BAND BIOGRAPHIES

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Afrida Marimba Band

African Devoted Artists (Afrida) is a community organisation committed to the African Arts and
Culture of South Africa. Our Mission is to create a service oriented platform to promote and
explore South Africa’s vast arts and cultural varieties to help build locally based arts and culture
industry and enhance the socio-economic status of the Diepkloof Artist’s community. The
organisation intends to encourage youth community to get involved in a variety of after school
activities that would help them busy and channel their efforts in the direction through music,
dance and drama.

 

Asanda Mqiki

Asanda Mqiki is an award-winning vocalist and composer who has wowed audiences from Sweden to Australia, and all around South Africa, with her powerful and emotive voice.  Her music vibrates with visceral emotion, bringing together a range of influences from afro-funk, jazz, soul & traditional genres such as mbaqanga to create a signature sound that is topped only by her phenomenally powerful vocals.  

She has performed across South Africa at premier venues such as The Orbit (JHB), The Chairman (Durban), the PE Opera House, Harringtons (CPT) and Jazz in the Native Yards (CPT), and at major festivals such as the Cape Town Festival (headlining with with Vicky Sampson and Jimmy Nevis), Oppikoppi & the National Arts Festival. 

​Internationally, she has twice performed by invitation at the Gothenberg Culture Festival in Sweden (2014 & 2015), and in 2018 at the Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano in Maputo, Mozambique. She was also the featured African artist for the inaugural online Lovebusk festival, organised out of Australia in 2016.

Chadleigh Gowar

Chadleigh Gowar is born and bred in Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa.
Chadleigh started playing the bass guitar at the age of 11, he started out just playing in church and thereafter he played for groups/bands in and around the Western Cape.
Chadleigh has played with likes of Ibrahim Khalil Shihab, Ernie Smith, Alvin Dyers, Richard Ceasar, Shaun Johannes, Les Javan, Camillo Lombaard, Don Vino Prins, Ramon Alexander, Celeste Williams, Janine Neethling, Jannie Moolman, Simangele Mashazi, Auriol Hays, Candice Thornton, Sammy Webber, Melanie Scholtz, Gift Gwe, Tebogo Louw, Heinrich Frans, Brandon October, Bianca Le Grange, Rouchelle Liedeman, Derrick Skippers, Kani Naidoo

Chloe Clark

Chloe Clark started singing and playing music from a very young age. She then went on to join her first band at the age of eleven and has been filling the air with her music ever since. Chloe is a dynamic presence in Durban’s jazz, theatre and corporate scene and has had the privilege of singing at the launching of the Durban July events, singing with the Kwa Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, being a backup vocalist for Ronan Keating, singing on Majozi’s first EP and alongside artists such as Gangs of Ballet, Kyle Duitchman, Joseph Clark, Arno Carstens many more incredible artist and platforms. Chloe studied music at the University of KwaZulu Natal and finished her honors at the end of 2016 in Jazz vocals and vocal technique methods. Chloe also became a familiar face on Idols in 2014 where she made the Top 30 and has recently just been a part of South Africa’s first season of The Voice South Africa where she was in Kahn’s team (from the Parlotones). Chloe released her debut Album in April 2016 and has gained national attention on local radio stations and television shows regrading her releases. Her more recent release of her jazz album, ‘She encountered wonderland’ is beginning to make waves among the jazz communities worldwide. Chloe has also recently performed internationally in Mauritius, Japan, China and India. Chloe draws inspiration from many of her favourite artists, namely London Grammar, Diana Krall, Madeleine Peyroux, Kimbra, Billie Holiday, Immogen Heap.

DM (Deslynn Malotana)

Born in Johannesburg with roots in the Eastern Cape, Deslynn is a Cape Town girl by heart. A soul singer, songwriter and performer, Deslynn loves art as much as she loves her afro.

Deslynn is almost quiet and sometimes loud. Her vibrant personality and subtle demeanor is neither too much nor too little, she floats eloquently between both worlds.

A graduate of the Campus of Performing Arts (COPA) in Cape Town where she majored in Vocal Performance under the guidance of Emily Bruce (Gold Fish). When asked about her giftedness, Deslynn accredits her musical prowess and passion to the influence of her father. The late Desmond Malotana was the founder, band leader and keyboardist for well-known 80’s band, “Brenda and the Big Dudes”. He wrote and produced songs like “Promises” and the hit single, “Weekend Special”.

 

Edgar Muzah & Friends

Edgar “Eddiebass” Muzah is musician/bass player originally from Zimbabwe but now based in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Edgar currently plays for Take Note, one of South Africa’s youth bands. He has done a number of tours around South Africa and the world as a session musician for different artists. Edgar has also worked with a number of artists as a producer and composer, one of the recent albums he worked on with Zimbabwean world music artist Willis Wataffi received 3 ZIMA (Zimbabwe Music Awards) awards in March 2016. Edgar is currently working on his first solo project called Project Dimensions where he features most of the artists he has worked with, produced and written music for. This project has received recognition in Finland, England and Germany where he is set to tour in the first quarter of 2017.

As he is carefully paving his career path Edgar has played and worked with some of South Africa’s and the world’s best musicians such as Asanda Bam, Willis Wataffi (Zimbabwe), Afrika Revenge (Zimbabwe), Nomhle Nongogo(2013 SAMA award nominee),Take Note, Thabz Soulstar, Afrika Revenge(Zimbabwe),Xolani Faku, Bongani Tulwana, Andile B(Spirit Music),Silvester Funani(Joyous Celebration), Fohloza, Unathi Mzekeli (Joyous Celebration), Pelo Bala (Joyous Celebration), Siyasanga Kobese (Joyous Celebration), Andile Sawule and the 1266(ECAVC records),Chumani Ngojo(2015 Crown gospel award winner),Phumlani Mtiti(2013 SAMA award winner with his duo Ological Studies), multi award winner and platinum selling afro soul rising star Nathi and Black Tye to name a few. Edgar has also recorded with Take Note and Black Tye on their studio projects and has recently done a DVD recording with gospel artist L.G Lukas. I owe every step of my journey as a musician to the giants (people I have worked with) that mentored me to be the musician that i am, I am grateful to the great Chaka Chawasarira and Oliver Mtukudzi for being fathers to my craft, says Edgar!

iGugu

IGugu is a project formed by the young and charismatic pianist, improviser, composer and teacher, Thembelihle Dunjana. She is a youthful and soulful artist from born in Cape Town in one of S.A’s historical townships, Gugulethu. Lihle is a performing musician and has recently completed her BMUS degree in jazz performance at the university of Cape Town.

Lihle has been playing the piano for about 11 years now and has always been interested in improvisation and its endless possibilities when it comes to creating new music or forms of expression. Improvisation really speaks to a moment and an influence of where one comes from or how one is feeling. She has performed alongside artists like Msaki, Mark Fransman and Frank Paco.

In 2017 Lihle formed a band, “iGugu” alongside her fellow peers who somewhat resonated with the music. The band is a sextet and was created under the yearning of wanting to harness young voices that are slowly impacting the resurgence of live music and jazz in SA, and whom are reshaping the narrative of love, race, and identity amongst the youth of the world today through composition and story -telling within the music and performance. Igugu pays homage to the streets of the township that have raised an iconic youth that raises questions to the current state of consciousness and awareness, through music and lyricism. The band is a combination of young and fresh instrumentalists and vocalists who are inspired within their own right to move and change the world. Igugu sound is a mix of African American hard bop style, South African jazz and soul music. It is a unique sound that tells of her experiences and influences such as Mccoy Tyner and Moses Molelekwa. Igugu, is an extension of Lihle Dunjana’s story through the interpretation of her trusted peers. “In my band, I always strive for “openess”, for musicians to be themselves, so we can fully collaborate, when there are no limits or boundaries, there is room for so much creativity and the birth of new things”

 

Ikati Esengxoweni                           

Ikati Esengxoweni, is an Alternative, Afrofuturistic, Urban Traditional, World Music Band, based in Nelson Mandela Bay. “”Cat in the Bag”. Is the rough translation of their name Ikati Esengxoweni, the World Music project whose nucleus is the duo of composers Lark Wantu and Anam Manyati, two of the most productive talents to come out of Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa of late. Accompanied by indigenous instruments, violin, bass, guitar and drums, the voices of Wantu and Manyati open a torrent of sounds and rhythms that proudly wear the DNA of their continent.” Primavera Sound

In 2016, Ikati Esengxoweni, was handpicked by IMEXSA, Independent Music Exporters South Africa, to perform, network and attend business conferences, around the world, in places such as Barcelona -Spain & Cannes -France .
In 2017, Ikati Esengxoweni, was specially requested by Primavera Pro Festival Director, Almudena Heredero, to perform at Primavera Pro 2018. Ikati, has toured Europe and have performed at the following International Music Festivals:
Primavera Pro – Barcelona Spain – June 2016.
Midem – Cannes – France – June 2016.
Primavera Pro / Sound – Barcelona Spain – 2018

Jodi Fredericks Collective

Jodi Fredericks is a versatile and vibrant vocalist and song writer whose heart and sound resonates in neosoul.

Being a student at The Settlers High School opened the door to many opportunities such as performing at the V&A waterfront amphitheater as well as performing at Jazz on The Lawn and opening for the World Famous band, Shakatak.

Jodi has performed on many stages such as the Grand West Grand Arena, V&A Waterfront amphitheater at the jazzathon, Maynardville, The Baxter Theatre, Artscape, The Nassau theatre, The Roxy Revue Theatre, Jackson Hall and West End, the CTIJF Green market square concert and most recently, sheperformed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival as the vocalist of the Sekunjalo Big Band and cites that as one of her greatest achievements.

She recently competed in the 10th Grand West Open Mic Jazz Competition and finished as the first runner up.

In 2015 she attended Cape Music Institute run by Camillo Lombard where she explored her love for and developed her skill set in songwriting and is currently completing her BMus Performance at the Prestigious South African School of Music, UCT.

She put together an amazing band which performs in different enseble sizes catering for each event, as she felt it was time to start performing under her own name and brand after featuring alongside many bands over the years. This group amazing young talents boasts with young, ambitious, dedicated, professional and promising musicians.

Her love for original music and telling your own story in your own way is why she decided to put her heart out there and record her very first EP which will soon be released. Watch this space.

Kujenga

Kujenga is a young four-piece band consisting of four friends based in the Milnerton area. Kujenga is the Swahili translation for the word “create”, which is the essence of what the quartet loves to do; create art, create energy, create moments. The band has been playing together for close to two years and comprises of Owethu Ndwandwe (22) on keys, twin brother Zwide Ndwandwe (22) on bass, Thane Smith (18) on guitar and Riley van der Merwe (18) on drums. Each member of the band picked up music during high school and excelled at their respective instruments by playing in the school jazz band, and in the worship teams at our respective churches. Owethu, Zwide and Thane are active session musicians for different local artists in the Western Cape and have played together at music festivals such as KKNK with former Idols top ten finalist Demi-Lee, as well as at the Cape Town Jazzathon 2017 with local family band Mabongi Thusi & The OAK. They have also performed as the backing band for Emo and Loukmaan Adam’s Brother Love 2 (2017 leg) at Joseph Stone and Baxter Theatre, with Owethu as musical director. Currently, Riley and Owethu are first year students at the South African College of Music at UCT. Kujenga’s sound is a combination of music that we are influenced by, which includes neo soul, African traditional music, Hip-Hop and all variations of jazz. The band is working on their debut project and is in the process of writing and recording their material.

 

Lerato Freeque

Lerato aka FreeQue Raine is a singer/songwriter an Afro NeoSoul artist born and raised in the South of Gauteng South Africa, 1991/01/11, she is an advocate for love and peace which she embodies in her music. This dynamic vocalist started singing in Sunday school at a very tender age, being raised in a musical family she then became involved in a lot of musical activities led by her brother, whom is respected pianist and music maker also being one of the best few female singers that is part of the Puisano Live Music Showcases run by the Department of Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation.

 

She has had the opportunity to work and share stage with the likes of Maleh, Lira, The Muffins, Muzart, Tshepo Tshola, Lebo Sekgobela, The Soil, Zonke, Caiphus Semenya to name a few.

Letoya Makhene & the Band

Letoya Makhene is a multi-talent young lady who has taken the entertainment industry by storm. Her accolades include appearing on TV at the tender age of 9, performing a duet with her father at the Africa for Aids Concert and at 10 years old she went to Ghana for the Panafest where she brought the house down with her rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’. She also did the closing song for the  Common Wealth Games.

In the eighth grade she was part of a music group called ‘s’kool Girlz, a band that consisted of Letoya, her two sisters and her cousin. And in her first year of contemporary music she basically did Gr 10 and 11 in one year and took the honors of Best pianist as well as Best vocalist, and was bestowed with full colors in music.

Her TV career is just as impressive as her music career. She has featured in Leon Schuster’s movie Mr Bones and was the voice used for the main character. She landed the lead role in a short film titled “My Zulu Promise” and shortly afterwards got the lead in a Debonairs commercial. She also acted on the Dube show and currently plays Tshidi on Generations the Legacy and has had a stint on Isidingo and Rhythm City. Letoya was also a presenter on KTV and later moved on to YoTV, where she became the anchor presenter for the Disney UNESCO children’s summit in France. Even though music has always been her passion, landing a job as a VJ on Channel O was a welcomed surprise.

 

Minatilie and the Dictators

Minatilie Van Niekerk is a gifted songwriter, with an ability to translate powerful thoughts, emotions and images into heartfelt, honest lyrics. She is a powerful vocalist with the capacity to command the attention of any audience, and a vocal prowess which belies her age and physical stature! She is also one of the few artists who can successfully navigate the wide gap between performing and recording artistry, in that she is able to translate the organic energy of a dynamic live performance into a credible studio recording. Melodic, ethereal, lilting and angelic that’s how one can sum up the voice of Minatilie. Her voice compliments her neo-soul sounds which captures the heart and get the listener trapped in a cocoon of luxurious tranquility, with her great stunning deliverance, more especially when she hits the high notes.

 

 

Roeshdien Jaz

ROESHDIEN JAZ, known in the industry as ‘Mr Jaz’ released his debut radio singles Feel for Life and ‘Perfect Mood’, in 2010. The first single, featured well known Cape Town Emcee Jean-Pierre Musiq from the multi-genre urban fusion band Supadan and Black Noise. The single was well-received across national local/community radio stations and spent a total of 13 weeks on the ‘Heart FM SA TOP 10’ chart, 3 weeks at number ONE. Subsequently entered the ‘INTERNATIONAL TOP 30’ chart with Paul Playdon (Heart FM), an also received generous airplay on radio stations in the UK and Thailand, respectively.

It all started with his first stage performance as an ‘Italian Gangster’, along side the likes of Jody Abrahams, Alistair Izobel and Emo Adams, in the theatre production ‘Bugsy Malone’ at the tender age of 10, at the Joseph Stone Auditorium (Athlone). It was directed by the much-respected Farouk Valley Omar, better known for his work in theatre production, as the ‘Blind Man’ in the original District 6 production, directed by the late Taliep Peterson and David Kramer.

 

 

SignatureSA

SignatureSA is one of the most exciting young bands to emerge from Cape Town in recent years. They describe themselves as a versatile and hip young band.

The band comprises five members – Joshua America (guitarist), Waylan van den Heever (bass guitarist), Lawren Jonas (drummer), Royston Samuels (keyboards and musical director) and Lincoln Jonas (saxophonist).

They all hail from Belhar and their motto is “You name it, we play it”. The members are all very passionate about music and they motivate themselves with their hashtag #alwaysmoving.

They are between the ages of 19 and 23 and they are connected by the bonds of family and friendship. They say that is what motivated them to start working on realising their dream to start a band. Now they want to make their mark on and contribute to the music industry and further their gifts.

Like so many great singers and musicians SignatureSA too have their musical roots firmly in the church. That is where their talents were nurtured and developed.

One of Cape Town’s top music producers and deejays, Calvin Peters, AKA Uncle Cal, is a big fan. “When I first saw these guys, I was in awe. They are so talented and are definitely destined for bigger things. They will carry the musical flag for Cape Town for a long time to come.”

SignatureSA have worked on various stages with top names in the local music industry, such as Micassa at the WOW festival.

They have also supported Loukmaan Adams, Salome, Candice Thornton, Robin Peters, El Clay and Rowlene. They have performed at Jazzathon 2017 and 2018, KKNK 2017, Jazz on the Rocks, MosJazz, Oh Dam Clanwilliam, Good Hope FM United in Hope Concert, Agri’s Got Talent 2017 as Karin Kortjé’s backing band and was the resident band at Jackson Hall at GrandWest Casino for three months.

They also made an appearance on the TV shows Expresso and Hectic Nine 9.

SignatureSA’s talented members are currently busy recording their first album in Cape Town, with none other than Jamaican superstar Shaggy as the producer. Each one of the members wrote a song – something unheard of in this industry, particularly given their youthfulness.

 

 

 

Soul Kulture

Soul Kulture consists of two young men Afeletsi Manamathela (20) and Msekeli Velaphi (22), who were discovered at Site C taxi rank in Khayelitsha, where it all started.They were once known as Igadi Yobomi a name they were given by their producer then.But that changed when they were discovered by Lionel Jamela of Open Mic Productions and they started calling themselves Soul Kulture.“Soul” in their current name comes from how they give it their all when they perform. “Kulture” refers to music, which they say is part of who they are.They were both inspired by the songs they grew up listening to by artists such as Ntando and Ringo Madlingozi.

Afeletsi and Msekeli have been friends since when they were living in Dutywa in the Eastern Cape, where they both grew up. They moved to Khayelitsha, Cape Town to live with their parents in 2013.

In 2014 while still studying, the two friends continued making music. People loved them, they became popular around Cape Town. They started getting bookings for shows, which was great for exposure.

Performing at the taxi rank wasn’t always applause and change. Some taxi drivers would chase them away, complaining they were making noise. Their voices and guitar also had to compete with loud music played by taxi drivers at the rank, as they had no mics.In November 2015, while performing at the rank, they were spotted by Lionel Jamela who became their manager. In January 2016, they flew to Jozi to record “Ngeliny’ilanga”.Soul Kulture recently performed at Moretele Park Tribute Concert in Mamelodi, Tshwane alongside such greats as Hugh Masekela, Don Laka, Letta Mbulu, Mafikizolo, Zonke, Nathi, Vusi Nova, Emtee,Cassper Nyovest and have recently been nominated 3 times for 2017’s Metro fm awards and bagged 1 of the 3 categories they were nominated for at this year’s SAMA’s which was Best African Adult Album.

 

Sylvester Aklamavo & Miton Band (SAMB)

SYLVESTER AKLAMAVO & MITON BAND (SAMB) is a 6 piece African-Fusion jazz band with some elements of world music.The band is based in South Africa and performs mostly their original compositions that is suitable for most Festival around the world and also do some covers of other artists.The band was put together in 2010 by Sylvester Aklamavo  and He is also the bandleader.

 This sextet consist of a Guitarist, Bass guitarist, Pianist, Saxophonist, Percussionist and Drummer.The vocals are done by Sylvester Aklamavo or  other band members depending on what sound we trying to achieve on a particular song.

Presently, Miton Fusion Band performed at STANDARD BANK JOY OF JAZZ 2017 on the Development Stage, as one of the winners of DISCOVER S03 COMPETITION and the band was also the 1st runner up of the CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2018 ESPAFRIKA's Young legends online competition. Yfm Live and ReYired, UBUNTU FESTIVAL,2018 in Mpumalanga.
The band has been busy performing locally and also hoping to starting their international tours soon.

 

The Creshwell October Jazz Ensemble

THE INTRODUCING CRESHWELL OCTOBER JAZZ ENSEMBLE IS FOUNDED BY CRESHWELL OCTOBER WHO IS BORN AND RAISED IN PORT ELIZABETH, WHO BRINGS A VERY DISTINCT EASTERN CAPE FLAVOUR WHEN IT COMES TO HIS MUSIC .ALL BAND MEMBERS ARE SEASONED MUSICIANS WHO ARE BOTH SKILLFUL ,WITH DIFFERENT CULTURE AND MUSICAL BACKGROUNDS.

THE BAND HAS CONTINUOUSLY PERFORMED AT SEVERAL HIGH PROFILE EVENTS AND FESTIVALS SUCH AS THE MAMELA ARTS FESTIVAL, YIYO YIYO FESTIVAL, NELSON MANDELA BAY JAZZ FESTIVAL, THE NORTHERN ARTS FESTIVAL, JAZZ AFRO SUNDAY AND MANY MORE.

EVEN THOUGH HE STUDIED JAZZ HIS EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM WORKING WITH OTHER ARTIST AND DEVOTION TO MUSIC RESULTED IN VERSATILITY WITH OTHER GENRES FROM SOUL,POP,AFRICAN,BLUES TO MBAQUANGA.HE BELIEVES NOTHING SHOULD EXPOSED TO ANOTHER EAR UNLESS DONE IN PERFECTION.

 

The Pedestrians

The Pedestrians are a young, vibrant and fresh Cape Town based band. The band has been in existence for 4 years and has seen a few changes in band members along the way. The current members are Simon Van Harte on bass, Bradley Prince on lead guitar, Jordan Simons on keyboard, Keanu Harker on lead vocal and guitar, and Matthew Fischer on drums.

The Pedestrians is a multi-genre band catering for any event. They perform an array of popular music that audiences love as well as contributing to local music by performing their original music.

The Pedestrians has performed at various venues and festivals in and around the Western Cape. These include a residency at Jou Mase Comedy Club (now renamed to the Cape Town Comedy Club) from June 2014- October 2014, Jazz on the Rocks in Tieties Baai, Suidoosterfees talent search (where they won best act in their category as well as overall winners of the talent search), The International Kite Festival 2014-2017, The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg in 2015, Battle of the band’s at the Quay Four restaurant (which they won in 2016), Taste of Belgium festival, Champaign and Oyster Festival 2016-2017, Jazzathon 2017-2018 and various corporate and private events.

The Pedestrians also staged their very own production called Viva D6 Queens where they wrote all the music for the production which was directed by Quanita Adams. They were also the band for the Boogielicious Theatre Production in 2017 where they were in charge of the musical arrangements.

Plans for 2018 include the exciting release of their original music, their very own production, tours locally and internationally while continuing to entertain and wow audiences with every performance.

 

 

The Unity Band SA

The Unity Band is comprised of Thandeka Dladla, Steve De Souza, Lilavan Gangen, Dylan Fine, Lonwabo Mafani, Ofenste Moshoetsi, Marco Maritz and Lumanyano Mzi. A young vibrant collective formed at the UCT South African College of Music. The band plays an array of jazz with influences of African Jazz, Fusion, Pop, Hip Hop, Modern jazz and Contemporary jazz – playing original music and as well as paying homage to some of the greats in the music industry.

The Unity Band has played at some of Cape Town’s great venues such as The Crypt Jazz Club, KwaSec, The Great Wizoo, UCT College of Music, Harrington’s Cocktail Bar, the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre. The band has played with the Legendary McCoy Mrubata at his performance at Jazz In The Native Yards, as well as at other well-established events such Artscape Band Stand Festival, Jazzathon Festival, and The Silo Jazz Series.

The band has just finished recording a debut Album which will be launching later this year and has also been featured on McCoy Mrubata’s upcoming album “Brasskaap Vol 4 and Strings Attached”

 

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