Based: Cape town

Don’t Poke The Bear bring 10 years of lyrical day dreams and burning ambition to live, in raw live performances for audiences across South Africa.  This original and cover band has been likened to Kings of Leon, with influences of John Mayer, Jack Johnson & Jason Mraz.

In 2013, lead singer and frontman Daniel Marc Cowen and drummer Tammy Lee started performing original and cover songs on stages in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Playing an acoustic guitar, an old djembe and bongo drums, they shaped melodies with intense lyrics. As Don’t Poke The Bear they established a unique, yet recognizable style. Covers feature less and the original song list has grown, supported by the addition of a full drum kit and a third band member, bassist Adrian Ziller.

The band’s first EP was recorded and produced by David Grevlar of Anti-Motion Studios. It showcases their song writing skills and depth of talent. Tracks offer a contrast of witty lyrics and playful melodies, together with raw vocal emotion. Over the years the band has refined these songs, however, you can still hear the passion and integrity that resonated with them from the start. The true vision of the songwriter remains. Their second EP is currently in production, however the first single, “Broken”, has been released across all Digital Platforms & is already being play-listed on numerous stations.

Frontman – Daniel Marc Cowen

A trained guitarist and lyrical architect, Daniel has over 10 years of writing and performing experience. He is the mastermind behind Don’t Poke The Bear’s unique sound and his song writing reveals profound thought and intellect. Combined with his charismatic on stage presence, Daniel’s performances are testament to his remarkable talent.

Drums & Percussion – Tammy Lee

Tammy’s early enthusiasm and an aptitude for playing percussion started with Djembe and has evolved into a unique combination of two different drumming styles. Her precise rhythm comes to life when she wields her drums sticks, conducting the band’s performance with her enduring energy.

Bass – Adrian Ziller

The newest member and a solo artist in his own right, Adrian lays a rich fullness to the sounds of Don’t Poke The Bear. He is a natural musician with an undeniable presence and a genuine love of music and instruments. He contributes significant experience and versatility to the band.”

Splashy Fen Music Festival,
The Oyster & Wine Food Festival,
Making The MusoHard Rock Cafe JHB & PTA,
Railways cafe (numerous events),
Arcade Empire (numerous events)
The Good Luck Bar (numerous events)
Rumors Rock City (numerous events)
Starbucks Sessions
CELO corporate events (numerous events)
Ice Cream Sunday (numerous events)
Backyard Pop-Up Bar (numerous events)
And many more