Margaret’s Daughter: Good South African Folk

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Margaret had a daughter. She called her Adri-Mari, or Ami for short. Fast forward a couple of years and Ami has established herself as one of South Africa’s top singer-songwriters. Together with multi-instrumentalist and indie producer, Etienne Ghyoot, they make up the Margaret’s Daughter duo.


Margaret’s Daughter is not a “pop” band and never tried to be one. “For us, success means being able to do what we love, and having people appreciate it for what it is,” lead singer Ami comments.

They grew up with the music of the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac and are heavily influenced by singer-songwriters such as Heather Nova, Sara McLachlan and K’s Choice. “I guess you can say we played folk rock before it became hip again,” Etienne laughs.

During the Margaret’s Daughter’s eleven-year lifespan, they have released five albums. Over the years, Ami and Etienne have paid their dues by performing  hundreds of shows. They’ve shared the stage with most of South Africa’s top artists, have played most of South Africa’s major festivals and have even performed internationally (Mexico, England, Spain, Mozambique). It’s almost hard to believe that they are completely independent.

As they’ve grown older, Ami and Etienne have realised that it’s not an all-or-nothing-game. It is possible to make music semi-professionally; in balance with a “normal” lifestyle. “The way we operate right now allows us a lot of creative freedom and the luxury of only choosing projects and gigs that excite and inspire us” says Ami.


Speaking about their next show this Saturday 15 July, Ami comments that “Our last two theatre-style shows at the Library in Sandton were bursting at the seams so we decided to book a bigger venue for our next gig”.  Musiekskuur is an intimate theatre on top of what used to be the Pretoria Barnyard (now the Rockwood theatre).

What can you expect?  Apart from their timeless songs, Ami’s unique voice and their synchronised guitar-playing, you can also see Etienne on other instruments like the piano and violin. The duo will be playing around on the looping pedal and will welcome a few special guests including well-known singer and actor, Richard van der Westhuizen.

Ami and Etienne have found their “Equilibrio” and are embracing it.

For more info on the band or to book tickets for the show on 15 July at Musiekskuur, go to:


Twitter: @mdband / @AmiSings


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