Hire Live Bands

Hire the best live music in Africa for your next big event or wedding ceremony in South Africa. Our bands from South Africa offer great music that can really help in getting the party started. Entertainment line-ups for events are never really complete without the inclusion of a live or cover band thrown in the artist mix. We have a large selection of different bands from Africa and South Africa perfectly suited for corporate events, private parties and weddings.

Big Talk offers the best selection of live music and cover bands in South Africa

Rock bands, Cover bands & Indie bands live for your next event.

We have a wide array of choice ranging from rock bands to cover bands & indie bands for your events entertainment Big Talk entertainment has put togethar a portfolio for you consisting of the best live music available in the country. Our portfolio is inclusive many different styles including local bands, the best african bands and cover bands. If you are looking for live music for your entertainment line-up then get in touch with us and we provide professional advice and assistance.

Big Talk Entertainment has a wide variety of live South African Bands such as Marimba, Latin American, Steel, Brass, Swing, Party, Wedding, or South Africas latest Commercial or Cover bands.

Book a live South African Band for corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, year-end functions, and festivals.

Live Bands & Cover Bands for Hire


Allegro 80

ALLEGRO 80 is a premium, fun and exciting new Cover Band, with a repertoire list that spans from Bruno Mars to Kool & The Gang to Toto to Whitney Houston and more! The term Allegro has an Italian origin and can be directly defined as “Lively” which is a perfect description of the band. The musical definition of Allegro is “performed at a brisk speed” which is also apt, as the band brings the energy with some great up-tempo hit songs, and the entire team focuses on the service of the entertainment business.



Cape Town-based trio, Matthew Field (vocals and guitar), Robin Brink (drums) and Ross Dorkin (bass) have just released their second album, ‘12 Views of Beatenberg” at the close of 2018. There’s every reason to believe that Field, Dorkin and Brink will be South Africa’s first global Pop success – and that they will do this on the back of a sound that is rooted in their home country’s indigenous styles, unfailingly moving forward to the future.


Black Ties

TBT perform any genre and music style to cater to your event. Styled to perfection and always dressed to the nines, The Black Ties add class and finesse to the stage and bring the best of both worlds to your stage or dance floor.

Blu Bamboo

Blu Bamboo

Presenting the premier cover band BLU BAMBOO…a more talented, experienced, gob-smackingly brilliant collective of musicians and performers you will struggle to find. Your client’s guests are guaranteed a fun-filled evening of memorable entertainment – from very classy background music through to a party of note covering all genres and decades of classic hits


Bottomless Coffee

The style of the Bottomless Coffee Band can be described as acoustic folk-rock and afro-blues. The band likes to refer to it as gourmet music. This term captures their vision as musicians: to produce an organic sound that is true to themselves, that encourages good times, evokes emotion and sparks deeds of love, hope and change.


Coda Africa

Take an Electric String Duo of violin and cello, merge them with a House DJ, African Vocalist and Rock Sax, and you get one of SA’s most popular fusion bands – a stylish collaboration that is also a sought-after corporate entertainment act.


Coffee Snobs

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Colour Blind

Cover band, Colour Blind consists of 5 multi-talented members. These incredible individuals, all professionals in their respective arts, have come together to create amazing music. They are a proudly South African brand with their roots securely grounded in the cities they reign from, Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively.


Chasing Time

Multi-genre cover band with an added creative touch that makes any song their own. Performing songs from Ed Sheeran to George Benson, Chasing Time caters for all ages and types of events.



Widely regarded as one of SA’s Top Live Acts, DENIM have a string of hits to their name, and performances at some of the most prestigious events in South Africa. The group has received numerous accolades for both their music and their performance and passion. The true mark of their success is that they have been booked over and over again by the same clients, event companies, festival organizers and club owners, proving that not only is the group professional to work with and an obvious hit with their audience, but a very hard act to follow!


Desmond & The Tutus

Desmond & The Tutus have been scare-crowing across the world’s stages with their unique, some might call it niche, brand of kwela-indie-punk for just on ten years. But to call it niche would be entirely missing the point, the Tutus are more shape-shifters than niche, their sound slotting comfortably between Thandiswe Mazwai and Hugh Masekela.


Dr Victor

For more than 40 years Dr. Victor (real name Victor Khojane) has been crafting and creating an uplifting up-tempo sound that has earned this singer, musician, songwriter and producer an enviable reputation on the South African music scene and abroad. Together with his group The Rasta Rebels, they continue to be one of the busiest live bands in South Africa and abroad, doing a range of events from corporate gigs to headlining shows.


Elvis Blue

With 3 platinum and 2 gold selling albums and a long list of Top 10 hits to his credit, Elvis Blue is a household name in South African. He remains a rare breed in his ability to straddle both English and Afrikaans music genres with ease and relevance. With his unique blend of charisma and authenticity, Elvis’s shows are known for not only the perfect blend of well-known original hits and new music, but also for his comical and often whimsical story telling that sweeps audiences along in a journey that is both personal and entertaining. In 2010, Elvis was the winner of M-Net’s SA Idols who unselfishly shared half his winnings with runner-up Lloyd Cele.



One of the most acclaimed and successful bands to emerge from South Africa in recent years, Freshlyground blends the infectious Kwela style and musical traditions from Zimbabwe and Mozambique with elements of pop, jazz, blues and indie rock. The band became a national hit with the release of their 2003 debut, Jika Jika, and a year later they found themselves performing for South African President Mbeki and sharing the stage with the legendary Miriam Makeba at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Freshlyground have toured the world and recorded seven increasingly popular albums, including a collaboration with pop superstar Shakira that was chosen as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.



Georgetown is a multi-instrumental Blue Billy Folk Pop band from Pretoria, South Africa. Formed in February 2014, the talented Michael de Villiers, Renaldo van Dyk, Rynier Prins and Tiaan Erasmus, have told their stories and shared their rhythms across mainstages, theatres and towns. They bring audiences together with the use of a variety of musical instruments during their performances, including acoustic guitar, piano, upright bass, mandolin, harmonica, clarinet, saxophone, a washboard and a 1935 suitcase, promising a distinctive and creative sound to contemporary & original folk music.



This funky, electro-swing and dance group hails from Cape Town. The band made headlines over four years ago with their infectious beats, releasing a number of top 10 singles that made the public, local and international, fall head over heels in love. However, the pair admits that they shunned the media when they first hit the spotlight. “We’re not pop stars, we don’t like that vibe. We’re not celebrity types. We’re just people,” explained Peters. Now the group has taken up the challenge of connecting with the public, making the faces behind their incredible music known..


Grassy Spark

Grassy Spark is a collection of musicians with a passion for groove. They blend ska with rock, funk, reggae, latin and more all coming together to form a unique sound that is fueled by the love they have for music and the diversity of tastes and culture that cooks in the Mother City


Hot Water

HOT WATER is a Cape Town Afro-Pop band fronted by Donovan Copley that performs universally accessible, feel-good music to inspire soulful and fun dance vibes. We move people through music that reflects the spirit of South Africa. Hot Water effortlessly captivates, connects and lifts audiences locally and abroad. When producing its Hollywood blockbuster film BLENDED, Warner Bros Entertainment needed a perfect song that would symbolise South Africa. The result was using Hot Water's infectious song WAMKELEKILE as the movie soundtrack


Ice 'n Fire

Are you ready to burn the floor? Then look no further! Ice 'n Fire is an extremely versatile cover band with international singers and musicians performing songs and dance routines for almost all cultures and tastes. They bring you the latest dance top hits and take you back to timeless pieces and slow ballads...from African, Rock, Pop, Afrikaans Musiek to Latin, Ice ‘n Fire have something for everyone.


Jeremy Loops

From cult live act status in his hometown Cape Town, to a chart topping album domestically, Jeremy Loops career’s been characterised by breaking through glass ceilings. An international breakout year in 2015 saw him open for Twenty One Pilots on the road, headline a sold out 30,000-ticket tour of his own, and release music, most notably his single Down South which broke through in major European territories. With his new album, slated for a 2017 release, here’s a maturing, sophisticated musician preparing to see his vision of taking his music global.


Long Street

Jeremy Olivier is a soulful singer-songwriter who rose to fame during the very first season of The Voice SA., where he won the hearts of viewers, finishing as the winning contestant in Team Lira and achieving his spot in the final Top Four. With an honours degree in jazz performance, he is a skilled accomplished guitarist and vocalist, having performed with the likes of George Benson, Katherine Jenkins, Daniel Bedingfield, Jonathan Butler, Lira, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Loyiso Bala, Sibongile Khmalo, Ard Matthews, FreshlyGround, Mango Groove, Johnny Clegg, and many more.


Louise Day Band

“You don’t choose Music; Music chooses you.” So says Louise Day, South African folk/pop singer and songwriter from Cape Town. Extremely talented and personable, Louise is a busy musician, juggling a recording and performance schedule that involves sharing the stage with some of South Africa’s top musicians as well as regular solo gigs. Her smooth and pure voice, unique blend of pop and folk music, compelling song writing and frequent collaborations with the big names of South African music make her a popular local player.


Mango Groove

Mango Groove has enjoyed over 12 Number 1 hits and received every conceivable SA music and video award, as well as a number of global ones. Internationally, Mango Groove’s unique and magical blend of South African Marabi, Kwela and pop influences, together with the voice and presence of Claire Johnston and the evocative sound of the penny-whistle, have captivated audiences around the world. Career highlights include a direct satellite link-up to the Freddie Mercury tribute in London (it was estimated that over a billion people watched the show);


Mathew Mole

“I try to live my life a little differently to the way most people think it should be done. For me, music is very closely linked to that. I like to try and bring my hopes and beliefs through that. What I aim to achieve is for people to be affected by my music - in a great way, a way that will make them think about where they're at. Something that everyone can relate to. If you had to force something out of me, I'd tell you that I play Folk music. Folk music with an Electronic back bone. I hope that this musical adventure, way of life if you will, I'm taking will help you to enjoy whatever adventure you are taking.”


Mi Casa

Mi Casa has performed in sold out concerts around the world: from Nigeria and Angola, to London, Italy and Canada. They had the great honour of performing for President Barak Obama at his inauguration, and have shared the stage with Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Their musical accolades speak for themselves. Her smooth and pure voice, unique blend of pop and folk music, compelling song writing and frequent collaborations with the big names of South African music make her a popular local player.


Mike Campbell Big Band

19-piece group comprising 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and vocals. The country's top session singers front the band according to the style of event.


Niyaaz Arendse

Niyaaz is a young well-presented and energetic performer and will showcase his amazing talent at any performance with his powerful voice, charismatic performances and incredible talent. He was top 5 in Idols 2018.


Rubber Duck

Rubber Duc burst onto the SA music scene in March 2014 when their first single hit the number 2 spot on the 5FM and ECR charts! “AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT” was inspired by the YouTube clip of Sweet Brown that went viral worldwide. The song is a satirical look at living in South Africa today and a humorous take on current issues… All the stuff we simply don’t have time for! The original trio of Nick Jordaan (Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, hi-hat), Brendan Campbell (Lead guitar, kick drum, backing vocals) and Sheldon Sham (Saxophone, crash, tambourine, backing vocals) rapidly grew in popularity and four more singles followed.


The Graeme Watkins Project

“A Masterpiece is a stroke of genius in a moment of madness… So live life like a madman” is Graeme’s motto, and there is definitely madness incorporated into his music. With a range of songs incorporating a host of genres such as rock, indie, pop, deep and meaningful ballads, or acoustic bounce downs of popular chart toppers, this band is full of surprises. With their ADHD-inspired beat, the music is designed to get the crowd into the mad-capped mindset of the band members, to break out of their comfort zone and rock out to the all-encompassing movement of the melody.


The Kiffness

NThe Kiffness makes jazzy, groovy & uplifting house music and is fast becoming one of South Africa’s favourite live electronic acts. From the beginning of 2013, founder & brainchild David Scott has had great success in the South African music industry. Racking up a total of 3 SAMA nominations and 10 singles playlisted across national radio stations – all of which have reached top 10 status in the top 40 charts.


The Pebble Shakers

The Pebble Shakers is a Cape Town-based group of jazz musicians specializing in swing-era tunes that will have your feet tapping and your booty shaking like it’s 1937! To celebrate the history of swing in South Africa, the band also plays a selection of swinging South African tunes that haven’t been played live in over 70 years. The early marabi and swing tunes were played in the dance halls and shebeens of Sophiatown, Alexandra and District 6, and have been revived under the Echoes of Sophiatown Project


The Rockabilly Ravens

The Rockabilly Ravens are a high-quality, star-studded ensemble featuring Samantha Peo (multiple Naledi Award winner & judge on Strictly Come Dancing), singer Musa Sakupwanya (featured in shows by Nataniel), Martin Rocka (guitarist with Wonderboom & former musical director of Idols), American preliminary Grammy Award nominee John Fresk as the Musical Director, & a horn and rhythm section with formidable experience. The Rockabilly Ravens balance timeless rockabilly classics with arrangements of contemporary hits done in the rockabilly style. They're a refreshing, fun and energetic class act, guaranteed to appeal to a broad and diverse demographic.


The Rudimentals

Is a Predominantly Reggae / Electro/ Dancehall / Drum and Bass / Dubstep / Hip-Hop band based in Cape Town, South Africa.


The Swingsetters

The Swing Setters is an eight-piece swing and rock 'n' roll band from Cape Town, on a mission to heat up dance-floors across South Africa.


Tucan Tucan

Tucan Tucan, A kaleidoscope of sound and 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 and Chacarera with a strong jazz influence and lyrics in African languages, Spanish, Portuguese and English. The show is an enchanting journey that captures the audience with soulful sounds to energetic up-tempo compositions, colourful dancing choreographies and band-audience interaction.


Victor James Chapman

With a natural stage presence, charismatic performance energy as a guitarist, drummer, and warm smooth yet edgy singing voice, Chapman has star power that translates into lasting longevity. More recently, Chapman secured the lead role in the Phil Collins tribute show "One More Night" that ran over a few weeks at Emperors Place in 2016. The successful show is currently being considered on an exclusive cruise ship liner, as well as on the Los Vegas strip.

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Get a professional quote or make a direct booking through Big Talk Entertainment Agency. We can recommend the best live and cover bands for your corporate or private function. Live Bands can also be hired as part of your Wedding entertainment. Consult with an entertainment expert today.

Cover Bands, Live Bands, Local bands & African bands for wedding and events in South Africa

We know just how important a cover band of reputable nature can be in getting those classic big hits out to the audience in a manner that once almost battles to tell the difference from the original. Well we have below a huge selection of potential cover bands for the best music suited for your events entertainment. Our cover and live bands are comprised of many different styles and each group or solo artist brings forth their own unique entertainment and sound. 

For a real party you can be sure that our bands are perfect for your budget. The music will be brilliant and so will the atmosphere. Businesses looking to book or hire live bands can do so through Big Talk as can any private individual or group looking to liven up their event with some serious entertainment.

South African Rock Bands

Our South African rock bands are great for all types of occasions and are especially suited for rock fans. The local bands industry in South Africa is fulled with brilliant talent and all bands listed above can be booked direct through Big Talk Entertainment. If you are looking for the best live music then contact us and we would be glad to help assist you further

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