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Allou April

Genre: AfroJazz, SmoothJazz, Fusion & RnB

altGuitarist Allou April got his start over 15 years ago playing with garage bands from the tender age of 16. After moving from his hometown of Saldanha to Cape Town in the 1970"s, he was discovered by some of the city’s top gospel bands, and so began his career as one of the most sought after session musicians in the Mother City. He later moved on to playing in clubs, doing standards with instrumental jazz bands.

Over the years, Allou has developed his own unique style of guitar playing that reflects the many eclectic genres within the South African music environment. He has become a significant voice within South Africa on the contemporary African and jazz music landscape. Allou says: “I find it important to project my personal passion through the music of Cape Town, Africa and also the international jazz genre. The time is ripe to share this music with the rest of the global community by encouraging the meeting of different cultures which adds many more dimensions to the world of music." Allou has had the opportunity of collaborating with many outstanding musicians such as Sibongile Khumalo, Robbie Jansen, Hotep Galeta, Joe McBride and Al Jarreau. Sheer Sound proudly presents his long-awaited debut album, Bringing Joy.


His debut album reflects on various styles, including funk, goema, gospel, township contemporary, and R&B, and is a collection of the best material from compositions he has been putting together for the past 10 years. Allou says of his music that it "Covers a wide range of experiences that reflect my roots and place in the new world." This album features, amongst others, pianist Andile Yenana, trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, Basi Mahlasela on percussion, Robbie Jansen on saxophones, and R&B songstress TK.

 

Music on Youtube:

Allou April's interview at the Cape Town Jazz Festival 

 

Booking Area: World-wide
Agent: Tumi Peter

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Bernice Boikanyo

Genre: AfroJazz

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Bernice Boikanyo has always had a searing passion for music, it is this passion that started him on the path he finds himself today. As a young man Bernice began working at EMI/CCP Music, it was here where Mr Schlochberg (CEO of EMI/CCP), recognized the tenacity and live music articulation that Boikanyo harboured, released him from his job and sent him back to music school.

Boikanyo’s career was further developed at Fuba Music Academy and then at Funda Art School where he earned himself a music diploma. He then further established himself as a professional artist by studying music business with Phakamani Music Industry Institute. Boikanyo is thus a well rounded musician who understands both the artistic and business sectors of music. He has also shared a lot his gift, experience and knowledge by imparting skills through teaching students at different schools.

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, Mcoy Mrubata, Pappa Wemba amongst many others. Boikanyo has also been fortunate enough to grace stages at festivals like the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. Bernice Boikanyo has become a successful artist who has blended his own rhythms and given meaning and shape to melodies that are illustrated in his debut album MY Soul. Many years of preparation has finally given way to an album that demonstrates growth, maturity and absolute master musicianship, as an energetic drummer who leaves no space for failure. Boikanyo is currently a drummer for the KGB Band, an in-house band for Late Night With Kgomotso on SABC 2 (Saturdays). he is constantly working on projects with a range of artists who all have a hand in the constant bettering of a fantastic jazz musician.

 

Musicians Bernice has worked with: Vusi Khumalo – S.A (Mentor), Gito Baloi – Mozambique (3yrs), Jimmy Dludlu –Mozambique, Ringo Madlingozi – S.A (5yrs), Mcoy Mrubata – S.A (2006 – Current-Sipho Mabuse – S.A (2001 – Current), Ed Thickpen – USA, Roy Hardgroove – USA (2005 North Sea Jazz, Holland), Judith Sephuma – SA, Drums Across Denmark – Denmark, Ernie Smith – S.A, Sylvester Mazinyane – S.A (2000 – Current), Tutty Moreno – Brazil, Joyce – Brazil, Nokukhanya Dlamini – S.A (2006 – Current), Water Colours – S.A (2001 – Current), Moses Khumalo – S.A, Prince Kupi – S.A, Tlale Makhene – S.A, Rae – S.A, Simphiwe Dana – S.A, Prince Lengwasa Quartet – S.A, Bheki Khoza – S.A, Umanji – S.A, Themba Mkhize S.A, Stimela -S.A, Paul Hanmer -S.A (2006 – Current), Kunle –Nigeria, Louis Mhlanga Zimbabwe (2006 – Current), Errol Dyers- S.A, Labelle – S.A, Nombulelo Maqethuka – S.A (2006 – Current), Swazi Dlamini- S.A, Della Tamin- Cammeroon, Horecio ‘el Negro’Hernendes – Cuba, Caiphus Semenya + Letta Mbulu – S.A, Bloemfontein Symphonic Orchestra – S.A, Gloria Bosman – S.A (2007 – Current), Concord Nkabinde – S.A (2006 – Current), Steve Dyer – S.A, Grassroots – S.A (2007 – Current), Pappa Wemba (DRC), Catherine Lambert (Australia)

 

Music on Youtube:

Bernice Boikanyo - Live at State Thearte

 

Booking Area: World-wide

Agent: Tumi Peter

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Elemotho

Genre: World music & Afrofusion

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. On top if all, this kalaharian singer/songwriter has just signed a Worldwide distribution deal with UK based World Music Record Label, ARC Music, making his music much more accessible to the World. With a third album to his name, Ke Nako (its time),  this hard working artist has just successfully completed a 3 months African Tour, taking the 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 2013 also finds Elemotho headlining the Windhoek Jazz Festival alongside jazz maestro Hugh Masekela and South African Afropop sensation Zahara. And to top it all, his song !Kgalanamib has been chosen as the theme song for Namibia’s Adventure Tourism Summit 2013.

 

This Musician hailing from the Kalahari plays acoustic guitar as well as sings in his mother-tongue Setswana, English and other Namibian languages. He does not classify his music under a certain style: “I see myself as a performing artist and musical activist; I like to throw reality around, thus exploring the depth of the human spirit”. From rural boy to modern lyricist, Elemotho stands-out from your usual commercial and easily consumable sounds by using experimental ideas where reality is amplified through his vision of music: “I grew up with storytelling around the fire and that has inspired me to create something that could make you dance as well as listen, smile as well as cry, find peace as well as wisdom”.

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).

 

“There is one name that stands above the rest when it comes to African contemporary music in Namibia, and that name undoubtedly is Elemotho” (New Era, Namibia). “An inspiring craftsman that makes you want to smile, cry and dance all at once – his songs stir your mind, charms your spirit and explore the intensity of the human spirit” (Confidente, Namibia,). “Elemotho…the roaming bushman with diverse yet deep songs that give food for thought, this winner of the 2012 RFI-France 24 Discoveries awards, has been building a reputation beyond the borders of his homeland Namibia for several years” ( RFI, France)

Elemotho has performed internationally in over more than 25 African Countries and in Europe: Spain, Norway, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Checz Republic and France. He has shared stages with the likes of UB40, Johnny Clegg, Ismael Lo, Vusi Mahlasela, Busi Mlhongo, Habib Koite, Sargent Garcia, Carlinhos Brown, Gentleman, Salif Keita, Erica Badú, The Wailers, Yossour N´ Dour Natasha Atlas and Dobet Gnahoré to mention a few names.

 

Music on Youtube:

Elemotho - Ke Nako Tour 2013

Booking Area:South Africa

Agent: Tumi Peter

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Francine Van Dam

Genre: Caribbean and Latin Jazz, Classic Vocals

Francince van Dam is a Dutch flutist, vocalist, Latin percussionist, a keyboard player and she also plays cuatro. To be precise, Francine is half Dutch/half French and she is currently living in Amsterdam Netherlands and in the countryside in France, which is why she has concerts in both countries.

As a musician, the years of experience brought liberty to her. Francine has been a producer, band-leader, teacher, policy-developer and a sales person.

Now there’s only music. Mostly Francine van Dam plays Caribbean and Latin Jazz but also classical vocals… She says; “I play with the people I like, where I like and what we like.” She always has a keen ear of inviting the audience to join her on the experience (stage). She sends some of her repertoire ahead, for her vocals and/or flutes (with cuatro and percussion as side-instruments) and asks the musicians for some of their songs. They rehearse and they do the gigs. She strongly believes that combining creativities and insights of all the musicians involved brings the best quality and it’s exciting. Francine and her band don’t know where they’ll end when they start but of course they all know their trade and Francine van Dam keep the gentle lead in this process.

With some musicians she repeat the pleasure and together they build something out of this mutual trust. This is also the case with Mozambican born Frank Paco, a tremendous drummer and a beautiful person! She loves this format! It’s a natural evolution of years she spent performing. Francine is also a creative coach so she can always combine music and coaching.

Francine Van Dam studied extensively since 1985 in various music fields from Latin Jazz, classical, certified trainer, semitic langauge and culture among others until 2012. She therefore obtained her qualifications from institutions like Amsterdam School of Arts and University of Amsterdam to name but a few.

Francine has composed music for Wereld Kinder Festival in 2007, Na Bigi Du theatrical play in Suriname (2008) as well as Festival Marathonbuurt in 2010.

Francine van Dam has also toured and performed in France, South Africa, Miami, Trinidad, Albania and Suriname just to mention a few.

Francine van Dam’s first tour to SA was back in 2002 with her band Afro Caribbean All Stars where she also featured Cape Town jazz guitarist Allou April as a guest. Francine and her band also did some shows with the late Robbie Jansen. In 2009 she toured South Africa again and this time she played with Frank Paco, Andre Petersen, Daniel Bloem and other musicians.

In 1992 she released an album under the name Santana & Van Dam titled "Caribbean”. She later release a full album as a solo artist titled "Caricia Di Totolika" in the year 2000. Francine van Dam’s new offering is called:"Cerca". As a producer, she also did work for La Proyeccion Sonera and the album titled "Un Autentico Sonero" was released in 1998.

 

Music on Youtube:

Francine Van Dam - Lush life

 

Booking Area: World-wide

Agent: Tumi Peter

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Gloria Bosman

Genre: Fusion, Jazz & Spiritual/Gospel

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Born in Mofolo and raised in Pimville, Soweto, Gloria?s career began in the church choir in much the same way as her American contemporaries. A production at the Market Theatre in 1993 earned her a scholarship to study opera at the Pretoria Technikon.

During her career she has performed live at numerous clubs, theatres and festival throughout the country (far too many to list here – you name it, she has played it)! She is a consummate performer and is able to impress and get any crowd on their feet and begging for more, interacting with them and putting her personal touch all the way. Gloria has shared the stage (both locally and internationally) with too many music greats to list here, but including the likes of: Sibongile Khumalo, Moses Molelekwa, Tananas, Sipho Mabuse, Vusi Mahlasela, Sipho Gumede, Oliver Mtukudzi, Victor Masondo and Hugh Masekela…

She now has five albums to her credit under her own name as a solo artist (and the “Sheer Sound” banner as a record company), as well as several collaborations, concept and guest feature appearances. Her latest offering, namely “Emzini”, has very recently been released to the market and is already receiving wide acclaim, airplay and feature across all media formats. This particular album is a slight departure for Gloria, with a focus on more simple African melodies and lines. That said her “Jazzy” nature is also represented in abundance here, and with two bonus “House” remixes added. All together an album with great depth, diversity and a flavour for everyone, of all ages and stages, to savour has been masterly crafted at the Jazzworx studios with Gloria as sole producer…

Messages in the album follow a similar line, one that speaks to the soul of every individual in their combinations of simplicity and complexity. The idea of past times, places and values lost and/or forgotten is revisited in the albums repertoire again and again in different and divergent ways and from many angles.

Her pervious solo release: „Nature Dances? was another bold new step for this accomplished artist and she funded the recording herself. Co-produced with Wessel van Rensburg, who was also her co-composer on many of the songs, the album consists of seven original tracks and three cover versions. Gloria also wrote three of the original tracks – “Play Me the Love Songs?, “Dance? and “Nature Dances?. These tracks assisted in Gloria?s scooping that years SAMA (South African Music Award) for “Best Female Composer.” The album was awesomely received in the marketplace and received no less than 6 SAMA nominations that year! Gloria feels the album represents her sweetest, softest side and every song sounds like she is smiling as she sings. She feels Wessel has reached into her soul and found that delicate part she never knew she had. The album title is about the dance of nature, from the time the egg is fertilised to the birth of the baby – the dance that happens inside the mother?s womb. We are all part of this circle.

'The Many Faces of Gloria Bosman', her second solo album, featured some of the finest musicians in South Africa, and has earned her two nominations at the prestigious 2001 Kora Awards for Best Southern African Artist and Most Promising Female Artist. She was also a SAMA (South African Music Award) nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Other albums include „Stop and Think?, which earned her two nominations at the 2003 South African Music Awards in the categories of Best Female Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Her debut album „Tranquillity?, produced and arranged by pianist Paul Hanmer, earned her the South African Music Award for Best Newcomer. She was a SAMA finalist in three categories for „Tranquillity? – Best Female Artist, Best Newcomer, and Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

Gloria?s drive and talent have enabled her to break into the Afrikaans music market, where she has developed a relationship with new fans through this interaction. She has appeared at many of the major Afrikaans music festivals, including KKNK, Aardklop and Skouspel in Sun City. Gloria was also recently part of a project called „Al Daai Jazz?, which were jazzy rearrangements of Afrikaans songs.

 

Her first music video „Amaqwati? was nominated for a “Channel O” music video award for Best Afro-Jazz video. This talented artist was also nominated for the All African “KORA” Awards for Best Southern African Artist.

She has performed in countries and cities like; London, France, Finland, Amsterdam, Australia, Angola, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and a tour in South America (Chile, Argentina, Peru and Venezuela. She has performed successful in Algeria as part of the PAN African festival.

After ten years of a successful recording career, she has released „The very best of Gloria Bosman? CD, with selections from all her recordings, serving as a moment to reflect back on her progress.

She has also worked as a co-presenter of a show called Jazz Indaba, which was aired on ETV. She is currently an active ambassador of an initiative called Joy Bingers/Abaleth?Injabulo, which takes the Gospel to prisoners and their families.

She is also a co-founder of a record company called BOM (Black Owned Music) Records and a publishing company called Bosman Music.

She is presently hosting a drive show on a Christian Community radio station, Rainbow FM. 2010, she makes an offering to the music industry with her new album called; Letters from the Heart, with a selection of original gospel songs and newly written music.

In 2010 she was part of a theatrical production called African Songbook, which was staged at the Arts Cape, Capetown. She was also part of the Shanghai Expo in China in July 2010. She also performed at the „Tribute to Artistic Women United in Song?, at the State Theatre.

In 2011/12 she has done theatre work for Porgy & Bess and Mandela Trilogy and she toured UK and was nominated for Naledi Awards.

She recently did the Standard Joy of Jazz at the Market Theatre sharing stage with the likes of Maysa Keak, Lizz Wright, Kurt Elling and Clarence Carter.

 

Music on Youtube:

Gloria Bosman - South Africa 

 

Booking Area: World-wide

Agent: Tumi Peter

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Kgalagadi Soul

Genre: Folk/Soul/African-Pop/World

Kgalagadi Soul is an international collaboration led by Mumba Yachi from Zambia, Botswana’s Sereetsi and Austebza a South African bass queen. The trio presents a fresh contemporary repertoire that draws from the rich rhythmic diversity of Southern Africa backed by A-list musicians from Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

A year ago in Kuruman, South Africa during Kgalagadi Jazz Festival 2016, a new band was born. It was a brainchild of booking agent Tumi Peter of BakTu Musik, Tomeletso Sereetsi of Sereetsi & The Natives and Elemotho. The idea was to have SeTswana speaking musicians in one international band that would tour Southern Africa and the world.

The vision was to have Sereetsi from Botswana, Austebza from South Africa and Namibia’s Elemotho in the band. In the beginning they all agreed to the SeTswana concept band and since they were all children of the Kgalagadi fluent in Setswana it was a dream come true. They were also all established guitarists with great musical profiles. “Kgalagadi as a desert, represents longevity, life against all odds and we wanted to show that despite our appearance, like a desert which have much more life to offer, much more soul, that is why we decided to call the band Kgalagadi Soul,” explains Sereetsi.

Just like a tough Kgalagadi life, the band met its hardship right at the birth as Elemotho pulled out in a bid to give time to his internationally released album in 2017. The setback did not however dampen the energy of the band as they roped in the talented Zambian guitarist, Mumba Yachi to feel the void left by Elemotho. Yachi brought in new sound to the band and widened the musical scope of Kgalagadi Soul. With his haunting pleading voice over Central African rhumba sound, the band has managed to capture a truly “African sound”.

Mumba Yachi has won several awards on the Zambian music scene including 'best traditional album' for his 'Mokambo' album and 'best live recording album' for his 'I am Lenshina' album. He has become a household name in Zambia and is considered as the leading voice in traditional/folk music of his generation and he is a U.N Ambassador for Gender Equality...

Austebza as the only woman gives the band that “divarish” persona. She is a talented and well travelled bass guitarist who has worked with the great young talents including HHP, Gang of Instrumentals, Maxhoba, Wanda Baloyi, Swazi Dlamini, and KB Motsilenyane.

According to Sereetsi, Kgalagadi Soul aims to use music to fight ills like xenophobia that is leading to deaths among Africans. That is why the band uses backing band members of African origin. They would be exploring issues of identity, culture, and unity through Africa. Kgalagadi Soul also wants to send a strong message to women of the continent that it is possible to dominate in the industry were men seem to be calling the shots and Austebza is a perfect example to lead and inspire women in this regard.

Sereetsi won 4 awards out 5 nominations at the BOMU awards 2016. He 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 ground-breaking first. He continues to present workshops on the folk guitar tradition in Botswana and internationally. His book has been assessed and approved by Botswana’s education ministry to be used in schools.

Kgalagadi Soul Tour 2017 kick-started late March 2017 and has already graced stages in Pretoria, Maitisong Festival in Botswana and Kgalagadi Jazz Festival, Soweto Art & Craft Fair in South Africa. The on-going tour is funded by Concerts SA, Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and is produced by BakTu Musik.

Feedback:

"The outfit is most appreciated because of its unique make-up of musicians from various countries in Africa". - Willie Reetsang, Kgalagadi Jazz Festival Director -

"Kgalagadi Soul - an exceptional choice to have had on the line up. Beyond the 3 feature musicians coming from different countries, it was brilliant that the backing band too were from Nigeria and Zimbabwe. The world could do with more examples that demonstrate unity like this band do " - Christine Msibi, Jozi Unsigned -.

 

Music on Youtube:

Kgalagadi Soul Live @ SowetoTheatre

Booking Area: World-wide

Agent: Tumi Peter

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Kileza

Genre: Pop/R&B/Soul/Indie-Pop

KILEZA is a South African born singer and songwriter who calls the world home. After reaching the top 6 finalists of 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.

After moving to Berlin, KILEZA 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”.

KILEZA, whose real name is Kgomotso Tsatsi went on to win the Singer Universe Best Vocalist of The Month in the same year as well as being selected and featured in many festivals and awards like the 50 mics Tournament, Barrie New Music Fest, ONSTAGE: ‘ThursdayNights @ Slack’s’, The 2nd Annual Ontario Independent Music Awards, guest artist on “ThatRadio.com”, Guest Performer – Aroni Awards. This busy year ended with KILEZA having released her debut EP ‘The Art of Love’.           

Besides working with well renowned producers like Marcus Kane (of "Snow - Informer" fame) and Tone Mason (Fantasia Barrino), KILEZA has also lent her voice and image to TV advertisements in Canada ("Hakim Optical"), as well as being featured in German TV programmes.

Other notable feats have included performing at festivals such as North America's largest African festival "Afrofest, and the Bana Y'afrique festival. She was also opening act for World Music Artist Dobet Gnahore in 2009. One of the highlights of working in the pop and world music scenes included the opportunity to collaborate on a Charity AIDS song in 2008 "Let's Find A Way" with Canadian stars like Zaki Ibrahim and David Clayton Thomas best known as the frontman of poular Canadian band "Blood, Sweat and Tears."

KILEZA can also be seen leading her own band singing songs of love, addiction and paradise. She continues to sing, write and collaborate with Berlin’s finest.

"...South Africa’s KG (now KILEZA), wearing gold-sequined jeans, whose searing slow-jam intro automatically made all stand to attention before she rocked a Déjà Vu-like hotstepper in a voice that could make Beyoncé want to practise more."- Addi Stewart, Now Magazine Toronto

"One of the most powerful live vocal displays that I have EVER seen..." - Lawrence Kerr , Jazz.FM 91.1 Toronto, Canada

 

Music on Youtube:

Kileza - Never knew a thing (Live)

 

Booking Area: Africa

Agent: Tumi Peter

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Louis Mhlanga

Genre:Afro-Jazz/Jazz

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Louis was born on the 10th of November 1956 in Harare Zimbabwe. He started playing guitar at the age of 10. Being completely self-taught he mastered the instrument by copying from records like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and many other bands that were very influential in the late sixties early seventies. Besides the Western influence through radio broadcasts Louis investigated and studied the Southern and West African Guitar tradition intensively. He transferred the traditional Mbira patterns, which are well known all over Africa into a unique way of playing the guitar in an eclectic, modern way.

During his career Louis has worked and recorded with a number of accomplished and recognized musicians. He worked with King Sunny Ade in Lagos, Nigeria where Louis also produced some artists connected to King Sunny Ade. This proved to be a great starting point and a solid base for his ongoing musical career. More recently he worked with Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri, Busi Mhlongo, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Jonas Gwangwa, Sibongile Khumalo and Vusi Mahlasela.

In April 2000 Louis produced Mahlasela"s 4th album and featured on it. Before that in 1999 a live duo recording with Mahlasela resulted in the album "Vusi and Louis Live at the Bassline". He was involved with Thandi Klassen album "Two of a kind". This was a project initiated by Dutch Singer Stef Bos. Bos featured Louis on the album "De Onderstroom" for which he co-wrote the music of the title-song. Louis is to be found on another album called "Place of Hope" which is collaborations with George Duke, James Ingram, Al Jarreau, Diane Reeves a.m.o. Louis can also be heard on "Fire in the Engine Room" by Andy Narell, and following their South African tour they released the album "Live in S.A."

Louis recorded some great work under his own name - his solo album "Mukai" and with "Music Ye Afrika" in 2001 he put together a new group "The Louis Mhlanga Band" featuring musicians with a strong Jazz influence. They were invited by SAFM (one of South Africa"s national radio stations) to perform at the Grahamstown Standard Bank National Arts Festival. The recording in July 2001 has resulted in the release of "Shamwari", Louis" debut release on the Sheer Sound Label.

In 1998 he went to Europe to give workshops at several Conservatories to teach his Mbira transferred material to students. There he met Double bassist Eric van der Westen with whom he recorded in 1999 a beautiful duo album (dedicated to his daughter) "Song for Nomsa". It was the first time that Louis could be heard in such a spacious acoustic setting. From that album the song "Zvinoshamisa" was selected as the soundtrack of a video clip produced by Education International and NOVIB for their "Global Campaign Against Child Labor and The Right for All Children to Education". Through this connection with the Netherlands, Louis came across less common ground when he started to play in a jazz setting with the famous Dutch jazz group The Paul van Kemenade Quintet. He recorded the album "Zvinoshamisa" with them (containing the title song of course) and toured The Netherlands in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Louis" outstanding feel and touch have taken him all over the world. He has performed at major festivals like: The Sunsplash in Austria, Music Metisses in France, Rudelstadt in Germany, Masa in Ivory Coast, Dranouter in Belgium, Tribute concert for Lady Di in England, Stranger than Paranoia and Mundial in The Netherlands.

Louis Mhlanga"s playing is very clear and bright; his melodic feel and superb sense of timing make him a true master on the instrument. This mastery combined with a deliberate yet delicate singing voice expresses what a special musician and human being he really is!

Music on Youtube:

International Rumba - Louis Mhlanga

 

Booking Area:World-wide

Agent: Tumi Peter
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Lucas Senyatso

Genre:Afro-Jazz/Jazz

Lucas SenyatsoBorn 39 years ago in Mafikeng, North West province, Lucas Senyatso enrolled with Mmabana Mmabatho as a bass guitar student in 1986. He got a Grade 4 certificate of Music Theory through London Trinity College. In 1992 Lucas Senyatso registered with the University of the North West for the BA in Communication degree. In 1990 he was called by a local band, SHINE. By so doing, he was replacing his former teacher. He stayed with the band for seven years.

In 1998 he received a call from the legendary Hugh Masekela, to join his band on a fulltime basis. “We immediately flew to USA and Europe for a tour. That was the beginning of bigger things. Every three to six months we were out of the country performing overseas. Countries and cities we toured are too many to mention.” Says Lucas Senyatso.

In no time, word of mouth spread all over Johannesburg about the new bassist in town. Suddenly his phone was ringing all the time, as all the big stars in South African music industry wanted to work with him. Stars like Sibongile Khumalo, Themba Mkhize, Gloria Bosman, Judith Sephuma, Ringo Madlingozi, Patty Austin (USA), Keiko Matsui (Japan), and many more, have used his services as a studio session musician, live performance and he also wrote songs for some of them.

In 2006 his debut album ‘All Of Me’, was released through EMI Records. The album was nominated twice for the SAMA’s. The single ‘BABY YOU’ was number 1 on Kaya fm’s top 30 for over two months.

In 2007 Lucas Senyatso recorded and toured Japan with Keiko Matsui with her MOYO project. Lucas Senyatso conducts private music lessons during his spare time. He still continues to write and produce music for other artists and himself. He recently wrote a song for Thembisile and Siphokazi.

 

Music on Youtube:

Lucas Senyatso and Wessel van Rensburg

 

Booking Area:World-wide

Agent: Tumi Peter

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Mlungisi Gegana

Genre:Afro-Jazz/Jazz

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Down to earth, unassuming and humble; Bass Jazz Guitarist, Mlungisi Gegana has arrived!

After travelling around the country to find his musical home, the man with over a decade of experience in the art of the bass guitar has settled in Johannesburg and has just released a long awaited Jazz fusion album aptly titled; One Step Forward.

Hailing from the Eastern Cape, Mlungisi is a brilliant self-taught Bass Guitarist whose musical career saw him grow from pop music (with The Black Slaves) ,occasional club appearances (notably Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown) to a leading South African Jazz name with respect from his peers (Godfrey Mgcina, Vusi Khumalo and Louis Mahlanga to name a few) and a home with a prominent Jazz label; Gallo Jazz.

Credited as an exciting songwriter as well, Mlungisi Gegana wrote all the songs on his debut album, arranged and produced them too! He draws inspiration from Traditional and Mainstream Jazz fusion resulting in a style recognized as hard to classify but a pleasure to enjoy.

“I pick up the bass (guitar) and start playing around with notes. If I hear something I like, ke, I find it just naturally develops into a song..” says Mlungisi Gegana.

In live performances, he is accompanied by long-term friends and fellow Jazz maestros including: Mduduzi Mtshali on Piano, Clement Benny on Drums, Ivan Mazuze with Tenor and Soprano Sax as well as Neil Angel on Trumpet and Flugal Horn.


Music on Youtube:

Mlungisi Gegana Live @ The Joy of Jazz 2008

 

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Musa Manzini
Genre: Jazz

Musa Manzini was born at Inanda, north of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. In 1986 he then moved to Cape Town for high school and university studies. It was later in his high school days that he first picked up the guitar just as a hobby, but was hooked to it ever since. “I was faced with having to choose between music as a full-time career or becoming a lawyer which is the career my parents had carved for me. At one point, I thought I could be a lawyer who plays the bass”.
 
In 1995, while at UCT, he received the Prof Peter Klatzow Award for composition and orchestration “It was a big challenge coming from the township and being introduced to classical music at tertiary level, having to analyse the music of Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, Schonberg and other European composers”
 
After graduating with a BMus degree, Musa spent three years as a part-time lecturer at UCT instructing electric and acoustic basses, jazz theory and improvisation to bridging course students, while at the same time performing and recording as a session musician around the country with musicians like Rene’ MacLean, Jimmy Dludlu, Jonathan Butler, Gavin Minter, Nhlanhla Magagula, Kevin Gibson, Mark Goliath, Judith Sephuma, Winston Ngozi, Sipho Mabuse, Menyatso Mathole, Selaelo Selota, Joe McBride, UCT Jazz Orchestra and many other muso’s at that period.
 
Manzini’s style and sound has been honed by the multi-facetted Cape flats music scene, mostly the townships of Guguletu, Langa, Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha. Manzini plays the bass as a lead instrument pioneering in the footsteps of Sipho Gumede, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and John Patitucci. He is also well versed on the acoustic or double bass.
 
In 2000 Musa released his debut recording entitled “New Reflections” through BMG Records Africa, and was at the same time introduced into the film and television industry by Mfundi Vundla, where he worked on daily drama series like Backstage and later Generations as film scorer and musical director.
 
In 2002, Musa released his second album “Tributes and Memories” with Gallo Jazz, which has received extensive airplay and recognition nationally and internationally, at the same time saw the birth of Manzini Entertainment (Pty) Ltd which would take ownership of his music and facilitate the recording of other artists, as well as empowering them with compositional and publishing tools thereby enabling them to take control of their destiny in the music business.
 
Musa has performed in many continents and countries which has enabled him to be a well round musician, drawing experiences from these travels and learning the different world cultures; North Sea Jazz Festival, New Orleans, Joy of Jazz, Muscat, Jazzathon, Artsalive, Sao Paolo, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires, as well as many other jazz club performances, functions and musicians’ workshops and university master classes.
 
In 2004, Musa Manzini released “My Bass”, licensed through Sheer Sound which today still continues to receive extensive airplay and popularity as a contemporary urban style of music both locally and internationally. He also embarked on part-time study towards a Post-graduate Diploma in Marketing Management through University of South Africa.
 
In 2007, Musa Manzini released “Simply Life” with Sheer Sound Licensing featuring the popular hit song “Esikhawini” and many more.
 
Musa Manzini has survived two brain operations (craniotomy) to remove a tumour, benign luckily, and is back on stage. ”Musa, one of South Africa’s great bass players, is now back to the live music scene with a bang. After his flourishing music career was temporarily inconvenienced by two brain operations, fans can now look forward to his usual thunderous bass performances”.
 
In 2010, Musa Manzini enrolled at Wits for a MA in the field of Film and Television degree and is currently doing research on the state of music in South Africa.
 
“Trust In Love” is the new offering, to be released in 2013 and described by Musa Manzini as showcasing his compositional and lyricist aspect within the urban popular music. “A conversation between the voice, the bass and horns”.

 

Music on Youtube:

Musa Manzini - All this love

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Agent: Tumi Peter

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Nathi Zungu
Genre:Gospel

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Born one of the three children of Bhekingcino Joseph and Philisiwe Zungu on March 25, 1973, on the small town north of Durban, South Africa, called Mandini, Nathi Zungu and his family were a relatively small family. His father, a truck driver, was the sole bread winner and his mother a house wife. Like most boys in rural Mandini, Nathi grew up interested in soccer but since his older brother, Vusi, was a member of a local gospel group as a singer and a guitar player, Nathi's love for music began to develop.Nathi became a member of the local church choir, Holliness Union Church, firstly as a singer then later, with the help of Mr Fortune Mpanza, started to play the keyboards for the church choir. When Nathi was in the 9th grade, he joined a school choir and from the tenth grade he joined the local adult choral choir called Esikhawini Cantata Chorale, under the mentorship of Dr. Sipho Nzimande.

In his early days, Nathi was captivated by the sounds of Motown's legendary Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, The Temptations, Kool And The Gang, Barry White, Sting, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Baby Face, Boyz II Men, and many others as they played over the radio. Nathi also began to be interested in both local and overseas based Gospel artists like Rev. Jame Cleveland, Mahalia Jackson, The Winans, Commissioned, Rebecca Malope, Sweetwater, Andre' Crouch, and many more.

After matric, Nathi enrolled at a Durban University of Technololgy for a diploma in Light Music. Whilst at D.U.T, Nathi was introduced to Jazz music and he immediately fell in love with it. Nathi studied Jazz piano and other instruments. He started listening to the music of Keith Jarret, Bob James, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Miles Davies, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderly, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea.

Nathi met a South African accomplished pianist by the name of Bheki Mseleku, now late, and he became the greatest influence in shaping Nathi's piano playing and understanding how the instrument is supposed to be approached. Nathi started a Jazz band whilst still a student and named it Nathi and Friends. Nathi and Friends toured around Durban and played in many Jazz venues and shared stages with many Jazz greats. Nathi also cofounded an all male Gospel group, Joy, with Nqubeko Mbatha, Sbusiso Buthelezi, Mandla Dlamini, Ga Ndlela and Sfiso Khanyile. The group was later joined by Sipho Manqele and Sfaniso Bophela. Nathi went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

Nathi joined Durban Christian Centre as an assistant music director in January of 2000 and that's where he learned a lot about music ministry and how music can heal, deliver and set free those who are in need. He is currently the music director and praise and worship leader for Durban Christian Centre, Berea branch, downtown Durban city. Nathi credits Pastors Fred and Nellie Roberts for being wonderful spiritual parents and have taught him a lot on ministering with and through music. Nathi has shared stages with the likes of Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton and has played in a Benni Hinn crusade band on several occasions. Nathi has also arranged a song for Donnie McClurkin. In 2003 Nathi wrote a soundtrack for a movie titled ‘Coming to South Africa’ which was screened in Nigeria.

Nathi has been also writing music for many artists and choirs such as Joyous Celebration, Spin The Flavor, Swazi Dlamini, Nqubeko Mbatha, and many more artists whose projects are yet to be released. Nathi also runs his own music label called Manzini Records under which he will release his debut album 'I AM'. “I AM” is a 12 track album which features tracks like I AM (a title track), which has been sung in many parts of the world since it was written back in 2002 and crowds all over the world have been touched by its message that says “I am who God says I am”. The album combines elements of Soul, Jazz and R&B all wrapped up in a beautiful praise and worship music that is guaranteed to touch people’s lives no matter which background of society they come from. A devoted husband, Nathi and his wife Matu have been happily married for 10 years and are proud parents of their beautiful daughter, Mimi.

 

Music on Youtube:

Nathi Zungu - Trust in Me

 

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Paul Hanmer
Genre: Jazz

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Born in Cape Town in 1961, Paul Hanmer began classical piano and theory lessons in 1970. After two years at the University of Cape Town studying for a B.Mus degree, Hanmer left to work with guitarist Paul Petersen. In 1987 Hanmer moved to Johannesburg where he was influenced by bands such as Sakhile and Bayete.

In Johannesburg Hanmer formed “Unofficial Language” with Ian Herman (percussion and drums) and Peter Sklair (electric bass). The trio recorded ‘primal steps’ in 1994, featuring Sklair’s song “Tender Mercies”, and a second album, “move moves” in 1996.

Hanmer has recorded with Tananas, Miriam Makeba, Ray Phiri, McCoy Mrubata and Pops Mohamed and formed part of Tony Cox’s ‘Cool Friction Band’ in 1996. In 1999 he performed and recorded with Sheer All Stars and produced Gloria Bosman’s debut album “Tranquillity”

Sheer Sound released Hanmer’s first album as a leader, Trains to Taung, in 1997. The album features Denis Lalouette, Jethro Shasha, Louis Mhlanga, Basi Mahlasela, Neil Ettridge and Andre Abrahamse. Since then he has recorded five more albums, Window to Elsewhere (1998), Playola (2000), Naivasha (2002), Water and Lights (2005) and Accused No 1: Nelson Mandela (2006). A duo album featuring Hanmer with McCoy Mrubata entitled “The Boswil Concert” was released in June 2011.

Hanmer has written a string quartet for the Sontonga Quartet and a clarinet quintet for Robert Pickup, principal clarinettist with the Zurich Opera. In addition he has composed a suite of duets for double bass and cello for Leon Bosch of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, completed three pieces for two tubas and accompanying instruments for Anne Jelle Visser of the Zurich Opera and Sérgio Carolino, principal tuba with the Oporto National Orchestra, and written two duets for violin and harp commissioned by Marc Uys.

Hanmer’s list of SAMRO commissions include “Elegy: 24 Maraisburg” for cello and piano, written especially for UNISA’s 2010 International String Competition, “Zimnastics for Gentlefolk” for viola and piano and “Yet Another Look” for violin and piano. In addition, he wrote “Trackways”, an orchestral song-setting of texts by Nils Aslak Valkeapää, for Gothenburg-based singer Eva Rune.

Hanmer recently completed “The Pilgrim”, a commission from Anne Jelle Visser for 2 tubas, piano and two percussionists and a piece for 2 tubas and 9 trombones entitled “The Breakfast Song” requested by Sérgio Carolino.

In February 2011, Hanmer’s clarinet quintet was performed in South Africa by Robert Pickup and the casalQuartet and his “Elegy: 24 Maraisburg” formed part of visiting Russian cellist Georgi Anichenko’s repertoire.

Pickup and cellist Peter Martens also premiered a new commission named “The Game Reserve Effect” in Cape Town in February 2011

Hanmer recently completed an orchestral commission from Miagi called “Halogram” to commemorate his 50th birthday, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death.

In August and September 2011 Frank Mallows (vibraphone) and Magda de Vries (marimba) performed several concerts featuring a new commission for their duo entitled “Victoria-West”.

Hanmer was selected as composer-in-residence for the 2012 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, for which he composed a fantasy for flute and strings – Nightjar Breaks – as well as a triple concerto – Nachtroep – for trumpet/flugelhorn, violin, piano and strings.

 

Music on Youtube:

Paul Hanmer & McCoy Mrubata - May Morning

 

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Sereetsi & The Natives
Genre:
: World music

Sereetsi & the Natives, a refreshing definitive reference in the contemporisation of folk music in Botswana and a unique voice in the World Music arena. 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.


Sereetsi & the Natives employs master storytelling and poetic lyricism to offer social commentary on topical issues in contemporary Botswana and much of the developing world, sometimes as controversial as homosexuality, or as universal as love and conflict.

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.

It has played the inaugural Mahika Mahikeng Jazz festival in South Africa and the Cultural Calabash Fest in Durban, South Africa. 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.

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.

 

Music on Youtube:

Sereetsi and The Natives Live - Thaa Kokome

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Skipper Shabalala
Genre:
: World & Jazz

altIndustry veteran and stalwart of the South African music scene, Skipper Shabalala has over 20 years experience as a professional musician who has spanned various genres of music. In 1986, he formed the popular group Zasha which produced the hit track Bricka Bhova and performed as the backing group for top acts like Kamazu, Ali Kat, Chicco and Rebecca Malope.

After nine years with the band Skipper joined the late reggae master Lucky Dube’s band in 1995 as the lead guitarist and featured on numerous albums such as Taxman, The way it is’, Soultaker and Respect’. A natural on the stage, through his discipline and hardworking reputation, Skipper assumed the role of the band leader and toured the world with Lucky Dube sharing the stage with musical giants like Michael Jackson, Burning Spear, UB40, Peter Gabriel, Shaggy and Ziggy Marley. He has also worked with talents such as Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Siphokazi and Eddy Grant.

In 2000, together with the three other talented musicians, Skipper formed an Afro traditional group Khumbula with Skipper as lead guitarist, lead vocalist and band leader. Khumbula burst onto the South African music scene with their debut album Bayakhuluma and immediately established themselves as major players on the local airwaves. To prove they were no one-album-wonder, they followed this up a yearlater with their powerful second album Khetha (Choose). The multi-talented musician’s popular Afro-beat style is a unique combination of traditional Maskanda guitar rhythms in conjunction with astounding vocal interplay, all with an exotic, delicate North African ingredient. The music shows deep respect to the traditions that Skipper grew up with, while their vocal arrangements and other eclectic touches keep the music fresh and relevant to the new generation of fans of contemporary local music.

Now, Skipper’s releases his very first long awaited solo album, Bekezela (Persevere). He explains, “The fusion of different music elements with my Zulu traditional way of singing resulting in a fresh sound. Each song brings its own meaning to the album.”

The album combines top- notch song writing melded with a unique but smooth and highly listenable style of African music. Anyone into contemporary music, traditional fusion/jazz, Afro - fusion and of course Maskandi music will just have to add this sublime album to their collection.

Music on Youtube:

Skipper Shabalala - Intandane

 

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Tidal Waves
Genre:
Reggae & World Music

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The crowd is skanking in unison, bouncing up and down like an irie earthquake of rhythm. The dreadlocked maestro on the keys stops blowing his harmonica, leans into the microphone and shouts: ‘Original Music!’ ‘For Original People!’ The crowd screams back in togetherness. The maestro smiles and hits them with another song.

Tidal Waves are widely regarded as the hardest working reggae band in South Africa, playing gigs from Oppikoppi to Pretoria, Cape Town to Potchefstroom. Originally from Klerksdorp, a small dustbowl gold mining town about two hours South of Johannesburg, the band is now based in Yeoville, Jozi.

Tidal Waves is made up of four very gifted musicians, the core of the group is held together by Jacob ‘Zakes’ Wulana on keyboard, harmonica and vocals and Sam ‘Drumbo’ Shoai on drums and vocals. Shadrack “Charlie” Mathopa is on the bass and Jaco Mans wields the guitar.

Tidal Waves write and perform original reggae music with traditional African musical influences like maskandi and mbaqanga. The sound is original roots reggae with strong rock, ska and blues strands. Like all good reggae, their lyrics are socially conscious and uplifting, railing against the government for not respecting the Rainbow Nation and imploring their fans to stand up for integration and one love. Other songs have deeply rooted anti war sentiments, while others lament the sad tales of urban South African poverty and the struggle to survive as musicians in the global capitalist economy.

Their performances are always highly energetic and the band plays regularly in Johannesburg and Pretoria as well as touring and gigging in Cape Town and smaller dorps around the country. The band has also played at the Oppikoppi Music festival, South Africa’s premier live music festival, for many years. Internationally, Tidal Waves have taken their original music to Mozambique, Swaziland and as far abroad as New Zealand and Europe. They have recently returned from a rocking tour of Europe where they played the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium, as well as a packed schedule of medium sized venues across Belgium and Italy.

‘Tidal Waves played a steaming and catching reggae set at this year's Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. It was amazing to see how they pulled a fully crowded tent at an alternative festival at the same time as Nick Cave was playing, and got all the people to dance. They really represented the good and bad sides of South Africa with their warm and sunny, but also political music. Off stage we greatly appreciated these 100% pure people.’

 

Music on Youtube:

Tidal Waves - What you got

 

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