As with the first two tour concerts last week in Berlin and Geesthacht, I’m bringing along a new album with many new songs - even a David Bowie cover (Golden Years). Together with renowned Bergedorf saxophonist Kurt Buschmann, who also accompanied me last year on the Love Swings Tour, we play songs from Swing, Jazz, Blues and Easy Listening to Pop and Rock. Of my own classics, Starry Night, Love Swings, Cape Town and Heroes In Red will be part of the repertoire for the night.

The new album is already your 18th. How is it different from the previous one(s)?

My last two albums 'Debonaire' (2016) and 'Love Swings' (2015) were stylistically set in the musical genres of ​​Smooth Jazz, Swing, Latin and Easy Listening. 'Gold Rush' is a melodic, 'blues-rock' return to my Britpop and Glam Rock influences of my first albums, which I had then recorded with George Michael's producer in London. The melodies are catchy and the arrangements upbeat. It was a lot of fun for me to produce this CD. It is like a personal reflection of what is currently happening politically and socially in South Africa and in the world. There is no shortage of fun, but there are also a few thematically dark songs. We live in crazy times!

How does the South African life style influence your music?

A lot of sun, sea, mountains, great climate - all of these help to look at life with optimism. Nevertheless, things are happening in South Africa on a political and social level, which, if they'd happen in Germany, would send the masses demonstrating on the streets: corruption, mass poverty, unemployment, crime, crisis in education and service delivery, inflation, a wavering democracy. But with us in SA, everything is different, so we as a society always find new ways to deal with these big problems in our own way. It is a very interesting phase for this young democracy, where citizens are increasingly learning to take responsibility for creating a better future. Post-apartheid - an exciting time that could perhaps be compared to post-war periods in Europe.

After the Tonteich you perform in Bergedorf. How big is your local fan base?

At home in Cape Town, I have grown accustomed to a big fan base over the last twelve years. Television, radio, newspapers and magazines keep them up to date. Here it is therefore particularly exciting to start again from scratch in a certain sense. I'm really excited about how the fan base grows every year. Last year at the Tonteich show, we had the largest number of visitors of the concert season, and all concerts were booked out at other venues such as the Bergedorfer Schloss. I am of course very glad and grateful, because without this kind and loyal support that we get here every summer, it would be difficult to keep visiting to perform each summer.

Concerts in the region: 12 August, 8pm - Tonteichbad, Wohltorf. 24 August, 7pm: Serrahn Queen - port of Bergedorf. 1 September: Jazzclub Bergedorf - Klangbar, 8.30pm. All tour dates are available on the tour website and on all social media sites.

171. Sachsenwald Zeitung / Glinder Zeitung, page 20, Harald Prädel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 08.08.16: "Gold Rush" under open skies". The South African artist Ike Moriz performs at the Tonteichbad open air.

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Wohltorf (hap) - His roots lie in Wentorf, he made his career in his home country of choice South Africa: IKE MORIZ, singer, composer and producer, now returns to his birth place. Almost as a recurring tradition, he spends the weeks of the South African winter in Germany. On Saturday, August 12th, he will give an open-air concert at the Tonteich in Wohltorf at 8pm. The artist is accompanied by renowned Bergedorf saxophonist Kurt Buschmann.

During his tour through Germany which leads him to Berlin, Hamburg and Lübeck by the end of September, Moriz is presenting his 18th studio album, which he recently recorded in Cape Town. The new CD, entitled "Gold Rush", contains a total of eleven songs, including ten originals by Moriz and one cover song of David Bowie's 'Golden Years'.

Moriz, in his own words, presents a new style that stands apart from his popular swing and jazz albums of the last five years. "Gold Rush" offers melodic, smooth and also edgy rock, blues as well as pop songs, which again and again remind of the old master David Bowie.

At his concerts Ike Moriz will also sing those popular classics of swing, blues and jazz, for which the artist is known not only in South Africa, but also in the USA and England.

Photo: Guido Schwarz Photography (caption: Ike Moriz presents his brandnew CD with ten self-composed works at the Tonteich in Wohltorf.)

More than a dozen concerts are planned. In addition to the performance at the Wohltorfer Tonteich, an appearance on the "Serrahn Queen" in Serrahn Bergedorfer Hafen is scheduled for August 24, 7pm.

Ike Moriz, born in Wentorf near Hamburg, first studied economics in Hamburg before deciding on an artistic career. In Dresden, Rotterdam and South Africa, he studied music; he later lived in London for five years, where he met George Michael and recorded his first CD.

170. Markt - weekly newspaper, page 14, O. Jahr, Reinbek, Deutschland, 05.08.2017: “Back to his roots" (Ike Moriz visits home – Concerts in Wohltorf and Bergedorf).

Photo: Ike Moriz and his saxophonist Kurt Buschmann will perform at the Tonteichbad Wohltorf on August 12th at 8pm. The photograph is from their concert back in 2016.

His home is in South Africa, but once a year Ike Moriz returns to his old birth town to visit his family - and to give a few concerts. He is bringing along his latest album 'Gold Rush'.

Wentorf (oja). Every year, at the dawn of the South African winter, Ike Moriz returns to Germany for a couple of weeks to visit his family. The singer and musician grew up in Wentorf where went to school before moving abroad (see->MARKT from July 30, 2016). After detours via Rotterdam and London, he finally moved to South Africa's Cape Town, where he is now a well-known figure in the music industry. Moriz's songs have already topped the charts in South Africa, England and the Netherlands.

The latest album of the Wentorfer was released in May. With "Gold Rush", Ike Moriz returns to his musical roots. "From 2008 to 2016, my main focus was on swing, jazz and latin," the singer says in a conversation with the MARKT. "Now I'm revisiting my early rock and pop roots". "Bowie's music very much influenced me as a young man. I therefore decided to include a cover version of 'Golden Years', Bowie's hit song from 1975, on the new album."

With "Gold Rush", the title song of the album, a small political impact blends into the music of Ike Moriz. "The song describes among other things the current conditions in South Africa", so the singer. "The ANC government is divided and fading, and now it feels like a gold rush: many players are trying to quickly pull resources out of the country." The song "Lawless" also rings with social criticism. "The South African society is growing both negatively and positively. Of course there is corruption and violence, but there’s also an incredibly strong and courageous civil society.” Reflecting this, the song "Heroes in the Red” is dedicated to the Volunteer Wildfire Services, a group of volunteers who are fighting bush and forest fires in South Africa. “I’m hopeful about the future of the country, especially when seeing how society dedicates so much time and energy to creating positive change," Moriz said. The proceeds of the "Heroes in Red” single release go for the Volunteer Wildfire Services.

The album Gold Rush is available as a CD in stores and online via vendors such as Amazon and iTunes et al.

Those who’d like to experience Ike Moriz live will have an opportunity to do so this Saturday, August 12th: At 8 pm, the singer and his saxophonist Kurt Buschmann will give a concert at the famous Tonteichbad Open Air Series in Wohltorf (Am Tonteich 35). Admission is free. In addition, the Ike Moriz Duo performs "live from the boat" on the Serrahn Queen at the Bergedorf harbor on 24 August at 7pm. More information about his performances and songs can be found at

169.  District Mail, page 16, 16.2.17, Somerset West, Western Cape, SA, “Ike Moriz set to enthral Playhouse audiences this month” 

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(Learn more about Ike Moriz who will be adding his special touch to the month of love here in the Helderberg. Tamsyn Gantries quizzed him on a few things.)

How long have you been an entertainer?
I finished both my four-year music degrees in Germany in 1999 and immediately started working as a singer and actor in London. My
first single, Fall Into the Sun, produced by George Michael's producer, was released in 2002 and was also my first number 1 hit. This year it’s been 15 years since the start of my solo career and around 22 years since starting to do music and acting full time.

Did you always want to be an entertainer or is it something that just gradually happened? 
I always knew I was going to be doing something creative and arty. Initially I wanted to be a writer and actor, but realised soon that I could combine everything in my singing/song writing career.

Why did you choose this genre of music?
I currently work in many different genres, from BluesRock music and pop to jazz, swing, Latin and easy listening. The latter developed over the years as it was the most popular genre among my audiences both here in SA and overseas. I love sharing my songs and seeing the joy in people’s faces as they listen to my own melodies and those of the old standards.

What can audiences look forward to when
attending one of your shows? 
My band of top musicians and I will take you on a journey through the hits of the swing and jazz eras, as well as my own classics of this genre. We all have played and worked with these songs for many years and it will be lots of fun to inject new life as well as some surprises into these timeless classics.

When writing music, what do you draw
inspiration from? 
I’m very sensitive to my environment, especially the beautiful nature of the Cape with its positive and friendly people. It’s a big inspiration to me, as well as my wife and children and the way they see the

Where would you most like to perform? In South Africa I’ve pretty much performed everywhere, from Kirstenbosch Gardens and other most amazing venues across the country to city halls, and so on. At the moment I’m doing more and more tours overseas during our winter months, and there are too many places to mention here.

Do you have any “crazy” fan moments?
Quite a few. It often involves people having had one or two drinks too many suddenly sharing the stage in wild singalong outbreaks or otherwise. One of the strangest requests I had, was someone asking me if I sell Michael BubléCDs. . .

What has been your most memorable performance to date? 
My sellout tour in Germany last year was quite amazing, and I was also blown away by singing with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

Who is your favourite artist right now and why? 
My favourite artist of all time remains David Bowie (Official Fan Site). He’s been the biggest inspiration to me because of his ability to explore new musical genres. His authenticity in what he did was incredible.

What do you do to unwind? 
I love hiking and spending time in nature. I love the Cape more than any other place in the world.

Catch this crooner at the Playhouse Theatre Somerset West on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February. Tickets, at R120, are available
from Computicket.

168. People’s Post, page 10, Louisa Steyl, Cape Town, South Africa, 08.11.16: "Crooner swings hits, own tunes"

Fresh from his nine-week sold-out tour of Germany, local crooner Ike Moriz is busy putting the finishing touches on his new show. Ike, who lives in Hout Bay, has rounded up some of Cape Town’s finest musicians to join him for an evening of swing favourites when he presents Love Swings at The Rockwell Theatre​ on Saturday.He’ll be joined by Amanda Tiffin​ (piano), Marc De Kock​ (sax), Kevin Gibson (drums), David James Ledbetter​ (guitar) and Sean Sanby​ (double bass) who’ll also be playing some of Ike’s own compositions from his 17-album repertoire.

Originally from Germany, Ike has been living in South Africa since the early 1990s, when he was playing indie rock. His musical studies in Germany, the Netherlands and South Africa, coupled with his performance experience in London, mean that Ike’s influences range from rock and blues to Latin and more easy listening sounds. Lately, however, he says he’s been playing a lot of jazz. “I think most people now know me for the swing and jazz.” It was a pop album that put him on the map though. Ike was living in London, after finishing his studies, when he met George Michael’s producer Steve Kent, with whom he recorded the single “Fall into the Sun”. “It was played in 17 countries,” Ike says, adding: “That was a great start.” While Love Swings will include songs from Ike’s album with the same name, his latest album, Debonaire, released earlier this year, is more experimental. “It’s a bit more electronic and poppy,” he explains. “It’s also the old standards, but with a different beat.”

Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, Ike is already working on a new album, Gold Rush, which he describes as a pop/rock record he hopes to launch it early next year. “The title track is a bit of a James Bond song,” he says jokingly. “It’s a cynical look at what’s going on in the country.” But the album is not just negative, because as Ike points out, there are also a lot of positive things happening in South Africa. Like many of his other albums, Ike is recording at Paris Studios in Fish Hoek. While a lot of his releases are thematically the same, Ike always tries to add a different flavour to his music and often jumps between genres. “I’m always excited to try out new things.” For his show on Saturday, Ike says music fans can look forward to songs by Frank Sinatra​ and Michael Bublé​, along with some of his own songs that fans know. “We’re going to throw in a little bit of blues as well, just to make it interesting.” 

Playing around

He’s also played around with standards. He will perform a Latin version of “Mack the Knife”, for example. Ike says he’s excited for the opportunity to perform with a big band as he doesn’t often get the chance. “It’s an incredible band – they are super tight.” After this weekend, Ike plans to take the show to other theatres and tour the north of the country. “I think I’ve got a bit more to offer than just the usual jazz standards because a lot of my stuff is original – but it still sounds like the standards.”

Ike Moriz will be performing Love Swings at the Rockwell Theatre in Green Point on Saturday at 20:00 (doors open at 19:00). Tickets for the show cost R125 and are available from For more information about Ike visit IKE MORIZ will be performing Love Swings at the Rockwell Theatre this weekend. PHOTO: Grant Smithers Photography​

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167. Sentinel News, page 10, Yolande Du Preez, Cape Town, South Africa, 16.09.16: “Sizzling overseas"


photo by Guido Schwarz Photography (

Hout Bay singer, producer and actor IKE MORIZ returns from a sold-out tour of northern Germany, teaming up with surprise guests to play in an intimate live session at cafe Roux​ in Noordhoek Farm Village​ on Wednesday September 21, at 8pm. His tour was to promote his original swing/jazz/Latin CD #LoveSwings and to launch his smooth lounge album #Debonaire. His songs have topped charts in the UK, Holland, South Africa and Germany, and top SA performers, such as Judith Sephuma and The Parlotones, have shared a stage with him. Since 2002, Ike has recorded 17 albums ranging from original melodic indie rock/pop to jazzy swing. He is recording a rock, pop and blues album – at Paris Zannos​’s PARIS Recording Studios in Fish Hoek – called Gold Rush, reflecting on the insane times we’re living in. 

On the home front, Ike is a family man who wrote the anthem for the Volunteer Wildfire Services during the big fires in March 2015 – Heroes In Red – and is one of the founders of the environmental group Fresh Air For Hout Bay - smells fishy?. Tickets to the show cost R100. Book at

166. The False Bay Echo, page 6, Michelle Saffer, Cape Town, South Africa, 15.09.16: “Sizzling overseas"


photo by Guido Schwarz Photography

Singer, producer and actor Ike Moriz returns from a sold-out tour of northern Germany, teaming up with surprise guests to play in an intimate live session at Cafe Roux in Noordhoek Farm Village on Wednesday September 21, at 8pm. His tour was to promote his original swing/jazz/Latin CD #LoveSwings and to launch his smooth lounge album Debonaire. His songs have topped charts in the UK, Holland, South Africa and Germany, and top SA performers, such as Judith Sephuma and The Parlotones, have shared a stage with him. 

Since 2002, Ike has recorded 17 albums ranging from original melodic indie rock/pop to jazzy swing. He is recording a rock, pop and blues album – at Paris Zannos’s studio in Fish Hoek – called Gold Rush, reflecting on the insane times we’re living in. On the home front, Ike is a family man who wrote the anthem for the Volunteer Wildfire Services during the big fires in March 2015 – Heroes In Red – and he is one of the founders of the environmental group Fresh Air For Hout Bay.Tickets to the show cost R100. Book at

165. Bergedorfer Zeitung, page 12, Thomas Voigt, Hamburg, Germany: “Ike Moriz & Kurt Buschmann love the blues and the swing"


More than 100 guests at the Castle Bergedorf concert yesterday in the courtyard: Ike Moriz (right) with saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. (Photo: T. Voigt)  

Bergedorf (tv). The courtyard rarely sees such a big crowd: More than 100 guests sat under the large awning-tent to listen to Bergedorf’s own South African of choice Ike Moriz’s lunchtime concert. Castle restaurateur Ina Rump and Ike Moriz had invited to a "Love Swings Sunday" from 12pm - in reference to the title of his latest album. Together with his saxophonist Kurt Buschmann who delivered one polished solo after the other, Ike Moriz took his audience on a journey through blues and swing history: Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly", Latin American songs such as "Senor Blues" or " Georgia On My Mind ", then Rhythm 'n' Blues with “Hound Dog". And also Moriz’s own repertoire - such as "The devil is real in your mind" or the bittersweet tearjerker "This could be love" - ​​the nearly three-hour program was fun and entertaining, Moriz's distinctive voice was very versatile, his phrasing always spot on. The finger food by the castle kitchen rounded the Sunday off into a blissful, pleasurable experience. Ike Moriz began his career in London with rock music and independent rock, named none other than David Bowie as one of his role models of the time: “First I made blues, then jazz, then swing - and now I do it all because it's simply fun!” His concert tour is now over, he’s now going back home - to South Africa.

164. Hamburger Wochenblatt Bille, page 7, by Franziska Klotz, Hamburg, Germany, 03.08.16. (Photo by Guido Schwarz)


163. Sachsenwald Zeitung, page 9, Stefanie Rutke, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 02.08.16: “Ike Moriz comes to Wohltorf to give a concert. A pop star from South Africa at the Tonteich"


162. Markt Weekly, page 20, O. Jahr, Reinbek, Germany, 30.07.16: “Wentorf boy does it big in Cape Town - Ike Moriz is a sizabe force in the South African music biz


161. Bergedorfer Zeitung, pg14, Thomas Voigt, 28.7.16, Germany: “4 times swing, pop, blues and jazz live - Ike Moriz sings at BeLaMi tonight

Bergedorf. A South African of choice is back in his Bergedorf home: jazz, blues, pop and swing musician Ike Moriz is giving a concert on Thursday from 8.30pm at the BELAMI club. Admission at the Holtenklinker Strasse 22 is free.

The very successful Southafrican singer and composer visits Bergedorf every summer and gives concerts here. This time he presents his 17th album: "Debonaire” - with Swing-songs of the 30's, that he enriched with highly modern lounge-jazz. "An experimental album," says Moriz, who already performed in Bergedorf City early July at the summer festival as well as two weeks ago, at the Bergedorfer Harbour Mile (Hafenmeile). Ike Moriz will also appear on Friday, August 5 at "PlanB" in the Suhrhof in Bergedorf and on Saturday, August 6, at 8pm at the Tonteich Open Air summer concert series in Wohltorf. Ike is especially looking forward to giving a concert at the Bergedorfer castle on Sunday 14 August by invitation of "Café la note": from 12-3pm he will present "Love Swings Sunday" based on Moriz's previous album release "Love Swings".  

"My summers in Bergedorf become longer every year," says Ike Moriz. "This time it's nine weeks. I’ll soon be called a swallow.” This is how South Africans call Europeans who spend the yearly European autumn/winter in the warm Southafrican sun.

(Photo by Thomas Voigt, taken on 27.7.16 at Cafe La Petite Rue)   



160. Bille Wochenblatt, Hamburg, Germany, 27.07.16


159. Bergedorfer Zeitung, “Today starts the Harbour Mile - Massive programme on 2 stages" 15.07.16, Germany

"… parallel to this, there is a visitor from South Africa on the port-club-stage: Ike Moriz, superstar from the Cape of Good Hope and born in Bergedorf, will present samples of the whole range of his repertoire from swing and blues to rock (from 9pm to midnight). He is accompanied by saxophonist Kurt Buschmann. The whole programme here:


158. Der Reinbeker, Lothar Neinass, Seite 25: Kulturelles Programm am Wohltorfer Tonteich, Deutschland, 11.07.16 

“… Direkt aus Südafrika kommt der Sänger Ike Moriz am 6. August zu einem Swing Konzert an den Tonteich. Auch wenn der Sänger jetzt vorwiegend in Südafrika oder in London lebt, ist er mit Wohltorf und dem Tonteich bestens vertraut. Er wohnte mit seinen Eltern in Bergedorf und besuchte in Wentorf das Gymnasium. Nach dem Abitur studierte er in Hamburg, Dresden, Rotterdam und Kapstadt Popularmusik. Inzwischen ist er in England und Südafrika ein bekannter Sänger, der bereits mehrere Alben veröffentlicht hat. Der Auftritt mit Ike Moriz ist wohl einer der Höhepunkte im Kultur-Sommer 2016 am Tonteich…Der Eintritt zu allen Veranstaltungen ist frei. Zur Finanzierung des Programms bitten die Veranstalter um eine Spende."



157. Markt - Weekly, Reinbek, Germany, 09.07.16 (gm/oja): “Jazz and Swing with Ike Moriz”

Reinbek (gm/oja). On Sunday, July 10 at 4pm, Kursana Villa Reinbek, (Am Rosenplatz 12) invites to a concert with the famous artist Ike Moriz. Time and again, the Bergedorf born actor and musician, who is a celebrated pop idol in his adopted home South Africa, returns to give concerts in Germany. On his appearance at the senior residence, he will present self-composed songs and classics from jazz and swing, such as the big hits of Frank Sinatra. Admission to the concert is free.


156. Heidi vom Lande - News from the city, Hamburg, Germany, 03.06.16: “Ike Moriz on tour 2016”

Hey Folks, this summer 2016, Ike Moriz leaves his south-african home of choice in Cape Town to go on tour in Northern Germany. He will also stop in Bergedorf again. In September 2015 I conducted the last interview with him, and now received his news via Facebook.

Brand New Songs

The charming jazz and pop star, producer and actor Ike Moriz will perform at various concerts in Germany this summer. Included in the live-package are his his two new CDs, which he has just presented in Cape Town. Those who cannot wait tillhis arrival in summer, can already purchase them on iTunes, Amazon, etc.

Much can be said: there are two times 13 brand new songs from the Swing / Jazz, smooth lounge and Latin / Easy Listening genres, specifically: 7 new Moriz compositions mixed with 6 new versions of old swing standards on "Love Swings" and 13 lounge-jazz songs on "Debonaire". In addition, Ike is also finalizing a rock album that is still to come out in 2016!

Biografie Ike Moriz

Since 2002, widely acclaimed international SA pop star, singer, producer & actor IKE MORIZ has created 17 albums ranging from original melodic indie Rock/Pop to Latin/Easy Listening, Lounge, Blues & Jazzy Swing (all available on iTunes). His songs are being played worldwide reaching No.1 in the UK, Holland, South Africa and Germany. This versatile artist has also acted in many major international feature films such as ‘Alfie’, ‘Shanghai Knights’ and ‘Love Actually’, and he appeared in local TV programs like ‘Showbiz Report’, ‘Top Billing’ & ‘Backstage’, as well as UK TV series ‘Eastenders’, ‘Family Affairs’ and ‘The Bill’ et al. Rock legend David Bowie awarded Ike’s songs repeatedly as ‘top song of the month’ on his web site!

And there is much more to know about South Africa's own indie pop idol: Click here or read my interview with him here.

Concerts in Germany

Ike has informed me that he will be visiting Hamburg from late June to mid-August 2016 -  and various concerts are planned. I will keep you posted regarding the exact tour dates.

Cape Town concert on YouTube

You can hear and see a few clips of his CD launch concert in Cape Town on youtube (see above)! I look forward to his visit to Northern Germany and especially to our Bergedorfwhere he will enchant us with South African flair. Your HeidivomLande

155. SARIE Tydskrift (page 10), February 2016, VIR SOFIA

In English: "On 'Love Swings' singer, songwriter and producer IKE MORIZ celebrates 'love' with 13 swing / jazz / latin songs. His admiration for the French language, a world of flavors, the film The Italian Job (that also featured Charlize Theron), the beautiful Tuscany (Italy) and singers like Frank Sinatra and Robbie Williams were the inspiration behind his songs. Expect well-known tracks like "On Days Like These", "That's Life" and "Fly Me To The Moon." One of his own compositions, "Sofia", is dedicated to his youngest daughter, Sofia Marie. Buy the CD via for R130 (excluding postage). Also available online on iTunes #LoveSwings #Sarie #IkeMoriz #CharlizeTheron Did you know? Sofia Marie's mother is beautiful Madri, sister of Nataniël.”

Op Love Swings vier sanger, lidjieskrywer en vervaardiger IKE MORIZ die liefde met 13 swing/jazz/Latynse liedjies. Sy bewondering vir die Franse taal, ’n wereld van geure, die rolprent The Italian Job (waarin Charlize Theron ook te sien was), mooie Toskane en sangers soos Frank Sinatra en Robbie Williams was van die inspirasie agter sy liedjiekeuses. Verwag bekende snitte soos “On Days Like These", “That’s Life” en “Fly Me To The Moon”. Een van sy eie komposisies, “Sofia”, is opgedra aan sy jongste dogterjie, Sofia Marie. Bestel die CD by teen R130 (posgeld uitgesluit). Ook aanlijn beschikbaar by iTunes #LoveSwings #Sarie #IkeMoriz #CharlizeTheron

Het jy gewiet? Sofia Marie se ma is die mooie Madri, suster van Nataniel.


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