Not only an accomplished equestrienne, representing South Africa abroad, Cara Frew is also a vocalist who loves adventure, as Tidi Benbenisti finds out.
It’s been quite the ride for Joburg-born and based Cara Frew, whose reputation is gaining momentum thanks to her mesmerising collaboration with Black Coffee, I’ll Find You. Filming the video in Paris was an experience she’ll cherish for life. The city, at any time of the year, is beautiful, we agree. ‘Magical,’ she says. But it wasn’t her first visit to France. For those who may not know, Frew is an accomplished showjumper who spends a great deal of time abroad, competing professionally.
Leopold, she says, will forever be her partner, but he’s retired. She is very sentimental about her prized horse, but when I mention music, her eyes light up. Statuesque Cara could easily be mistaken for a runway model, but that’s not on her to-do list. The soft-spoken songstress reflects on 2017, a year in which she spent a total of just two months on home soil, either showjumping or performing. Joburg’s OR Tambo airport is familiar ground, but she is not complaining. ‘I get to see the world and sing,’ she says. But being a frequent flyer hasn’t made her an expert packer. That task, she confesses, she is yet to master.
Cara is more than just a fly-by-night, onehit-wonder in the making; she is dedicated, fearless and inspired to make music her longterm profession, and she is well on her way. Her EP, Frozen, is experimental pop with a hint of quirk – and she loved the journey. Cara has been doing the rounds, promoting it locally (it features a total of seven tracks – five original and two remixes), and the response, she says, has been amazing. And it’s right here, at home, where she wants to establish her career first. From a young age, Cara knew that singing would be in her future, although her mom didn’t push her in that direction.
Singing in the school choir, playing the violin, or listening to Madonna, The Beach Boys, Prince and The Beatles made her journey an eclectic one. That’s different, I observe, for someone who is only 23, but it’s not unusual for Cara – she’s an old soul with a fearless spirit. ‘Adventure? Yes, please! I love bungee jumping or skydiving.’ So what’s next? Aside from her headlining collab with Black Coffee, which in itself shows immense scope, Cara is recording and writing, and taking her show on the road. A collaboration with Euphonik is on the way too, she adds with pride. ‘Honestly, 2016 was a whirlwind, but 2015 is going to be amazing,’ she says.