Voices / Vocal Acts

Andy Klee

Aya

Singer, actress and television presenter.

Aya burst into the South African Market with a world class performance on Idols in 2005. That earned her a top6 place and a recording contract with Sony Music SA. 

Her debut album “A state of Aya” was released in 2007 and Aya became a household name in the music circles. Her singles, “Ngiyak'dabukela” and “As a Woman” made her the darling of SA jazz and adult contemporary music lovers. 

Soon Aya was gracing stages performing a Jazz concerts and corporate events alike. Her success saw no red light as in 2008, she hit TV screens presenting Soul Sundays on SABC1, followed by a role in daily SABC2 soapie Muvhango in 2009/10

Beautiful, Sexy, Young, Confident and recently loving mother is best to describe this talented entertainer.  Aya holds a degree in Music and Drama obtained from University of Kwazulu Natal. 

She is an excellent public speaker, a talented actress, an entertainer and a role model in every way. 

Aya recently became a proud mother of a baby boy named Amandlesiwe.   

Aya is not just about entertainment. Her political training has taught her that there is more to life than fun.  

Aya subscribes to the following values:

Education - “Education is not a privilege but a social imperative”

Respect

“ultimate peace is achieved through respect for our individuality and similarities”

Equality - “All men and women are created equal”

Integrity - “I could lose all else but I could never lose my integrity”

As an established entertainer, Aya is now focused on leading in her chosen field. 

Aya is currently working on her second album. The album will feature some of South Africa's leading writers and producers such as RJ Benjamin, Mnqobi Mdabe (Shana) and Beatmaker.  

The album will also have guest appearances by some of SA's musicians. The album sound is adult contemporary, Jazzy, sexy and new age. Aya is already performing the first 5 singles from her upcoming album

Aya will also maintain major television presence with a unique talk show and some high value acting roles. Aya is the new host of SABC2's TalkSA     

 
 
Aya

 

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FLYING HIGH AND FEELING STRONG

With Four SAMA Nominations!

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.

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Blackbyrd Repertoire

Motown Disco Songs

  • Boots medley (Hit the Road Jack, Mr big stuff, Boots are Made for Walking)
  • Valerie - Amy wine house
  • Can't get enough of your love
  • Diana Ross medley ( I'm Coming Out, Upside Down, Chain Reaction)
  • Gloria Estefan medley (Get on Your Feet, Conga, The Rhythm is Gonna Get You)
  • Gloria Gay or medley (Never Can Say Goodbye, Can't Take my Eyes Off You, I Will Survive)
  • Debra Cox - Heaven Knows
  • Diana Ross - Can't Hurry Love
  • Sister Sledge - We are Family
  • Gloria Gaynor - Hot Stuff

Burlesque Songs and Standards

  • Lady Marmalade
  • Love on top – Beyonce
  • Single ladies – Beyonce
  • Sway - Pussycat Dolls
  • Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
  • The Look of Love 
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Walk on By - Dionne Warwick
  • Route 66 - Natalie Cole
  • L.O.V.E - Natalie Cole
  • Don't Know Why - Nora Jones

African set

  • Pata Pata
  • Hamba Nawe
  • Zahara
  • Doo Be Doo - Freshly Ground 
  • Weekend Special - Brenda Fassie
  • Jabulani  

Pop songs

  • Rolling in the Deep - Adele
  • Where Have you Been – Rihanna
  • I Wanna Dance – Jennifer Lopez
  • Call Me Baby - Charley Jensen
  • Put your Records on - Corrientes Bailey Rae
  • Only Girl in the World – Rihanna
  • On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez
  • Telephone - Lady Gaga
  • Whole Again - Atomic Kitten
  • Say you Say me - Lionel Richie
  • One and Only – Adele
  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
  • Heaven Knows - Debra Cox
  • Show Me Love
  • Time After Time - Cindy Lauper
  • I'm Wide Awake - Katy Perry
  • Chasing Pavements – Adele
  • We've got Tonight - Bob Segar
  • I Wanna Make it with you – Bread
  • Hard to Say im Sorry – Chicago
  • I'm all out of Love - Air Supply
  • How Deep is your Love - Bee Gees
  • Silly Love Songs - Paul Mc Cartney
  • Let’s Get Loud – Jennifer Lopez
  • Price Tag - Jesse J
  • Set Fire to the Rain - Adele
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Bongi Mthombeni

Bongi Mthombeni

Bongi

Brandon October

BRANDON OCTOBER

Since Brandon October first appeared on TV screens 12 years ago, he has remained a fixture on TV, radio and stages all across South Africa. Apart from the usual descriptions of ‘phenomenal singer’ or ‘electric performer’ there seems to be two recurring ones: professional and unforgettable. Determined, persistent, magnetic both on and off the stage, intensely likeable with an incredible vocal ability, Brandon has earned his place as one of South Africa’s most in-demand artists. He truly is one of the most talented and versatile artists that South Africa has produced.

It is a special talent to emcee an event, keep it running smoothly, on time and all the while entertain your audience: Brandon October does this with consummate ease. Brandon’s confident, spontaneous nature makes him an ideal master of ceremonies. Corporate events require an emcee who is polished, professional, and able to adapt to on-site changes. Did the dinner start late? Did the speaker finish early? Did the schedule change at the last minute? No problem. With Brandon as your emcee, rest assured your event will be a smooth success from start to finish!

Brandon October
 
Brandon October

Candy

What do you get when you combine the talents of a classy singer who can tantalise your musical senses with a variety of show-stopping sounds and the abilities of a sassy saxophonist who uses her smoky tones to create atmosphere and a classic mood for your unique corporate function? Andy Klee and Cathy Del Mei bring you the Candy Duo: a sexy musical outfit who will provide all genres of music, from light Classical, to easy listening contemporary favourites through to jazzy tunes for an intimate occasion or, if your function demands, a more modern feel with current chart hits, from Lady Gaga and Shakira to Maliaka, Mango Groove or even some Creedance …through to Cabaret, pop and rock n roll to shake up the dance floor!

With their sophisticated but bubbly personalities the Candy Duo are masters at providing a night of custom-made entertainment for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for quiet background music or an evening of showpieces and audience interaction, the Candy Duo has it all. They can also move between themes and genres, enticing the crowd with the laid-back sounds of cocktail music at the beginning of the evening and ending off by getting the party started, working hand in hand with a DJ.

 
Candy

"Candy" Girl Duo

A Musical showcase of talent performed by girl duo ‘Candy,’ tailor made for the Corporate Entertainment Market.
 
The Duo consists of the talented Andy Klee on Vocals and vivacious Cathy Del Mei on Saxophone
 
Candy duo have a broad repertoire, ranging from Easy-listening Jazz and Swing tunes through to Classical showpieces…a touch of African and Moroccan as well as favorites from Movies and Musicals. 
 
Whatever your specific entertainment requirements are, the pair offer welcome drinks/cocktail /dinner music…. as well as a more interactive ‘Cabaret show ‘where the girls interact with your guests and weave their way through the tables to really be a ‘part’ of their audience. They are able to handle the party sets too and are great at getting the party started just before handing over to the DJ.
 
 Andy and Cathy are experienced in the theatre and corporate world of entertainment and use their vivaciousness and musical intuition to ‘read’ their audience and perform what they know ill work! Two dynamic and exciting performers who are all professional, interactive and fun.
 
Regular clients include Momentum, Altech, ABSA, SAP, Discovery Health, FNB, Kia Motors, Famous Brands, E-car, Mitsubishi and Barloworld to name a few.
For spectacular musical entertainment, look forward to the all girl trio to make your evening a memorable one.
 
 
 
"Candy" Girl Duo

Christine Mansour

Christine Mansour

Unplugged

The Art…The Music…The Love…The Woman.

If Christine Mansour was a cup of coffee, she’d be a rhythmic blend of espresso Arabica and cocoa velvet - with a cheeky shot of Grappa, and a Baklava to go. There’s no denying the pure gusto that brews from this socially acclaimed vocalist. Her perpetual love affair with music has stretched far beyond the borders of Africa, leaving behind passion and purpose in the hearts of all those that have come to hear her sing.  

“After  silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible, is music” - Aldous Huxley

It was 1978, when the songstress was born third daughter to the humble Mansour household, living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Christine’s addition to the family was a welcome one by her parents, neither of whom anticipated the waterfall of melody that would, in just a few years, spring from their daughter’s lips. 
 
At the early age of seven, Christine had her sights set on the microphone. Her child-like confidence set the stage for a musical sensation, which saw her performing at school functions and stealing the show at a number of singing competitions. And so the love affair began, between Christine and her music. She lived to sing; to sing with soul; to bring an indescribable joy to her audience.       

“Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?” - Nelson Mandela

Her voice grew into a kaleidoscope of keys, shading her performances with an emotive colour that mesmerized her audience. She was praised for her strength of sound. At just sixteen years old, Christine was trained only with breathing techniques, as musical experts were already satisfied with her vocal ability. Her training equipped her with adequate theoretical knowledge, which enhanced her musical attributes, resulting in explosive performances that chilled and thrilled her listeners time and time again.  
 
Christine’s voice talents have flown her across the seas, to exotic destinations like Spain, Croatia, Greece, Egypt - to name but a few - where clients have requested her personally to perform. Reference to this includes her encore performance in her home country, South Africa, in 2010 for the Prince of Saudi Arabia, which proved no exception to her gifted ability.         

“To have another language is to possess a second soul” 

- Charlemagne

Christine’s crush on travel and people has developed into a marriage of diverse cultural talent with her extensive ability to perform in 11 different languages. These include: English, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Turkish, Moroccan, Neapolitian and German. There’s just no stopping the cultural-centric vocalist, who holds the flame of dedication and ambition deep in her soul.  
 
As a spirited individual, who believes in the power of perseverance, Christine took her singing career to international waters, in 2000 until 2003, as an esteemed Cabaret Artist. She performed onboard a fleet of up-market Starlight Cruise Liners. These included the MSC Monterrey, the Olympia Countess Piraeus Greece Luxury Cruise liner and The Melody MSC. 
It wasn’t long before Christine’s stage got a whole lot bigger. In 2005 Christine and critically-acclaimed, South African radio personality, Harry Sideropoulos, joined forces to bring a melodic Mecca to the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, in the popular musical, “Songs from the Mediterranean”. This production drew theatre-going audiences across the country. 
Christine also had the privilege of working with great choreographers like Carlo Spettu and Harold Van Buuren. Her continuous exposure to great artists on the arts and culture circuit increased Christine’s appetite for success, resulting in her second album release, in February 2006, produced and written by South African recording artist, Kreesan. 

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – 

Nelson Mandela

The airwaves soon picked up on the songstress’s charismatic energy. Regional radio stations like Highveld Stereo, Jacaranda, Ofm, Classic FM and Radio Today began to spice things up with the husky decibels of the all new singing wander, Christine Mansour.  It was her unique re-creation of the originally produced song, “It finally happened to me” that found its way into the melody banks of South African listeners, churning out a phenomenal airplay demand of six years. 
 
The track was also placed on the first South African “Homebru Compilation”: a selection of chart-topping, home-grown hits produced by South African artists, and published by a high-end reputable radio station, Highveld Stereo. 

"Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all." 

— Julia Child

Christine continues to bring the X-factor to everything she puts her heart to. This would include her best-kept secret: cooking. As if her singing talents were not enticing enough, Christine’s love for everything eccentric extends deep into the kitchen. In 1998, she graduated from Varsity College with a Degree in Public Relations and Hotel Management, specializing in the culinary field of cheffing. Christine’s friends and family are well aware that there is never a growling tummy around when she is near. 
This would explain her gravitation to the restaurant and hospitality industry from 1999 to 2001 when she was employed first, as a trainee chef at the Grace Hotel in Magaliesburg, following which she joined the classy orchestra of chefs at Avianto Function Venue. Christine also cheffed at Giovanni Italian Restaurant and at the popular wedding venue, Casalinga Restaurant, in Mulderdrift.  
     
Christine has since successfully combined the art of good food with good music with her career history as a Live Performer at some of South Africa’s top restaurants. These include: Villamoura in Sandton; Paros at Cantare Monte Casino and Olive’s Bistro in Bedfordview. 

“May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine” 

- Frank Sinatra

While the world has discovered the hypnotic effects of Christine Mansour, as a brand, the humble artist has since discovered the affects of staying grounded and living her truth, no matter the consequences. Christine is a natural philanthropist, giving of her time and her talents to those less fortunate. She believes in emotional equality; the notion that everyone deserves to be free to love, and to be loved. 
 
Her determination to contribute her love to the world around her has lead Christine to support a many non-profit organizations throughout her career:  Gateway Society for the mentally handicapped, SANCA, the Alzheimer’s Association, Return to Roots Foundation, Childline and the Prevention of Rape Against Woman and Children. For a full list of Christine’s charitable contributions click here…     

“To do is to be. To be is to do. .. do be do be do.”

- Christine Mansour 

There’s something intoxicatingly nourishing about the songstress-cum-chef: her passion for the spice of life is undeniably prevalent. She’s tenacious, she’s gutsy, she’s real. She’s all about the fire; the get-up-and-go. She’s the “biz” in Bizzazz and the “raz” in Mattaz. 
 
She is that addictive aroma that steams from your coffee cup. And just when you think you’ve had enough…you’ll request her to pour you another. 

 

 
Christine Mansour

Clayton Stewart

Clayton played the lead role in a number of theatrical productions, such as Return to the Forbidden Planet, Buddy Holly, Grease the Stadium Spectacular and Blues Brothers (for which he won an FNB VITA AWARD for best performer in S.A.).

He recorded the songs for the MTN Gladiators, which were used on the show and on their C.D., as well as having recorded the local version of Butterfly Kisses, which sold 5000 copies in its first week of release.

He also performed as the lead soloist in the 94.7 Highveld Stereo Top 100 concerts, doing their number one song, Bohemian Rhapsody.

He has been the leading actor numerous T.V. ads such as: The OPEL Astra ad, The Sanlam money game ads, BESTMED. He also stars in the new COBRA TAP, NASHUA, TOTAL, GM , MTN & SUPERSPORT ADS.

In addition he has performed in roles on Isidingo, Generations, Egoli and The Lab.

Clayton’s forte continues to be the corporate entertainment industry.

He has successfully performed for many years…for numerous company launches, theme evenings and event parties.

Clayton is also proudly the lead singer for one of South Africa’s busiest corporate and show bands “Out Of Blue”- who have performed all over Africa and abroad … alongside his business partner Mike Todd (of band ”Cinema “Fame).

 
Clayton Stewart

CRISTINA RODRIGUES

She Sings. She Strings. She Holds her Own. Effortlessly.
 
When it comes to elegant versatility, there is one name in the business that delivers on key every time:
Cristina Rodrigues. A melodic compilation of honey noted tones and raspy interludes, Cristina has the ability to diversify her performances to suit the desired occasion.
 
Cristina Rodrigues is a soloist and collaborator of incandescent value. From laid-back summer afternoon cocktails to glitz-and-gusto “Rodeo Drive” ensembles; to corporate unravels and wedding day favourites, Cristina effortlessly floats her vocals - and her violin - between musical genres.
 
She believes in sharing the limelight with authentic performances that engage with her crowd. She keeps the atmosphere relaxed and encouragable, for both the coy and the confident. As a result, Cristina’s reputation as an interactive performer hits all the high notes when it comes to ratings.
 
Cristina Rodrigues offers a variety of Performance Packages that include cross-over performances; solo performances and collaborative ensembles that celebrate an increase in demand: FEVER ; INDIGO ; and THE GIRLS. Each package is comprised of talented (and sultry) musos that hail from a range of musical backgrounds.
 
The Groups have their own unique sound that lights up the stage and the hearts of the party. Cristina joins each of the collaborative Performance Packages as a leading musician and performer.
 
More on Cristina Rodrigues
 
Cristina Rodrigues began her classically-trained career at the age of 9, as a vocalist and instrumentalist, honing her love for violin. Today, Cristina sets the benchmark in Africa as a leading, cross-instrumentalist that performs on vocals and on strings, simultaneously. Her musical crossover is dubbed as captivating and her audience often marvels at the unique talent of a violinist soloist.
 
Cristina is also the Founder and Designer of the internationally acclaimed AIR™ Violin Viola Stand and AIR ™ Scales.
 
 
Cristina Rodrigues

Duane Rockwell

Duane Rockwell has been actively involved in the entertainment industry since 1989. In that year he made his professional debut performing in the National Song Festival.

Although the song he performed didn't take the honours, it opened the door into an industry he had wanted to be a part of all of his life. Duane immediately started making a name for himself performing on the Pub and Club Circuit.

At this point Duane Rockwell got the opportunity to host the SABC Music Programme "Fast Forward' His easy and relaxed manner led him to be in popular demand to Compere Corporate Functions, Fashion Shows,Beauty Pageants and Promotions.

While continuing to perform at functions and on the Club Circuit, Duane became actively involved in the recording industry, both as an artist and producer. He released two singles in a short space of time that received extensive airplay on National Radio Stations. Duane continues to record and write and a project is in the pipeline as we speak.

The Pay channel M-Net then approached Duane to host 'Hot Hits' and the association continued for the next two years. Duane got the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the top names in the industry, during interviews and on shows such as 'Red Nose Day'.

He has also been actively involved in the radio industry as part of the "Solid Gold" Station and doing voice-overs for Radio and television Commercials. Duane continues to be active in this regard. As a singer, Cabaret Artist, Compere, Keyboard Player and Guitarist, Duane continues to perform on the function and Live Music Circuit.

He has done work for companies such as SAB, Avroy Schlain, ICL, Mercedes Benz, The Incredible Connection, Unidata. SA Accounting Association, Hollandia, Mobil, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Price Waterhouse, ABSA and Sanlam, just to name a few.

His repertoire includes songs from the sixties, seventies, eighties and the current charts and, along with his vibrant personality, he is sure to create a fantastic vibe at your next party or function. Duane looks forward to entertaining you at yours.

 
Duane Rockwell

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ED JORDAN

S.A.M.A. award winning artist Ed Jordan has been at the forefront of the South African Entertainment scene for more than 15 years. He's energetic, dynamic and passionate about what he does, be it Music, T.V. or Radio. 
 
Ed has been a recording artists since 1991, and has been unstoppable ever since supporting internationals acts including CROWDED HOUSE, BRYAN FERRY, HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH and RONAN KEATING, releasing 4 albums, hosting TV and radio shows and being a proud affiliate to children’s edutainment.
 
His second studio album "HEAR ME HOWLING" was released in 1996 winning him a S.A.M.A. It featured the smash hit "ALWAYS". His third CD "CRAZY" featured the hits "CRAZY", "YOUR MAN", "TO HAVE AND TO HOLD" and "WHERE DID I GO WRONG". 
 
In the late 90's he joined M-net's hugely popular "SUPER SATURDAY". The show subsequently had a spin-off in the form of Super Saturday-the album, released through David Gresham Records.
 
Among other achievements, Ed Jordan has presented The Wedding Show, been a judge on 2002’s Popstars, presented the Live And Switched On Breakfast Show on Kaya FM, and more recently, the hit game show, “Deal Or No Deal”
 
Ed has performed all over the world from London to Hong Kong, touring Taiwan and Southern Africa. One of his highlights was performing in front of a crowd of 35 000 people for NELSON MANDELA and PRINCE CHARLES for the PRINCES TRUST.
 
With 4 albums already under his belt, 2007 sees Ed back in the studio and releasing a new album, “Tonight” to be launched in October 2007.
 
 
Ed Jordan

Ella

Ella

Ella is a tribute to the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. This hour long show by one of South Africa's most talented female vocalists celebrates the era of big band, swinging the songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. 

With a recording life spanning almost 60 years, 13 Grammys and 40 million albums sold, Ella Fitzgerald was the world's most loved and popular female jazz icon winning 13 Grammys and selling more than 40million albums worldwide. Her music lives on.

Lindiwe Maxolo Biography

Vocalist, Lindiwe Maxolo completed an Honours degree in Jazz Music, Cum Laude, at the University of Cape Town in 2005. During her time in Cape Town, Lindiwe won the Old Mutual Jazz encounters Competition, winning first prize in the Afro Vocal category; performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival (Cape Town) 2004; and was chosen by the Department of Arts and Culture to represent South Africa at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

After returning to her home-town, Johannesburg in 2005, Lindiwe collaborated with well-known pianist Andile Yenana who introduced her to the Johannesburg jazz scene, as well as internationally celebrated artists Themba Mkhize and Sibongile Ngoma on their projects Soul 'n Turf. In 2006 she was invited to perform in the USA as part of a cultural exchange, hosted by the New Orleans South African Connection Inc. The performances in New Orleans and Dallas, Texas were dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans - America's great city of Music, Arts and Culture. It was there that she performed alongside Lauren Hill and other top artists.

In 2007, Lindiwe was spotted by Urban Brew Producers who recruited her to sing in the widely popular TV game show 'Lilizela Mlilizeli' hosted by Rudeboy Paul Mnifi from YFM radio. Lindiwe was subsequently contracted for 5 months and the popularized show was broadcast on SABC2.

In 2009 she performed for the Ambassador of Portugal in Lisbon as well as for the opening shows of the Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai, UAE with Organic Lounge.

Lindi is currently the voice of Jo'burg's renowned jazz band, Chilli & Lime where she has performed alongside Judith Sephuma, Mango Groove, and continues to perform with the likes of Sibongile Ngoma, Vusi Khumalo and more recently, Hugh Masekela. No stranger to the corporate world of entertainment, Lindi has performed for the South African Government, African ministers of education, and corporate giants including MTN, BMW, Vodacom, SANLAM, ESKOM, Mercedes, to name a few.

References:

“They [Chilli & Lime] were absolutely stunning. From all the various people I have ever worked with in the past, these people were the most friendly, open, honest, accommodating and easy-going. It was a pleasure working with them and the client was over the moon.” Vevette Husbands, Intelsat, Washington DC

“…Chilli & Lime is…smooth. Listen only once to how the petite Lindiwe Maxolo does ‘Ain’t no Sunshine’ with a voice larger than Table Mountain and you’re hooked. …the jazz slips into your soul – seamlessly shifting from choppy to smooth in one song – ending in something so sublime you almost forget to place your order.” Sunday Times

Repertoire list

1. Lady is a tramp
2. Beginning to see the light
3. A tisket a tasket
4. I only have eyes for you
5. I got Rhythm
6. This cant be love
7. You’ll have to swing it (Mr Paganini)
8. My heart belongs to daddy
9. I’ve got the world on a string
10. Night and Day
11. Too darn hot
12. Let’s do it (Let’s fall in love)
13. Misty
14. I’ve got my love to keep me warm
15. Hello Dolly
16. It’s only a paper moon
17. A fine romance

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Jacques Lagesse

With more than 32 yrs experience in the entertainment industry, performing with established Jazz bands in the early days, to Corporate and Events Specialist.
My Forte are songs from the Era of Great Singers Crooners or Balladeers is the term used most often ....to my other great love , the acoustic guitar and vocal combination, which has become the perfect ! networking mood setter.I am able to roam/wander around on a wireless system should I be required to do so.
My extensive repertoire includes a variety of beautifull ballads, Latin & Jazz Standards and Fun renditions of Popular Songs.I've also been asked to DJ & MC on the odd occasion , making it exceed all expectations. Appropriate background music is played between sets.
Able to perform as a Solo artist , Duo or Trio with either Double Bass,Saxophone or Piano,all tailor made to suit your event. PA equipment available on request.

"The ability of reading the room has always been a strong point promissing class uniqueness and reliability All The Way"

CROONER SINGER GUITARIST NETWORKING MOOD SETTING SPECIALIST

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Jesse Clegg  

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. 
 
Sold out concert period @ The Nelson Mandela Theatre.
Debut album charted # 1 singles and already closing in on Gold status.
2 x South African Musica Award nomniations on the debut album.
Nominated & performed @ 2009 “YOU” Magaizne Spectacular
Sold out main theatre @ 2009 Grahamstown Arts Festival
Performed for numerous corporate clients including BMW, HP, Spar & more
Jesse Clegg is an official Ambassador for Mr Mandela’s 46664 campaign worldwide.
Performed at “MANDELA DAY” @ “RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL” in NEW YORK CITY on 18 JULY 2009, alongside the likes of STEVIE WONDER, WILL.I.AM, JOSH GROBAN,  WYCLEF JEAN, ALICIA KEYS, JESSE MCCARTNEY & many more
Jesse Clegg

Johnny Clegg

JOHNNY CLEGG BIOGRAPHY AND AWARDS

Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He is a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist and a musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has exploded onto the international scene and broken through all the barriers in his own country. In France, where he enjoys a massive following, he is fondly called Le Zulu Blanc – the white Zulu.

Over three decades, Johnny Clegg has sold over five million albums of his brand of crossover music worldwide. He has wowed vast audiences with his audacious live shows and won a number of national and international awards for his music and for his outspoken views on apartheid, his perspectives on migrant workers in South Africa and the general situation in the world today. Johnny Clegg’s history is as bold, colourful and dashing as the rainbow country which he has called home for more than 40 years.

Born in Bacup, near Rochdale, England, in 1953, to an English father and Zimbabwean mother, he was brought up in his mother’s native land of Zimbabwe. She married a South African journalist and immigrated to South Africa when Johnny was seven years old. At the age of nine, he spent two years in Zambia with his parents who then returned to South Africa when he was 11 years old. Between his mother (a cabaret and jazz singer) and his step-father (a crime reporter) who took him into the townships at an early age, Johnny was exposed to a broader cultural perspective than that available to his peers.

Whilst lecturing Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Clegg worked on the concept of blending English lyrics and Western melodies with Zulu musical structures. This blend was recognised by a South African producer, Hilton Rosenthal, who became the champion of the project and drove it with passion and commitment. He signed up Johnny and Sipho Mchunu (his songwriting and performance partner at the time) to his independent label at a time when mixing music was effectively unprofitable because of the radio censorship of mixed music and mixed bands.

Hilton went on to produce all of Juluka’s albums as well as all of Savuka’s albums. He continues to promote all their work today as their publisher. Johnny and Sipho called their new band JULUKA which means “sweat” in Zulu. Their music was subjected to censorship and internal restrictions on the state-owned radio and their only way to access an audience was through touring. This brought them into conflict with Group Areas Act which enforced the geographical separation of race groups and their cultural facilities.

At this time they could only play in private venues as the law forbade mixed race performances in public venues and spaces. Testing the law, they played at universities, church halls, migrant labour hostels and even in the lounges of private houses. The battle ground of public versus private performances was often challenged by the security police who attempted to close these down whenever they could. Many shows were closed down but not enough to prevent the emergence of a substantial following of students and migrant workers.

In late 1979 their first album, Universal Men, was released. The album was a musical journey into the life of the Zulu migrant worker, living and working in the city, but continually journeying home, caught between two different worlds.

A second album, African Litany, came out two years later and was greeted with critical acclaim. Juluka worked hard to maintain the basic framework of their music on this album, but allowed themselves the freedom to explore broader aspects of the South African experience.

This ground-breaking work was largely ignored by the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) because of the mixing of languages and also the combining of African and Western musical forms. However it developed a following through word of mouth and sold-out live shows.

An immediate follow-up album, Ubuhle Bemvelo, was released. Recorded entirely in the Zulu language, it continued to mix Western and African styles of music and appealed to a niche market. Juluka were most fruitful during 1982 and 1983 with tours of the USA, Canada, Germany and Scandinavia. In 1983 they released Work for All and a year later they came out with Musa Ukungilandela. In the six years that they were initially together, the band recorded two platinum and five gold albums and became an international success.

Juluka split up in 1985. Mchunu returned to his roots, which was cattle farming in Zululand, while Clegg formed another crossover band, SAVUKA (which means “we have risen”). This time around his concept was to mix African music with a wider music base and international rock sounds. The first album with Savuka was Third World Child, in 1987, and broke all international sales records in France, Switzerland and Belgium in 1988. This was followed by Shadow Man (1988), Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World (1989) and Heat, Dust & Dreams (1993) and then the best of Johnny Clegg and Suvuka with the release of In My African Dream (1994). Savuka toured extensively in Europe and north America from 1988 to 1993, breaking all attendance records in France in 1988 and 1989.

Savuka was terminated in 1993 and three years later Clegg and his lifelong friend Mchunu temporarily re-formed Juluka and recorded Ya Vuka Inkunzi (also released as Crocodile Love). Since then, Johnny has recorded several solo projects including his latest album One Life (2007), New World Survivor in 2002 and his close-to-the-heart projects, A South African Story (2003) involving an album and live concerts, have again proved resounding successes.

In the summer of 2004 Johnny performed a four-month tour of Europe and North America, playing to capacity houses and appeared at several world-famous shows (headline act for Montreal International Jazz Festival opening night – televised worldwide with an attendance of 125000 people, Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Denver Botanical Gardens, New Orleans Jazzfest, Milwaukee Summer Fest, Florida Sunfest (with a guest appearance by Jimmy Buffett), Festival de Cornauille – France, Festineuch in Switzerland and several other high-profile gigs).

In the period between 2005 and 2008, Johnny has featured at several major European festivals, notably Live at Sunset, Zurich 2005, Fête de l’humanité 2007 in Paris, France; Musique Métisses 2006 at Angouleme (France’s premier World Music festival), Bal à la Bastille 2007 (open air for 100,000 people at the Place de la Bastille in Paris – televised live by over seventy TV stations), Quebec Summer festival 2006 (Festival d’eté de Québec) and concurrently completed his own annual European tours and in 2005 completed a 30-date coast-to-coast tour of the continental US and Canada and a sell-out tour of Australia and New Zealand. He has also performed annual runs in major South African centres for capacity audiences.

Johnny Clegg has performed on all four of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Aids Awareness Concerts in South Africa and in Norway. Mandela has joined him on stage during the rendition of Asimbonanga, a song written by Johnny about Mandela (and other struggle heroes) during his period of incarceration. At every live performance of this song, the audience, charged with emotion, spontaneously rises to their feet. During the Cape Town and Tromso 46664 shows, Johnny also performed duets of his work with Peter Gabriel.

Johnny’s haunting refrain Impi (meaning “Zulu warriors” or "War") regularly echoes within any South African Rugby stadium which, together with his song Great Heart from the movie Jock of The Bushveld and The Crossing (written for Dudu Ndlovu, his Zulu dance partner in the Savuka era), has achieved anthem status with crowds in his home country. Other notable hits penned by Johnny Clegg include, amongst others, I Call Your Name, Scatterlings of Africa, African Sky Blue, Take My Heart Away, African Shadow Man, December African Rain, Kilimanjaro, Fever and many more.

Johnny Clegg endorses Parker electric guitars and Takamine acoustics with thanks toMarshall Music.

International Awards

  • 1988 The Mayor’s Office of Los Angeles Award: For the promotion of racial harmony
  • 1988 Le Victoire French Music Industry Award for biggest International record album sold in France between 1987 and 1988 (1.3 million albums)
  • 1989 Honorary Citizen of the town of Angouleme, France
  • 1990-1991 French Music Industry Award for the biggest selling world music album in France
  • 1990 Humanitarian Award: Secretary of State of Ohio, USA
  • 1991 Awarded the CHEVALIER DE L’ORDRE DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES (Knight of Arts and Letters) by the French Government
  • 1993 GRAMMY AWARD nomination for best World Music Album (Heat, Dust and Dreams)
  • 1994 Billboard Music Award Best World Music Album
  • 1996 Medal of Honour - city of Besancon
  • 1998 Kora Awards: Best African Group
  • 2004 Mayoral Medal of Honour from Mayor of Lyon, France, for outstanding relations between the people of Lyon and South Africa
  • 2004 Medal of Honour – Consul General of the Province of Nievre
  • 2004 Medal of Honour – Consul General of the Province of L’Aisne

South African Awards

  • 1986 Scotty Award : Master Music Maker
  • 1987 Communication Contribution Award
  • 1987 The Autumn Harvest Music Personality Award
  • 1988 OK TV Best Pop Music Award
  • 1988 CCP Record Special Award : In recognition of exceptional achievement in promotion of South African music internationally
  • 1989 Radio 5 - Loud & Proud Award - South African Music Ambassador of the Year
  • 1990 FOYSA Award (Four Outstanding South Africans) Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • 1999 Avanti Award - Best Music Video "Crocodile Love"
 

Johnny Clegg

 
Johnny Clegg

Josie Field

JOSIE FIELD

Biography

After a nine year career, four albums and receiving six (6) South African Music Award (SAMA) nominations by 2012 including Best Female Artist: Josie Field has had one of the more interesting journeys through the South African music landscape.

Her signature sound is a potent mix of lyricism and fire, heart-felt issues and tender constructions. She has a unique voice as well as vocal delivery style that sets her apart from the mainstream pop princesses of the music world. This marked leaning to sing about actual issues means that her guitar-led songs have an edge to them that many do not expect. Having dabbled in soul, blues and country in her third album and with strong elements of jazz coming through on her latest release, Josie is no ordinary folk musician, don’t be misled by the singer/songwriter tag.

Her debut album Mercury was the spark that started the fire back in 2006. Several songs went on to receive radio play-listing and the album sold well. Josie followed that up in 2008 with Leyland which was an altogether deeper, slightly darker record.

She received three (3) SAMA and two (2) MK Award nominations for the album but has not stopped there.1984 was released in early 2011 and was an instant hit with fans and critics alike receiving three (3) SAMA nominations in 2012 including the coveted “Best Female Artist” nomination.

Josie Field has emerged from being the new, young singer-songwriter on the block to being an established artist with a career of depth and variety. She has stuck to her guns, developing a body of work that has to be taken seriously in its range, depth and the accumulated volume of hours behind it. Her on-going creative collaboration with producer Kevin Leicher has added structure to her output over time. Josie is a hard working artist, gigging, song-writing and recording in an on-going loop of activity.

Josie started out playing open-mic sessions wherever she could. But since then she has had airplay on every national and regional radio station in the country and shared the stage with huge international acts includingJames Blunt, Ziggy Marley, Westlife, Missy Higgins and most recently, Michelle Shocked. She was also one of the artists who sang for Nelson Mandela at his 90th Birthday party and performed at Fan Parks at the Semi and Finals of the Soccer World Cup 2010.

This energetic singer has also kept herself busy with more than just shows and award ceremonies. In 2010 Josie became ambassador for the Levi Strauss Curve ID campaign, which has changed the way woman will shop for jeans forever. In the following year her song Power taken from 1984, was partnered with the Suzuki Kizashi advertising campaign.

2011 saw Field organize her own music festival, The Drake Music Festival, which she promoted, managed and ran herself. Three albums is a career for many artists in South Africa, but Josie has no intention of stopping anytime soon. Having teamed up with Laurie Levine (Americana singer songwriter) in 2013 for Side By Side, their folksy side project, which was dubbed SA’s Best Collaboration of the Year and with an acoustic album just released, 2014 looks very bright indeed.

 
Josie Field

Karen Zoid

Karen Zoid had an eventful summer with the release of her fifth album, “* Terms&conditions”. The new album was released on 1 November 2011 with two brand new singles enjoying high rotation on the radio waves. Music videos for both singles have also been completed and are available online.

Eagerness for the new album has been high since her last solo album Post Modern World was released in 2007 with the smash hit Aeroplane Jane. Karen also recently played the lead role in the new Franz Marx movie, “Susanna van Biljon”, which premiered on the big screen on 24 September to critical acclaim and great success at the box office. The movie theme song “Want as ek droom” has been re-worked for the album.

With the release of her first solo album, Poles Apart (2002) she burst on the scene with hits like Afrikaners is plesierig. In 2003 fans were introduced to songs like Beautiful and Ons soek rock & roll on Chasing the Sun and in 2005 Small Room (Media) became one of the biggest songs being play listed on radio. All three these albums achieved Gold status. Aeroplane Jane (Post Modern World) became the most requested song over the past three years on radio.

Time Magazine and US News & World Report highlighted her role as icon in the South- African market. First year students at Universities study her writing as part of their academic modules and with a SAMA award for Best Female Artist under her belt the release of her fifth album is a highly anticipated one.

ALL ABOUT KAREN ZOID

Karen Zoid has become an important part of the South African music scene. Since releasing her first solo album, Poles Apart (2002), which fired the imagination of both critics and the public, Karen Zoid became an icon in the South- African market, which the press renamed the ‘Zoid Generation’. Zoid has become such an important part of the home grown scene that her name is now the byword for emotionally charged, downright incendiary South African rock music.

What's more, through the last decade, Zoid has managed that unusual and frequently tricky feat of balancing popular appeal with critical praise; of securing an audience of both Afrikaans and English speakers; of retaining her individuality in a market known for its desire for sameness. And through it all, Zoid has held onto an enviable integrity that allows her to speak her mind in a way that only earns her more devotees and proved no barrier to being named Best Female Artist at the 2008 South African Music Awards.

Zoid's super-charged rock energy is an ability to write gorgeous, delicately rendered songs that speak of the emotional vortex that drives this exceptional artist to keep creating. 'Ultimate Zoid', her latest album shows that Karen Zoid is South Africa's premier female rock artist, full stop. She has shared the staged with international acts like John Mayer, Annie Lennox, Metallica, Simple Plan , Hothouse Flowers, Seal and UB40.

Over a career that has last nine years now, Zoid has earned various accolades (including gold album sales) but she says that what continues to drive her is a deep-seated desire to create music that she can get up on stage and play live. "When I was in that all-girl punk band, or busking or when I am playing to a huge crowd , the feeling I get from delivering my music is still the same - and that's why I do this. All the stuff that goes around making an album - the promo, the interviews, making videos, the artwork … that's work. Playing live? That's what I love."

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2002
• Release of first album Poles Apart
• Four nominations for the South African Broadcasting Services TV2 Geraas awards
• Winner two SABC TV2 Geraas awards - Best Newcomer, Best Rock Album
• SA Rock Digest and SAFM radio - Poles Apart no 1 album of the year
• SA Rock Digest and SAFM radio - Set of Wheels song no 1 of the year.
• SAMA (SA Music Association) nomination Rock Album of the year.
• Nomination Shoprite-Checkers National Woman of the Year.
• Winner Kanna Award for best Light Music Production at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival.

2003
• Named by Independent Newspaper Group as one of the top 100 people of South Africa in 2003
• Named by Sunday Times newspaper as one of the top six Rising Stars of South Africa in 2003
• Named by Rapport newspaper as one of South Africa's Top Ten famous people in
• Release of second album Chasing the Sun
• Nominated for five SABC Geraas awards
• Winner three SABC Geraas awards - Best Songwriter, Best Rock Album, Best Album
• Played in London
• Played at the government's official Heritage Day concert at the Union Buildings. 2004
• Performed at the Inauguration Concert for President Mbeki, Union Buildings, 27 April
• SAMA (SA Music Association) nominations Best Rock Album of the year and Best Female Composer

2005
• Played at President Mandela's 46664 charity concert with Queen, Annie Lennox and others
• Played at official Youth Day concert in Johannesburg (16 June), National Womens Day Concert at Union Buildings (9 August) as guest of Minister of Foreign Affairs
• Gold records awards for first two albums
• Release of third album Media

2006
• First single released from "Media", "Small Room" reaches number one on several mayor radio stations.
• Performed in Canada.
• Karen Zoid's Album nominated for 4 SAMA' s (South Africa's Grammy equivalents), Most Popular Artist, Best Rock Artist, Best Adult contemporary Afrikaans,Best Engineer.
• Performed along side Simple Plan, Metallica and Collective Soul.
• Performed at the International "Desert Rhythm Festival" in Dubai in October headlining just before John Mayer from the United States.
• Participated in the "Positive Rocks" fundraising concert at the Superbowl in Sun City along with Kabelo, Danny K and UK artist Seal to help the Tapologo Hospice for children with AIDS.

2007
• Performance with Hothouse Flowers, Jimmy Dludlu, Arno Carstens and others at Spier in Stellenbosch as part of Old Mutual's "Encounters" project.
• Co-hosted the South African Music Awards,SAMA gala evening with South African gospel icon Kina Shirindi at Sun City.
• Released Album "Post Modern World"
• First single from album "Aeroplane Jane" receives high rotation on all major South African radio stations and 5fm top 10.

2008
• Recorded live DVD,"Alive in the Postmodern World"
• Performed two concerts at the Union Chapel, Islington,London.
• Nominated for 2 SAMA's (South Africa's Grammy equivalents), Best Female Artist and Best Contemporary Album.
• Winner SAMA Best Female Artist 2008
• I Am South African -Human Rights Day Special - Live on SABC 2
• Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Celebration - August 2009
• Headlined Various South African Music Festivals including the prestigious national institution "Oppikoppi" festival.
• Recorded and released the a hugely successful "Ultimate Zoid" album with the first released singles being immediately play listed on high rotation on most major radio stations.
• Tour with a set of unplugged shows

2010
• Performed at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in ‘Karen Zoid Unplugged’ and was nominated for an esteemed Kanna Award as Best Female Performer at the festival.
• Making a debut on the silver screen in the lead role of a Franz Marx Film, Susanna van Biljon.
• Performing in some of SA’s biggest theatres – at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein, with a mass choir of 1200 boys.
• Karen played the lead role in the Franz Marx movie, Susanna van Biljon (released on the big screen on 22 Sep) with other well known actors
• Her her 5th solo-album, Terms & Conditions to be released by Sony Music on November 1.

Karen Zoid
Kurt Herman

Lindiwe Suttle

Lindiwe Suttle

“On a diva scale from zero to Grace Jones, Lindiwe is bat-sh*t crazy. Kamikaze Art album received 3 ½ stars out of 4.” Rolling Stone Magazine – South Africa

“Lindiwe started out in the fashion industry and had her big break styling artists like Beyoncé and Ciara. But with a voice and style like hers, it can’t be argued that this lady belongs to be in the spotlight herself.” Vogue – Italy

“With her first single Man Made Moon, which she premiered at the World Cup concert in Cape Town, she now wants to conquer the world with her wonderfully gentle soul voice, catchy songs and keen sense of style.” Elle – Germany

“Lindiwe has a powerful voice with a soft quality added to it. Watch out for her as she climbs the ladder in the SA music industry.” Cosmopolitan - South Africa

“Lindiwe Suttle dazzles South Africans and tourists at the FIFA Welcome to the World concert at the Grand Parade Fan Fest.” Cape Times newspaper

“Let us be the first to tell you that Lindiwe can sing. From belting out the big notes to crooning the little ones, Suttle is the sugar sweet component to the band, The Collective Imagination.” GQ – South Africa

Kamikaze Art is the debut album by performance artist and singer-songwriter Lindiwe Suttle expected to be released June 2012 in South Africa. The album was produced by Ivan Georgiev in Berlin. Kamikaze Art walks the line between avant-garde and mainstream with a balance of up-tempo songs and ballads. Grammy-nominated Mastering Engineer Dave Kutch who mastered the album in New York described the sound as “organic electronic soul.”

Lindiwe sings about political corruption, being bullied in high school, her love for fashion, the internal struggle between good and bad and social justice songs of unity. “I called the album Kamikaze Art because I feel I have given all of myself. Each song is deeply personal, open and honest,” explains Lindiwe.

When Lindiwe Suttle was a little girl, she listened to her parent’s Motown soul hits by day and would go to her room to sing and dance to tunes by Michael Jackson, Boy George and Cyndi Lauper when they were sleeping. In high school, Lindiwe discovered writing lyrics as a way to express herself inspired by artists like Tori Amos, Bjork and PJ Harvey; these artists helped shape the way Lindiwe told her own stories. She would belt out her own songs and perform in front of the mirror for hours. It’s no wonder this petite package of energy became the talented singer-songwriter and consummate performer she is today. She lives up to her Zulu name, Lindiwe, which means “the one we’ve been waiting for”.

It was not until completing an MBA in Entrepreneurship/Marketing and a successful career in the fashion industry that Lindiwe decided to follow her dream of becoming a performer. She was a fashion stylist to celebrities like, Beyonce Knowles, Cynthia Nixon, and Ciara and worked with fashion houses like DKNY and Kenneth Cole, which inspired her to become the fashion conscious performer she is today.

In 2008, Lindiwe became the lead singer of the South African jazz/hip-hop band, The Collective Imagination. This was indeed the genesis of Lindiwe’s musical career. In late 2009, Lindiwe then launched her solo career that generated a lot of media coverage. She started performing acoustic soul sets in small clubs in Cape Town to intimate crowds.

Lindiwe’s big break came when she was discovered by German music legend, Marius Mueller-Westernhagen, after seeing her perform in Cape Town. He told her, “You are very talented but I can tell you are not doing the music you really want to do.” He was right and those words inspired Lindiwe to create the music she had always wanted to make. A year later, Marius’ management company introduced Lindiwe to producer Ivan Georgiev in Berlin, Germany.

Lindiwe and Ivan formed a special bond and began bouncing music ideas back and forth from Cape Town to Berlin to create a sound that blended her soulful voice with the Berlin electronic sound. Lindiwe returned to Berlin in May 2011 to begin writing and recording the album Kamikaze Art. The album was later mastered in New York at the Mastering Palace by Grammy nominated sound engineer Dave Kutch who has mastered top artist releases from The Roots, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Al Green.

On stage Lindiwe has a commanding presence and creates a unique stage persona blending fashion and music to create live shows that are theatrical in style. Lindiwe’s passion for musical theatre influences the dance choreography, over-the-top styling, stage props and visuals in her live performances. As she aptly puts it, "I sing for the eyes and the ears and want to take my audience to a magical musical world.”

Lindiwe has opened for artists like Finley Quaye and Mos Def and has graced the stages of the FIFA World Cup Welcome the World Concert, Nelson Mandela Legacy Gala Dinner, Taj Hotel Opening, Mini & BMW concerts in Germany, InStyle magazine in Moscow, Russia and the Cape Town International Jazz Fest. She has been profiled in a wide range of publications, including Vogue Italy, Monocle, Elle Germany, Freundin, Arise, Elle, Marie Claire, In Style, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Oprah, Real Simple, Seventeen, House & Leisure and the covers of Destiny, Balanced Life, Voila and Cell C magazines.

OTHER INFO ABOUT LINDIWE:

o Cosmo Magazine All Star 2011 – musicians that rocked the SA music scene
o Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year – “Style Icon” 2010
o SA Style Awards Most Stylish Overall Winner 2010
o Glamour magazine BLOGGER – “STYLE STALKER” style and trend blog
o Tom Ford sunglasses - SA Ambassador
o Puma Creative Ambassador 2010, designed sneakers & tracksuit top for Puma

Lindiwe Suttle

Lloyd Cele

Lloyd Cele continues to make waves

Just a year ago L'loyd Cele, would never have imagined himself to be one of the South Africa’s most popular upcoming artists. Now days though, Lloyd finds himself traveling the country performing at top live events, recording songs, shooting videos and collaborating with leading SA artists.

‘My life has been completely changed since I was the runner up in Idols 2010. It’s been a whirlwind, and I have never looked back. So many amazing opportunities have come my way, and I have been sure to grab them all with both hands!’ explains Lloyd.

Long before Idols, Lloyd was always passionate about music. He was the worship director at his church and also a youth leader at Eagles Community Fellowship which equip young people to be effective in their communities. He is a self-taught musician and has learned to play the guitar, keyboard and saxophone. 

Lloyd’s musical background has been a huge advantage for him putting together his debut album. Lloyd has written and composed around 90% of the songs on the album, titled ‘One. ‘One’ is about embracing South Africa’s diverse culture, racial groups, and musical influences and fuses them together in one album. He deliberately wanted to showcase his versatility by experimenting with musical genres such as rock, RnB, Urban, Hip Hop and Reggae. Each song is unique and tells its own story. Inspiration is a key theme that carries throughout the album encouraging fans to always hold onto their dreams. For these reasons, Lloyd appeals to a united fan base and has won the hearts of all South Africans. He has a profound respect for all his fans that have been so loyal to him.

The formula seems to have worked belting out hit after hit. After Idols came ‘Thanks To You’, this was followed by the much loved ‘Make It Easy’ and led to the dance inspired hit ‘My Air’. The next big hit brewing on radio and TV is the Zulu ballad ‘Thando’ featuring Loyiso Bala, while Lloyd continues to write and record new tracks.

“The past few months been an extremely creative period were I have had the chance to develop music that I am very proud of” tells Lloyd. We are working hard to make a career in the music industry and so far it’s been a blessing at every turn, meeting amazing people and such supportive fans.

L’loyd is currently in studio working on his 2nd album, which is due to be released in June 2012.

L'loyd encourages all young and aspiring artists and musicians to reach for your dream and never give up. All things are truly possible! 

 
Lloyd Cele

Loyiso Bala

LOYISO BALA

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.

Loyiso Bala

Lucia Mthiyane                           

Lucia Mthiyane

Lucia Mthiyane is currently one of Gauteng’s most sort after performers. 

Her engaging personality, amazing voice and celebrity status has made her a popular choice in recent years.

She was the star of Rhythm City (Playing the role of Rachel) and lead actress of Soul Buddyz, Backstage and SABC 1’s – Mzansi.

In addition she has won numerous awards for her contribution to music, especially in theatre where she won a Vita and Naledi award for best performance in a musical

For your event we will be featuring this amazing performer, performing a selection of classic hits from Jazz, R&B, Soul, Pop and our own local chart toppers

       

 

 
Lucia Mthiyane

Mandoza Invades Germany & Europe

Local Super Star Mandoza has crossed over, representing his country once again, this time he has collaborated with German Star, EES. The stars spent last week in Cape Town recording the song “Ayoba!” and an international quality music video which will be released in Germany and Europe first before hitting South African shores followed by a tour in the different countries. “It was an amazing experience to collaborate with a powerful artist such as Mandoza, I have followed his music for years and I was determined to one day have the opportunity to do a song with him, that voice, wow!” said EES during an interview on set. Mandoza says, “It was great to finally meet EES as we have been in discussions for a while, he is a talented artist and very focused in what he does, a type of artist I love working with! I thank the Almighty for giving me the opportunity once again to represent South Africa, our heritage in other countries!” Blessings have been showering Mandoza especially being nominated for a SAMA Award recently, one of South Africa’s most prestiges awards, for his album “Real Deal”. The future looks great for Mandoza who is currently working hard in studio recording his 11th Solo Album and is on board once again with Shoprite Checkers for the 2011 National Championship Boerewors Campaign with Nataniël, a new decade, a new life, a new Mandoza!

Mandoza

Mandoza
 Nhlanhla Nciza Iincinga Profile1  Nhlanhla Nciza Iincinga Profile2

ARTIST: Nhlanhla
ALBUM: Iincinga Zam (My Thoughts)
YEAR: 2009

NHLANHLA SIBONGILE NCIZA - the diva, performer, entrepreneur, mother and trendsetter.
The First Lady of TS Records is making a strong comeback as a solo artist with her second album Iingcinga Zam (My Thoughts). This after she made a huge impact with her debut album Inguquko (Change).
This new offering shows maturity in Nhlanhla's music. She's not scared to show in her music that she's gone back to her basics, and she's also gone back to her roots.

What will surprise many are the elements that she's fused in her music , starting with her Intro which has a Rock inspired guitar. This is someone who's not scared to test new things.

During the listening session in Jozi in July 2009, Nhlanhla was given a thumbs-up by the important industry players from radio, TV, magazines and newspapers. She is releasing her second solo album through TS Records, a respectable company co-owned by her husband Thembinkosi "TK" Nciza and popular radio and TV personality, DJ Sbu Leope.

Nhlanhla has made history becoming the first young Afro-soul and jazz singer to work with the legendary musician, Caiphus Semenya. The likeable known internationally and has worked with the likes of the late Michael Jackson and his former producer Quincy Jones.

Bra Caiphus Semenya has written Nhlanhla Nciza two beautiful ballads, Meant To Be Together and Emva Kwam.
Nhlanhla says about Bra Caiphus: "He wrote the songs and I'm happy that I've learnt a lot from him. He is one of the legends who when you work with, you learn about many things. I've actually learnt that Bra Caiphus is out of this world when he writes about love songs."

It's refreshing to hear someone like Nhlanhla give praises to Bra Caiphus - a musician who had to be convinced to work with the award-winning songstress. It has always been Nhlanhla's dream to work with a legend like Bra Caiphus. Hence the album title Iingcinga (My Thoughts).

She says: "This album talks about what I'm on my own. The album is all about conversations that I'm going through on my own."

With 2010 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, Nhlanhla makes people aware that Africa is still an important country in the world.

She says: "My love for Africa is immense. I know that some people will always talk about places like Paris and others, but for me Africa is still the best.

"Today we have an African World Cup, which shows that we play an important role in the world. There are so many resources in Africa and I love this place. I've been around the world and I'm proud to be part of this continent."

TRACKLISTING:
1. Intro
2. Lalala
3. Try Again
4. Nawe
5. Congo
6. Meant To Be Together
7. Impilo
8. Emva Kwam
9. Mandinqande
10. Njalo
11. Nguwe Lo

Nhlanhla Sibongile Nciza

Rene Mabotha                   Rene Mabotha

Rene Mabotha

Rene completed the 3 year Musical Theatre National Diploma in 2001. Her career was kick started when she was selected as one of the leading Dancers when Cell C was launched in 2001. Rene’s versatile performing techniques landed her in the Balearic Islands of Spain where she performed as a singer and dancer for a period of 3 years. She later performed in shows such as Richard Loring's Midnight Hour, Sandy Dyer's Girl Talk 007, Joe Theron's Rocky Horror Show, Deon Opperman's African Queens, Ghapi's Rock Till You Drop, Clint & Co's Rock on Safari, Joyce Levinsohn's Charlotte’s Web, Julie de Jager's Voyage & Funtastic, at theatres such as The Sound Stage, The Victory, The Rustic, The Globe, The South African State Theatre and 4 & 5 star hotels in Europe.

She performed in the Vodacom Fame routine “Single Ladies” at Vodaworld and Sun City and was a dancer teacher at the National Children's Theatre. She rejoined Richard Loring & Clint & Co. in Midnight Hour, this time at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace. She performed in Thailand on Freedom Day 2010 for the SA Embassy delegates and international ambassadors. She recently performed at Sun City on Women's Day for the SA Heart Congress

Rene Mabotha                              Rene Mabotha

 
Rene Mabotha

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ROCKETEERS

 ROCKETEERS

Q&A Blurb

Acoustic duo Rocketeers, who hail from Johannesburg, have been making quite the name for themselves on the local live music and function music scene with their unique marriage of famous covers, acoustic guitar, double bass, smooth jazzy vocals with some live percussion looping.
Douglas Bean and Lionel Naidoo have created a strong musical force that appeals to pretty much anyone who wants to take a break from the "computer" based music that dominates the music world today.

Their musical style puts a modern acoustic twist on solid gold hits and jazz favourites, along with some of the best songs of the contemporary pop charts.
On a regular performance night you'll find them jamming tunes all the way from Simon & Garfunkel and Nina Simone to Jack Johnson, Sam Smith and George Ezra.
You may also hear a couple of singles from their debut album Something Else which have been playlisted on various radio stations around the country.

We sat down with the duo and asked them to tell us more about their sound and how it all began. Here's what they had to say:

How did the Rocketeers form?

Back in 2009 we started performing  acoustic covers as a duo. It was at a slightly dodgy but very charming place called Gin that people came to wash away the Mondays. Eventually attendance grew out of control and so we decided to continue working together. 

How would you describe your sound and aesthetic?

Well the first thing everyone says is that our sound is laid back. Which it is.

We embrace the natural and a life that is disconnected from the rat race. Our aesthetic involves loads of greenery and beautiful, lush South African weather. Possibly a beach somewhere…

What are some of the most interesting places you've performed at since you've formed a duo?

We have played on the beach with the tide coming in rapidly which was quite stressful! 

Another time we performed on a hillside in Cape Town in 38 degree summer heat with no shelter.

Last year we enjoyed performing at Dinner en Blanc which was at the Johannesburg War Memorial to a large crowd of thousands of diners, definitely the ultimate restaurant gig!

What have been the challenges in this industry?

The main challenge is to be as professional as possible at all times, to stay on top of the business side of things and to keep growing and refining what we do.

You guys breathe new life into covers, how do you go about re-imagining a cover and making it your own?

Covering songs has become a genre within itself. Just look on YouTube and you can find a plethora of covers of your favourite songs.  The hardest part I think it selecting the right song to work with in terms of your strengths as a musician. Also it has to be a song that people can recognise and sing along to.  It is also fun to take a song that was originally electronic and re-work it on acoustic instruments, we do quite a bit of that. It really helps being in a duo because we work off each other's ideas and through constant performance we fine tune things. 

What inspired the sound and content of your debut album?

In terms of sound we wanted an organic sounding album with predominantly acoustic instrumentation because that is very much our style. In terms of content we drew on mostly hopeful and uplifting themes, we try and be as relaxed and positive about life as possible and this reflects in the content of the album.

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Rocketeers

SHOOWOP SHOP – TAMARA DEY, MELISSA (IDOLS), MARIECHAN (JAMALI)

SHOOWOP SHOP – TAMARA DEY, MELISSA (IDOLS), MARIECHAN (JAMALI)

Genre: Doowop, shoop shoop, motown, swing

Based: Johannesburg 

About: Three of the most gorgeous and ridiculously talented female popstars come together for the love of doo-wop, motown and shoop shoop to form The Shoowop Shop. 

Tamara Dey, Mariechan Luiters (Jamali) and Melissa Allison (Idols)

With musical director Andre Scheepers charting each carefully selected track, audiences can look forward to songs performed in three part harmonies of familiar favourites from the 50s, 60s and 70s incorporating swing, jazz, motown and old school rhythm and blues. 

The trio is backed by a 5 piece band including a foot stomping horn section and soul-driven drum and bass rhythm section or they perform to backing tracks.

Repertoire list: 

SET 1

1) Life could be a dream
2) Valerie
3) I need a dollar
4) SOLO - Natural Women
5) My baby don’t care
6) SOLO – Love song
7) Crazy In love *

SET 2

8) Weekend special *
9) Hit the road jack
10) Somewhere over the rainbow
11) SOLO – Sexy Silk, Mamma knows Best
12) Candy Man *
13) Happy
14) Special Star

Shoowop Shop

Duane Rockwell

Duane Rockwell has been actively involved in the entertainment industry since 1989. In that year he made his professional debut performing in the National Song Festival.

Although the song he performed didn't take the honours, it opened the door into an industry he had wanted to be a part of all of his life. Duane immediately started making a name for himself performing on the Pub and Club Circuit.

At this point Duane Rockwell got the opportunity to host the SABC Music Programme "Fast Forward' His easy and relaxed manner led him to be in popular demand to Compere Corporate Functions, Fashion Shows,Beauty Pageants and Promotions.

While continuing to perform at functions and on the Club Circuit, Duane became actively involved in the recording industry, both as an artist and producer. He released two singles in a short space of time that received extensive airplay on National Radio Stations. Duane continues to record and write and a project is in the pipeline as we speak.

The Pay channel M-Net then approached Duane to host 'Hot Hits' and the association continued for the next two years. Duane got the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the top names in the industry, during interviews and on shows such as 'Red Nose Day'.

He has also been actively involved in the radio industry as part of the "Solid Gold" Station and doing voice-overs for Radio and television Commercials. Duane continues to be active in this regard. As a singer, Cabaret Artist, Compere, Keyboard Player and Guitarist, Duane continues to perform on the function and Live Music Circuit.

He has done work for companies such as SAB, Avroy Schlain, ICL, Mercedes Benz, The Incredible Connection, Unidata. SA Accounting Association, Hollandia, Mobil, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Price Waterhouse, ABSA and Sanlam, just to name a few.

His repertoire includes songs from the sixties, seventies, eighties and the current charts and, along with his vibrant personality, he is sure to create a fantastic vibe at your next party or function. Duane looks forward to entertaining you at yours.

 
Swing Boy Swing

Swing City

Swing City

Tasha Baxter

Tasha Baxter – Colour Of Me

Biography 

After several years of carving a niche as one of South Africa’s most accomplished songwriters, vocalists and DJs, Tasha Baxter, has finally stepped out from behind-the-scenes, onto the solo stage.

And  - as those in the industry who hold her in high regard always predicted - it hasn’t taken Baxter long to make an impression on the South African music scene with her debut album, ‘Colour Of Me’. 

Already the first two radio singles off the album, ‘Who’s Sorry Now’ and ‘Fade To Black’, are clocking up some serious airtime, the latter track reaching number one on several stations, including regional heavyweight Highveld Stereo and the former remaining a spectacularly strong radio calling card, months after it debuted.

The cherry on top now comes with having been nominated for 4 top SA music award nominations and taking home 2 SAMA’s with best Newcomer and best Pop.

In fact, so damn pop-perfect are these two songs that the one problem facing Baxter, and her record company, is convincing music fans that she’s South African. But once they discover she’s homegrown, Baxter’s indie pop, electronica-tinged music rapidly becomes a firm favourite with fans based in the country, as the growing demand for live performances testifies to.

That ‘Colour Of Me’ has an unmistakably global sheen is, in part, thanks to production, mixing and mastering by Dutch production trio Noisia - widely acclaimed for their drum and bass/breakbeat/electronic productions (and recently commissioned to remix Robbie Williams’ Bongo Bongo, with Lily Allen).

Baxter met Noisia – Thijs de Vlieger, Martijn van Sonderen and Nik Roos– in an online dance community, her reputation as one of South Africa’s most forward-thinking dance, trip-hop and drum ‘n bass innovators earning her the attention of the Dutch production team. Baxter took a chance and sent Noisia some of her music online, and they responded in kind, asking her to put vocals to some of their music. Before she knew it, in February 2006, she was on a plane to Holland, where a collaborative in-studio process saw Baxter create her early demos. 

But, as important as Noisia’s contribution is, the real heart of the album’s appeal lies in its songs – and that is where Baxter’s creative collaborator, Andre Scheepers steps in. 

Scheepers, a classically trained musician who has worked with several rock bands, had made contact with Baxter after he heard her freestyling over beats, during one of her many DJ gigs. Impressed – strike that, gobsmacked - by her talent, Scheepers gave Baxter his contact details on a paper napkin and the two met. 

Nowadays, Tasha Baxter is, in fact, the moniker of both Baxter and Scheepers, who augment their vocals (Baxter) and keyboards (Scheepers) during live shows with a drummer, guitarist and bassist. It’s also the name of a songwriting duo whose varying influences result in a sound that’s defiantly singular and, though diverse, slots together in a way that is never anything less than natural.

Listening to ‘Colour of Me’ and one thing is clear - Baxter and Scheeper’s is a wide-ranging musical hand that’s skilled at bringing in ragga, drum ‘n bass (still a love of Baxter’s), Spanish and elecronica at precisely the right moment – never overshadowing the songs. But for all its sonic sprinklings, at its core, this is a pop album, and one that triumphs in the feat all pop music strives for and that is making the melancholy combine with the uplifting in a way that leaves an imprint in the heart of listeners: whether it’s the swathes of sound that support the cutting lyrics of ‘Useless’ “(please don’t go/don’t make me feel so useless”) or the sweetness that belies ‘Paradise’s’ dark side, this is a defining album that should waste no time in finding a broader audience. 

Baxter and Scheepers are the first to admit that recording ‘Colour Of Me’ was a challenging process. 

Scheepers and Baxter did pre-production and songwriting, with Baxter returning to Holland in May for more in-studio work. Noisia then came out to South Africa to record in the SABC studios, with the help of well-known producer and engineer, Neal Snyman who laid down the live instrumentation. “It’s was something of a back-and-forth,” Baxter says, ‘but you know, I think that the production speaks for itself – we have managed to treat each of the songs really individually and so each one stands out.” Also part of the process was Scheepers and Baxter finding common ground: “I had to learn to be less uptight about crafting the songs,” Scheepers (who studied classical piano) says. Equally, Baxter was pushed into barriers that she’d previously avoided, being untrained in a formal sense. 

It’s not easy to create an album that moves through a wide-ranging terrain yet retains a sense of coherency, but Tasha Baxter has been able to do just that on ‘Colour Of Me’. Central to this is Baxter’s winning voice which can carry tongue-in-cheek lines (“you don’t need money if you look like me” on ‘Don’t Need Money’) as effortlessly as those muddled by emotion (“Catacombs of paranoia/Oh how I adored you/Now I don’t know who you are” on ‘The Journey’).

As a result Tasha Baxter is as at home on a pop stage as in the depths of a dance club or cascading out of a radio. It’s a world-class versatility that is brought home on album closer, ‘The Visitor’, a song that’s worthy of anything Goldfrapp may release that, itself, hides an achingly beautiful, straight singer-songwriter ballad within its folds. That hidden track holds the answer to why Tasha Baxter may just make the leap into international waters: any act that can end a definitely indie pop album with a song as unmasked as this one is has all the goods necessary to wade into the global mainstream.

About Tasha Baxter:

Over the past few years, Baxter has built a reputation as a multi-talented artist, lending her songwriting and vocal skills to many high-profile projects, albums and songs. Chief amongst these was Roger Goode’s ‘In The Beginning’ off his album ‘Coming Up For Air’. It was Baxter who contributed lyrics and vocal melodies for the track which turned into a bonafide global smash hit, earning a chart-topping spot on 5fm’s Top 40 chart and a remix from none other than internationally recognized house DJ and producer, Ferry Corsten.

What many people didn’t know at the time was that Baxter had contributed vocals and songwriting to four other tracks on Goode’s album – including ‘Little Angel’ which she wrote for her daughter, and ‘To Move You’ – more than proving her strength as a composer along the way.

Alongside her work with Goode (which still continues through Baxter’s presence on his Saturday Surgery show), Baxter has made a substantial impact on the Cape Town and Johannesburg music scenes, working with the likes of drum ‘n bass producers, Counterstrike (on the track ‘Questions’), as well as featuring on the Soulsistas album. Her raft of corporate work – composing tracks for commercials and more – is as impressive and she has also performed alongside some of the biggest names in the DJ world, including DJ Vadim, Roger Goode, Diesel Boy, Aphrodite, Cut La Roc and Raiden. Baxter was also resident drum ‘n bass DJ/MC at Trailer Park in Melville, Johannesburg for years and her continuing passion for being behind the decks has seen her play in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

From her days as a teenager in Cape Town when she would steal away from home to play at house parties and then the likes of Sublime, to seeing the release of her album, Baxter’s trip through music has been diverse and fascinating.

Tasha Baxter

The X-Tremes

 
The X-Tremes
Tracey-Lee Olivier

Vicky Sampson

Biography

Vicky Sampson is one of SA ’s leading Singers, having just completed her long awaited album  License To Sing, Vicky is ready to tour SA and the World with her new sound,   amazing vocal energy and performance of note.

Vicky has just recently returned from China where she was invited to perform at the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics with international stars Michael learns to rock, Kenny G and José Carreras to a Stadium of forty thousand people and a TV audience of 1 Billion.  Her newest album has been produced by legendary Twice Grammy Nominated Song writer and Producer Cedric Samson. The album is also due to be released in China during the first quarter of 2008 and Miss Sampson will be returning there for a promotional and publicity tour.  This exciting news was confirmed by EMI China’s CEO Desmond Lee on Friday 16th November 2007.

Vicky Sampson is South African born, bred and often construed as an overseas artist. The irony is that her "AFRICAN DREAM" penned by Mango Groove's keyboardist - Alan Lazar- is one that is heartfelt by this Capetonian. Some two decades ago, her fan -base and career were set  on course by her debut television appearance on the "Soft Shoes" special -  even though she wasn’t categorised as a winner, the organizers of "Follow That Star" recognized her talent and the die was cast. What followed was the inevitable attention of the media and record companies: 

She left the Mother City and her first band and entered the pell-mell world of cabaret, corporate cabaret, music, extravaganzas, radio and TV jingles-taking her to Bophuthatswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana even Mmabatho and finally the "City Of Gold" where Tusk Record Company snapped her up on a four album deal in 1992. Ms Sampson decided to decline the privilege of Richard O'Brien's offer to the role of Magenta in his "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in Johannesburg and record instead. More recently to huge critical acclaim she performed the lead role as “the Killer Queen” in “We Will Rock You” which toured all major cities countrywide in 2006.

The then Radio 5, accoladed Vicky Sampson's first release off her debut album "Shine" with the popularity it deserved, she rammed Whitney Houston off the charts with her  emotive " Love will shine on you" for 22 days! No sooner was the nation singing along to this melody, than "Walk On By" arrived-also with a sterling video production directed by the countries finest. She became the darling of the media with her inimitable power, range and soul garnered from years of true grit experience on the road. A star had been born, and borne she was to Singapore where she represented her country amongst the top rising stars of that and worldwide territories. The tide carried her onto the second and even more powerful album, "Zai" (a nickname). Soul 2 Soul studios in London, under the skilful eye of Will Mowatt had the rare delight of recording this international release and her career took a momentous turn.   

Shakatak, Al Jarreau, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Peabo Bryson, George Benson, Grace Jones, Randy Crawford, Maxi Priest, Kool and the Gang and the Stylistics all share the memory of sharing the stage with Vicky… and all within a space of a meagre 4 years! Miss South Africa, Miss World - The Africa Cup Of Nations, where she ignited an audience of 160 000 all followed and Ms Sampson became synonymous with the dreams and hopes of a changing South Africa, and to some the "voice" and spokesperson of a challenged populous. 

Two national newspapers toasted her alongside President Nelson Mandela as front-page news and! Ever since Vicky has remained in the spotlight as the darling of South Africa’s movers and shakers including appearing at functions at the special request of President Thabo Mbeki! Over the years Vicky's African Dream has taken her to Austria, England, Germany, Singapore (again), Sweden, the Netherlands & the United States of America where the album has been released. Zai is also on the shelves throughout the Benelux countries, France, Indonesia- even Russia.  The song has won her Best Song, courtesy of East Coast Radio, the NTVA Silver for video, and an international MIDEM nomination for video. A crowning and incidental vote came from the readers of Ebony magazine, who voted her one of the most beautiful women in the land in '97. Locally she inspired the nation weekly when with the launch of the National Lottery her most famous song was chosen as the theme song to the twice-weekly Lotto Draw TV show.

Her star power and cross-over appeal has also lead to numerous  appearances on the evergreen & ever popular music quiz show on SABC2,  Noot-vir-Noot and took on the formidable Fiona Coyne on the Weakest Link  winning the Celebrity Show donating her winnings to animals in  distress. As a socially responsible citizen Vicky has become a patron of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. As a mother this role was a natural choice for Vicky, advancing the cause of an institution lending a helping hand to the most vulnerable in society. 

Vicky is hard at work alongside music industry legend Cedric Samson, and secured a record-breaking deal with the major international record company EMI/CCP. The current buzz in the corridors of EMI/CCP is that this album when internationally released will result in a Grammy nomination!

 
Vicky Sampson

Victor James Chapman

Victor James Chapman, South Africa's newly discovered "modern country rock performing artist" comes to you with a true Nashville rockin' kind of country sound. It’s bound to get your feet a tappin, your heart singing, and hopefully gets your dog and your house back… (in no specific order)

Its been in the making for the past few years by performing artist Victor James Chapman, but for a long time the question of "would this actually work in South Africa" hampered the initiation of a Nashville sounding modern rock country project.

Victor James Chapman

Vocalist -­‐ Victor James Chapman, visited Nashville on several occasions, soaking up the modern country scene and learning "how its done in the USA"

So here it is – Victor James Chapman will make the heads turn in South Africa, and hopefully even abroad. Keep you eye's on this one ya'll...yeeeeehaw!

Victor James Chapman (Lead Vocals/ Songwriter) Born in 1971 in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) grew up as a pastors son, and so was exposed to church life & church music he's entire life, this now a fundamental cornerstone in his music career.

Although schooled as a light music jazz musician, Victor James Chapman prefers to bring out the true rockin groove, some raunching vocals lines, and some ear catching lyrics in his modern country rock music.

  • In 1990 Victor James formed and became the lead vocalist of Rock Band Kenaniah touring South Africa (1990 -­‐ 1996).
  • Studied light music (Jazz) at Techinkon Pretoria from 1991 -­‐ 1995.
  • Owner & Producer at Waterstone Sound Co. 1995-­‐1997
  • Senior sound engineer at Cornerstone Recording Studio's (1997-­‐ 2001)
  • Freelance sound engineer for most of SA's top performing artists, mostly touring with the famous Soweto String Quartet and Heinz Winkler.
  • Released two CD's -­‐ Ed is Dancing and Sister Wisdom. • Lead vocalist of the band LIFEBLOOD (2006 -­‐ 2008) Released an EP for USA tour.
  • Achieved recognition for "Best Male Vocalist" Nashville TN, USA 2001 (National Association Christian Artists and Songwriters)
  • Opened and worked with various SA artists – Mean Mr Mustard, Ghapi, The Cambells, Big Daddy, Billy Forest, and many others.
  • 2012-­‐2014 Lead vocalist for “No Deposit No Return” Modern Country Rock Project

 

 

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