The Daddy and Ray-Ban Get Together for a Good Time in the Shade

This summer, all the barmen in the Daddy Cool Bar and Sky Bar will be wearing Wayfarer and Aviator frames, preparing for the Ray-Ban “Rocking the Rooftop” party. On the night, one owner of Ray-Ban sunglasses will win an all-inclusive two-night stay at the Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park for themselves and 14 friends. Watch this space for more information.

The Ray-Ban “Hall of Frames” project will also be showcased in the hotel. Top South African musicians like the Dirty Skirts, JR, Toby2shoes, the Springbok Nude Girls and Die Heuwels Fantasties all customised a pair of Ray-Ban Aviator or Wayfarer sunglasses. Together these frames make for a creative collection of one-of-a-kind shades, to be shown at various locations and events throughout South Africa.

Ray-Ban’s relationship with rock stars can be traced back to the 1970s, when these frames became the fashion accessory of the decade. Before that, the shades were used in the military and civil aviation industries following their release in the mid-1930s and were popularised by fashion-forward acting icons like Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford during the Hollywood boom of the 1950s.

The Dirty Skirts: Wayfarer (RB2140)

According to their Facebook fan page, “The Dirty Skirts are a fiendishly independent band that has built an impressive underground following since releasing their EP in 2005. The alt-indie rock band is based in Cape Town and comprises Jess de Tolly on lead vocals and guitar, David Moffatt on guitar, Maurice Paliaga aka ‘The Passion’ on bass and Mark de Menezes on drums.

“To date, the band has toured to the States to perform at SXSW, to the United Kingdom and to the United Arab Emirates. In South Africa, the Dirty Skirts have shared festival stages with Oasis, Snow Patrol, Panic! at the Disco and Evanescence with three [My Coke Fest] performances.

“They have also repeatedly been a featured act at legendary South African festivals such as Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies, Splashy Fen ... The road to these achievements is signposted with endless small club performances that have been packed to the gills.”

JR: Aviator Outdoorsman Road Spirit (RB3428)

According to the 5fm website biography of this artist, JR is “the rising star of South African hip-hop”: “This surprisingly young and immensely talented rapper grew up surrounded by music and driven by an insatiable hunger for the next best beat. That is his quest, and it is one he comes closer to with his every musical endeavor.

“That quest, that drive, that passion for the music led JR through early collaborations with some of South Africa’s hottest acts, earning him a name in the industry as well as a reputation for peerless talent. 

“Diligence and dedication to his craft paid off for JR as doors began to open and he found himself receiving offers he’d never imagined. JR quickly scooped a lucrative management deal and record deal – all before the age of 22. This all led to the eventual 2008 release of The Main Event, JR’s full-length debut.”

Toby2shoes: Wayfarer (RB214)

According to, “Toby2shoes has always had a keen ear for interesting music and has been actively DJing since he was 17. In 2004, Toby2shoes planted the first Balkan seed during one of his famous Afrobeat sets.

“Toby’s set of Balkan beats and gypsy bangers have left audiences in the UK, Italy, Germany and all over Southern Africa screaming for more.

“South Africa’s ambassador of Balkan Beats, Toby2shoes hails from Cape Town’s legendary Balkanology parties, which, over a few short years, have gathered a following of thousands. His choice of tracks consolidates his reputation as a highly skilled, innovative DJ in general, and for this music in particular.

“At its simplest description, the music is gypsy Balkan fuelled with electronic beats (and vodka) – the result being irresistible, compulsive celebratory dance music.”

The Springbok Nude Girls: Aviator Outdoorsman Craft (RB3422-Q)

In September 1994, Arno Carstens, Theo Crous, Francois Kruger and Arno Blumer formed the Springbok Nude Girls. According to Wikipedia, the Nude Girls are “an alternative rock band” that “introduced punk, ska, acid jazz and metal into their songs, introducing a new world of music to the youth of South Africa in the early 1990s”.

“They played their first big gig in September 1994 in Stellenbosch. Since then, the Nude Girls have toured extensively all over the world. In 2000, the band received a South African Music Award for Best Rock Album (Surpass The Powers).”

Die Heuwels Fantasties: Aviator Metal Glide (RB3025)

Die Heuwels Fantasties (directly translated as “the hills fantastic”) are Hunter Kennedy (vocals, lyrics, bass), Pierre Greeff (vocals, lyrics, acoustic guitar), Fred den Hartog (lead guitar, production) and Philip Erasmus (drums).

Die Heuwels was formed in the beginning of 2008, together with the record label Supra Familias. The group describes their music as “melodic songs written on acoustic guitar, interpreted with electronic and organic instruments.”

Remember: Never hide. Rather be seen in Ray-Bans this summer at the Grand Daddy hotel.

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