African Jazz Pioneers

African Jazz Pioneers

Based: Johannesburg.

In the early 1950’s Bra Ntemi and his Alexandra All Star band hit the cutting edge of South Africa’s music scene, blending American big band sound with traditional Majuba tempo’s and Marabi influences.
They enjoyed enormous success and had a huge following in those days. Sadly, all this came to an end in the late sixties with the demolition of Sophiatown, when big bands went out of fashion.

There are few bands in South Africa that do the big band sound more infectiously and with more accomplishment and just plain love for the genre than the African Jazz Pioneers. With their wonderful happy music that celebrates life, the African Jazz Pioneers will make your head spin with joy.

International fame came soon after their first overseas tour as part of the Casa conference in Amsterdam in 1987. After the easing of the boycott in 1990, the African Jazz Pioneers were among the first to travel all over the world and perform at festivals in France, Japan, Switzerland, England, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Holland. During these years they shared the stage with the likes of Youssou N’Dour, Quincey Jones, Gilberto Gil, Nina Simone and Chick Corea, to name but a few.
Their music has been released in more countries than can be named here.

Since that first performance in Alexandra, African Jazz Pioneers have evolved to a point where their invigorating concerts have become famous at venues throughout the country and neighbouring states. The band reaches everyone, from high society to liberation movements and political rallies, including the honour of performing several times for out country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela.

The African Jazz Pioneers are:

  • Albert Kumalo – bandleader, guitar
  • Brahms Hlabatau – tenor sax
  • Sello Mnayaka – alto sax
  • Mpho Sithole – alto sax
  • Levy Kgasi – trumpet
  • Thabang Ramagofu – trumpet
  • Phillix Tau – bass
  • Madoda Gxabeka – keyboards
  • Aron Manana – Drums
  • Khanya Ceza – vocals.

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Afro Divas

Afro Divas

Based: Durban.

Afro Divas is a female group composed of four vocalists: Yolanda Cenge, JamyLee Simons, Khutala Cenge and Ntombi Cenge.

The Afro Divas is one of the most exciting and versatile groups in Kwa-Zulu Natal and it features strong lead vocals and fabulous harmonies.

Afro Divas have performed in Dubai International Jazz Festival and other Corporate Functions in South Africa. They have performed in Scotland at the 2014 Common Wealth Games in Glasgow and in Tanzania for a South African Day.

They have shared a stage with Hugh Masekela, Phuzekhemisi, Mahotella Queens, Freshly Ground, Rod Stewart and MiCasa. The Afro divas have also worked with Vicky Sampson as backing vocalists.

The trio has been selected as a group that will represent Kwa-Zulu Natal for a South African arts and Development Agency sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture, the National Lottery and 999 Music. Afro Divas have also released a single CD titled “Africa Unite”.

They perform for various functions such as Jazz festivals, corporate functions and team building events.

Their Music Genre consists of African Jazz, Afro Pop, Pop music, contemporary and Afro Soul Music.

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Atmosferic

Atmosferic

Based: Johannesburg.

Atmosferic is the definitive crossover jazz band for any hip, up-market corporate event or celebration that requires musical excellence, a finishing touch of chic sophistication & a generous dose of va va voom!

The diversity, extent & hip interpretation of Atmosferic’s repertoire makes their music accessible to all. Their song list can also be specifically shaped & themed to suit the vibe of each event.

For those who prefer contemporary adult sounds, Atmosferic synergizes elements of tradition with avant-garde, blending & groove shifting between swinging standards, acid jazz, rhythmic Latin, retro-funk and smooth á la mode favourites.

Whether as a 3-piece of Wendy Allen Twyford on vocals with Graeme Currie on double bass & Roland Moses on piano, or with the inclusion of drum kit, guitar, saxophone, trumpet and/or trombone – this stylish outfit enhances an atmosphere of class for a memorable occasion…allowing their unique energetic blend of music to perfectly synchronize to the tone of any gathering.

If you wish to add a splash of panache while your guests sip sundowners to the sultry sounds of a cocktail set or create a passionate soundscape to get your party pulsing on the dance floor…Give them the real feel… Give them the Atmosferic experience!

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Beat-Route Jazz Ensemble

Beat-Route Jazz Ensemble

Based: Durban.

Formed in 2004 Beat-Route has become a household name in Jazz circles in Durban. Featuring regularly at countless Corporate and private functions and blessing hundreds of Weddings with their infectious, subtle and nuanced acoustic sound.

The band performs as anything from a sophisticated instrumental Swing Jazz Trio right up to a dynamic 8 piece Show band.

For most of the formative years Beat-Route focused on the swing Jazz tradition carving a niche and compiling a vast repertoire for. The core Trio features Front Man Daniel Sheldon on Trumpet/percussion, The Legendary Gerald Sloan on Guitar and Logan Byrne on the Upright Bass.

More recently the band has added to its ranks and delved into the more theatrical side of the entertainment industry putting on two hugely successful and critically acclaimed shows at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban.

Joining the line up for the +Beat-Route+ Show Band Experience are the inimitable Tom Hare on Sax, the vivacious Zoe Masuku on vocals, The singular Devon Hore on Drums, the indomitable David Langley on Keys and the lovely Kerry Langley on vocals. Two years into this journey with the Show band and we are making waves featuring at some Big Events including amongst many others; ART in THE PARK, The SMARTIES Awards, The Vodacom Durban July Fashion Events, The Vodacom Durban July Race Day VIP Lounge, Durban Fashion Fair, The Hilton Arts Festival and Gold Circle Awards and starting to break into the broader National Scene with bookings in Cape Town and Jhb on the cards as well as an Album and tour in the planning stages.

With some great original Arrangements and an electrifying on-stage Chemistry this is one band to keep an eye out for!

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Chilli & Lime

Chilli & Lime

Based: Johannesburg.

Hailed as The Jazz Maestros, Chili & Lime is a vibrant young jazz band that has firmly established itself on the South African jazz scene and has become one of the most popular jazz bands in the country. Since their inception in 2006, Chilli & Lime has performed alongside great South African artists, including Mango Groove and Judith Sephuma.

The line-up includes Johannesburg’s finest talent performing traditional jazz and African favorites.

These musicians in their individual capacities have also performed worldwide with well known artists such as Sibongile Khumalo, Themba Mkize, and Lauren Hill. They have represented South Africa on a number of cultural awards and have performed at Jazz Festivals including New Orleans, USA in 2005, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Cape Town International Jazz Festival and The Cape Town Jazzathon. They have also collaborated with South Africa’s most respected artists – Hugh Masekhela, Themba Mkhize, Sibongile Khumalo, Zimology, Khunle, Lesego, Vusi Khumalo and Judith Sephuma, to name a few.

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