5 levels Up is a flamboyant fusion super band which was formed in November 2010 by Founder member Rudi Abrahams under the guidance of leading South African musicians. Members were recruited, rehearsals were scheduled and the band took stage in no time, wowing the multicultural audiences of South Africa. We showcase some of the best unknown talent in Cape Town with ages ranging from 20 to 30. In 2010 we were invited to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival where we shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the SA music
industry. We thrive on entertaining the crowd and put our all in every performance. Later in 2012 we were invited to be the headline act at the Bloemhof Disaster Music Festival to raise funds for a storm stricken area in the Free State, South Africa.
Zula Bar Cape Town
Resident Band since November 2010
Along with these performances, 5 Levels up have also performed at numerous wedding celebrations and private special occasions.
Meliza – Jade Arendse — Lead Vocals
“ The First Lady ”
“ Meliza leads the pack with a command over her voice , her stage and her audience. A strong personality, a solid voice a good leader. ”
Meliza is a competent performer with an explosive vocal range, who can have the crowd eating out of her hand at any given time. She has been with the band since its inception Her musical journey began at the age11 . She has been a soloist in various choirs until she decided to broaden her horizons and became the 5 Levels Up front lady.
Carla Liedemann — Backing Vocals
“ T he Daily Planner ”
Raised in a family of classical musicians, Carla has been singing in school and church choirs from the age of 9, developing a strong love for music hence became the school soloist In primary school and was awarded the Music Cup in her matric year. Carla also featured in an album entitled “ Q uintessential ” as a vocalist and is currently the backing vocalist for the band 5 Levels Up.
Sergio Gino Trout — Keyboards
“ The Mad Scientist”
“ A Joyous soul with an obsession for sonics and synthesis, Sergio ’ s explosive stage performance and technical mastery of his instrument leaves jaws dropping at every performance. Each performance is an experiment for which he craves positive results. ”
Wesley Dwyer — Synthesizer
“ T he Cornerstone ”
“ A gentle giant with an aggressive talent, Wesley takes his performance seriously to produce music of the highest standard. His music holds the band together, his character keeps them together! ”
A classically trained pianist with strict discipline, Wesley started laying piano from a young age he has a quiet but sunny disposition. Wesley is also actively involved in various church music ministries. He has been with 5 Levels Up since its inception and has been instrumental in the day to day running of the band.
Rudi Abrahams — Bass
“ The Mastermind ”
“ The genius behind 5 Levels Up and their success. Rudi holds the groove onstage and off, dealing with the business of the band coupled with the task of keeping the audiences feet tapping. "
Rudi was raised in a Gospel background which gave him access to learn and a platform to exercise his music. He played bass for a hip hop band called Stereotypes for 3 years and then decided to start the band 5 Levels Up with Mark the drummer.
Mark Samuels — Drums
“ The Professional ”
“ Always punctual, precise, poised and practical! Mark injects professionalism into the brand that is 5 levels up making sure their professionalism onstage is of a similar standard to their professionalism off stage. A reasonable perfectionist! ”
Paul Papenfus — Guitar
“ The Joker ”
“ Every pack has one and Paul completes the package, bringing humour and joy which inspires the band. He possesses a natural ability to bring joy and a tendency to play “ cheeky guitar phrases ”, he rounds off the band really well. ”
Paul's musical journey started with classical guitar training at age 13. He progressed to Grade 7 of the Royal Schools of Music and then decided to take up the acoustic and electric guitars. He has been passionate about both instruments ever since.
Cape Town-based all-girl trio BlackByrd are delighted that their debut album, ‘STRONG’ has received such wonderful recognition from the South African Music Industry with today’s announcement of the SAMA nominees.
The beautiful, warm and friendly young ladies today celebrated their amazing four nominations, which confirmed that their musical talents have been very much noticed and acknowledged by the SAMA judges. Coming on top of all their chart success and extensive airplay throughout the country, their four nominations are the culmination of a super-successful year. BlackByrd have been nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Album, Duo or Group of the Year, Best Producer and Best Engineer (the very talented Mark Beling).
Judging by the extreme media interest in the young ladies, and the widespread wishes of congratulations coming from all quarters, BlackByrd and their nominations have proved to be a very popular choice. Clearly, the singing, song-writing and guitar-playing on their debut album, ‘STRONG’ has struck a chord. All but one of the fourteen tracks are original compositions, written by lead vocalist, Tarryn Lamb, most certainly adding to the credibility of this extremely talented young act. Lamb, along with Tamsyn Maker and Samantha Heldsinger, has earned the respect of the South African Music Industry, and the future looks extremely bright for BlackByrd.
BlackByrd’s album, ‘STRONG’ proves that nothing succeeds like a good well-written song, sung well with passion and sincerity, and well-produced. Their structured, easy-listening brand of adult pop with a tinge of country, clearly reaches a broad adult contemporary audience captured internationally by such artists as Lady Antebellum and Shania Twain.
Blaze is a band that serves all kind of events: from corporate parties, Weddings, Bartmitzvah, Barmitzvah to Birthday parties.
The Band was created with the purpose of providing audiences with the highest level of entertainment. Ranging from easy listening jazz background music to high energy (60’s, 70's, 80's and current) R&B, Rock-Pop-Disco, Latin dance music, and vibrant African music, BLAZE provides outmost excitement, getting everybody on the dance floor.
Mount Nelson Hotel
Kirstenbosch Gardens' hall
Rotunda Bay Hotel
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Sheraton Arabella Hotel Cape Town and Kleimond
Backsberg and Webersberg Wine Estate
Lord Charles Hotel
Fancourt Golf Estate
Vrede en Lust Wine Estate
Diermersfontein Wine Estate
Dimersdal Wine Estate
Val de Vie Wine Estate
Mountain Shadows' Wine Estate
Travel Corporation Gala Dinner 2010 at Green Point Stadium
Pick and Pay Management Function 2011 at V&A Waterfront
Liberty Properties Networking Soiree 2011 at Cape Town International Convention Centre
Oasis Group Employee of the year awards ceremony 2011 at Westin Grand
Cape Town Tourism day 2011 at V&A Waterfront
Golden Valley Casino Long service Award function 2011
Shoprite-Checkers Employee of the year awards 2011 at Diermersdal
"Blaze is a top-class band with excellent instrumental and vocal abilities that will get any crowd in a party mood in no time. I will strongly recommend this band for any type of function or event and we are looking forward to the next show at our venue." - Stefan Esterhuizen, Entertainment Coordinator - The Golden Valley Casino, 2012
"Absolutely top class band! Saw them at a wedding I was best man at recently, and they were flawless. So much more of a vibe compared to a DJ just spinning discs. Highly recommended!" -Gareth Allison 2012
"Derek and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the set you played at our wedding. You were brilliant and the music was excellent. We wanted everyone up and dancing and that's exactly what you were able to achieve." Tamzen and Derek - Wedding performance, 2012.
"Dear Frank and Muriel: Thank you so much for the incredible performances of Blaze and Tucan Tucan at Marc and Amanda's wedding on Sunday night. You absolutely made the wedding with our fantastic music and the fact that we had to literally throw people off the dance floor in the early hours of Monday morning, as evidence of how much everyone enjoyed themselves.
You were an absolute pleasure to work with and I hope you go from strength to strength and look forward to the opportunity of working with you in the future." - Philip J Krawitz, Wedding performance 2009.
"Thank you again for being a part of our special day, you really made it extra special and we loved having you being a part of it. The music was excellent and people could not stop taking about it!!! People were very impressed with the way you all performed" - Jax and Mark Steinmann Wedding 2010.
"Dear Frank and Muriel, it was an incredible evening and we wish we could replay it all over again- thanks for doing an outstanding job" - Lisa Marcow, wedding performance 2010.
Frank Paco’s impressive career includes highlights such as 46664 Mandela AIDS concert performing with many of the world’s great musicians such as the legendary band “Queen”, Bono, Jimmy Cliff, Angelique Kidjo, Dave Stewart, Andrew Bonsu, Johnny Clegg, Brian May and Peter Gabriel.
Other collaborative highlights include performances with internationally acclaimed South African-born LA-based guitarist / singer Jonathan Butler; Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ragga Africa, an Indian-African collaboration that performed at Cape Town’s 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival; Award-winning guitarist Allou April and saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça; the highly acclaimed house music group Ananda Project from USA at the 2009 Cape Town International Jazz Festival; artists from USA, Norway and Israel at the Grahamstown Jazz Festival; British-born New York-based guitarist Ronny Jordan; Rabbi Jack Gabriels from Colorado, USA, performing Israeli folk music; New Yorker Monique Bingham, Norway-based award winner Ivan Mazuze and Mozambican Orlando Venhereque at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Award winner Jimmy Dludlu with whom he toured USA, performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Washington DC, New York, Switzerland’s Lugano Jazz Fest, Italy, France and Holland’s North Sea Jazz Fest just to name but a few.
In 2000 Frank was invited to record with South Africa’s top musicians under the Sheer Sound Jazz Label, of which his composition Milagre was chosen for the music video. The group also won the South African Music Awards (SAMA), for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album and received an invitation to Den Hague to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2001.
In his career as a session musician, Frank has recorded on more than 40 albums, 10 of which received awards and 4 were nominated.
Innovative pianist, composer, arranger and singer Muriel Marco, embarked on a journey as young woman from Argentina to South Africa with the desire to explore and discover the roots of rhythm. She studied at the University of Cape Town completing her degree in composition and arrangement with distinction in Ethnomusicology.
Muriel has performed at renown festivals and events such as Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival (Rome), Jazzathon, Grahamstown Jazz festival, Verao Amarelo Jazz Festival and Tunduro Festvial (Mozambique), FIFA world cup 2010 final draw gala dinner, World Economic Forum Gala dinner, FIFA fan parks and fan Jols, Rocking the Daisies festival, to mention a few.
She has toured Southern African countries such as Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya with Tucan Tucan, Carambola, Cuba Libre and Tren Latino Band. She also toured Abu Dhabi with Blaze band and Italy with Tucan Tucan.
Muriel is a prolific composer having composed for several projects including music albums of diverse genres, jingles and movie scoring.
Muriel, together with Ghalik Jacobs scored the music of Confessions of a Gambler, a movie premiered in Dubai, USA and South African in 2008. The music for this film won the SAFTA Golden Horn Award for best music composition.
She has composed and arranged most Tucan Tucan compositions:
Her composition 'Esa morena' was chosen finalist in the international Songwriting competition 2007.
'Esa Morena' and 'Si yo pudiera' were chosen for a TV add commercial of Proyect 34 - SouthAfrica / Argentina Theatre festival broadcast on Argentinian National television.
'Milele' and 'You can be wha't you want were included in "Gier" German movie broadcast on the European network
Songs such as 'Ratanang', 'Slow Jam', 'Conga loca', 'Sizani' and 'Tiku la mina' had extensive radio airplay and were included in several compilations.
In 2009 she collaborated in the arrangements and production of Sange's debut album "Xola" and in 2010 Muriel wrote the string arrangement for Saudiq Khan's new album "Madiah".
Guitarist and singer Jeremy Olivier was born and raised in Zimbabwe where his passion for guitar began, playing in a gigging rock band from the age of 14. In 1995, he decided to move to Cape Town in order to study at UCT’s College of Music, and graduated in 1999 with a BMus Honours in Jazz Performance.
He has performed all over South Africa and internationally at numerous shows, festivals and concerts such as Grahamstown Jazz Festival (2007); Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (2006, 2007); CT International Jazz Festival (2007); CT Jazzathon (2006, 2007); Leipzig International Jazz Festival, Germany (2007); Show at the Medinat Theatre, Dubai (2008); Berlin African Showcase, Germany (2010); Starlight Classics with the Cape Town Orchestra and Johnny Clegg (2009), Freshly Ground (2010) and Katherine Jenkins (2011); Cape Town International Jazz Festival with George Benson (2010) and performed at the Cape Town Stadium during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
His repertoire is varied and he is a versatile musician and vocalist covering many different genres of music. His session work includes adverts for TV, backing vocals and guitar on various albums, and vocal sessions for Grammy-winning arranger and composer, Jeremy Lubbock.
In 2008 he co-composed the musical score and wrote original songs for an international animated movie, ‘The Lion of Judah’. He has also written music for a few local documentaries, working with Media Village, Cape Town. He composes and arranges music for Sunrise Production’s “Jungle Beat” series (as seen on tv) and has written and arranged the theme song for the new SA Rugby mascot, “Bokkie” as well as the “Sharkie”, for the Sharks Rugby Team.
Born in Johannesburg, Bev Scott-Brown’s interest in music was apparent at an early age.
Having taking music subjects at high school, Bev went to the University of Witwatersrand where she completed a bachelor’s degree in music with flying colours.
After a few appearances in musicals, theatre and opera performances, Bev was clear that her future lies in live singing with bands. Over the years she has gained vast experience performing with Rock, Pop and Jazz bands including the Johnny Cooper Orchestra.
Singer Bev Scott-Brown released her debut CD It’s the little things in July 2006.
"In many ways Scott-Brown's Debut album is a signpost on the journey the Cape Town-based singer has travelled and an indication of where she is going." - Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Who is Who Magazine -
Versatile bassist, singer and composer Sammy Webber, started playing bass guitar at the age of 19 years.
Since 1982 Sammy has been performing with numerous bands including "Funtime" which backed popular South African artists touring throughout South Africa and neighbouring states,"U-Turn","Inside Out" and "Virtual Jazz Reality"(VJR) to mention a few.
With the latest he performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town, the Joy of jazz, the Heritage Jazz Fest in New Orleans and the Dubai Jazz Festival. He also toured Turkey and Tunisa with British Sax Player "Andrew Young".
He has released his solo album “Happy to be..” and is currently recording his second album to be released at the end of the year. Track "Dreams Fulphilled" from his debut album reached number one on Heart 104.9 fm Top 40 charts.
Blu Bamboo is a band unequalled in the South African music industry for its professionalism, versatility, presentation and musicianship. The group incorporates the renowned talents of Veronique Lalouette and Nigel Morkel (Vocals), Brendan Ross (Alto Sax, Vocals and Keyboards), Denny Lalouette (Bass), Neil Ettridge (Drums) and Sydney Mavundla (Trumpet).
Blu Bamboo features the most extensive repertoire of music available with styles ranging from current Pop/Dance to Smooth Jazz & Latin, Disco, Rock & Roll and R&B as well as South African Jazz and Kwaito. Additionally, the band is frequently booked as a stand-alone backing ensemble for top-flight artists and concert events.
Blu Bamboo is also adept at catering to the smaller function environment where cost and venue size are important. In this instance, the band can be configured to a 4, 5 or 6-piece unit and various instrumental sections tracked with the smaller ensemble.
The experience and expertise the band possesses within its ranks guarantee that whatever the requirements for your event or function, this band will meet and exceed your expectations.
Blu Bamboo truly boasts some of the very best professionals in the business and represents the cutting edge in great music for every occasion.
Veronique has been a professional in the entertainment industry for over a decade now. She has shared the stage with some of SA’s top performing artists, such as Danny K, Loyiso, Juanita du Plessis, Steve Hofmeyer, PJ Powers... and many more. She is also a highly acclaimed studio singer, with her vocal talents being used on numerous radio and television adverts. One of the biggest highlights of her career came in 2005, when she came 3rd in the local hit reality TV show, “Idols”. Her subsequent début album boasted a SAMA nomination, as well as two “No.1” hit singles in 2006. She wows audiences both locally and internationally with her dynamic stage presence and vocal range! Being a performing artist runs deep in her veins
Neill Ettridge was born and raised in Sussex, England. Upon leaving school, he continued studies at the Drum Institute in London and commenced playing in a number of diverse musical situations in the region including BBC TV and Radio Big Band engagements. Along with a 6-month spell as resident shipboard drummer for P&O and Cunard, Neill also spent some time touring across the U.K and Europe with Jazz-Fusion band New Vintage and U.S.A Soul group The Tymes. On arriving in Southern Africa in the late 80s principally to back various visiting British and American artists such as Percy Sledge, Frankie Vaughn, O.C.Smith, George Williams, The New Seekers and Harry Bellefonte, Neill decided to come to South Africa in the early 90’s and continue freelance and studio work after completion of these contracts.
Along with an extensive workshop schedule, Neill has undertaken numerous music projects, including tours of Eastern Europe with the Light Years Jazz Quartet, supporting John McLaughlin at the Gdansk Jazz Festival and Moscow Conservatoire as well as participating in the Hong Kong Handover and Frankfurt Music Festival concerts representing South Africa with Mango Groove, and a world tour as drummer for the Soweto String Quartet.
Core work in S.A includes TV music shows, radio/television commercial jingles, record projects and live concerts with artists and producers such as Mango Groove, Africa Mkize, SSQ, The Light Years Jazz Quartet, Vicky Sampson, Mauritz Lotz, Johan Laas, Denzil Weale and Wessel Van Rensburg, and also work with a number of the Johannesburgbased orchestras.
As a member of Jerry Springer’s Saturday Night house band, Neill has backed numerous other South African and international recording artists. He also features as backing musician in both the Idols and Project Fame TV series, playing alongside Earth Wind and Fire in the recent finals.
Neill embarked on a tour across the U.S in March 2007 as drummer / percussionist with one of South Africa’s top vocal groups and has recently returned from a month-long series of concerts all over Europe with leading U.S Vocal artist, Joe Clarke. In addition to his workshop schedule as an international endorsee for Sonor Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Pro-Mark Signature Drumsticks, Neill runs the very successful Drumlab group of teaching studios in South Africa.
Brendan attended school in Port Elizabeth where he began studying music. By the age of 13 he was performing at restaurants with his fathers band “The Sapphires”. At 17 he wrote and recorded two songs for Radio Algoa that were used as “signature” tunes. Later that year he won the prize for “best talent” at the Eastern Capes ‘On The Go Show’. In 1992 he relocated to Pretoria and after a few years in the air force band and studies at Pretoria Technikon musci dept., he took some time off to attend Berklee College of music in Boston, U.S.A, where he completed the Berklee performance program and was awarded a scholarship. He began working with a local jazz band called Light Years and the Vusi Khumalo band.
In 2000 he joined Johnny Clegg’s band as their saxophonist, backing vocalist and later, keyboardist. With Clegg, Brendan enjoyed extensive travels to all corners of the globe, giving him the opportunity to play at very prestigious events, sharing the stage with very well-respected artists and perform in front of very large audiences, the largest of which was headlining the opening of the Montreal Jazz festival main stage for a live audience of 125 000 people. Some other highlights with the Clegg band have been playing at the 46664 HIV/AIDS awareness concerts
in Tromso (Norway) and George (South Africa), Madiba’s 80th birthday, performing with Peter Gabriel, Brian May of Queen, Annie Lennox and the Corrs to mention a few. Brendan’s sax sound can be heard daily playing popular sax themes for the television series Binnelanders and until end 2011 Isidingo. In 2006 he set up a recording studio where he wrote, recorded and produced the channel logo music for SABC Africa. In 2007 he formed a joint venture and Co-wrote, recorded and produced SABC 3 Theme music with business partner Concord Nkabinde, as well as SABC 1 TV series Soul Buddyz and Soul City (seasons 9,10 and 11).
Brendan, as a keyboardist and sax player, has done numerous live and recorded television and DVD performances over the years with many top artists from around the country. From Afro Café to “Dis my Storie”, to “Deur die Mukke” (2007 & 2008), to Gospel Skouspel (2008-2011), to “Bring Jou Hart” and “Hart vol Drome” with top sellers Theuns Jordaan and Juanita DuPlessis.
In 2010 Brendan released his first solo record to great critical acclaim, which features many of the top musicians the country has to offer.
Denny was born in Mauritius, started playing guitar at age 8, emigrated to SA at age 14, started playing drums before moving over to Bass at age 16 and has been a freelance bass player since finishing high school in South Africa – where he has lived ever since.
As a result of being extremely experienced and proficient in so many types of music and having a thoroughly professional attitude, he is extremely sought after for studio as well as live work. He is constantly learning and always open to whatever is “the next big thing” and as a result stays on top of his game.
He is an endorsee of Yamaha basses, MarkBass amplifiers and unofficial endorsee of NS electric Upright Basses. He had a favourable review of his Bass work on Andy Narell’s “Live in South Africa” album in the respected American “Bass Player” magazine. The amount of recordings that he played on runs into the thousands (over 2000 albums) and he has also been on countless commercials and TV shows including being part of the IDOLS band every year, Strictly Come Dancing (2006), Huisgenoot’s yearly extravaganza “Skouspel”, the local Jerry Springer series, to name but a few.
Denny has also performed extensively in Prague, Warsaw, Gdynia, Moscow, Budapest, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Seychelles and many African Countries.
Sydney was born in Johannesburg but was brought up in Barberton, Mpumulanga. At the age of 11 he moved to Durban and at 12 started having Cornet lessons from his father which resulted in him playing with the Salvation Army Band. By age 15 after lessons from Prince Lengoasa and further lessons (and influence) from Brian Thusi he was headed in the direction of Jazz.
Theory lessons with Cyril Khumalo at age 18 enabled him to register at age 21 with the University of Natal for a B.Mus. degree studying with Darius Brubeck. In 1995 he went to Florida International University as an exchange student from Natal. While there he had the opportunity to have trumpet lessons from the legendary Cuban trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval and John Bailey.
Back in South Africa, Sydney relocated to Johannesburg where he joined Steve Dyer’s “Southern Freeway” for a tour of Zimbabwe. He subsequently toured Germany, Holland, Zimbabwe and Cape Town with Steve Dyer in “Mahube”.
As well as playing with the Fat Sound, Sydney has played with many of South Africa’s star musicians such as Vusi Khumalo, Jimmy Dludlu, Victor Ntoni, McCoy Mrubata and the late Moses Molelekwa.
He often appears with Bruce Cassidy in the former’s “Hot Foot Sympathy Orchestra” Graham Scott Big Band and JMI ( Johannesburg Music Initiative Orchestra) and Mango Groove.
Nigel Morkel hails from Cape Town where he matriculated from Grassdale SS. He capitalised on his considerable “street” credibility at an early age to turn himself into a superb dancer, singer, songwriter and actor.
Nigel was a drama student at John Vander Ross in 1994, in PIC and Gods Disciples Gospel bands in 1995. He became a Coca Cola Popstars finalist in 2002 and became part of the nationally acclaimed band Afro Z.
Nigel also shared the international hip hop championship trophy in 2004. He joined Barnyard Theatre in 2005 and has until recently continued to perform for them in shows such as Surfin’ Safari, Born To Run, Glory Days, Buddy Holly amongst others.
He recently toured the Netherlands with Diamonds And Dust and has also just returned from touring in Turkey performing in That’s Entertainment.
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After an extensive contract in Sun City, Changing Face is back in Johannesburg – poised to dominate the local rock scene.
It’s been 3 years since the talents of local rock group, Changing Face, were introduced to the South African music industry. Since then, the group has released two albums, had several hits under their belt and has gained international interest. It’s not surprising, since Changing Face is one of South Africa’s most promising and talented rock groups.
So Real, is the group’s long anticipated second album. The new album takes off where Changing Face last left off with their hits Everything Changes featuring Lindsay McGuire and Forever & Ever Young featuring Mark Beling (off their debut album, Blind Fold).
The group is known for their polished and energetic songs, but they have outdone themselves with So Real – creating a more commercial rock masterpiece that will unquestionably set the band on a higher standard. The album was recorded by well known musician and producer, Mark Beling and was self penned by the group’s front man – the enigmatic, Lloyd Peltier – who is accompanied by the talents of Hendru Basson (bass & backing vocals), Sam Moka (drums) and Ugo Moka (percussion & backing vocals).
The 13 track album is strong, stirring and unforgettable with a unique and refreshing element. Fans, old and new, will immediately appreciate the diversity of tracks from the more uptempo rock tracks of Alright, Completely Insane and Maybe Maybe to the untimely tracks So Real and Butterflies. The album showcases the group’s remarkable talent. Together, they create an incredible up-tempo rhythm, giving Lloyd free reign to deliver smooth, vocal work. The album also sees Changing Face testing the waters with their first Afrikaans single, As Die Son Sak, which even before the release of the album, grabbed the attention of various music compilers and was playlisted on several radio stations. The song is a tribute to South Africa and features the mesmerizing voices of hit theatre production, AFRICA UMOJA.
So Real is set to ignite a new wave of hysteria amongst music lovers around South Africa, with an extensive tour currently being planned and the new singles Alright and Butterflies already receiving extensive airplay.
The legacy of Changing Face lies deep in the heart of the Vaal Triangle. Formally known as ‘Lloyd’, a one man acoustic band, singer and song writer - it became eminent that a solo setup could no longer meet the needs of the growing appetite of the industry. Getting together a band was the next sensible move toward achieving this goal and to fully embrace the music industry and in 2006, Changing Face was created.
The key to this band is a combination of confidence, hard work and talent. Changing Face is definitely one of this country’s finest rock bands to hit the music scene.
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The Cuba Groove Salsa All Stars are an exciting live salsa band and an interactive salsa session. Salsa is currently sweeping the world, and the band have been riding the crest of this wave, performing internationally for the past six years.
Experience the exhiliration of salsa with the Cuba Groove Salsa All Stars, the only salsa band in Southern Africa. And with international experience, performing at 5 and 6 star hotels, corporates and salsa festivals in the world's most desired destinations, you can be assured of the highest standards and best quality of entertainment.
So what's it all about ?
● Salsa is fun.
● Salsa is sexy.
● Salsa is a dance style and a music style.
● In fact salsa is fast becoming a lifestyle.
The Cuba Groove Salsa All Stars are synonymous with salsa, and have been since 1998, when the band was founded.
Their performance is energetic and visual, guarenteed to get you up and dancing. A glance at the client list (below) will assure you of this reputation, one which has been built on a solid foundation.
For exclusive and unique entertainment, look no further.
What's on offer with the interactive session ?
● learn the basis steps of salsa
● put your new skills into action on the spot
● party away, salsa style, to a real live band
Our professional choreographers will teach you the basis steps of salsa in a 20-30 minute interactive session. You will have fun as a group, as well as, individually achieve an exciting new skill. The music elements are created live with real instruments, so you literally 'feel' the beat.
Then the exciting part begins: you will get to put your new skills into action immediately – when the band strikes up and belts out the salsa energy, you will burn up the dance floor.
Note: The band can be booked with or without the salsa session
Who's in the band ?
Cuba Groove Salsa All Stars work as a minimum 5pc outfit.
This consits of:
● Female Vocals
● Male Vocals/Pianist
● Conga and Percussionist
● Trumpet player
● Guitarist/Male Vocalist
The band can however expand up to an Eleven piece outfit, especially for events looking for the “Big Band” experience of the movie, The Mambo Kings.
For the interactive salsa sessions the band provides two choreographers as an addition.
What songs can you expect ?
Salsa forms the basis of the band's repertoire, with famous songs by:
● Marc Anthony
● Celia Cruz
● Tito Puente
● Hevtor Lavoe
Songs from the new J-lo movie, El Cantante are also featured. Other latin styles include Merengue, Tango and Rumba (as seen on the television show, Strictly Come Dancing)
The band also performs other latin material by artists such as:
● Carlos Santana
● Gloria Estefan
and classic songs such as La Bamba, Guantanamera, Brazil and September.
......if it's Latin, then you know we do it.
Some Recent Clients include:
● Toyota - FCB Ad Agency & Freshwater Films
Band are featured in advert for new
Toyota Corolla (to be launched end Sep)
● Sheraton Ocean Grande - launch of rooftop Salsa Lounge, 42nd floor.
● Starfish Charity - Salsa fundraiser for Aids foundation
● BMW - Dealership awards dinner, 5 star Westcliff Hotel, JHB
● DDB Mocambique - Ad Agency function, Polana Hotel, Maputo
Orquestra Cuba Libre is a hot new musical group based in Cape Town, offering an authentic Afrocuban experience by showcasing both the nostalgic Cuban sound of the 1950's and the Salsa sound of the new millennium called "Timba" with a local South African twist. The bands sounds are also comprised of Afrocuban Latin Jazz as well as African rhythms.
At the heart of Cuba Libre is Cuban Percussionist, Vocalist, Composer, Arranger, Songwriter, Producer, Teacher and Musical Director; Minel Oreste “West” Melendez. Minel brings Cuban authenticity and personal experience through performances with the Buena Vista Social Club, Sonido Latino, Banda del Ejercito Oriental (Army Band Cuba), Conjunto Casino (famous vocalist - Roberto Fas) and Son del Nene.
He has ventured outside of the Salsa genre and boasts performances with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole and Oscar De Leon amongst others. Until recently he performed with the 1997 and 2005 award-winning Cuban group - Los Jovenes Clasicos del Son.
Early in 2007 Minel started Cuba Libre with a group of local gifted musicians, handpicked from different musical and cultural backgrounds they are: Oliver Schenk (percussionist), Bokani Dyer (pianist), Nick Green (trombone), Justin Sasman (trombone), Buddy Wells (saxophonist and flute player), Orlando Venhereque (saxaphonist), Andre Webb (bass guitar), Graham Julie (guitarist), Sakhile Moleshe (vocalist) and Xixel Langa (vocalist). With a passion for Salsa music and great enthusiasm and drive Minel has created a truly Afro-Cuban sound. He has individually coached each artist to perfect the intricate and complex Salsa rhythms.
The group has an electrifying stage presence and the up tempo beats and rhythms will transport you to Cuba and for a moment you will feel as if you have experienced a truly authentic touch of Cuba.
Sakhile is one of the vocalists who adds an exciting dimension to Cuba Libre, he fuses African flavour into the sound by spinning his Xhosa and Zulu magic with the Cuban sound to create an authentic African feel.
Join us in a celebration of local and international sounds giving you a taste of Afro-Cuban salsa.
Cuba Libre is unique and guarantees to expand your mind and move your soul..
Cula is a fresh new band to hit the corporate market.
Designed to cater for all the music tastes our country demands.
Possibly the finest cover party bands around right now.
From Creadance to Makifikizola. Ricky Martin to Mandoza.
Watch Candice give you “Raining Men”, Dance to Ntumi’s rendition of “Njalo” or Clayton rocking the stage to “Loslappie”.
Each artist in Cula is a top frontline performer in their own right – all eager to grab the mic and show you how to make the perfect party.
This multi-talented individual has a music career that has spanned close to 15 years, in which time DAWNAY has more that proved his mettle as a producer, songwriter, performer and musician.
He showcases a creative drive that is always innovative, consistently excellent and definitely one that has contributed immeasurable to South Africa's creative wealth, where his charm and talent come in equal measure and being renowned (or is that notorious?) for the fanaticism of his female devotees.
Finally, this superstar has gone solo with the release of his debut single and album 'U TOUCH ME'. The release of the album quickly shot DAWNAY to prominence in early 2001 with his red-hot CD single breaking all chart records in the Cape, toppling, at various times, artists such as SHAGGY and DESTINY'S CHILD from the No1 position.
With that said, DAWNAY is certainly not a 'one-hit-wonder', his follow up singles burning up the airwaves include 'HIGH ….. OOOPS BABY!', YOU'RE MY WORLD', the solid groove -club anthem 'THE REAL THING', 'MY BABY TONIGHT'….. and, 'COON CARNIVAL'.
Having first conquered the Cape, DAWNAY went on to seduce the rest of South Africa, and at the time of writing, steps are in motion regarding his international release - where 'U Touch Me' has caused interest. As a result of this interest, Warner Music UK sent DAWNAY a brand new track to record - 'OOPS DO U LUV ME', which also appears on '2nd Coming'. In addition, new remixes were done by Warner Music UK of 'U touch Me' - which appear for the first time ever in South Africa - along with a new video as well.
DAWNAY caused a sensation opening for SHAGGY on his 2002 tour of South Africa, where he securely established himself not only as a No. 1 recording artist, but also as a live performer of great ability and talent. Recent additions to his list of achievements include performances at the Waterdome, the Ubuntu Village over the World Summit period, Highveld Radio's JOBURG DAY Event as well as the Jacaranda Pops 2002, a challenging live musical extravaganza, where he performed with the addition of a 56 piece orchestra and 60 piece choir. In 2002 Dawnay also recieved a SAMA nomination for "Best pop album". Dawnay's hit song "You touch me", was also used in a "Simba" advert and the song was also the only local song used in the Coca-Cola pop stars auditions.
'2nd Coming' features a brace of new hits - most notably the irresistible 'BRANDY' and the infectious 'GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE' - both brand-new originals - and also a stonking, steaming remake of the classic hit '(Flash A) FLASHLIGHT.'
In 2005, Dawnay collaborated with with other South African Superstars (Watershed, Malaika, Dr Victor, Yolanda, Choppa, Eleven and Denim) on the SA Artists Relief Project - "Side by side with angels" to raise funds for tsunami victims.
Internationally, DAWNAY has signed a deal in London, for a global record and music publishing deal with WARNER MUSIC INTERNATIONAL in February of this year, realizing 8 different re-mixes of 'U TOUCH ME' across Europe' UK, France, Spain, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland etc.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Victor - Victor Khojane, as he’s also known – has been crafting and creating an uplifting, uptempo sound that has earned this singer, musician, songwriter and producer an enviable reputation on the South African music scene and many devoted fans all over the world.
To celebrate Dr. Victor’s amazing music career comes Sunshine Daze, a 12-track album that not only shakes and stirs the artists existing repertoire of songs with a number of remixes that will dazzle but features two new tracks that again give this hugely talented individual a great platform on which to reach new fans.
“It’s the right time to put out an album like this,” Dr Victor says. “The summer season is here and everyone is in a party mood and that is always the best time for my songs to be played. Uplifting music that gets everyone smiling is what I’ve always been about and on Sunshine Daze it just gets better.”
Making their presence felt as producers on Sunshine Daze, together with Dr Victor, Chris Ghelakis (head of Electromode Music) and Pete Martin. Both are currently living in London, although they have worked on the South African music scene for years and have earned enviable reputations as amongst the country’s most innovative and talented individuals.
Operating out of Electromode’s Studios in the UK capital, Pete “Boxsta” Martin (101, Danny K, Kabelo, Tokollo, Sugababes) brings an urban feel to Dr. Victor’s existing songs - in particular to the massive hit (and a song you hear still very frequently on radio), “I Love To Truck”. Pete has also had a significant creative hand in “Sunshine Daze”, the new track that is a fizzy, fun-filled, perfect summer song penned by John McGough, a young songwriter that Chris Ghelakis discovered in the UK.
The other new song is “I Know A Place”, which is a Bob Marley track that here finds new life under the creative eye of Dr. Victor ably assisted by Pete and Craig. Craig is well known for his work with Egyptian Nursery amongst other acts here in South Africa and is an award-winning producer. Together the team working on “I Know A Place” has created a new version of this Marley-classic that will easily work its way into the hearts and minds of music fans everywhere.
Sunshine Daze (the album) also benefits from the inclusion of Trixsta, a DJ and rapper who pits his lyrical and rhyming skills against Dr Victor on “I Know A Place”. The inclusion of several storming remixes of much-loved and chart-topping Dr. Victor songs further adds to the album’s immense appeal. There is the Spanish Mix of “Mysterious Girl”, the Bra Vic Mix of “Restless World”, the 2002 Mix of “Shambala”, the Gumba Mix of “Tsoang, Tsoang, Tsoang” and many, many more.
“I just know that new fans are going to discover the Dr. Victor sound through these great mixes of the songs,” Dr. Victor says. “It’s going to be a great summer of that I am sure.”
Indeed, Dr. Victor has enjoyed a fabulous 2002. Together with his group, The Rasta Rebels, he is one of the busiest live musicians, doing a range of events from corporate gigs to headlining shows at The Venue and The Blues Room in Gauteng. And if you’ve tuned into the Phat Joe Show on SABC 1 lately, you’ll have seen Dr. Victor and The Rasta Rebels acting in their capacity as the show’s resident band, providing backing for artists appearing on The Phat Joe Show as well as giving great renditions of their own songs.
Dr. Victor himself has continued to have a creative hand in the lives of many homegrown artists – from both South Africa and the African continent. He produced and co-wrote Dawnay’s album, “You Touch Me (Horny)” and is currently working with Raymond, a Zimbabwean artist who works with Mbira music. What’s more, Dr. Victor’s love of jazz and his skills as a highly accomplished musician (he plays guitar and piano) have also had an outing on the album, Laid Back Sunday, with the group Kalimba. The latter is expected to be an on-going affair – a side project that will see the group produce an album a year.
It’s all a long – but very satisfying – way from Dr. Victor’s roots in Kimberley, South Africa where he first formed a group called CC Beat while still at school.
Influenced by the likes of South African bands such as Blondie and Papa, Harare, Jonathan Butler and American teen sensations The Jackson Five, the group was determined to find success and in 1984, shortly after finishing school, Victor and his friends headed for Johannesburg where they became a popular nightclub band.
A deal with CCP Records (EMI South Africa) saw Victor and his friends release two albums but it wasn’t until a few years later when Victor met producer/songwriter Al Etto in Cape Town and played him a few demo tapes, that things really got into full swing. Taking the name Taxi, the band became an in house session band for Dephon Records and backed such high-profile South African acts as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ricardo, and Chicco Twala. Taxi was also part of the groundbreaking tour of France with Lucky Dube, Stimela and Zia.
But by the end of the 80s, although they had gained respectable recognition as a tight band under Victor’s leadership, the group was craving for centre stage attention. Released from Dephon Records, in 1991 they were introduced to nightclub owner, Chris Ghelakis, who had just started his independent CSR Label. Victor was flat broke and soon found himself in the studio with a session project doing Eddy Grant classics for CSR Records. The cover project was recorded as The Rasta Rebels and became a major success that contained hits like “Give Me Hope Jo’Anna”, “I Don’t Want To Dance” and others. The band later changed their name to Rasta Rebels and enjoyed the stardom they received countrywide. The creative soul that Victor is, he was soon also branching out and recording the solo albums (also for CSR Records) Badayo and Hell Afrika, scoring a big hit with his version of Cooks and Motambo’s “Tumbai”.
Dr Victor rapidly became a household name throughout South Africa and in 1994 he went back into the studio and recorded One Goal, One Wish, which contained the South African Music Award-winning Single of the Year, “Shambala”. Dr Victor was soon taking the opening act slot for international acts such as Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan and Janet Jackson and he also performed at MIDEM in France.
After a six-year relationship with CSR Records, Dr Victor moved to Gallo Records where he released a live studio album called Faya, with favourites like “Tsoang Tsoang” and Kalimba” included. Several tracks off this album have received enormous airplay and earned Dr. Victor a licensing deal in Mexico, the Middle East and Japan. More recently, Dr. Victor once again teamed up with his session friend, The Rasta Rebels and released The Best Of The Rasta Rebels with the hit song “I Love To Truck” featured on the album.
Returning to his songwriting passion, Dr Victor wrote and recorded many tracks on the album, Stress (released in 2000) which also received extensive airplay and was nominated for the 2001 FNB SAMA AWARD as the “Best Adult Contemporary Album”.
Now comes Sunshine Daze – an album that marks yet another creative leap forward in Dr. Victor’s amazing career.
Blue turns Gold
Idols Season Six winner, Elvis Bluea , has seen his self titled debut album attain Gold status (20,000 copies) in a mere 29 days from release .Fuelled by the runaway success of his winning song, “Things my father said” ,the album has become the first by an Idols winner to achieve this accolade, in the history of the competition. Furthermore “Elvis Blue” also holds the worldwide record for the first Idols winner to record and release an album within 30 days of winning the competition. On hearing the news Elvis said “I’m over the moon, I have seen some of my dreams come true. First and foremost I want to thank the fans who made this possible and everyone at Universal Music who worked so hard to make this happen”.
Universal Music Managing Director Harry Voerman quoted “We are very happy to be working with such a talented and committed musician, Elvis Blue deserves this success and more”.
The recording of The “Elvis Blue” album kicked off immediately after his Idols final success with 2 sets of studios and producers/engineers working around the clock to finish the record. All three producers, Brian `O Shea, Crighton Goodwill and Jake Odendaal are SAMA `Producer of the Year` award winners in their own right. The material for the album was a combination of songs written by some of the top pop writers in the world (Lighthouse”, “Save me”,”Right here, Right now”) and Elvis’s own original material (“I’m on fire”, “Lightly tread”, “Lately”). There were contributions from some of South Africa’s top writers including Craig Hinds of Watershed (“Little Hero”) and Capetonian songstress Cofield (“Only wanna be with you”). The new single “Lighthouse” will ship to radio on January 17 and promises to be another smash hit.
Over the past seven years, and across three acclaimed albums, it’s become increasingly hard to precisely pinpoint just one reason why Freshlyground is so universally adored.
Is it the magical combination of the players? - Zolania Mahola (lead vocals), Josh Hawks (bass), Seredeal Scheepers (keyboards, percussion), Kyla-Rose Smith (violin), Simon Attwell (flute, mbira, harmonica, sax), Julio Sigauque (guitars) and Peter Cohen (drums) together creating, as Time Magazine put it, a Benetton-esque lineup crossing cultural and age boundaries with ease.
Or is it the fact that the seven-piece has created a signature sound, most overtly rooted in Afro-pop but drawing on a head-spinning array of influences including soul, folk, kwassa-kwassa, and global dance – a sound that’s delivered some of South Africa’s most evergreen radio and dancefloor hits?
Maybe it’s the band’s legendary live shows which have been honed into something consistently special, driven by an infectious energy that no audience around the world has been able to resist?
Most likely, ‘though, as any devoted Freshlyground fan (and there are many!) will tell you, it’s a combination of all of these things: for FG devotees, the magic lies in a band featuring excellent players who together write and record material that’s impossible not to embrace and then perform it live with the kind of energy that makes for lifelong memories.
Now, with their fourth studio album, ‘Radio Africa’, Freshlyground is preparing to broadcast the ingredients that have turned the seven-piece into one of South Africa’s most treasured acts to the rest of the continent and the world.
Of course, the fact that the band was chosen to co-perform the Official Anthem for the 2010 World Cup already means more eyes are going to be on this Cape Town-based outfit than ever before.
Titled ‘ Time For Africa” the song is featured on “Listen Up: The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album™,” and is a collaboration with Colombian superstar, Shakira. Much like ‘Radio Africa’ itself, the presence of Freshlyground on ‘Time For Africa’ came about organically: the band was in New York in February this year, putting the finishing touches to ‘Radio Africa’ when they happened to connect with Shakira’s producer who mentioned the Colombian superstar was working on a song for the 2010 World Cup.
As Mahola puts it, “They thought our African flavour would suit the sound so we set about crafting our contribution and they liked it.” Indeed, Mahola’s distinctive, honeyed voice stands out in the powerful song and Sigauque’s mbaqanga-influenced guitaring turns the anthem into something powerfully African.
The ability to craft music that’s global in its outlook yet remains true to its roots in Africa is something that Freshlyground has always managed with ease – and has now taken to pretty extraordinary new heights on ‘Radio Africa’.
Assisting in showcasing Freshlyground’s maturity and growth was Fabrice 'Fab' Dupont who’s highly respected as a mixer for Santogold, Mark Ronson and others. The Frenchman, who is now based in New York, became the first international producer to work with Freshlyground, whose previous three albums (‘Jika Jika’, 2003, ‘Nomvula’, 2005 and ‘Ma Cheri’, 2007) have come out of an insular creative working space.
The band was eager to explore a different dynamic with their fourth studio album and, says drummer Cohen, the decision proved the right one. “Working with Fab was a creative and emotionally stimulating journey from Long Street to Alphabet City and back. Radio Africa tells that story.”
Most importantly, Fab encouraged Freshlyground to pay close attention to the vibrance and energy that marks the band’s live shows and that really delivers something special to the Freshlyground sound. As Hawks relates its, “We went into it with a Motown feel in that we all recorded in a big room together, and I think the album that came out of that experience is our most earthy so far.”
It’s a significant claim for a band that’s never been known to trade on anything other than a sense of authenticity that’s been deeply revered by Freshlyground’s members since day one.
But take a listen to songs like first single ‘Fire Is Low’ and the expansive, organic element that Freshlyground is built on surfaces like never before. From Mahola’s exquisitely paced vocal to the easy-playing and handclaps in a song of love, this is music that’s, quite simply, easy to adore. It’s the same with ‘Moto’, a lilting track that features lyrics drawn from a traditional chorus sung in the north of Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania and is nothing short of a terrific expression of Freshlyground’s pan-African standpoint.
Love, intimacies, and relationships in all their multi-hued glory have always provided fodder for Mahola’s lyrics (‘Pot Belly’ off ‘Ma Cheri, ‘I’d Like’ off ‘Nomvula’) and ‘Radio Africa’ doesn’t stint on these. Songs like the moving ‘Baba’ (sung in Xhosa, a woman bereft at the failure of her man to provide to her and her children), and ‘Baby In Silence’ are wondrous and transporting – perhaps amongst the best emotion-driven songs Freshlyground has ever written.
But, organic and naturally-derived as ‘Radio Africa’s’ sonic bedrock is, it doesn’t mean Freshlyground has stepped back from any form of social commentary. Quite the contrary. One of the standouts on ‘Radio Africa’ is ‘Big Man’ featuring Les Nubians and a powerful reminder of what has happened to the dream set out in South Africa’s Freedom Charter (“wear fancy clothes/drive big expensive car … what’s the solution/material pollution”). Also taking a charged – yet utterly irresistible – view of Africa’s current affairs is “Chicken To Change”, a direct take on Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe that’s likely to cause some tongue wagging.
That Freshlyground’s able to comment on the goings on – good and bad – of Africans is not surprising: As Maputo-born Sigauque says, “Our different backgrounds mean that we bring different things to the band.” As well as a melting pot of opinions, musically the diverse mix is one of Freshlyground’s real strengths. “Because we come from different parts of Africa and South Africa, we bring different elements to the music which gives it a fresh sound,” says Scheepers.
In the end, ‘Radio Africa’ is perhaps the fullest expression yet of Freshlyground’s development as a truly African band. “We have matured as players and as a band over the last seven years and the album depicts our development as well as our rootedness here in South Africa and the greater African diaspora,” is how violinist Smith puts it.
With their 2010 World Cup song alerting a whole new global audience to this genuine South African treasure, and a new album that delivers the songs, the performances, and the unmistakable spirit of this South African band, Freshlyground’s poised for something really special. Listen up!
Born in 2002 out of the cultural hotbed that is Cape Town South Africa, Freshlyground have become the musical voice of a nation’s adolescent democracy. Featuring members of different ethnicities from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe their diverse backgrounds have allowed them to weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.
Beginning with the release of Jika Jika in 2003 Freshlyground have carved out a massive following both in South Africa and around the world. Their music - a fusion of rock, jazz and Afro-pop - has proven time and time again to be a favourite amongst all audiences from young children to their grandparents. The skill and joy with which it is delivered have made them perpetual crossover favourites.
Nomvula, their multi-platinum 2004 release, broke new ground for South African pop acts. Its first single - Doo Be Doo - was the most played song in South Africa in 2005. With four hit singles following it, Nomvula propelled the band to heights few reach. It has taken them to stages and festivals around Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. With 2007’s Ma Cheri the band cemented their status as one of the finest acts to have ever come out of Southern Africa. They have won numerous awards including 4 South African Music Awards, 4 Metro FM Awards and an MTV Europe Music Award for "Best African Act" -a first for any SA musician.
Freshlyground have not forgotten their roots in the gritty reality of Sub-Saharan Africa where so many suffer. They have been supporters of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation since playing a fund raising concert for the Foundation in 2005.
Freshlyground now release ‘Radio Africa’ in May 2010. During the course of the year they will be touring extensively throughout South Africa as well as Europe, the US and Asia. Expect “the most important South African act of the 21st century” to continue winning the hearts of fans and packing venues all over the world.
INTERNATIONAL NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES :
SOUTH AFRICAN NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
with Sipho Hotstix August 2008,
Time Magazine, April 2007
“Freshlyground’s music may sound like it was manufactured by Benetton mixing not only race and gender but also nationality, musical style, language, age and even height… However the mix was created it’s one for which the world is developing a taste. Freshlyground’s ambivalence about their diversity hasn’t stopped others from seizing on them as the personification of the Rainbow Nation”
The Washington Post – December 2005
“Zanele Mazibuko has always hated the violin. And the flute? Forget it. For a child growing up in the black township of Soweto, she said, those instruments represented a distant world of white privilege, beyond a seemingly uncrossable racial divide.
But last week, something began to change her mind. It was a live performance by Freshlyground, one of South Africa's hottest bands, which features both a violin and a flute -- not to mention five white members out of seven. The music, a fusion of rock, jazz and Afro-pop, sounded "black," Mazibuko said, delighted and amazed. "The music they play, it just goes together”. “
Cape Argus , October 2007
“Freshlyground is probably going to become SA's most important band in the 21st century. I realised this when I watched them at Loftus Versfeld supporting Robbie Williams. Sixty thousand people sang along to their hits, with passion. And they're the biggest crossover group since Mandoza ...”
Y Magazine, Aug/Sep 2006
“Their music is easy to like, covering a feel-good spectrum of distinctly South African pop, led by Zolani’s exuberant vocals, in English and Xhosa, and driven by an experienced and well-honed band. Mothers pushing prams in shaded parks will like it; sweaty people in stampvol taxis will like it, drunk students too. And it’s also great when you are alone. It’s bright and happy no matter whether your feet are plodding the grim streets of London or your head is stuck in a gnarly roll of post-breakup-chicken wire. Sure, you’ll like it too.”
Cape Etc, April 2004
“Freshlyground is an almost textbook example of how well consensus can work. From their choice of band name, which was decided upon after having fans vote, from a variety of options, to their music which the band members describe as organically grown through a system of teamwork that distributes contributions fairly evenly between the seven members, they exemplify the joys of the new South Africa. Add to this their prestigious gig at the most recent opening of Parliament and their multiracial, multinational members and one can’t help but think that this is the future of South African music. Judging by the cast amounts of critical and popular acclaim they have been generating it seems they are destined for greatness… I predict that soon Freshlyground will be as ubiquitous as the minibus taxi and just as popular. For now, make sure you catch them live while they are still playing small venues because this band is set to soar."
Mail and Guardian, April 2004
"Unlike so many Cape Town bands, Freshlyground have managed to win more than a mere cult following…It's about the creative sparks that fly when cultures co-exist and collide…It's precisely this unpretentious blend of Mahola's classy multi-lingual vocals soars, Hawke's buoyant bass jams, Turest-Swartz's Pan African textures, and Simon Attwell and Smith's shimmering mbira-violin shades that make for an effervescent Afro-pop recipe that transcends any merely "eclectic" fusion.”
Juice Magazine, May 2010
South Africa’s sweethearts return with 11 brand-new Afrotastic songs. The slick, world-class sheen (courtesy of New York producer Fabrice Dupont) does not detract from the band’s familiar Afropop flavour. In fact, it’s a lot more Afro than pop. “Moto” is a brilliant opening track, introducing Zolani’s delightfully heart-warming voice, which snakes its way through a kaleidoscopic array of marimbas, kalimbas, mbiras, pan pipes and more. “Chicken to Change” is “dedicated” to Robert Mugabe and opens with a sound byte of his re-inauguration speech. In an ironic twist, the song’s weighty lyrics have been set to twinkling marimbas, fluttering drums and grooving rhythms, making it impossible to stop listening to it over and over again. If you’re looking for a “Doo Bee Doo”-style ditty, you won’t find it here – this album’s grittier and more grown-up than its award-winning, platinum-selling predecessors.
The Star, May 2010
“Boldly going where our local pop bands don't dare, into southern Africa. Freshlyground weren't kidding when they said were stepping away from pop with this, their fourth album. When compared to Jika Jika, it's not raw at all in the production sense, but it does have a more organic and live sound than Ma'Cheri. Cohesive for all that it brings together many different African influences, it's still the Cape Town-based band, but with less of the repetitive bubblegum sound our radio stations love. Instead we get an album that fuses African instruments and rhythms to more Western aural traditions without it becoming an overly produced "cross over" album.”
Channel 24, May 2010
"Fusion"... it became a dirty word for a reason. Music may be a universal language, but that doesn't mean everyone speaks it the same way. You can't just toss anything together and have it work out great. Good intentions have their place, but the many collaborations wind up like the musical equivalent of bacon samoosas: annoying oingo-boingo cheese that is only bearable live, and even then only if you're drunk and trying to prove some kind of political point. The difficulties of fusion make Radio Africa even more of an achievement.
Travelpod, July 2010
Martina Mc Auley.
Marianne said to me "I defy anyone who doesn't want to move to this music". Well, within 10 minutes, the place was rockin'. The band do a very lively mix of African, pop, soul, folk and global dance music…… It's hard to imagine that such a small person can have such a strong personality, with such vibrant energy and spirit. She was cocky, but in a nice way and she had a fire and passion that would light up the whole of Africa. Her energy was contagious, as she bopped around the stage, commanding attention.”
Gangs of Ballet is a Durban-based band comprising of four musicians and friends. Each accomplished musicians in their own rights, the band’s members have combined their various individual tastes and styles to create a sound that is captivatingly fresh.
Their music, which boasts a winning combination of their vibrant energy and a host of musically intriguing melodies, cannot be pinned down to any specific genre but rather experiments with an eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, anthemic, electronic and dance. In any context, Gangs of Ballet’s audiences are encouraged to experience the band’s music in ways that are dually intuitive and physical as their music seeks to stimulate the musically-minded while also providing those merely seeking a good time with a good reason to dance. Originally formed as a sideproject, Gangs of Ballet came into official existence at its debut gig opening for aKing in April of 2011.
Their debut single, ‘Breaking the Silence’, was released in September of 2011 and by early November it had entered into the 5FM Top 40 Chart. The single thereafter continued to climb its way up the chart and after just 10 weeks on the chart, ‘Breaking the Silence’ entered the New Year at 7th place and secured a spot on 5FM’s list of the Top 100 Hottest Hits of 2011. m‘Breaking the Silence’ was also chosen as the soundtrack for Cell C’s ‘Be’ campaign, which were featured on SA TV and radio stations nationwide.
Gangs of Ballet released their debut self-titled EP in March
‘This Love’ followed as second single to hit the airwaves from
With the release of the third single ‘Hello Sweet World’ from their EP, Gangs of Ballet put all doubts with regards to the band as leaders on the forefront of the South African music scene to rest when the single was received with critical acclaim from fans and music critics alike. The single was play listed nationwide on national, regional and campus radio stations and reached no. 1 on the 5FM Top 40 Chart, as well as the Top 10 of Highveld Stereo’s Top 40. ‘Hello Sweet World’ went on to become the theme song VH1 USA’s hit TV series - ‘Rehab with Dr Dre’. The music video for the single was subsequently play listed on VH1 and went on to receive a SAMA nomination in 2013 for Best Music Video.
Winner of the MK Award 2013 for Best Newcomer - Gangs of
contribution to South Africa’s growing music scene and it would appear that they are already well on their way to their way to doing just that.
Gangs of Ballet released the first single and its music video from their upcoming debut album, entitled ‘yes/no/grey.’ in July 2013. The single, named Daydream, had its first exclusive play in 5FM whilst the video premiered on MTV’s The New Sh*t show. The band is currently completing ‘yes/no/grey.’, set for release in August 2013 through Universal Music South Africa.
Gangs of Ballet is:
Take a trip down memory lane…climb the Stairway to Heaven, stroll along the Parisienne Walkways, fly on the Little Wing, dance with the Sultans of Swing and hear how the Guitar Gently Weeps.
The Guitar Legends Show features the music of the world’s greatest guitarists of all time: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore, Jimi Page (Led Zepplin), Eric Clapton, The Edge (U2), Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), George Harrison (The Beatles) and even the Gypsy Kings. Each song is expertly performed with the greatest attention to detail in order to recreate the unique sound and feel of each of these legendary players.
All the world’s Guitar Hero’s in one unforgettable show.
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Reviews: Graham Gillot Band
The artists have different musical backgrounds and international experience:
Graham's quiet unassuming gentle manner belies the talent of an extraordinary and constantly rising new century Guitar Maestro. Graham accomplished something of a study record by obtaining Grade 8 Classical Guitar with Merit in only 2 years of study through Trinity College, London. In the UK, Graham performed at the Bournemouth Music Festival as well as the International London Meula. He then went on to play for various bands, including the Jesse Jordan Band. He also sessioned for DNA Strings and even played for the internationally-recognised Rodriquez.
Duncan has a B. Mus majoring in Clarinet from Stellenbosch University. He is a music teacher at Parel Vallei High School, developing ensembles which focus on Rock, Jazz and Drumline. His other forte is corporate teambuilding with Djembe drums and instrument building workshops, offering businessmen and women a taste of the wonderful world of music. Duncan is a master instrumentalist playing over 8 instruments including banjo, sax, clarinet, bass, keyboard and guitar.
Jeane is an accomplished pianist, drummer and percussionist, with Grade 8 in these instruments. Following in her fathers music footsteps she teaches full time. In the Helderberg basin Jeane plays extensively for musical shows and on the Corporate scene she facilitates djembe drumming sessions.
“Most entertaining band” – Plaateater “
I love the way the group plays, especially when they let go and open up” (Sixto - Sugarman - Rodriquez)
"Graham is a combination of Eric Clapton, Van Halen and Hendrix" (Sixto - Sugarman - Rodriquez).
Graham "leads the pack of new-wave session guitarists - this time out of Cape Town....across all musical genres - from Latin and Flamenco to scorching rock. Graham rises to the occasion delivering fine accurate and passionate guitar wizadry" (Patrick C Van Blerk CAPE TOWN SOUND). He is a "real virtuoso guitarist" (D. Dinnell from Rolling Stones Tribute Band UK) whose "musical genius is brilliantly performed" (S. Esterhuizen - Co -Ordinator Golden Valley Casino, Sun International)
Guitar Legends Setlist
1. Eruption - Van Halen
12. Dire Straits Medley (Brothers/Trick/Money/Sultans)
Enchore – Tap Dance* Steel (Original Acoustic Solo style of August Rush)
One of Africa's most nominated performers •Music collaborations with K'Naan, Nas and Talib Kweli •Has shared the stage with top international artists, Jamie Cullum and Angelique Kidjo •Performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup •Regional and final judge for 2010 Idols series (South Africa) •Winner of Strictly Come Dancing (King of the Dancefloor)
HHP has been called "The illest lyricist" by Wyclef Jean... Very few African artists receive the status and recognition needed to take their music across the borders of their respective countries.
They become known and recognised in their industries but never really branch out internationally. This however cannot be said for Jabulani Tsambo, aka HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula).
With his unique, uplifting sound and original style, HHP has taken his music across the world performing at festivals and concerts within the African Continent as well as the United States and Europe. His infectious sound clearly knows no racial or cultural borders.
Growing up in his beloved Mmabatho (Mafikeng, the capital of South Africa's North West Province) Jabulani Tsambo's father had a record collection that encouraged him to always keep his heart open to a variety of music styles. "My father's LP collection was very diverse and every time he played one of those LP's, I could tell
what mood he was in.
That's when I started to understand music. Now I use that same understanding to speak to my fans or listeners. The amazing thing about music is that it communicates something different all the time to different people." His belief in the
power of music, delivers an intimate, personal message to a huge variety of listeners.
Hip-Hop is a dominant influence and he is a rapper who delivers a richly satisfying listening experience with his ability to roll rhymes off his tongue and create a rhythmical melody with words alone. It's no surprise that HHP has a deep love for funk, soul, urban and vocally driven pop songs – as well as his increasingly visible affection for traditional music, this is highly evident in his music. For HHP, being able to blur genre boundaries and work with a global cast of creative accomplices makes sense. "It's all Motswako music," he says simply, referring to the SeTswana word for, "Mixture". "Always stay fresh, current and creative," is HHP's mantra. "Those three things mean the world to me, without them, I'll just fizzle out," he says.
His continuous award wins & nominations are also confirmation of HHP's peerless standing in the industry: as a lyricist and rapper of epic proportions. He is so highly regarded by his fellow artists that he's in constant demand as a collaborator; an artist and a musician, able to craft beats and melodies both memorable and fresh, and as an all round likeable guy.
HHP has a mind-blowing stage persona. His performances are laced with charisma and swag, making them a treat for all the senses. This has made very popular on the international market having graced the stages in Germany (Cologne), UK (London & Milton Keyes), USA (Washington DC & SXSW in Austin). He has also given amazing performances in numerous African countries, amongst them Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique & Lesotho.
After 6 albums and 2 re-mastered albums, HHP has now released 'MOTSWAFRIKA'', his greatest and most epic Album. A more "African" inspired album featuring influences from all over the continent, he has also used American
producer Omar Hunter including one of his favourite producers South African born, Thaso Tsotetsi to bring his vision for his new album together.
"MotswAfrika" features Talib Kweli, Omar Hunter El, Gabriel Asheru Benn, Grammy Nominee Carolyn Malachi, MOBO award winner Samini from Ghana, Uganda's sizzla Chameleon, Grammy winner Raheem Devaughn (on the forthcoming special edition of the album) to name but a few.
With musical influences from Morocco to Sub-Saharan Southern Africa HHP says " I'm bringing the African Movement alive to showcase what we as Africans have to offer the rest of the world musically" With a fan base that spans continents and a talent that's spanned years, HHP can only take the "movement" of African sound further!
“Hot Water must easily be one of the most exciting musical projects to
come out of South Africa…” The Citizen
SOUNDS OF SOUTH AFRICA
Hot Water’s music incorporates elements of traditional South African music (such as
kwela, mbaqanga, maskandi and kwasa kwasa) with folk, blues and indie-pop rock.
Southern African music has a natural instinct for celebration and Hot Water’s live
performances have a magical way of spontaneously warming any event.
Cape Argus, The Star
“Hot Water…were the talk of the Festival.” (Review of Oppikoppi Festival 2011)
What’s On SA
“Hot Water…continued to build the audience into a frenzy with their truly African sound, I would liken
them to Paul Simon…” (Review from Splashy Fen Festival)
“Hot Water, some say, is the next big South African band…”
“Donovan Copley...his voice is indeed one that is unique and very South African. The songs draw on many traditions from folk and blues to township grooves…this music is honest…and one of the many important voices of young South Africa.”
“The band is something of a musical cross section of the city [of Cape Town]….I’ve seen everyone from metal heads to old timers enjoying these vibes.”
“Immediately we’re all going “Hows these ous? ” – that’s how good this album is…there’s a very
unique South African sound and flavour mixed in here that makes it stand out on its own.”
“Hot Water must easily be one of the most exciting music projects to come out of SA…Its concoction of homespun melodies and esoteric clarity makes for a welcome mix of African warmth and Eastern wisdom. Home is cultural versatility in music.”
2006: Hot Water launch their debut album, ‘Home’ at the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset
Concerts at the National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town.
The band features on BBC World’s ‘Destination Music’ series and is included on international
record label, Edel’s ‘A Day in Cape Town’ CD-book compilation.
‘Bushfire’ becomes the musical face of the Italian children’s shoe manufacturer, Primigi’s
European and US commercial campaign.
2007: The band embarks on a City of Cape Town upliftment initiative performing in
disadvantaged areas throughout the city and surrounds.
‘Thembi’ - a salute to African mothers – is chosen for an Italian National Health Service
2008: Second album ‘One’ is launched with the single ‘Shushu’.
Invitation to Europe for the Waterpop Festival held in Holland.
Hot Water is voted Best Band in South Africa in Men’s Health magazine.
Performance for the Opening of South African Parliament’s ‘After Party’.
2009: Performance at the Hague Jazz Festival, alongside Freshlyground and Hugh Masekela.
Signed to touring agent Griot (premiere South African Music agent in Europe - exclusively
represents South African acts such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela,
Freshlyground and Lira.)
2010: 3 tours to Europe, release of ‘Laduma’ single in 14 countries around the world.
ZDF ‘Morning Show’ (German National television) over 4 days, viewed by 1.2 million people
Launch of music video for ‘Laduma’ on eTV’s Showbiz Report.
Hot Water appear on the front cover of The BIG ISSUE magazine, with a lead article entitled
“Why SA is into Hot Water”.
2011: Launch of 3rd album ‘South’.
SOME NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
Pinotage On Tap, Diemersfontein, 22 Oct ‘11
Rocking The Daisies, Darling, 09 Oct ‘11
Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, Jul ‘11
Marie Claire ‘Green Lunch’, Franschhoek, 04 June ‘11
Comrades Marathon (Nedbank Green Mile), Pietermaritzberg, 29 May ‘11
Bush Fire International Festival of the Arts, Swaziland, 28 May ‘11
Up The Creek Music Festival, Swellendam, 14 Feb ‘11
Oppikoppi Music Festival, Limpopo, 08 Aug ’10 (& 06 Aug ’11)
FIFA Official FanFest (quarter-final), Cape Town, 03 Jul ‘10
ZDF ‘Morgen Magazin’ (Morning Show), German National TV, 28, 30 Jun & 02, 03 Jul ‘10
Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, Holland, 12 Jun ‘10
‘Cup Of Cultures’ Festival, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany, 11 Jun ‘10
Wacky Wine Weekend, Arabella Wine Estate, Robertson, 05 Jun ‘10
Old Mutual Encounters (with Freshlyground and Johnny Clegg), Cape Town, 11 May ‘10
KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn (3 shows), 05-06 Apr ‘10
Splashy Fen Festival, Kwazulu Natal, 03 Apr ‘10
Flamjangled Tea Party Festival, Durbanville, Western Cape, 13 Mar ‘10
Opening of Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 06 Feb ‘10
Hague Jazz Festival, Holland, 20-24 May ‘09
Opening of Parliament (After Party), Cape Town, 05 Feb ‘09
‘House on Fire’ (New Years Eve), Swaziland, 31 Dec ‘08
Niall Mellon Township Trust Concert, Cape Town, 04 Dec ‘08
‘CHOC’ Charity Gala Dinner, Cape Town, 21 Nov ‘08
Waterpop Festival, Wateringen, Holland, 10 Aug ‘08
Vodacom ‘Sounds of Summer’ Series, V&A Waterfront, 28 Dec ‘07
Human Rights Day Concert (headlining act), Cape Town Company Gardens, 21 March ‘07
Heritage Day ‘Concert In The Park’, Cape Town, 25 Sept ‘06
Nedbank Business Woman’s Awards, Cape Sun, Cape Town, 14 Jun ‘06
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, 29 Jan ‘
Their name suggests a strong bond, taken as it is from the first two letters of each of their names: Jacqui, Mariechan and Liesl. The trio that is Jamali is currently unleashing a proudly South African R&B sound that is taking them straight to the top of both radio and sales charts!
After their debut album went gold, there has been no stopping these three talented ladies. Mixing up Zulu lyrics with English has turned several of the tracks from Jamali’s two albums into sure-fire radio hits – and the group’s ability to deliver lyrics and perform in a way that is startlingly good is likely to earn Jamali attention outside South Africa’s borders as well.
It’s all about great music, beautiful voices, pin-up looks and performing abilities that already put this group at the top of its game.
And now, as the girls are rapidly approaching platinum sales of their debut album, their highly anticipated second album, Yours Fatally, has just hit South Africa’s shelves.
The album is loaded with hit singles including title track, “Yours Fatally”, girl-empowered “Secrets”,
Swahili-influenced “Maisha” and “You Got Me”.
The girls give a stellar live performance at each and every sell-out show that’s packed with flawless choreography and harmonic vocals that is sure to get every single audience member on their feet.
After winning the award for Favourite Kwaito Music Group at last year’s Star in You Kids awards, and
being nominated for best newcomer at the 2005 South African Music Awards, the girls are ready to take
South Africa, and the world, by storm!!
The new album, Yours Fatally is in stores NOW!!!
Jax Panik started as a parody of sorts. Founding members, Jacobus van Heerden and Johnny de Ridder (Cape Town-based music producers), initially set out to create a mock pop star / pop group; combining catchy music with bubblegum visuals and videos. The idea was largely in reaction to the traditional rock band paradigm that dominated South African music at the time. From the onset Jax Panik sought to do things differently – initially refusing to play live, distributing his music online only, extensively making use of fan-generated content and embracing new media and social networking in promoting himself.
By 2006 Johnny was well-known locally for his role in Fokofpolisiekar, a controversial punk-rock band. Jacobus had recently completed a degree in Visual Communication and worked as a copywriter and illustrator, producing music on the side. The two, who had been friends since school, started Soft Light City at the end of that year, producing original music for TV commercials. Jax Panik, amongst a number of sideline ventures, became the duo’s escape from often mundane and routine corporate work.
Jax Panik’s first album, Cigarettes & Cinnamon, completed in 2007 and released independently in South
Africa in 2008, featured a collection of synthesized pop-rock tracks. Lyrically the album was selfreflective and personal, but musically and visually spoke in no uncertain terms to the masses. The whole record followed a typical verse-chorus pop blueprint, loaded with ‘oohs’, ‘aahs’, and words like ‘baby’. Early critics failed to see the tongue in cheek nature of the music, often writing it off as being too repetitive and too predictable. Nevertheless, throughout 2008 tracks like Cigarettes & Cinnamon, Russian Roulette, and Hit or Miss enjoyed high rotation on regional and campus stations in South Africa, reaching poll positions on some of the country’s most popular radio charts. (Other noteworthy achievements during this period include an MTV Africa Viewer’s Choice Award nomination).
Role-playing became a clear theme around the Cigarettes & Cinnamon album, with early videos, photos, and live happenings all featuring strange outfits, masks, and generally absurd behaviour. Fans were encouraged to make their own Jax Panik content. The results were often used as official videos. Fans were also incorporated in live performances and in rare instances even stood in for interviews.
But the communal dimension of Jax Panik went largely unnoticed by the general South African public. Local media continued to pinpoint Jacobus van Heerden as being Jax Panik. Jacobus, being the voice of the project and having acting in a number of his own viral videos, enjoyed adding to the confusion. But Fans and close followers got the full picture and understood Jax Panik to be a third person – one with many faces and disguises.
This concept was taken a step further with the release of I am Jax Panik in 2010, the duo’s second fulllength
studio album. Jacobus van Heerden remains the dominant voice here, but the album also features a host of unusual collaborations with local singers and musicians, furthering the concept of Jax Panik as a hybrid identity. Sonically the record shows off the group’s production and writing skills, as big hooks and melodies collide with a plethora of synthesized sounds and homemade samples. A range of previously unexplored genres are combined, from mainstream pop, to hard rock, to electro. Jacobus and Johnny have dubbed the new sound ‘Hyper Pop’.
Visually a clear theme or ‘corporate identity’ was developed around I am Jax Panik. In interviews, videos, etc. Jax sports fashionable black and white clothing and an accompanying hockey-style mask, which echoes the striking black and white skeleton-like logo featured on the album’s cover.
This theme continues to act as a template or guideline for fans to generate their own content. Followers are encouraged to develop the story of Jax Panik in real-time by contributing to daily discussions and/or submitting their own ‘I am Jax Panik’ videos, photos, or stories. The I am Jax Panik experience can be likened to a social tribe or subculture of sorts, currently playing out predominantly online via the Jax Panik blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube pages.
Jesse was born in Johannesburg in 1988. By the time he was six months old he was on tour with his father Johnny Clegg and between 1988 and 1994 he spent at least 5 months a year on the road.He was a classic road kid and grew up back stage and on tour busses. In 1994 his father’s band broke up and the touring subsided. Jesse schooled in Johannesburg at Crawford College and matriculated with six distinctions in 2006.
In school Jesse experimented with a number of different instruments - which included saxophone, clarinet, drums and piano – until he finally settled on guitar. He started playing when he was about thirteen, focusing mostly on chord structures and simple licks.
Early on, Jesse carved out an independent direction for himself in the rock genre, very different from the world music style developed by his dad . As someone who grew up in the environment of a succesful musical father, he strived to express himself in the most authentic way possible and understood the imporatnce of being able to perform live. In high school he began performing as a solo act with just acoustic guitar and voice. He performed at regular school concerts and small clubs. He also joined a number of different bands, and experimented with electric guitar. At around sixteen he began to write his own material. By seventeen, songwriting was his musical focus and it was in this period and the years to follow that he honed his writing skills and put together the songs recorded on the first album.
After Jesse matriculated, he took a gap year in order to record more demo tracks and finally put together an album. He also started a band where he got the opportunity to rehearse and perform some of the songs around Johannesburg - appearing under a number of different band names. It was here that a few of the songs took shape in terms of arrangement and guitar sounds. By this time, Jesse was looking to proffessionally record the songs with producer, Brian O’Shea who joined the project and they began work on what was to be the final album “When I Wake Up”.
The highlight of Jesse’s career came in June 2007 when he got the opportunity to tour internationally with his father Johnny Clegg once again. He performed alongside his father at a number of festivals in France to crowds of more than ten thousand people. Another highlight for Jesse was when a major Belgian producer, Nicolas Fizman, agreed to co-produce the album alongside Brian O’Shea. By the end of 2007 the album was completed and in early 2008 signed a major record deal with David Gresham Records.
A world class singer-songwriter with an honours degree in jazz performance, Jeremy Olivier is a skilled and accomplished guitarist and vocalist, having performed with the likes of George Benson, Katherine Jenkins, Daniel Bedingfield, Jonathan Butler, Micasa, Loyiso Bala, Sibongile Khumalo, Ard Matthews, Freshly Ground, Mango Groove, Johnny Clegg and many more. He has six singles currently playing on radio including Cape Town favourites, ‘Serendipity’ and ‘Look at us Now’. Jeremy has also written the musical score for many popular Jungle Beat animations as well as for the SA Rugby Team and the Shark’s Rugby Team. He is currently completing his debut album due for release in 2015.
Bev graduated head of her class in performance at Wits University Music School. She is a sought after performer & session singer, having been heard on both radio and TV with her album tracks & jingles. She is an established gig artist in Cape Town, having “paid her dues” over the last many years and has performed for many years with well-known Cape Town bands. People liken her style to Norah Jones, Renee Olstead, Katie Melua in terms of genre. Bev Scott-Brown is a gifted singer/songwriter with a distinct voice and welldefined vocal style. Bev’s charm as a singer lies in her ability to deliver a vocal performance that is honest, unaffected and eloquently understated.
Incredibly talented bassist, Shaun Johannes, has shared the stage with artists such as Johnny Clegg, Jonathan Butler, Katherine Jenkins, Loyiso Bala, Sibongile Khumalo and many more. He obtained a BMus (Cum Laude) and MMus in Performance and Dissertation from UCT’s College of Music in 2010 and has performed at countless festivals and many notable functions such as the opening of parliament in 2004/5 performing for Oprah Winfrey and Nelson Mandela. One of his many milestone performances was with the legendary jazz guitarist and vocalist George Benson and his musical director Randy Waldmand at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2010.
UCT College of Music graduate, Frank Paco’s impressive career includes highlights such as the 46664 Mandela AIDS concert performing with many of the world’s great musicians such as the legendary band Queen, Bono of U2, Jimmy Cliff, Angelique Kidjo, Dave Stewart, Andrew Bonsu, Johnny Clegg, Brian May and Peter Gabriel. He has played with greats such as Jonathan Butler; Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and many more at festivals and concerts all over the world. He has also sessioned on more than 40 albums, 10 of which received awards and 4 were nominated.
Andrew is well known and respected on the South African jazz scene and performs regularly in and around Cape Town. He has conducted various orchestras including The Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and has performed with international artists including Katherine Jenkins, Ronnie Jordan, Opie Bellas, Holly Penfield, Janet Jackson, Shakattack, Sergio Mendez as well as local phenomenons such as Sibongile Khumalo, Louise Carver and Lloyd Cele. He currently runs The Nut House Recording Studios in Cape Town and has composed and produced over 900 music sound tracks for television, cinema and radio for which he has earned awards for music and post production from Cannes Lions, London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals and of course our own Loeries.
As a teenager Loyiso Bala was trained at the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir in South Africa. He finished top of his class and nurtured his classical voice.
After overwhelming success with legendary Kwaito act TKZee in 2000, Loyiso decided to release his own singles ‘Musukukhala’ and ‘Silky Soft Skin’ in 2001. The singles laid the foundation for Loyiso’s solo career and he went on to release his first album “Wine Woman and Song” in 2003 and his second album ‘Amplified’ in 2005. These albums solidified Loyiso’s reputation as South Africa’s king of R&B, with singles such as ‘Girl Without A Name’, ‘Angel’, ‘Gimme The Night’, ‘Cappuccino’ and ‘Cuban’.
Since then, he has won multiple awards ranging from Best R&B album of 2007 at the Metro FM Awards, 5 SAMAs – South African Music Awards – 3 Metro FM awards, Best R&B and Best Producer at the SAMA awards 2008 and was nominated for best song of 2009 and 2010 at the SAMAs for ‘Blow Your Mind’ and ‘Maybe’ respectively. He was also nominated at the MTV awards alongside Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Akon and P Square and is known for his style awards for “YOU” Magazine and GQ’s most stylish male in the country.
At the end of 2002, Loyiso embarked on a world tour that saw him stopping off in London, America, Asia and the Middle East. Other highlight performances include several Miss South Africa Awards and Miss World appearances. He has performed alongside artists of the highest caliber including Jamelia, Corinne Bailey Rae, John Legend, Brian McKnight, Elton John, Will Smith and Akon. He has also performed for some of the highest dignitaries, such as Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and more.
Loyiso is an ambassador for the 46664 campaigns, the Smile Foundation and most recently MaAfrika Tikkun, which sees him supporting several charitable and worthwhile causes such as coaching school plays and performing at charitable events. He also talks about HIV education in several schools across South Africa.
His partnership with 46664 lead him to put on a stellar performance for and audience of over 46,000 at the Nelson Mandela 46664 concert in Hyde Park in July 2008, to perform at the Madison Square Gardens, New York in July 2009 and at Radio City Hall, New York for Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday celebration on the 18th of July 2009.
Loyiso’s last album release showcased the singles ‘I want you’, ‘Blow Your Mind’ (the title track), ‘Take Me Back’, ‘Dali Wami’ and ‘Maybe’, which were simultaneously listed in the top 100 radio charts in South Africa in late 2008; a feat that rarely happens.
In May 2010 he released his new single ‘Wrong For You’, written by Robin Thicke and Sean Hurley and will be releasing his full-length album before the end of 2010. For this album he worked with producers both in the United States of America and South Africa.
He is now taking his most loved material to his fans and explains: “Live performances are where I am able to bring everything I love about music together on one great platform”.
One such performance was alongside Alicia Keys, Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas and John Legend at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off celebration concert, taking place at Soweto’s 30,000-capacity Orlando Stadium on the 10th of June, a day before the opening match of the World Cup.
Mean Mr Mustard has a new dynamic line up consisting of the following musicians:
Garth Potterton-Management, guitars and vocals
Andries Botha-Lead vocals and guitars
The bands new line up is sure to knock audiences socks off. The band will be going into the studio early in 2010 to record their 5th studio album with a whole new dynamic line up.
The bands label Sting Music is extremely excited about the bands new material and shift in direction, and the response from the venues and concert promoters has been tremendous.
The bands new line up sets the benchmark in an industry, which is full of mediocrity as regards live performances and musical ability. This band marks the return of a real live stadium band which relies on musicians with real talent to produce a dynamic sound and show.
The bands repertoire consists of the current and old favourite rock based cover songs, as well as tracks from their previous and forthcoming albums.
Further amunition in the bands song selection, is a stunning 10 minute. Afrikaans medley featuring the biggest hits in that format, which has been given the bands own personal touch.
All the members of the band has graced the biggest stages in the country and need no introduction. They are all active session musicians as well as successful producers in their own right, and well respected in the industry circle.
Mustard is the band to watch for 2010 and the band you must catch at a venue near you!
MEAN MR MUSTARD Reaching for the Stars!!!
South Africa’s hottest afro pop sensation has an innovative name and 12 infectious tracks on a debut album, Ready To Fly, that’s taking NNE-VIDA from 2010’s POPSTAR-winners to 2011 chart-toppers in their own right and with their 6 piece band they are bound to get you moving and grooving.
NNE-VIDA – 4 LIFE
The group’s name is a mantra and a commitment to one-another, and more importantly, to their fans. “Nne” is taken from the Swahili meaning “4” – representing the members and symbolising the word “For”, while “Vida” has its origins in Europe meaning “Life”.
Regular etv viewers already have a rather committed relationship withOscar Toorn, Zinhle Dube, Lyle Anthony Volkwyn and Lihle Ngongoma. After all it was on the free-to-air channel that audiences got to follow NNE-VIDA on their rocky road to winning the much-converted POPSTARS 2010 competition title last October. Since then these four hugely gifted performers have set their sights on delivering an album that’s destined to become one of the years most popular.
Four months committed to writing and recording with some of the biggest names in music has realised Ready To Fly, NNE-VIDA’s first 12-track “thank-you” to a growing number of fans who, initially, supported with their hearts and have since been rewarded with an album that includes some of best producers around. From Pete “Boxsta” Martin, Mzwandile Bala, Dennis East and Bryce Anderson – each played a critical role in shaping the sound that now runs their full gamut of pop possibility held within Ready To Fly. The album was released on Monday, 31 January 2010, and is now catapulting the young talents straight up the charts and into the hearts of contemporary pop lovers everywhere.
The album’s first single “Back-Up” is currently on high rotation on radio everywhere and as the group tour around the county this and the title track are the first two singles fans shout for before tucking into the likes of “When You Miss Me” – a power ballad written by the legendary Diane Warren. “The support we enjoyed during the competition was amazing and now that we have a song on radio and an album in stores it’s become our calling card,” Oscar says. It’s our way of repaying the huge debt of gratitude we have for everyone who rooted for us, right from the very start.”
For those shimming up to NNE-VIDA for the very first time, what awaits the curious is four committed and hugely professional singers, songwriters and gifted dancers – all singing off the same, very powerful and equally addictive hymn sheet.
NNE-VIDA aims to not only dominate the South African music scene; they have aspirations to take the music to the world, especially into the rest of Africa. For Zihnle, winning POPSTARS was a real feat. “It’s a great feeling, she says. “To tell you the truth, it hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m still trying to work through it in my head. I think WOW, I’m a POPSTAR! I always said that one day people will hear my voice and I’m so happy that my time has finally come.”
The judges voted and a landslide victory followed. Now it’s NNE-VIDA’s time to shine, something confirmed by POPSTARS executive producer Keith Lindsay. “South Africa has grown up. This past year saw POPSTARS hopefuls more confident, more willing and more talented than we have ever seen before. NNE-VIDA is all that and more!”
Pocket Duo is a charming outfit with female vocalist, Irina Buzdugan and Jazz pianist, Chris Tritton.
They’re a swanky fusion of jazz and pop in your pocket adding an atmosphere of class and smooth sophistication to every corporate function or private event.
Irina Buzdugan has recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Vega school of Brand Leadership specialising in Brand Communication and Leadership. This talented young lady is currently the front woman for the popular band Asleep in Transit, as well as starting up her own solo music career. She has been singing competitively since she was 12, and is confident in her vocal abilities which enthuses all types of audiences. Irina has done countless performances with her band and also with Pocket Duo. She has shared the stage with big names at events over the years such as:
Die Heuwels Fantasties, Johnny Clegg, Daniel Bedingfield, The Parlotones, Isochronous, Gangs of Ballet, Matthew Mole, and Watershed.
Irina has appeared on 5fm and East Coast Radio for interviews and live performances. She has also performed at the renowned five star hotel in Durban, The Oyster Box. Being a multi-faceted artist, she also wrote and performed vocals for a Mr. Price advert.
Irina did corporate events for 4 years in Durban before relocating to Cape Town in 2014 to take her music career further.
Irina sings at the world-renowned One and Only five star hotel in Cape Town at the majestic Vista bar within. She has also performed at the highly acclaimed restaurant within called Reuben’s, for Sunday lunches.
Chris Tritton is currently studying towards his Bachelor of Music at the University of Cape Town. He has played in bands throughout his entire schooling career as well as being a self-taught gifted pianist from a very young age. He has always had a deep passion for Jazz, pop, and classic standards.
1. Jan Kriel Wine Auction, Kuils Rivier
2. AHG Healthcare gala dinner, Somerset West, Erinvale Hotel and Spa
3. Cape Thoroughbred Sale Cocktail Evening, Taj Hotel, 21st January
4. Numerous performances at the One and Only Hotel
Record Label: David Gresham
Band Members: Prime Circle consists of Marco Gomes (bass), Ross Learmonth (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Dirk Boschoff (guitar) and Gerhard Venter (Drums)
Prime Circle is the epitome of a great South African rock band success story!
South Africa’s foremost rock outfit have gone from a rehearsal room in a small town in South Africa called Witbank to South Africa’s most popular and talked about band since the band’s formation in 2001 – to say that the band have been a success story is an understatement!
Prime Circle released their debut album, “Hello Crazy World”, through David Gresham Records in 2002. After the success of their debut single, “Hello”, the band has been unstoppable!! Radio stations around the country supported the band beyond expectations with all the singles off their debut album reaching #1 status on charts across the board. “Hello” was one of the most requested and most played songs of 2002!! The album has since gone gold and is rapidly approaching platinum status!!
Prime Circle quickly became the most active touring outfit on South Africa’s live circuit, performing in every major club from the smaller towns to the larger cities, and headlining all the major live festivals in the country!
The band have since shared the stage with mega international superstars including Metallica, The Rasmus, Simple Plan, Live, Collective Soul, Paul Rogers (Bad Company), K’s Choice and Kim Lian. The band has also performed at Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concert alongside international greats including Annie Lennox, India Arie, Katie Melua, and Will Smith in 2005.
The band have also had a fair amount of international sell-out shows, with a request so great after their shows in London earlier this year, that the band will be returning to play at the Shepherds Bush Empire in November this year.
On the back of their major success from their debut album, Prime Circle went back into the studio to record what would become their second album, Live this Life which was released in September 2005. After only a few months of the album’s release, the album is already rapidly approaching gold status. The public and the media took to the cd immediately!! With single after single climbing the charts yet again, Prime Circle are showing no signs of slowing down!!!
The music video for the single, “Live This Life” is also one of the most aired local music videos on television to date.
Among their many achievements, it is fitting to mention some of the Prime Circle career highlights:
With all their appearances on TV, radio interviews and their huge print media presence – it is no wonder that these rockstars cause wild hysteria wherever they go!!
And now, Prime Circle has released what is sure to be the live dvd of the year, “Living In A Crazy World”. With the success of sales we have seen within days of its release, we have high promise for Prime Circle’s first DVD, giving those who haven’t yet seen this amazing talent live on stage, the opportunity to see Prime Circle live and loud in their living room!
PRIME CIRCLE ARE:
ROSS LEARMONTH – Vocals/rhythm guitar
GERHARD VENTER – Drums/backing vocals
DIRK BISSCHOFF – Lead guitar
MARCO GOMES – Bass guitar
Sans of Time have been around for nearly a decade and have evolved into a holistic and complete trio that fits perfectly for any Corporate Function, Gala Dinner, Product Launch, Wedding, Fund-Raiser, Special Birthday Bash or whatever occasion you have planned and have a need to celebrate with this Versatile Band. The Band boasts a strong vocal display of music featuring a live keyboard and a vast array of sequenced music covering virtually every genre of music. It is rare that one encounters Professionalism, Talent and Affordability in the music industry today – here is a fresh, reliable and guaranteed option when it comes to Bands for Hire. This Cape Town based cover band has had constant success in turning serious corporate functions into real parties all over the world. The Party Band of Note, as they are commonly referred too, will mesmerize during dinner and get you dancing seconds after dessert! What sells it completely is the fact that they are easy to work with and absolute Value for Money. Their Versatility expands from early evening ballads to frantic party music covering the entire music spectrum from the 50’s and 60’s until modern day hits
As the leader of this band, Alrick comes with vast experience both on and off the stage. His rapport with people from all walks of life, whether it is business or pleasure, has allowed this talented singer to open doors for this outfit both Nationally and Internationally.
His haunting voice and devilish stage personality will have you eating out of his hands within minutes. Alrick has negotiated, infiltrated and entertained crowds of diverse people and created truly memorable occasions over many years. He has the ability to hold a crowd in the palm of his hand and rock them into the early hours of the morning.
He is also renowned for his Master of Ceremonies skills and has often been referred to “James Bond with a Mic”. Originally from a Baptist gospel music background, with a strong flair for Ballads, Jazz and Pop music, his diverse repertoire of songs will include his influences which are Cliff Richard, Richard Marx, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Luther Vandros, Josh Groban, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble, George Michael, Will Young, Elton John, Sting, Ne-yo, Michael Franks, The Commitments, Tom Jones, Maroon 5, Mighty Motown sounds and many, many more.
Marysa - Female Vocals
Marysa has played the Cape Jazz scene for four years before embarking on a stint in Dubai for one year. She rejoined Sans of Time in 2003 and has added her much needed refreshing voice to a recipe that is now truly world class. She puts the sugar into soul and the juice into jazz with her vivacious moves and brilliant stage act.
Her recent international experience (London and Zambia) has added a dimension of very specific vocal spice that is appreciated and admired by all.
Marysa has an amazingly musical ear that adds harmony to virtually any note. A sensual and classy act that performs with sincerity and soul. A beautiful woman that is adored by all crowds and evokes emotion amongst all who witness her smooth, soulful performances. In local circles, she is known as a vocal gymnast and often out-sings the original artists with her fabulous vocal range. This bright singing sensation is on the rise and is ready for an elaborate career in an industry that is fortunate to have her.
Her influences are Anastasia, Diana Krall, Abba, Duffy, Leona Lewis, Amy Whinehouse, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Lisa Stansfield, Tina Turner, Micheal Buble, Diana Ross and many more.
Mark - Keyboards
It is truly an honour for us to have a musician of this quality to have joined our ranks Mark is the newest member of our band and his expensive taste in sound quality, jazzy feel and clarity of touch on an instrument he loves and cherishes, combined with his strong technical background, has given him the right to be one of the finest keyboard players around. An unprecedented love and deep passion for all types of music has given him the freedom to explore any kind of song. This is the core value of the diversity required for this outfit to operate within National and International markets.
He started in the music world as a young boy and has played the Jazz and Pop circuits throughout South Africa. Whilst other teenagers were out partying, Mark was discovering the love of his life – The Keyboard. His Keyboard solos are prolific and his touch is gentle and precise.
His influences include a vast array of jazz and R&B musicians including George Benson, Quicy Jones, Wind and Fire and many, many more.
Stigue’s passion for music started at an early age. His father, Vincent P Nel (Jazz Vocalist), being his greatest influence. Diversity in music was always a big part of Stigue’s formative years – from Jazz (his father), “Kaapse Klopse” (his uncle and godfather) and old “crooner” music (the grandmothers).
Stigue’s education started at SACS. This is where he learned to play the trumpet, in Grade 5.
In 2000 he passed Grade 5 Music Theory Royal Schools exam with Distinction and already showed much promise in harmony and counterpoint. In 2003 he passed his Grade 8 Trumpet Royal Schools exam and was selected to play in the South African National Youth Schools Jazz Band where he received Full Colours and represented his country.
He decided to further his education in music when he was accepted to study at UCT South African College of Music (2004). He enjoyed playing in ensembles and started playing for the UCT Jazz Big Band and UCT Symphony Orchestra, as well as other commercial bands, viz. Glen Robertson Jazz Band, Captain Stu, and started his own experimental band, Wednesdays Child.
Stigue graduated from UCT in 2007 majoring in Composition and arrangement with a Distinction for his composition subject. Stigue intends on furthering his studies wishing to write an Opera, which he would like to submit for a Master’s Degree in Composition and Dissertation.
Joel is a 40 yr old ex Navy band saxophonist, currently with SA Army band.
He has played with dance bands, Jonny Cooper big band, various jazz and pop bands for many years. He is also a highly sought after solo saxophonist performing to backing tracks for more intimate functions.
Joel has played with Sans of Time as for the past 3 year and has been a professional musician for 14 years.
the brain child of original members Godfrey Ried and Nash Klaassen, is today one of the top rated corporate and party bands in South Africa.
The band originated in Kimberley and started performing in high school. In 2001, Godfrey and Nash together with Ricardo Balance moved to Kimberley to explore their opportunities. 10 Years later, they have a respected reputation with some of South Africa’s top companies, being repeatedly booked for their annual events. They are also the resident band at the renowned Vilamoura Supper Club in Sandton.
The newest addition to the band is Delia Davids. Having recently replaced the previous female vocalist who went on to explore a solo career, Delia is new to the music industry and the epitome of ‘Dynamite comes in small packages’; beautiful with a raw and sexy voice.
Be it the Hottest Happening Party of the Year, background dinner entertainment or a mixture of both, the members are versatile, and will adapt their performance to suit their audience and the requirements of your event. Down to earth, passionate and reliable entertainers, the band caters for all with their extensive repertoire including golden oldies and current hits. A full repertoire list is available on request.
As a standard Simply 4 performs 3 x 45 minute sets. Spread over the evening, you have a full nights’ entertainment. The first set usually opens with ballads and picks up pace, ending on a mid tempo note. The second set can be a mid tempo progressing to dancing or alternatively a full dance set. The third set is typically a dance set. Should your event require more background entertainment the sets will be changed accordingly to suit the event.
The 4 vocalists will perform to back tracks. No musical instruments but a dynamic performance.
Godfrey, Nash and Delia on lead vocals. Ricardo on drums and backing vocals accompanied by 3 other band members on keyboards, base and lead guitar; epitomizes spectacular.
Godfrey, Nash and Delia on lead vocals. Ricardo on drums and backing vocals accompanied by 5 other band members on keyboards, base guitar, lead guitar, trumpet and sax; a must for your next Grandeur event.
SuperFly is an adaption of the current popular band FLIES specifically design for the corporate market and upmarket events.
FLIES consists of Brent Harris (Drums & Vocals), Denholm Harding (Bass Guitar & Vocals) and Gavin Morein (Electric Guitar& Vocals) all of whom have been in the music industry for well over a decade and have played both locally and internationally with Just Jinjer.
Originally from a variety of successful cover bands, the group brings a wealth of experience, incredible talent and an understanding of just what songs to play to keep their audience wanting more.
SuperFlysees the incorporation of Andy Klee on lead vocals, adding a certain softness and sophistication to the all male group which has also allowed the group to incorporate popular female tracks like “It’s Raining Men”, “I Will Survive” etc and provide an even wider variety to their existing repertoire.
With her extensive experience singing in the hottest nightclubs in Hong Kong & Dubai, Andy is great at getting the party started for any occasion.
SuperFly is a fun, vibrant band that brings a new level of energy and audience interaction to the corporate scene.
An additional Saxophonist is available (on request).
REPERTOIRE POPULAR SONGS
** Drum Solo featuring all the 3 members playing drums and percussion together!
TEARGAS is made up of three like-minded talents namely; Ntokozo “K.O.” Mdluli from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga and two brothers Ezee “Ma-E” Hanabe and Bantu “Ntukza” Hanabe from Soweto. They all met at Vaal Tri-angle Technikon in Vanderbijlpark, where their common musical interest in hip hop led their friendship to flourish. Although the group officially came into being in 2004, prior to that the guys were mostly making moves in the underground hip hop circuit.
Inspired by the country’s political past where police used TEARGAS to disperse protesting crowds in South Africa’s townships, the threesome opted to call themselves TEARGAS, where they see their music as a tool to disperse socio-economic ills like crime, HIV/Aids, poverty, etc.
After working day jobs and doing self-promotion in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni, the Vaal area, Pietermaritzburg, Mpumalanga, and Durban, TEARGAS eventually got signed to Electromode Music in 2005, becoming the label’s first hip hop act. In July 2006, they released the critically-acclaimed debut, K’shubile K’bovu, a 14 track album filled with positive messages of hope and social awareness; party songs, etc. all strung together into one classic offering. With the help of talented producers, the charismatic group successfully put together an educative, motivational and an overall entertaining album that boasts with hits like Teargas Anthem; We Came to Party and the Award-winning “Chance”.
After taking a much needed 8 month break, TEARGAS returned to the scene with their sophomore album entitled Wafa Wafa (meaning Do or Die).The album features artists like Bongo Riot of urban pop group Gang of Instrumentals, up and coming rock band Inersha, Cat’Walk, Veja, 2lip and more.
The first track, “Champions” features Bongo Riot of Gang Of Instrumentals fame, is a motivational track about being proud of who you are regardless of your financial status. It is also a track to celebrate with those who have accomplished their goals, but also for those who are ambitious enough to aspire to reach the top. This has helped to cement their position as a pillar of the local Hip Hop community while securing them a reputation as artists who, never failing to surprise, still manage to transcend the boundaries of genre.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, TEARGAS released their third offering, Dark or Blue, on 11th September 2009, which features the talents of veterans of the music industry i.e. HHP, Prokid, DJ Tira and Danny K and more. The third instalment in the TEARGAS record series set a new standard for the trio and for local hip hop at large.
Proving TEARGAS’ experience and growth in quality of the music, the group was nominated 3 times at the biggest Award institution in the country, the South African Music Awards (SAMA) 2010. They are the first hip hop outfit to be nominated for Album of the Year for Dark or Blue alongside seasoned veterans Selaelo Selota and Busi Mhlongo.
The album went gold in 2010, and the demand for the group on the live circuit has grown exponentially. Such was the demand, that their first Live DVD – Teargas 101 – was released in November 2010, in association with Channel O.
In 2011, Teargas journeyed to Los Angeles to represent South Africa at the BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards where they were nominated for Best International Act: African. While they didn’t walk away with the prize the nomination solidified the act as a band to be reckoned with.
3 successful albums later and TEARGAS have become the benchmark of success in the hip hop industry. Building on this solid foundation the band has created their new album ‘Num8er Num8er’ with the aim to expand their reach and broaden their sound.
‘Num8er Num8er’ is township slang for “mission”, and they are on a mission to motivate the nation with their message of hope and perseverance. From their first album K’shubile K’bovu to their most recent the goal has always been to address social issues in a positive light. Their lives have changed for the better since starting out and for this reason they live by example as an inspiration to all who love their music.
Consistency is key with Teargas and their first single ‘Wake Up’ reinforces the mission. The song is a call to action to everyone to get up and do something affirmative with their lives. The sound stays true to hip hop but has more African soul incorporated in the melody, as is with the entire album.
The thrilling new album ‘Num8er Num8er’ promises to deliver what fans have been waiting for. They can look forward to collaborative hits with Ziyon form Liquideep, Toya Delazy and newcomer Lilly Million. Look out for legends in your town as they embark on their nationwide tour.
Metro FM Awards 2006 - Best Album, Best Group, Best Hip Hop, and Best Song for “Chance”.
South African Music Awards (SAMA) 2007 – Song of the Year for “Chance”
Metro FM Awards 2008 – Best Group and Best hip hop
Channel O Awards 2007 – Best Video by a group or duo for “chance”
South African Music Awards (SAMA) 2009 – Best Rap for Wafa Wafa
Channel O Awards 2009 – Best Video Southern Africa for “take you out”
South African Music Awards (SAMA) 2010 – Best Rap for Dark or Blue, Album of the Year for Dark or Blue, Best Group or Duo
Hype Awards 2009 – Best group and Best Video for Go Away
Sound City Music Awards 2010 – Best Cinematography for Mhlobo Wami
MTV Africa Base Awards 2010 – Best Group
BET Awards 2010 - Best International Act: African
Metro FM Awards 2006 - Best Album Award (K’shubile K’bovu), Best Hip-Hop Award, and Best Song of the Year Award (Chance)
Metro FM Awards 2008 – Best Group for Wafa Wafa
South African Music Awards (SAMA) 2009 – Best Rap for Wafa Wafa
Channel O 2010 - Most Gifted Video for Party 101
South African Music Awards (SAMA) 2010 – Best Rap for Dark or Blue.
Auriol Hays was born and raised all over the Western Cape everywhere from Mitchells Plain to Eerste River.She grew listening to classical and jazz music in a family of musicians. As a child, she was very quiet hiding beneath what would later be revealed as an Extraordinarily talented shell. As a teenager, she spread her small vocal wings a little, albeit to an audience of one – herself! And despite coming from a musical family where mum played Piano and her brothers played guitar, Auriol kept her vocal talent and song writing very much disguised.
It would be four whole years of marriage before Auriol even admitted to her husband that she had singing talent. Her husband, Shane, stumbled upon her talent by chance when he found Auriol singing their newborn daughter to sleep
A chance meeting with songwriter / producer extraordinaire, Andre Scheepers, brought the collaboration into fruition. Auriol and Andre met each other by accident through a girl called Sue, on a cold winter’s night in a small farm house next to a poultry processing plant in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.
Auriol needed a keyboard player. Andre needed a new talent to mould.
The result would be a top ten hit on 5fm’s Top Forty called Take It Slow.
Andre couldn’t fathom the ethereal voice that was emitted from this Capetonian fire. He then listened to some of her home-demos, all of which were recorded on cassette. Despite the antiquated recording, the songs and hook-lines were certainly evident.
The single, Take It Slow, quickly ended up on radio play lists across the country and the team was rapidly approached by Electro mode. Auriol was flown up to Johannesburg, twice in three days, to do a photo shoot, a music video shoot, two gigs, a live television performance in front of 9 million viewers and, of course, to sign a lucrative record deal.
Andre’s and Auriol’s differing writing styles and influences would seem conflicting in any other circumstances. But for some reason, it works!!
The Dixie Hillbillies , (4-piece band), is available to perform at music festivals, corporate functions, weddings, golf days, “ Hillbilly Parties” and any other type of party you can think of. The band consists of the following members and instrumentation:
The Dixie Hillbillies are exceptional musicians and the response is really overwhelming, both from live audiences as well as from the media. They perform a huge variety of music, from laid back instrumentals (during the dinner set) to up-tempo “party hits” during the dance sets.
Many genres of music are covered, ie. Commercial, Bluegrass and Hillbilly, Rock, Country, Reggae, Jazz, Boere-Hillbilly etc. They also perform plenty of Afrikaans hits (Dozi, Steve Hofmeyr, Anton Goosen, Bok van Blerk etc) as well as Cultural Heritage Music (Brenda Fassi, Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove, Bright Blue, Soweto String Quartet etc). Their repertoire is ideal for any South African audience. The “party songs” include “Have you ever seen the Rain” (CCR), “Proud Mary” (CCR), “Paint it Black” (Rolling Stones), “Duelling Banjos” (the movie “Deliverance”), Bob Marley Medley, Neil Diamond Medley, “Sweet home Alabama” (Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Blue Suede Shoes” (Elvis), “Hard Day’s Night” and “Hey Jude” (Beatles) , “Brown Eyed Girl” (Van Morrison), “Thunderstruck” (AC-DC) and many more............
Graeme has recently launched his band publicly to much acclaim. They have embraced Graeme’s style and edgy performance technique. Audiences can look forward to a vast repertoire ranging from:
The Rat Pack Set: Incorporating much loved swing and jazz numbers made famous predominantly by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, Sammy Davis Jnr, and most recently by the likes of Michael Buble and Robbie Williams.
The Millennium Set: A combination of the great sixties, seventies and eighties hits. Ranging from “The Beatles, to Queen, and Joe Cocker to Dire Straits” this set is guaranteed to get anyone off their feet and headed straight to the dance floor.
The Club Set: In this set Graeme incorporates his latest and greatest dance hits. He brings in some of the later set from the Millennium set, and progresses onto the very recent radio hits, ranging from “Kings of Leon, to Black eyed Peas, MGMT to the Killers”. Everyone will be dancing along in unison as he throws in a couple of his Idols hits as well, including his signature song Loslappie.
The band consists of:
Graeme Watkins - Vocals and Rhythm guitar
Ryno Zeelie - Lead guitar
Rudo Pieterse - Bass
Francois Steyn - Drums
The Rockets success story is one of determination, hard work and dedication.
The Rockets have always had a definite and precise attitude to their career right from its inception, having survived both the feverishness and fluctuations of the music business.
Over the past 10 years The Rockets have spent more than 6 months of each year performing outside of South Africa. International trips have included numerous performances in Australia, various countries in the Middle East, Seychelles and other parts of Africa.
The Rockets have supported and/or backed many international artists, including:-
The Spice Girls
Wet Wet Wet
Other prestigious events include:
They have had numerous record successes in South Africa and have topped many radio
station and official charts with hits like “Gimme A Break”, “Surrender”, “Pappa Please Come Back Home, "Thank You Thank You, "Back II The Hits, “Dreaming of You” and "African People. They have always backed up their accomplishments before hundred of thousands of fans throughout the world.
In their time, The Rockets, who hail from Cape Town, have travelled in excess of 3 million kilometres performing before millions of fans. They have a stunning visual appeal, their playing is top notch and their songs are fresh and fulfilling. They continue to set both local and international stages alight with their colourful, uncompromising and energetic performances.
Many local and international promoters, clients, journalists and other media have always heaped praise on The Rockets.
“The Rockets are masters on stage ..” (Rapport)
“.. There can be few bands in South African music history who have consistently delivered the goods...” Mike Fuller (Famous Concerts)
“The Rockets made a huge impact …. Everyone was very impressed with their standard of performance. They are true professionals. I loved working with them… They’ve made such a great impression here …” (Promoter of 6-city tour of Australia including venues in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle and Canberra)
“..The Rockets are a very special group ... I am proud to be associated with a group that epitomises everything that is good in South African music...” (Die Burger)
We consider The Rockets to be the most professional and certainly the best paid band out of all the bands that perform at our hotels. The professional and positive atmosphere that they radiate has played a large part in their success and the personal relationship built up with The Rockets over the years, turns every contract with them into a special experience. Their very rich repertoire contributes to their success with a wide range of audiences who come especially to enjoy The Rockets show.” (Regional Manager, Middle East)
“Their cross-generation appeal is what makes them timeless legends ..”
Andrew October (Weekend Argus)
“..The Rockets, today probably the most popular pop group in South Africa ..” (Rapport)
“The Rockets showed that they are undoubtedly one of the best pop groups in the land. What a powerful and professional performance .. “ (Die Burger)
“We have had the privilege and honour of booking and working with The Rockets. Not only are they an internationally acclaimed group, who have paid their dues and earned the respect and admiration of everyone, whom they come into contact with, but they are true professionals. Their conduct off stage and on stage has always been nothing short of exemplary – the fact that they are booked by the same clients repeatedly, bears testimony to their courtesy, professionalism, punctuality and impeccable dress sense …. From start to finish, their performances are riveting and of the highest professional standard!” (Entertainment Consultants, Booking Agents & Artiste Co-ordinators, South Africa)
“You guys rocked !!!!! It has been voted that the best party is no doubt …. Cape Town … you guys were tops! Everyone was absolutely thrilled with the band’s performance, especially your interaction with your audience. The band professionalism and creative energy on stage makes it a pleasure to work with you all! (Corporate Client)
“Your music had the crowd rocking until all hours of the morning. You guys are wonderful, a pleasure to deal with and great to dance to”. (Corporate Client)
“The Rockets recipe of rollicking fun and excellent musicianship continues …”
“Wow! You are all fantastic!. Your performance and your backing of BiIly Ocean contributed greatly to the success of the concert.” (International Concert Promoter)
“We have multi-national clients and they have interacted well with them all and can adapt to any type or style of music that is required. They are a very easy band to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend them to any future employer”. (Assistant General Manager – Dubai)
“S.m.o.o.t.h. South Africa’s answer to all those cool multi-harmonied groups that the USA throws at us … vocally these guys are good. They throw out a thoroughly professional sound, sing as sweet as honey-bees in the hive and have a collective kick like a mule.” (Cape Argus)
“The Rockets can hold their heads up high in international competition .. “
Defining themselves as the “band with the groove” Tokyo Groove has managed to combine the very best of Motown with South African legends and the latest Top 40 hits in a stylish, energetic performance that ensures that once the dance floor opens … it stays open!
Tokyo Groove exploded onto the main-stream music scene with their debut hit single “Get Down Saturday Night” in 2009. The track charted nationally and hit Number 1 in both CT and JHB, adding to the band’s phenomenal reputation and increasing their demand in the festival and mainstream circuit. 2010 ended with another hit single as “Celebration” reached Number 1 again in both CT and JHB and “That’s The Way Love Is” in 2011 confirming the bands reputation and proving that they were here to stay.
Six years after the inception of the group, the band is still enjoying their phenomenal success & well-earned reputation as one of the most consistent and reliable Party Bands in the market place. As their primary focus is on entertaining their audience with their live performances, recording an album was never a priority for Tokyo Groove but … giving their audience what they wanted was … so after many, many requests, Tokyo Groove took some of their favourite songs and released “VI” towards the end of 2014, recognizing their six years of success.
Primarily a Corporate Band, this incredibly dynamic group has been performing at SA’s Top Events since early 2008 and has earned themselves a reputation for professionalism, quality and a really good party. From their sophisticated appearance through to their versatile repertoire and overall professionalism, Tokyo Groove has become a favourite on the Corporate Scene.
Their reputation speaks for itself with repeated bookings by SA’s Top Blue Chip Clients and performances at some of South Africa’s most prestigious events and after-parties, including The Launch of The MSC Sinfonia, Emperors Summer Holiday Festival, The Nedbank Golf Challenge, Welcoming Miss World, Miss South Africa, The 94.7’s Nando’s Peri Peri Cruise, New Year’s Eve Party at the Super Bowl (Sun City) two years in a row, Vodacom, Coca-Cola Namibia and dozens of corporate events for companies like Telkom, Engen, Impala Platinum, Bidvest, Standard Bank, Absa Bank, FNB, Nedbank etc. as well as a number of private events and weddings.!
As with everything in the music industry, it’s a combination of talent and hard work. Their repertoire is extensive, the talent undeniable and the performance is mesmerising. The band has an incredible presence on stage and Sangoma’s vocal ability never cease’s to amaze audiences as he adapts to each and every genre effortlessly.
One of SA’s most prolific and energetic front men, Sangoma has a wealth of experience behind him which comes through at each and every show. Having spent over six years with Tokyo Groove and five years prior to that in the music industry, including being the front man for Denim, he has had the opportunity to perform to the crème de la crème both locally and internationally.
As a standard, Tokyo Groove performs as a 7 Piece Band however due to the fluid nature of the band, and diversity of their music, they often adapt to incorporate different musicians and band structures (3; 5 ; 7 ; 9 & 12 Piece).
Focusing on the Classic Party Tracks from Motown, like September, Lady Soul etc to well known reggae numbers from Bob Marley to the latest Top 40 Hits from artists like Pharrell Williams & Swedish Mafia etc. the music is always accessible and adapted for each event.
The introduction of DJ Groove a few years back, offered clients a complete entertainment package with the option of a Themed Set (African, Jazz, Motown) followed by their standard Party Set and topped off with DJ Groove hitting the decks and taking the party through to the very end!
The seven piece band, comprising of Sangoma on Lead Vocals & Guitar, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Saxophone & Backing Vocals, fills the stage and adds a phenomenal energy to the performance bringing certain panache to the experience with the inclusion of their saxophonist and backing vocalists that truly brings the music to life.
The standard set comprises of 2 party sets but can be adapted to incorporate a chilled dinner or one of their very popular themed shows followed by a party set.
For the more intimate events, Tokyo Groove performs as a five piece band which includes either a backing vocalist or saxophonist, a keyboard player, a drummer and a bass player.
The music is still based on the same selection of cross-cultural songs that span over decades and is perfect for both corporate clients and clubs alike, it’s simply the size of the band that is reduced to allow for the smaller events where space can be limited.
Take your mind back to the 50’s where everything was LIVE, the bands were impressive, not just because of their music but because of the energy and dynamics of 12 musicians live on stage, interacting with their instruments and each other to create real, soulful music and this is your Golden Band.
Tokyo Groove adds an additional 5 Brass players to their already existing 7 Piece band and brings all the classic motown songs to life whilst giving a new dimension to your newer contemporary tracks
Tokyo Groove will also do, on request, a Three Piece Option consisting of Sangoma, Bass Guitar and Saxophone for events with restricted budgets or space available. As this option doesn’t require any backline and with the exclusion of the drums, clients are able to keep budgets and sound levels down.
111. All Right Now Free
112. All The Small Things Blink 182
113. Are You Gonna Be My Girl Jet
114. Basket Case Green Day
115. Blisters In The Sun Violent Femmes
116. Crazy Little Thing called Love Queen
117. Girl From Ipanema Jazz Standard
118. Hold The Line Toto
119. I love Rock and Roll Joan Jet
120. It’s My Life Bon Jovi
121. Kryptonite 3 Doors Down
122. Mr Magic Grover Washington
123. My Baby Little Walter
124. Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
125. Rise Herb Albert
126. Save Tonight Eagle Eye Cherry
127. Seven Nation Army White Stripes
128. Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
129. Song 2 Blur
130. Why Pt2 Collective Soul
TÓNA is a Latin American, world music live band. We play music from all the countries in South America as well as many other countries worldwide, eg. Turky, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia ,Mexico, Greece, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique and manyothers.
We will perform at private functions including weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions as well as clubs, restaurants and casinos.
The band has 2 members which play Acoustic Guitar and percussion live instruments with accompanying background music. All vocals are also done live.
Overcomes boundaries, Breaks down barriers, Brings people together Embraces diverse cultures.
”Tucan Tucan, a delicious South American Music bird Seasoned with African Spices. Put simply, the music of Tucan Tucan is a delightful, amorphous mixture that refuses to be compartmentalized… Who said Ubuntu is Dead? If it is, then Tucan Tucan has just resurrected it!” – Richard Nwamba- Sawubona Magazine (July, 2009).
The desire of Frank Paco from Mozambique and Muriel Marco from Argentina, to unite and fuse styles of music close to their hearts, resulted in the launch of World music Afro-tropical band TUCAN TUCAN.
Their music: A kaleidoscope of sound. World music. A vibrant melting pot of African rhythms such as Kwasa Kwasa, Marrabenta, Mbaqanga, Maskandi and High life with South American elements from Samba, Salsa, Tango and Chacarera with jazz influence and lyrics in African languages, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Tucan Tucan past performance highlights include:
• Africa Day Festival 2012 at CTICC
Tucan Tucan has performed at numerous private functions including:
• PowerGroup Pelican Park Housing innauguration with Mayor Helen Zille 2012
• Song ‘Slow Jam’ reached the top 10 on Heart 104.9 FM, one of the most popular commercial radio stations in Cape Town, and maintained this position for several weeks. ‘Slow Jam’ was included on the Heart and Soul of Cape Town 104.9 FM compilation.
• Song ‘Conga Loca’ was included on the North Sea Jazz Festival compilation 2002. ‘Conga Loca’ and ‘Slow Jam’ have also been included in the Baileys Salsa CD compilation 2008.
• Songs ‘A re yeng’ and ‘Ratanang’ have enjoyed extensive airplay on popular radio station Kaya FM and have been included on four Sheer Sound compilations.
• Video Clip on Song ‘Ratanang’ was nominated for the best Jazz Video on the Channel O music video Awards. This song and its video have been broadcast extensively on Mozambican TV and radio.
• Track ‘Hold on’ from TUCAN TUCAN’s new release is currently on the Heart 104.9 Fm top 10 charts and is receiving airplay on Gauteng Radio Stations. Its video is currently broadcast by Channel O, SABC channels and MTV base. This track has been included in the Fair Lady CD compilation to be released this year.
• Song ‘Sizani’, also from TUCAN TUCAN’s new release, has been included on the Cape Town International Jazz Festival compilation 2007.
• Song ‘Tiku La mina’ from our latest release, has maintain position number 1 for several weeks on Kaya Fm's world chart in June - July 2007.
• Track ‘Slow Jam’ and ‘Conga Loca’ have been featured as soundtracks for the movie “Confessions of a Gambler” to be premiered in Dubai, South Africa and USA in February 2008. This movie won the “best composition SAFTA Golden Horn Award 2009”.
• Track ‘Esa Morena’ was chosen finalist in the International Songwriting Competition 2008. The finalists were chosen from over 15,000 entrants from all over the world, making this an extraordinary achievement on Tucan Tucan’s part. ‘Esa Morena’ was garnered an Honorable Mention in the world music category.
• Track ‘Esa Morena’ was chosen as the feature track for the TV add of Proyecto 34s, Theatre Exchange South Africa – Argentina 2009. Track ‘Esa Morena’ and ‘Siyo pudiera’ are featured in their website.
• Track 'Milele’ and ‘Be what you want’ are featured in Glamour and Glory
German movie to be released in European TV in 2010.
Genre: Funk/Rock/Hip hop
In November 2004, a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Voodoo Child was born into the world. Four years into its infancy, the most valuable lesson that this Johannesburg-based five-piece band has learnt is patience. Firmly believing the maxim that good things take time, they have carefully paved their way along the notoriously rocky road that is the music industry. Live venues around Gauteng have borne testament to the growth of the Voodoo Phunk, grounded firmly in their energetic performances on any stage. Through a combination of design and default, the band has cooked their sound up in a melting pot of funky bass-lines and rock guitars laced with catchy piano lines sprinkled over soulful, hip-hop-inspired vocals.
The result is often met with confusion, but even the most hardened sceptics find themselves unwittingly drawn into a tapping of the foot or a shaking of the proverbial booty by Voodoo Child’s “get-up-and-dance” tunes. This steady conversion of followers around the country has given the outfit the honour of being invited to some of South Africa’s premier music festivals, most notably Woodstock, Oppikoppi and Splashy Fen. A career highlight was the inclusion of Voodoo Child as the opening act for the legendary British Supergroup, Jethro Tull, during their 2007 South African tour.
Not content to rest of their laurels, and buoyed by an inherent need for growth, the guys have made the recording studio a second home in recent times, reaching heights with a Number One single “Come Together” a funky remake of the Beatles Classic. The hit single was one of a number of stand-out tracks from the EP “Good Times are Killing Me”. Keen to build on these early steps, Voodoo Child is currently hard at work on their first full-length album. The project, which is slated for a March 2009 release, is being recorded at Pop Planet by the multi-award winning producer, Marius Brouwer. Good times surely lie ahead for the ever-maturing Voodoo Child.
Lebo Mochudi – Vocals
Alan Hayward - Keyboards
Brendon Gold – Guitars
Andrea “Fuzz” Reitz – Bass Guitar
Who would have thought Cito, the WONDERBOOM vocalist would land the lead role in the Pieter Torien production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ with Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show’s mastermind, on viewing Cito’s audition film saying “One of the best I’ve seen, since Ian Gillian (Deep Purple)”
So WONDERBOOM recorded their new album “City Of Gold” in a way they never have before – apart from themselves, their talent and instruments they had …. time! No gigs for four months, the first break the band had in nine years.
With all the media exposure Cito and the band have enjoyed of late – especially TV (eg Top Billing) the demand for the new CD as well as to see Cito, Martin, Danny and Wade live in concert has reached an unprecedented high.
At the end of 2005, WONDERBOOM released “All The Hits”, a ‘best of CD’ featuring 3 brand new singles including current hit “Love Crash”, and again cement themselves as South Africa’s sure-fire crowd-pleasing funk rock outfit. Formed in the late nineties from members of already-popular bands The Electric Petals and Eight-Legged Groove Machine, this high-energy foursome pumps our unique original music that has made WONDERBOOM the highlight of many a music festival, a crowd-pulling solo act at every major live music venue in the country, and the natural choice to open for the top international touring bands like Live and Simple Minds.
With “All The Hits” they now have six albums under their belts, 2004’s all Afrikaans “Hoekom? a tribute to the songs of the most influential singers and songwriters of the day, given an unmistakeable WONDERBOOM flavour in ways their creators never thought possible. With this new string to their bow, WONDERBOOM became a truly bilingual floor stomping, roof-raising rock experience and added the prestigious “Kanna” award vir ‘Beste Prestasie in Pop, Rock & Jazz’ won at this year’s Klein Karoo Kunstefees, to their many other trophies - including People magazine’s “Best S.A. Band” Crystal Award in 2003.
Like any great live act, WONDERBOOM works because of its perfect mix of charismatic individuals. Flamboyant “lead drummer” Danny De Wet and energetic bassist Wade Williams command the stage with a presence few lead singers in other bands possess, while laying down a passionate rock-solid foundation that has the dance-floor churning. Up front, guitarist Martin Schofield and vocalist Cito handle verbal and visual pyrotechnics- these guys have lots of interesting tattoos, and they are not scared to show them off! In between preening 70’s glam stars and snarling like punks, they find the irresistible riot and colour that is WONDERBOOM.
In December 2004, the years of touring and studio graft paid off, when WONDERBOOM represented South Africa at the Global Battle of the Bands in London, and finished second in a field of 16 bands from all over the world. There can be few South Africa music fans who aren’t familiar with their hits, like Never Ever, Jafta Rebel, Something Wrong, Africa and Charlie. The last of these, shot off their third album to the top of 5FM charts. The original Rabbitt hit was re-imagined with inimitable WONDERBOOM style as “Kwaito-Rock”- the first of its kind.
With a keen eye on what the crowds want, and an ever-inventive approach to their music, WONDERBOOM has developed a longevity in the top echelons of South African music that few bands can aspire to, and they are committed to extending that dominance in 2005. As long as there’s a crowd to please and a socket to plug an amp into, they’re set to remain the sexiest, funkiest, most obvious choice to get any party started….
WONDERBOOM have ruled the stage at these events (most, more than once):
•94,7 Highveld Stereo (Joburg Day, Cycle Challenge & Carols)
•TV channel GO’s Summer Tour
•Oppi Koppi (Northam)
•5fm Birthday Bash (Pretoria)
•5fm Easter Rock Festival (Johannesburg)
•Mr Price Pro (Durban)
•Lawaai In Die Baai (Gansbaai)
•Rock The Bay (Gordon’s Bay)
•Woodstock- Pop Culture Experience (Heidelburg/Haartebeespoort)
•Southern Cross (Mooi River)
•Splashy Fen (Drakensberg)
•Up The Creek (Swellendam)
•ICE Freedom Dance Festival (Johannesburg)
•Mentos- The Freshmaker National Tour (Whole Country)
•The Royal Show (Petermaritzburg)
•Granade Fees (Bloemfontein)
•Aardklop Fees (Potchefstroom)
•Oribi Gorge Festival (Natal)
WONDERBOOM have been chosen as support acts for these international bands:
WONDERBOOM have played along side these international bands:
WONDERBOOM are TV favourites, having appeared on ‘7de Laan’, ‘Top Billing’ ‘Dis Hoe Dit Is Met Steve’ (Hofmeyer), Kyknet , MK89 etc and have been nominated at the SAMA Awards for Best Rock Album in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004.
2007 is set to be an exciting year for the band. The official ‘City of Gold’ album launch which was held at the Black Orchid, 28 February, proved once again that WONDERboom is indeed on of South Africa's greats. The guys have already shot two music videos, Best Side and Brain, and they will be playing on your favorate music channels shortly...
There is also the UK tour coming up in June. Watch this space…
Seldom does a band deliver such passion, commitment and quality melodic music mixed with a compelling sense of originality.
Want to make your function an event to remember?
A party your guests will talk about for years to come?
Zenith will give your function that dynamic spark that
only a great live band can deliver!
Formed in 1995 by Peter Berman, Zenith has built a solid reputation in the music event market
and offers nothing but the most professional and entertaining service possible.
Zenith’s diverse repertoire caters for every possible musical taste and occasion – from laid-back jazz to party tunes from the ‘70’s, ‘80’s, ‘90’s and beyond, rock ‘n roll classics, funky disco or full-tilt current Top 40 hits – Zenith can provide every sound and style you can imagine. With over 500 songs in their repertoire, Zenith has every event covered.
Our many years of experience in the music function industry also allows us to take care of every aspect of your live entertainment event, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your special day or night. From set-up and operation of the highest quality PA and lighting systems through to providing wireless microphones for speeches, Zenith can provide all of the audio and lighting
that your event could possibly require. We also offer a background music service through the
medium of CD and iPod.
Every booking includes a free one hour meeting at the function venue to discuss your exact
music and function requirements so that nothing is left to chance. With Zenith, you can expect
nothing but the most professional and value-for-money service.
Some of our corporate clients include, Vodacom, SAB, Ellerines, Firzt Properties, Chatz Cellular, Tag Heuer, Platinum Life, Telkom, Herbal Life, MTN, SA Rugby Legends, Supersport & many more.
Peter Berman – Front man and Vocals:
Peter has been singing and performing since 1990 and formed Zenith in 1995. He has since also been involved in many professional musical productions. Peter has also performed with many of South Africa’s top musicians such as Rob Watson, Denny Lalouette and Jethro Butow. Peter plays guitar and piano and is a natural front man with a classic ‘rock’ voice. His energy and talent on stage ensures a great vibe.
Tulla Eckhart – Lead Vocals:
Tulla graduated from Pretoria Technikon in 1999 with a Higher National Diploma in Drama specialising in singing and dance. She has worked extensively in Jo’burg as a singer, musician, actress, vocal coach and voice artist, including appearances at Gold Reef City, Villamoura Restaurant in Sandton, Montecasino, the Westcliff Hotel and many more. She has been a part of Zenith since 2007 and her extensive repertoire and superb performance ability make her a ‘must-have ’ for any function.
Brian Joffe – Lead and Bass Guitar:
Brian has been playing music since 1990. He has studied extensively with some of South Africa’s leading musicians such as classical teacher Fritz Buss and jazz legend Carlo Mombeli. He has also studied music at thetertiary level. Brian has been playing live in South Africa since 1992 and has toured the country extensively, performing at some of the country’s most well-known venues. Brian joined Zenith in 2000, playing bass and burning lead guitar and his cool sound on stage really gives the band the edge.
Michael Barber – Drums and Percussion:
Michael began playing drums in 1985 under the tutelage of Alex Schuster. He went on to complete his P.I.T qualification under the guidance of Andre Luke and has since performed in several musical productions at the Richard Loring Sound Stage, including ‘Feeling Groovy’ and ‘Stage Fright’. Michael joined Zenith in 2002 and his stage presence, professionalism and ability behind the drums is the thumping energy that drives the band.
Barry Snyman – Saxophone and Flute:
Barry is a veteran of the South African music industry. He plays soprano, alto and tenor saxophone and, more recently, the flute. He is a performer and session musician with many years experience and has also played on many television theme tunes and adverts. Barry has toured Europe and has played with International artists such as Patty Austin. Barry joined Zenith in 2003 and since then his smooth vibe and superb skill with his instrument creates an atmosphere that makes any event unforgettable.