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South Africa’s Foremost Party Band

Combination of Motown, Rock, Reggae & Party Songs

Defining themselves as the “band with the groove” Tokyo Groove has managed to combine the very best of Motown with South African legends and the latest Top 40 hits in a stylish, energetic performance that ensures that once the dance floor opens … it stays open!

Tokyo Groove exploded onto the main-stream music scene with their debut hit single “Get Down Saturday Night” in 2009. The track charted nationally and hit Number 1 in both Cape Town and Johanessburg, adding to the band’s phenomenal reputation and increasing their demand in the festival and mainstream circuit. 2010 ended with another hit single as “Celebration” reached Number 1 again in both Cape Town and Johanessburg, “That’s The Way Love Is” in 2011 confirming the bands reputation and proving that they were here to stay. 

Six years after the inception of the group, the band is still enjoying their phenomenal success & well-earned reputation as one of the most consistent and reliable Party Bands in the market place. As their primary focus is on entertaining their audience with their live performances, recording an album was never a priority for Tokyo Groove but … giving their audience what they wanted was … so after many, many requests, Tokyo Groove took some of their favourite songs and released “VI”  towards the end of 2014, recognizing their six years of success.

Primarily a Corporate Band, this incredibly dynamic group has been performing at SA’s Top Events since early 2008 and has earned themselves a reputation for professionalism, quality and a really good party.  From their sophisticated appearance through to their versatile repertoire and overall professionalism, Tokyo Groove has become a favourite on the Corporate Scene. 

Their reputation speaks for itself with repeated bookings by SA’s Top Blue Chip Clients and performances at some of South Africa’s most prestigious events and after-parties, including The Launch of The MSC Sinfonia, Emperors Summer Holiday Festival, The Nedbank Golf Challenge, Welcoming Miss World, Miss South Africa, The 94.7’s Nando’s Peri Peri Cruise,  New Year’s Eve Party at the Super Bowl (Sun City) two years in a row, Vodacom, Coca-Cola Namibia and dozens of corporate events for companies like Telkom, Engen, Impala Platinum, Bidvest, Standard Bank, Absa Bank, FNB, Nedbank etc. as well as a number of private events and weddings.! 

So what is the secret of their success? 

As with everything in the music industry, it’s a combination of talent and hard work. Their repertoire is extensive, the talent undeniable and the performance is mesmerising. The band has an incredible presence on stage and Sangoma’s vocal ability never cease’s to amaze audiences as he adapts to each and every genre effortlessly. 

One of SA’s most prolific and energetic front men, Sangoma has a wealth of experience behind him which comes through at each and every show. Having spent over six years with Tokyo Groove and five years prior to that in the music industry, including being the front man for Denim, he has had the opportunity to perform to the crème de la crème both locally and internationally.

CORPORATE PERFORMANCES & BAND OPTIONS

As a standard, Tokyo Groove performs as a 7 Piece Band however due to the fluid nature of the band, and diversity of their music, they often adapt to incorporate different musicians and band structures (3; 5 ; 7 ; 9 & 12 Piece).

Focusing on the Classic Party Tracks from Motown, like September, Lady Soul etc to well known reggae numbers from Bob Marley to the latest Top 40 Hits from artists like Pharrell Williams & Swedish Mafia etc. the music is always accessible and adapted for each event.

The introduction of DJ Groove a few years back, offered clients a complete entertainment package with the option of a Themed Set (African, Jazz, Motown) followed by their standard Party Set and topped off with DJ Groove hitting the decks and taking the party through to the very end!

Standard Band - 7 Piece      *Themed Shows Available

The seven piece band, comprising of Sangoma on Lead Vocals & Guitar, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Saxophone & Backing Vocals, fills the stage and adds a phenomenal energy to the performance bringing certain panache to the experience with the inclusion of their saxophonist and backing vocalists that truly brings the music to life. 

The standard set comprises of 2 party sets but can be adapted to incorporate a chilled dinner or one of their very popular themed shows followed by a party set.

Optional - 5 Piece      *Themed Shows Available

For the more intimate events, Tokyo Groove performs as a five piece band which includes either a backing vocalist or saxophonist, a keyboard player, a drummer and a bass player. 

The music is still based on the same selection of cross-cultural songs that span over decades and is perfect for both corporate clients and clubs alike, it’s simply the size of the band that is reduced to allow for the smaller events where space can be limited.

Optional - 12 Piece with Full Brass Section      *Themed Shows Available

Take your mind back to the 50’s where everything was LIVE, the bands were impressive, not just because of their music but because of the energy and dynamics of 12 musicians live on stage, interacting with their instruments and each other to create real, soulful music and this is your Golden Band.

Tokyo Groove adds an additional 5 Brass players to their already existing 7 Piece band and brings all the classic motown songs to life whilst giving a new dimension to your newer contemporary tracks 

Optional - 3 Piece with Backing Tracks

Tokyo Groove will also do, on request, a Three Piece Option consisting of Sangoma, Bass Guitar and Saxophone for events with restricted budgets or space available. As this option doesn’t require any backline and with the exclusion of the drums, clients are able to keep budgets and sound levels down.

REPERTOIRE

MOTOWN & REGGAE

  1. Ain’t No Sunshine Bill Withers
  2. Ascension Maxwell
  3. Beat Goes On The Whispers
  4. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Barry white
  5. Could You Be Love Bob Marley
  6. Chop my money P Square
  7. Dancing On The Floor Third World Band
  8. Get Down On It Kool & The Gang
  9. Celebration Tokyo Groove
  10. Get lucky Pharrell Williams
  11. Get Up, Stand Up Bob Marley
  12. Give Me The Night George Benson
  13. Heaven Missing An Angel Tavares
  14. Hope Joanna Eddie Grant
  15. Hot, Hot, Hot Buster Poindexter
  16. If You Don’t Know Me By Now Seal
  17. Lady Soul The Temptations
  18. Lets Groove Earth, Wind & Fire
  19. Lovely Day Bill Whithers
  20. Make You Sweat (ala la long) Inner Circle
  21. One Love, One Heart Bob Marley
  22. My Everything Barry White
  23. My Girl The Temptations
  24. No Woman , No Cry Bob Marley
  25. Red, Red Wine UB40
  26. Redemption Song Bob Marley
  27. Reggae Night Jimmy Cliff
  28. September Earth, Wind & Fire
  29. Stand By Me Ben E King 
  30. Trucking Eddy Grant
  31. Used To Be My Girl O’Jays
  32. Waiting In Vain Bob Marley
  33. Wishing On A Star Tokyo Groove
  34. You’ll Never Find O’Jays
  35. You Send Me Rod Stewart
  36. You to me are everything Real Thing
  37. Africa   Toto
  38. Africa Salif Keita
  39. All I Need Is The Music(Dance Medley) Various Artists
  40. All About The BassMeghan Trainor
  41. Angel Shaggy
  42. Ashawo Mr Flava
  43. Beautiful People Chris Brown
  44. Baby Can I Hold You Tonight Tracey Chapman
  45. Blurred lines Robin Thicke
  46. Bhayi lami Pure magic
  47. Burn It Up R Kelly
  48. Burn Out Sipho Hotstix
  49. Closer Ne-Yo
  50. Can’t Get Enough Of Your love Barry White
  51. Danza kuduro Don Omar
  52. December 63 Four Seasons
  53. Don’t You Worry Child Swedish Mafia
  54. Dynamite Taio Cruz
  55. Fantasy Black Box
  56. Falling For You DJ Cleo
  57. Georgy Porgy Toto
  58. Get Down, Saturday Night Tokyo Groove
  59. Gangnam Style SY
  60. Good Times Chic
  61. Ha Hona (Le Jesu) Traditional Gospel
  62. Happy Pharrel Williams
  63. Hey BrotherAvicii
  64. I Got A Feeling Black Eyed Peas
  65. In The Club 50 Cent
  66. I Like To Move It Real to Real
  67. I’ve Been Thinking About You London Beat
  68. Jamboree Naughty by Nature
  69. Let The Sun Shine (Dance Medley) Various Artists
  70. Let The Good Times Roll Alley Cat
  71. Live My Life Winnie Khumalo
  72. Living On The Frontline (Dance Medley) Various Artists
  73. Long Train Running The Doobie Brothers
  74. Los Lappie Kurt Darren
  75. Love Never Felt So Good Micheal Jackson
  76. Memories David Guetta
  77. Man In The Mirror Redd Angel
  78. Meadowlands Traditional
  79. Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5
  80. Murder She Wrote Chaka Demus & Pliers
  81. Mustang Sally The Commitments
  82. Oliver Twist D’Banj
  83. Party Rock Anthem LMFAO
  84. Pata Pata Mariam Makeba
  85. Rappers Delight Sugarhill Gang
  86. R to the A C J Lewis
  87. Saturday Night Elton John
  88. Scream and shout Britney Spears
  89. Sexy Chick Akon
  90. Sexy Lady Shaggy
  91. Shebeleza Joe Mafela
  92. Shosholoza Traditional
  93. Shout Tears For Fears
  94. Show Me Love Robin S
  95. Sing Halleluyah Dr Alban
  96. Sounds Of Freedom Bob Sinclair
  97. Spin my world around The Arrows
  98. Summer Of 69 Bryan Adams
  99. Sunday Morning Maroon 5
  100. Tear Drops Womack and Womack
  101. Time of My Life Black Eyed Peas
  102. Top Of The World Liquideep
  103. Treasure Bruno Mars
  104. Ungawa Kum Thebe
  105. UpTown Funk Bruno Mars
  106. Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers
  107. Too Close Blue
  108. Weekend Special Brenda Fassie
  109. World Hold On Bob Sinclair
  110. What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong

ROCK SONGS

111. All Right Now Free
112. All The Small Things Blink 182
113. Are You Gonna Be My Girl Jet
114. Basket Case Green Day
115. Blisters In The Sun Violent Femmes
116. Crazy Little Thing called Love Queen
117. Girl From Ipanema Jazz Standard
118. Hold The Line Toto
119. I love Rock and Roll Joan Jet
120. It’s My Life Bon Jovi
121. Kryptonite 3 Doors Down
122. Mr Magic Grover Washington
123. My Baby Little Walter
124. Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
125. Rise Herb Albert
126. Save Tonight Eagle Eye Cherry
127. Seven Nation Army White Stripes
128. Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
129. Song 2 Blur
130. Why Pt2 Collective Soul

 

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