Beyond Africa

Beyond Africa

Based: Johannesburg

Kabelo– Acoustic Violin and Electric Violin 

Jude – Acoustic Harp and Electric Harp

Passionate, ethereal and mesmerizing:

BEYOND AFRICA Presents Kabelo (Royal Northern College of Music graduate) and Jude (California Institute of the Arts graduate) delivering an authentic and dynamic performance of musical harmony brought about by the musician’s love for different genres of music and their improvisation sklls. Their live performances are nothing short of riveting.

Keeping to the theme “local is lekker” – their repertoire consists of South African

Hits such as:

  • Doobee Doo (Freshly Ground)
  • Pata Pata (Miriam Makeba)
  • Loliwe (Zahara)
  • Weekend Special (Brenda Fassie)
  • Special Star (Mango Groove)
  • A cry a smile a dance (Judith Sepuma)
  • Destiny (Malaika)
  • Burnout (Sipho Hotstix)

All though emphasis on local flavor, Kabelo and Jude are both classically trained musicians and their repertoire can be flexible to suit the occasion and audience.

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Naomi Tagg Duo

Naomi Tagg Duo

Based: Johannesburg

A fresh twist on the instrumental pop act, this violin & keys duo creates the ultimate fun and memorable vibe with their love for modern pop, funk and 90’s hits.

With a hand-picked selection of their favourite covers from Prince to Justin Timberlake, South African artists and more, they show their versatility across many genres and create a laid-back, feel-good sound by blending violin & keys with skilful musicianship.

Teaming up with NYC-based producer, David Bakker, they release a new single every month, keeping their repertoire fresh and current.

Violinist & composer, Naomi Tagg has performed in over 18 countries and on 3 continents over the last 12 years, captivating audiences worldwide with her unique style and versatility as a violinist.

Equipped with her lively personality and rebellious attitude, Naomi’s performances range from Ibiza style lounge and pop to dance floor bangers, explosive classical crossover shows and powerful film/ gaming-style performances. When she’s not on the stage, Naomi is pushing musical boundaries in the studio with her various projects ranging from film music to pop.

She released her debut album, Neolektra Birth of a Heroine to international acclaim and gave a debut performance live on BBC Radio London. She was also invited to perform at the world’s second largest arts festival, National Arts Festival Main (South Africa) in 2017 with her band, Neolektra.

Naomi has travelled the world as a solo electric violinist and with South Africa’s first female electric string quartet (formerly known as Muse SQ), performing in the Seychelles, Mauritius, Monaco, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Bahrain, Victoria Falls in Zambia, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and the fjords in Norway.

She has performed for global celebrities, royalty, leading political figures and has been part of the opening acts for Sir Elton John, John Legend, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton and Soweto String Quartet.

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Abbey Artico

Abbey Artico

Based: Johannesburg

Vibrant and full of personality, Abbey Artico is a well know saxophonist with over 17 years of performance experience which includes theatre productions, jazz bands, orchestras and pop groups. She studied jazz at the University of Cape Town and Light Music at Technikon Pretoria and was very quickly snapped up by theatre producers to begin a 12-year run of theatres nationwide. Abbey was quickly promoted to Musical Director and Arranger for shows such as Girl Talk, Sisters in Song and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. She has toured with the likes of PJ Powers and Little Sister and has shared the stage with Jennifer Jones, Andre Schwartz, Jannie Moolman, Melanie Lowe, Bruce Cassidy and Denzil Weale. In 2004 she created the corporate events group SHE Band which has been a resounding success and has performed to over 60,000 people. Abbey provides sophisticated, vibrant background music for Weddings, Cocktail events, Tea parties, Meet-and-greets, Golf days and Corporate events.The music provides an elegant backdrop for upmarket occasions and events – the repertoire incorporates jazz; light pop ballads; funk and fusion.

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Caitlin

Caitlin

Based: Cape Town.

19 Years Old, Zambian and armed with an electric violin. Caitlin made the brave move to Cape Town from her own little town of Kitwe at the end of 2007 to further her career. Since arriving in South Africa she has performed at major corporate events around the country that have taken her and her violin across the Western Cape, Gauteng , the Eastern Cape and into Limpopo province.

Caitlin has never been classified as your average violinist; she’s never even performed seriously on an acoustic violin! Caitlin was inspired by the original electric violinist, Vanessa Mae and a love for music which she inherited from her parents and grandmother. She literally taught herself to play the violin, however, this has given her the freedom to explore all forms of music over the years, not being restricted to learning classical music like most violinists contributes to her energy and movement on stage. Being self-taught has never made her less capable though, she had the honour of performing with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.A after winning a scholarship to study at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp during the Summer of 2004.

She lives and loves to perform! Some of Caitlin’s most memorable performances have included playing the Zambian national anthem for the late President of Zambia, Levy Mwanawasa, in the middle of an arena; performing on top of a front-end loader for Atlas Copco; James Bond themed events for Southern Sun and Bell Equipment; fashion shows and night club events that have allowed her to have some fun sliding on table tops and strutting down catwalks! In more formal settings Caitlin has entertained His Royal Highness, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, she performed at the South African Opening of Parliament this year (2008), she regularly performs at corporate dinners and cocktail parties and has been invited on several occasions to give repeat performances, by clients that have confidence in her ability to please a crowd; these include Sun International, Pam Golding Properties, Southern Sun and WBHO to name a few.

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Cathy del Mei

Cathy del Mei

Based: Johannesburg

Mesmerizing and magnetic. Cathy Del Mei has performed for audiences the world over, including in top selling theatre shows and live bands in South Africa, the East, exotic island destinations and London.

A talented, versatile performer, she is able to adapt her talent to suit every occasion. Her style varies from the evergreen swing era, including the much loved smooth jazz classics, to the popular hits of today, incorporating rock, African and the very latest Buddha Bar and Cade Del Mar sounds.

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Celligma

Celligma

Based: Johannesburg

Celligma, the cello duo, was formed in 2017 by award winning music producer Mark Cheyne.

The group consists of cellists Daliwonga Tshangela and Maciej Lacny. From classical melodies to kwaito beats, rock anthems to romantic ballades, their enigmatic renditions from across the world of popular music will leave you with a sense of wonder and fascination. ‘Celligma’ is a combination of the words ‘celli’ and ‘enigma’.

Daliwonga Tshangela grew up in Soweto. He studied at Chicago Music College where he obtained his Masters Degree in music in 2001. He has performed in the USA, Canada and Russia. In South Africa he performs with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra & the Electric Pops Orchestra and has performed with well-known stars including Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Claire Johnston, Ard Matthews & Pretty Yende. He has recorded with Simphiwe Dana and Zahara (Live DVD recording) and many others.

Maciej Lacny hails from Poland. He graduated from Cracow Conservatory of Music in 2001, where he performed with orchestras and ensembles all over Europe. He moved to South Africa in 2009 and has since performed all over the country, with highlights including concerts with the Wits Trio, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and many others at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees and other music festivals.

Mark Cheyne has received 3 nominations for SAMA Awards in the ‘Best Classical /Instrumental’ Category. His pop string arrangements can be heard on all ‘The Muses’ albums including their hit ‘Party Rock Anthem’. He is one of the most prolific symphonic arrangers & producers in South Africa, and his music is performed internationally.

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