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Overcomes boundaries, Breaks down barriers, Brings people together Embraces diverse cultures.

”Tucan Tucan, a delicious South American Music bird Seasoned with African Spices. Put simply, the music of Tucan Tucan is a delightful, amorphous mixture that refuses to be compartmentalized… Who said Ubuntu is Dead? If it is, then Tucan Tucan has just resurrected it!” – Richard Nwamba- Sawubona Magazine (July, 2009).

The desire of Frank Paco from Mozambique and Muriel Marco from Argentina, to unite and fuse styles of music close to their hearts, resulted in the launch of World music Afro-tropical band TUCAN TUCAN.

Their music: A kaleidoscope of sound. World music. A vibrant melting pot of African rhythms such as Kwasa Kwasa, Marrabenta, Mbaqanga, Maskandi and High life with South American elements from Samba, Salsa, Tango and Chacarera with jazz influence and lyrics in African languages, Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Tucan Tucan past performance highlights include:

• Africa Day Festival 2012 at CTICC
• V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre Concerts 2012
• Rocking the Daisies Festival 2011
• Diversity Music Showcase 2010 at CTICC (shared stage with Simphiwe Dana and Kunle Ayo)
• Tunduro Festival, Mozambique 2010 (shared stage with PJ Powers and HHP)
• FIFA fan park 2010

• FIFA Fan Jol 2010
• FIFA Uruguay Vs Netherlands Waterfront Concert 2010
• Jazzathon 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
• Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2007
• Appletizer Summer Concerts at Kirstenbosch Gardens 2002, 2003 & 2007
• Ubuntu Festival - Nelson Mandela Birthday Celebration 2009
• J&B Met – J&B main tent 2009
• Standard Bank Jazz Festival Grahamstown 2007, 2008
• Plettenberg Bay Whale and Whiskey Jazz Festival 2008
• Namibian Tour- Warehouse theatre 2008
• Vodacom summer sounds 2008
• Levi's Vintage Sundays 2008
• KKNK National Arts Festival 2008
• Kirstenbosch Winter concert Series 2007- 2008
• Africa Day festival- Company Gardens 2008
• Cape Town Festival - Company Gardens 2007, 2008
• Oude Libertas Amphitheatre Concerts 2005, 2008
• The Woordfeest 2007 in Stellenbosch
• Johannesburg International Joy of Jazz 2006
• Heart 104.9’s Damn Fine Birthday Bash 2007
• Healthy Heritage festival 2007
• Tribute Concert to Gito Baloi 2006 in Maputo, Mozambique
• Sekunjalo Jazz Concert 2006 - Baxter Theatre
• International Festival of Chariots 2006
• Verao Amarelo International Festival in Maputo 2005
• Jazz on the Rocks 2005 at Oude Kraal
• Salsa Festival 2005 at Signal Hill
• Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival 2004 in Rome, Italy
• North Sea Jazz Festival 2002

Tucan Tucan has performed at numerous private functions including:

• PowerGroup Pelican Park Housing innauguration with Mayor Helen Zille 2012
• Pfizer End of the year party 2012
• Open of Parliament 2012
• SANLAM dinner function at Cape Town International Jazz Festival at Westin Grand 2011
• Oasis Employee of the year award ceremony awards 2011
• Department of Transport Investors Conference Gala Dinner 2011 at CTICC
• E-parliament conference gala dinner 2010 - Santon Convention Centre
• Mayoral Reception 2010 - Green Point Stadium
• ICLAM Delegates Gala Dinner 2010
• FIFA Final Draw Gala Dinner 2009
• WEF (World Economic Forum) Function 2009
• Tullow function 2009
• Petro SA function 2009
• Cape Town Past, Present and Future 2009
• KPMG - United Kingdom function at Mount Nelson 2009
• Africa Day private function- Cape Sun 2009
• Grand Parade function at Grand Arena 2008
• Capitec functions - 2008 and 2009
• Sanlam Cape Town International Festival function at Arabella Hotel 2008
• Vodacom mothers day -Waterfront 2007
• SABC News Function at Parliament 2007
• Nike Function- Two Oceans Marathon Awards 2007
• Mayors party 2006- 2007 CTICC
• President cup Golf Awards 2006- Somerset West
• Gary players Golf Awards 2006- Arabella Kleimond
• NY Eve function at Commodore Hotel 2006- Waterfront
• Pfeizer Awards Ceremony- Table Bay Hotel 2006
• Tourism International Association function- Moyo Restaurant 2006
• Commonwealth Educators Conference's -Moyo Restaurant 2006
• J&B Met 2005 & 2006
• Opening of the Cape Town International Convention Centre

TUCAN TUCAN has released 2 Cds: ‘Xiluva’ and ‘Make a Difference’:

• Song ‘Slow Jam’ reached the top 10 on Heart 104.9 FM, one of the most popular commercial radio stations in Cape Town, and maintained this position for several weeks. ‘Slow Jam’ was included on the Heart and Soul of Cape Town 104.9 FM compilation.

• Song ‘Conga Loca’ was included on the North Sea Jazz Festival compilation 2002. ‘Conga Loca’ and ‘Slow Jam’ have also been included in the Baileys Salsa CD compilation 2008.

• Songs ‘A re yeng’ and ‘Ratanang’ have enjoyed extensive airplay on popular radio station Kaya FM and have been included on four Sheer Sound compilations.

• Video Clip on Song ‘Ratanang’ was nominated for the best Jazz Video on the Channel O music video Awards. This song and its video have been broadcast extensively on Mozambican TV and radio.

• Track ‘Hold on’ from TUCAN TUCAN’s new release is currently on the Heart 104.9 Fm top 10 charts and is receiving airplay on Gauteng Radio Stations. Its video is currently broadcast by Channel O, SABC channels and MTV base. This track has been included in the Fair Lady CD compilation to be released this year.

• Song ‘Sizani’, also from TUCAN TUCAN’s new release, has been included on the Cape Town International Jazz Festival compilation 2007.

• Song ‘Tiku La mina’ from our latest release, has maintain position number 1 for several weeks on Kaya Fm's world chart in June - July 2007.

• Track ‘Slow Jam’ and ‘Conga Loca’ have been featured as soundtracks for the movie “Confessions of a Gambler” to be premiered in Dubai, South Africa and USA in February 2008. This movie won the “best composition SAFTA Golden Horn Award 2009”.

• Track ‘Esa Morena’ was chosen finalist in the International Songwriting Competition 2008. The finalists were chosen from over 15,000 entrants from all over the world, making this an extraordinary achievement on Tucan Tucan’s part. ‘Esa Morena’ was garnered an Honorable Mention in the world music category.

• Track ‘Esa Morena’ was chosen as the feature track for the TV add of Proyecto 34s, Theatre Exchange South Africa – Argentina 2009. Track ‘Esa Morena’ and ‘Siyo pudiera’ are featured in their website.

• Track 'Milele’ and ‘Be what you want’ are featured in Glamour and Glory
German movie to be released in European TV in 2010. 

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