SWEET VOICE: Deeny Kohler-Caporale singing to a regular customer Christiane Martinez.
SWEET VOICE: Deeny Kohler-Caporale singing to a regular customer Christiane Martinez. Nicole Zurcas

Joyful entertainer started with simple suitcase and guitar

STARTING in Kings Cross in Sydney with nothing but her suitcase, guitar and sewing machine, Deeny Kohler-Caporale made her way across the country charming people with her beautiful vocals and creative flair.

Attracted to the dilapidated buildings on King St 15 years ago, Ms Kohler-Caporale turned an empty building into one of Warwick's cultural hubs full of music, food and art.

Joie de Vivre, or the Joy of Life is where you will hear her smooth vocals.

"I perform every single day the cafe (is open),” she said.

A mix of bohemian and Mediterranean styles, Joie de Vivre is a vision of Ms Kohler-Caporale's cultural influences.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she is a descendant of German, Spanish and tribal African people.

As a child she spent her days listening to the radio.

"Like a natural osmosis I took to jazz like a duck to water,” she said.

Living in Sydney, Ms Kohler-Caporale threw herself into a life of entertainment and culture.

"I was introduced to a cross-section of working girls, strippers and 'the gay' side of life,” she said.

"It was all about the entertainment and culture, there was a prominent expression of art at a street level.”

Ms Kohler-Caporale performed ballads and folk music in an array of wine bars, quaint restaurants and cafes.

"I would start at 10pm and finish at 3am,” she said.

"I was only paid $20 but it felt like I hit the jackpot.”

Her love for music comes from wanting to bring people together.

This November Ms Kohler-Caporale will host a set of cabaret comedy dinners.

For bookings, phone her on 0409054939.



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