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Trenton and Free Radical

With his feet firmly planted in African soil, Trenton Birch has a global musical sensibility. Having done his time in London developing the distinct sound and conscious lyrics of his reggae-infused Afro-beat band, Trenton and Free Radical, his return to Cape Town 3 years ago was a major score for the South African live music scene.


Birch believes there’s a revolution afoot. A tidal wave of changing attitudes; around the way people think about their world, their responsibility towards each other, the planet, and the type of music that’s being churned out. Trenton and Free Radical, a musical partnership between Birch and writing collaborator Marco Wielander, is evidence of this revolution. Ibiza-raised Marco is a studious musician who is never without his guitar; having played with the likes of Roots Manuva and Killa Kella, he’s developed unique techniques for laying down tracks, sampling, and layering, giving their music a distinctively individual character.


Their sound - seductive, acoustic, urban - elegantly marries catchy tunes with meaningful lyrics. Their songs have the energy and impact of anthems, their words pack meaning and their rhythms are ones you can’t help bopping to.

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