Alex Benning

alexAlex has always had an affinity for playing  music,  and has been able to bash a tune out of most musical instruments he finds. The piano in particular, has always been his favourite, and really enjoyed playing the trombone in his school years. He attended the Jazz Workshop in Cape Town in his student days, and he played the piano at weddings and cocktail parties as a solo artist,  in order to subsidise his studies. Currently he  works at a Financial Institute as a web programmer, and loves the ability to take time to jam with Cardigan Buzz…

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Original Songs

Below is a list of the original songs we are currently performing.

1.) Light a candle

music: Alex Benning | lyrics: Alex Benning

2.) Folkness

music: Peter Woodbridge

3.) Some other time

music: Peter Woodbridge | lyrics: Peter Woodbridge

4.) Grocery Store

music: Peter Woodbridge | lyrics: Peter Woodbridge

5.) Meaning of you

music: Alex Benning | lyrics: Alex Benning

6.) Sunday Afternoon

music: Andrew Hoare | lyrics: Alex Benning

7.) A min Jam

music: Andrew Hoare

8.) Groove

music: Peter Woodbridge | lyrics: Peter Woodbridge

9.) So Free

music: Peter Woodbridge | lyrics: Peter Woodbridge

10.) Mr Zoo

music: Alex Benning | lyrics: Alex Benning

11.) Middle of it

music: Peter Woodbridge | lyrics: Peter Woodbridge

12.) Otherside

music: Alex Benning | lyrics: Alex Benning

13.) Mary had a little lamb

music: Alex Benning | lyrics: Alex Benning

14.) Have you ever?

music: Alex Benning | lyrics: Alex Benning

15.) Fight for me(JuJu nkwênya)

music: Alex Benning | lyrics: Alex Benning

16.) Carbon Footprint

music: Peter Woodbridge | lyrics: Peter Woodbridge

17.) Treadmill Illusion

music: Peter Woodbridge | lyrics: Peter Woodbridge

18.) Timing

music: Cardigan Buzz | lyrics: Caely-Jo Levy

Our Demo CD

Cardigan Buzz - Debut Disc

This debut/demo cd we recorded and engineered ourselves. We recorded a few rehearsals through an 8 track mixer directly into Cubase with no overdubs or edits so its a live recording. Callan had only just joined the band at this point so the songs are quite rough compared to how we play them now. “Meaning of You” recieved some radio play so we seemed to have achieved a reasonable quality recording.  It was recorded in Constancia, Cape Town, 2008.

Andrew mixed and mastered the music and also designed the cover artwork.


“Meaning of You” featured on our debut EP and received some regional radio play. Words and Music by Alex Benning

Meaning of You by cardiganbuzz

What we did with our prize

After winning 1st prize in flipside records songwriting compitition we recorded the following 3 tracks.
Many thanks to bla bla bla bla


“Mr Zoo” may or may not be about our president! We are not a political band. Words and Music by Alex Benning

Mr Zoo by cardiganbuzz


“Carbon Footprint” is the title track of our upcoming album, superbly crafted by Mr Pete Woodbridge

Carbon Footprint by cardiganbuzz


“Timing” is a freshly recorded track and will feature on our soon to be released album. Lyrics by Caely Jo | Music by Cardigan Buzz

Timing by cardiganbuzz