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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.

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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.

 

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POCKET DUO 

A duo comprising of Irina Buzdugan (vocalist) and Chris Tritton (piano).

Pocket Duo are a swanky fusion of jazz and pop in your pocket. With sophisticated piano and sublime vocals, we make good events, great.

Irina is studying towards a degree in Copywriting. Irina is also the lead singer of the popular band, Asleep in Transit.
Chris currently studies Jazz at the University of Cape Town.
Pocket Duo are confident with years of performance experience, both for large audiences and smaller private functions.

 

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QUALIFICATIONS

Irina has completed a year of training with Charon Williams Ross vocal coaching academy in 2009, as well as two years of training with Cindy Guselli’s Reach For the Stars singing school in 2006.
Chris is studying towards completion of his Bachelor’s in Music, majoring in Jazz.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Irina has had radio appearances on East Coast Radio and 5fm.
Irina has shared the stage with local and international artists such as:
Die Heuwels Fantasties, Johnny Clegg, Daniel Bedingfield, The Parlotones, Isochronous, Gangs of Ballet, Matthew Mole, and Watershed.
Irina has performed for the Young Presidents Organization at the renowned Oyster Box Hotel, at the Durban Botanic Gardens with The Parlotones, at Knysna Rocks with Johnny Clegg, at Splashy Fen, and Live the Venue, opening for the famous UK artist Daniel Bedingfield.
Irina has done vocals in a song written specifically for a Mr. Price Clothing advert.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Chris and Irina have performed for large audiences, corporate functions and also private events. Irina has worked for Greenbox Productions in 2011 doing corporate shows in Durban for a year before relocating to Cape Town in 2014.
Irina has performed at FNB Corporate’s annual Christmas Party
in Durban, The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Kwasuka and Krakatoa
Theatres at Sibaya Casino, The Oyster Box Hotel, Ushaka Marine
World, Wakaberry store launch in Durban, and other various shows in restaurants and bars.


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