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In association with Concerts SA, legendary jazz drummer Bernice Boikanyo will be touring Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa, while collaborating with local A-list musicians and imparting workshops.

Better known as ‘The Groove Master’ in the music circles, Boikanyo will start his musical tour on the 2nd November, when he will be jetting off to Tanzania for rehearsals with his local band, to perform and do workshops at Karibu Music Festival.

The Afro Groove Master Tour 2017 will continue when he comes back home to perform at The Orbit. An all-female band will back him at The Orbit.: Siya Makuzeni (trombone), Tessa Lily (guitar), Lindi Ngonelo (piano) and Tebogo Sedumedi (bass).

The last leg of the tour will see him go to Zambia with workshops scheduled for 1st Dec and an exciting collaboration with top recording musicians Zambian singer/songwriters Mumba Yachi and James Sakala at Tecla Lodge on the 2nd Dec 2017.

Boikanyo’s complex sound as a drummer has established him as a very strong jazz influence in the South African music industry and he is best known for his accompaniment to many great musicians. His reach has been both local and international as he has shared stages with the likes of Stimela, Vusi Khumalo, Gito Baloyi, McCoy Mrubata or Papa Wemba, amongst many others. Boikanyo has also been fortunate enough to grace stages at festivals like the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.

A living testament that hard work and perseverance pays off, ‘The Groove Master’ has become a successful artist who has blended his own rhythms and given meaning and shape to melodies that are illustrated in his self-funded debut album My Soul. Lately, Boikanyo has been working with an array of artist including Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu, Jimmy Dludlu, Pops Mohamed, and Roy Hargrove.

Boikanyo refuses to be seen as just a drummer sitting behind the band. His journey has been an inspiration to many young Gauteng artists who look to him on a weekly basis, for either drum lessons or music advice when he is not touring. With his musical background steeped in jazz, Boikanyo still does not believe in the singular definition of his sound, but instead, insists that soul andisicathamiya are also part of the mix.

Coordinated by BakTu Musik, Bernice Boikanyo’s Afro Groove Master Tour 2017 is supported by Concerts SA through the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.

BakTu Musik signs multi-award winning Berlin based singer/songwriter, KILEZA PDF Print E-mail

KILEZA is a South African born singer/songwriter who calls the world home. Kileza was named Kgomotso Tsatsi by her parents whose roots stem from a rural village in Kuruman called GaSehunelo in the Northern Cape. A year long negotiation process saw KILEZA signing with BakTu Musik with the hope of touring South Africa for more performances while she will also be getting a chance to visit her parents and relatives in Johannesburg.

KILEZA started off her music career by entering the SA Idols competition where she reached the top 6 finalists. After reaching such a milestone in the SA Idols in 2003, KG (now KILEZA) went on to live and perform in Argentina, Canada, South Africa and now Germany, she is a musical nomad, and a talented vocalist with a mellifluous timbre; quickly making an impression on the German musical landscape.

Kileza then moved to Berlin where she had the privilege of performing in some of the city’s greatest venues including the A-Trane and the Berlin Philharmoniker. She's toured and performed with some of Germany's finest acts including live performance with the "Kelvin Sholar Trio" at Jazz Festival Accra, Ghana. She also sang live with Marcia Barrett of Boney M. She also performed with Andrej Hermlin (2011), Mic Donet and Ivy Quainoo of "The Voice of Germany" and Fantastichen Vier for MTV Unplugged in 2012.

KILEZA introduced her name in the Canadian music scene by winning the Waterloo Idols in 2005 as well as reaching the (2007) Top 20 finalists stage of the USA World Showcase out of 40,000 contestants. Whilst in Canada, she won (2008) production and radio contests with The Beat 91.5 in Kitchener and Flow 93.5 Toronto's most popular urban station. KILEZA also won (2006) Talent Rock winner of Acting Competition. In 2007 KILEZA won the “Rhythm of the Future” contest and was selected for "Honey Jam" concert; the stomping grounds of Canadian artist Nelly Furtado. The year 2008 also saw KILEZA winning awards in international songwriting competitions such as the "100% music songwriting contest”.

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Elemotho is the first Namibian musician to win the RFI-France 24 Discoveries Awards- 2012, among a list of more than 500 African, Indian and Pacific artists. With a third album to his name, Ke Nako (its time), this hard working artist has taken his new sound of the Kalahari everywhere from Accra, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Antananarivo, Khartoum, Cotonou to name some of the cities Elemotho has crazed with his powerful and poetic presence. The year 2014 found Elemotho headlining Charlie Guillet Stage at WOMAD UK, in July, making a crowd of more than 12,000 people jive to his tunes.

Elemotho is now billed to share the stage with yet great South African musicians like McCoy Mrubata, Zahara, Nathi, Stimela, Selaelo Selota, Letta Mbulu, Blue Chili, Ndingo Johwa from Botswana among others at the inaugural Kgalagadi Jazz Festival In Kuruman. The event is to be held on Easter Saturday 26th March at Wrenchville Stadium.

Elemotho was headlining the Windhoek Jazz Festival in 2013 where he also shared the stage with South Africa’s Hugh Masekela and Zahara. The same year saw his song Kgalanamib! being chosen as the theme song for Namibia’s Adventure Tourism Summit 2013.

Having successfully presented his 3rd album, Ke Nako, to African audiences, Elemotho is ready to take his new sounds further, where you will embark on a journey:“that musically invokes the spirit of the Kalahari” (Uganda Daily Monitor, Uganda), “A smile that never leaves your face and a dose of inspired and generous music” ( toutelaculture, France).

Sereetsi & the Natives Tours South Africa PDF Print E-mail

Sereetsi & the Natives has announced a tour of South Africa beginning August 12th 2016 to September 6th that will see the band playing a number of dates in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Mafikeng and Pietermaritzburg.   

“This is part of our greater plan to grow our footprint internationally. We have just returned from an outing with Namibian world music star, Elemotho, on July 9th 2016 at Windhoek’s Warehouse Theatre. The tour is a continuation of efforts to share the Natives rhythms with the rest of the world,” says Sereetsi.

Thetour makes for cultural exchange too as it features musos from four countries - Botswana, US, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The personnel for the tour is Sereetsi on four string guitar and lead vocals, US born Terry Lewis on alto saxophone, young and dynamic Zimbabwean Leroy Nyoni on drums and vocals and the South African well travelled bassist Thabang Phora.

“We are going to play over 9 shows in South Africa. We want to make the tour an annual one, which will include other countries going forward,” says Sereetsi.

The singer/songwriter who is also the author of the groundbreaking instructional book/CD, The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana, says the tour is at the moment an entirely self-funded effort.

“We would like any support we can get, be it inviting your South African friends to check us out at a venue near them or spreading the word on social media. We welcome support from the private sector to help us with the costs of the tour,” he says.

Sereetsi & the Natives has already played three big festivals in South Africa – The Calabash in Durban, Mahika Mahikeng Jazz Fest in Mafikeng and the Kgalagadi Jazz festival in Kuruman.

The act is one of the most popular in Botswana with a number of hits from its critically acclaimed 2015 debut, Four String Confessions, such as ‘Robete’, ‘Thaa Kokome’ and ‘Ke Boletsa Mongwe’ on regular rotation on radio. Its sound combines Botswana rhythms and verse with influences such as jazz and folk rock.

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Tomeletso Sereetsi and his band The Natives, performing as Sereetsi & The Natives produces a refreshing definitive reference in the contemporisation of folk music in Botswana and a unique voice in the World Music arena. The band starts a year by “officially” entering a South African market in joining a South African booking agency, BakTu Musik. 

Sereetsi & The Natives have already performed in South Africa at the inaugural Mahika Mahikeng Jazz festival and the Cultural Calabash Fest in Durban.

Sereetsi is considered a pioneer on the cultural landscape in Botswana. His 83 page guitar instructional book/CD on the local folk guitar tradition entitled The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana is a groundbreaking first. He continues to present workshops on the folk guitar tradition in Botswana and internationally.

The act's strong songwriting and performance in its debut album, Four String Confessions (May 2015), presents a fearless sound that blends traditional Botswana rhythms with Western influences, all built around the signature sound and tradition of the four string folk guitar.

The album has yielded a number of radio staples in Robete, Thaa Kokome, Ngwana'Ngu Wa Enda and Ke Boletsa Mongwe.

Only a few months after the release of Four String Confessions, the act has already shared the stage with established names like Oliver Mtukudzi, Caiphus Semenya, Jaziel Brothers, Letta Mbulu and McCoy Mrubata.

Sereetsi & the Natives has also collaborated on a recording and stage performance with US jazz band, Anthony Stanco and the Crucial Elements.

This is in addition to a busy festival and corporate gig schedule in Botswana. Among festivals Sereetsi & the Natives has played in Botswana are the Maun International Arts Festival, The Hamptons International Jazz Festival and the President’s Concert.


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