Solo Sax Profiles

"Candy" Girl Duo

Cathy Del Mei

Cathy Del Mei

Gary Sletcher

Gary Sletcher

As a professional musician Gary comes highly recommended for weddings, corporate functions, fashion shows or just about any occasion where music is needed nationally.
 
Touring From Cape Town to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Mozambique, was a great learning experience.
 He then furthered his studies in music theory and performance and passed with distinction
 
Gary has performed with a variety of top S.A musicians at different events ranging from corporate dinners to fashion shows, 
Gary comes highly recommended by all major venues and has built an excellent name for himself in the entertainment business of music. He has a slick, smooth and professional act that flows naturally with the theme of the event
 
Gary plays the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones and is a vocalist. From big band swing and Broadway, to European lounge music and African Jazz.
 
Available as a solo artist or accompanied with a DJ, 4 or 5 piece jazz band or 8 to 22 piece swing band with a wide variety of music to suite all tastes.
 
Jazz and African Jazz band consists of a keyboardist, bass (upright bass) drums or percussion and Gary on tenor, alto and soprano sax as well as vocals.
 
String trio consists of Cello, violin and Sax with backing tracks for a really full sound.
Gary uses only top professional musicians well known in the music industry. 
 
 
Gary Sletcher

OLUFEMI 

OLUFEMI is the new face of the African Renaissance. Combining Afrobeat and jazz, gospel and blues, West African highlife with a nostalgic Sophiatown flavour, his music is a rich blend of deep and sultry jazz and contemporary groove. His music is urban and urbane. His life’s journey - a story of migration to the South - resonates in his music, which creates a conscious dialogue between West African and South African sounds. This musical fusion demonstrates the path to a new and culturally integrated Africa in which a common heritage is renewed and reshaped to meet the needs of today's world.
 
OLUFEMI’s debut album “Just in Newtown” is evidence of the rich melodies that result from this fusion. Through his versatility on the saxophone, he breathes new life into African world music. He is also an arranger, a producer and a songwriter. 
 
His love for music began when as a child, he danced around the village when the traditional drummers played in his father's compound in Akio town, Ikorodu Lagos Nigeria in the 80s. He then started playing trumpet as a choir member in his local church. He dabbled in the piano. But he soon discovered that his first love was for the saxophone. 
 
His influences include Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Manu di Bango, Hugh Masekela, Salif Keita, and his elder brother, Kola Ogunkoya 
 
He has played in the presence of all-time greats, including John Legend in his first South African tour in Cape Town. He has shared the stage with Youss ou N’dour and Yvonne Chaka Chaka at the CAF (Confederation of African Football Awards) 2009 in Lagos. He performed alongside the king of Juju music, Sunny Ade, at the Glo launch in the Republic of Benin. Other colourful festivals such as the Calabar festival in Nigeria have felt Olufemi's hypnotic music, where he performed alongside the late, great Lucky Dube. 
 
The highlights of his career include performing at the  Crowning of Miss World 2008 in Johannesburg, at the FIFA Confederation Cup Draw in 2008, at the CAF awards in Accra, Ghana in 2010, at the Afrophonie  concert at the Bassline in 2010, at the Pan African Arts and Craft exhibition (PACE) in 2010.  He was proud to honour Africa’s heroes by playing at the 50th year celebration of 17 African countries at the Pan African Parliament, in Midrand in oct 2010 He has been a willing supporter of the Haiti Campaign spearheaded by the National Department of Arts and Culture, performing live on SABC TV in April 2010 and composing a song devoted to the Haitian people.
 
In recent months, he interests have further extended into the African Diaspora, with performances together with Afroflamenco groups from Spain in Johannesburg and for the Cubans in celebration of Africa Day. In 2009 he participated in the Joy of Jazz as one of the Nigerian all stars. 
 
This is the African renewal in action, a flowering through a passion for music and the power of culture.
Da Natives with Olufemi  recently performed at the following event
 
1. Crowning of Miss World 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2. Globacom Launch in Benin Republic, 2008.
3. Nigerian Vice President Welcome Dinner, Pretoria, South Africa. 2008
4. Johannebsurg City & Tourism Show, Johannesburg, South Africa. 2008
5. FIFA Confederation Cup Draw, Sandton, South Africa. 2008.
6. (CAF) Confederation of African Football Awards, Lagos, Nigeria. 2009
7. NEPAD Summit, Sandton, South Africa. 2009
8. Rebranding of Brandy Smooth Event, Cape Town, Durban & Johannesburg, 2009. 
9.Joy of jazz (Nigerian all stars)2009
10.johannesburg food and wine festival,zoo lake 2009
11,CAF(confederations of African Football)awards,accra Ghana,march 2010
12. Haitti Campaign,national department of art and culture,Sandton April 2010
13 Afrophonie 2010,African synergy and institut’ Francais D’Afrique du sud,bassline,newtown ,south    Africa ,april 2010
14,Cuban Embassy,African day Celebration,May 2010,Pretoria.south Africa
15 Afroflamenco in johoannesburg-Soweto,Embassy of Spain June 2010
16 windybrow theatre,2010 Gauteng Artist line up.south Africa  june 2010
17Emoyeni African experience line up,june 2010
18 Pace 2010,Pan African art and craft exhibitions,art and culture june 2010
19 50th year celebration of the Pan African Parliament,midrand south Africa.oct 2010
 

Olufemi

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Created in 1846, firstly for military bands, followed by Brass Bands and then Jazz Bands, the Saxophone, designed to be the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds and the most adaptive of the brass, is now equally at home accompanying a DJ, creating world beats and a cross culture of modern and traditional. Throw into the mix the resonating sound of the Electric Cello or the pitch perfect electric violin and you have sounds of the future….

 

 

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