Benson on life, music and Cape

Benson on life, music and Cape

CHILL MODE: George Benson in town. CREDIT: Weekend Argus

The 73-year-old singer smaaks the Kaap so much that he 'renamed Table Mountain'.

George Benson simply loves Cape Town, and says he will be back.

The 73-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist was staying at the posh Table Bay Hotel and on Friday spoke to journalists about his trip to The Rainbow nation.

“I call it Table Top Mountain, because that’s what it looks like to me,” he jokes.

The jazz legend says he’s been cutting back on touring, since it’s bad for his mental health.

“One day I went home and put my key in the door and there was a guy standing there. I was ready to put up my dukes (fight) it turned out to be my son,” says Benson.

Since then, he’s made sure to spend time with his seven children and eight grandchildren.

He’s also not too keen on releasing new music regularly, and says: “I much rather enjoy musical projects, like the one I recently did with Al Jarreau.”

Benson might not be interested in topping the iTunes chart but the Grammy award winner says music is still his passion.

“I have too many guitars, man,” he laughs. I have classical guitars, electric and bass guitars. I just had an auction recently and sold eight guitars, my wife wants me to clear the house now.”

Asked who he listens to in his spare time, Benson took out his smartphone to show his playlist.

It includes Amy Whinehouse, The Average White Band, Bing Crosby, Marvin Gaye and The Carpenters.

Benson adds: “And of course Paul McCartney, I love the Beatles.”

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