Derek Gripper

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This awesome Cape Town guitarist and composer spends his days traveling around the world playing his own original compositions and transcriptions of Kora Music. The Kora is a 21 stringed Malian Harp. Gripper is famous for collaborations with London based John Williams. Recent festivals include Turkey, Italy, Spain and USA.  ‘’One Night on Earth’’ and ‘’Libraries on Fire’’ are his most recent albums which received top international awards. “Gripper has cracked it…his playing has a depth-less beauty, which does full justice to the complexity of Toumani’s compositions. To do so without any hint of the music being dumbed down is a staggering achievement on solo guitar.” [Nigel Williamson, Songlines Magazine]

 

Saudiq Khan

Saudiq Khan

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Saudiq lived in District Six as a child where he experienced the heart and soul of South African Cape Culture. Inspired by listening to flamenco music at an early age, he was determined to find a way to learn the music he loved.

His album – Pure Soul – received a rave review in the Cape Times listing it as the best buy of the month in January 2007. His original compositions AMI PADRE, POR MANOLO and ANDALUZ from this album, were used in a local movie: “Confessions of a Gambler”, which won best Music from SA Film and Television Awards in 2008. The latest album – Madiah, features 5 original tracks including Cancion la Luna, which is played on local radio stations such as Classic FM. Fire & Grace, was featured for 6 months on a local television network CTV and received rave reviews. Saudiq is undoubtedly South Africa’s top Flamenco player, and his recent tribute concert to Paco De Lucia (Andalucian Nights, July 2016) at the Baxter Theatre, was a sellout.

 

Duo Majore

Duo Majore

Duo Majore was formed in 2001 when South African Classical Guitarist Sheryl Deane met the acclaimed Italian violinist Lucia Di Blasio Scott.  They developed a strong friendship and enjoyed playing music together.  ‘’We were kept busy every weekend in summer time playing for functions and weddings.  As a result of all the requests for music from international clients, we formed a large repertoire spanning genres including Classical, Jazz, Latin  and World music. ‘’ The arrangements for string Duo were fun to score, and people love them’’, says Sheryl.

Both players are active in the Cape Town Music scene, playing concerts and for weddings and corporate functions.  Lucia is the concert master of the Cape Town Pops and Opera School Orchestras. Sheryl is an ad hoc member of CPO and plays mandolin and Banjo as well as guitar for Shows and Operas.

‘’Our most prestigious gig was playing at a dinner party for Prince Edward and Prince Phillip at the Lanzerac Hotel. We brushed up on our Greek Tango’s and played them for Prince Phillip’’. Another time Sheryl played the National Anthem for Nelson Mandela at the Table Bay Hotel, and Lucia played for George Benson at the North Sea Jazz Festival and El Divo at a Kirstenbosch Concert.  Lucia is a member of the Michaelis Players and Palm Strings and she teaches at UCT and Bishops. Sheryl teaches at Deutsche Schule Kapstadt.

The all-female Duo can be hired as a two piece with Violin and Guitar, or three piece with Cello.

 

Hot Water

Hot Water band

Awesome entertainer and leader of the band, Donovan Copley, gives an an energised performance with roots in African Traditional Music. Hot Water is well known at Festivals across South Africa such as Rocking the Daisies. They have performed in 12 different countries including WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) in Spain, UK , Thailand Arts Festival and Royal Carre Theatre in Amsterdam. His hit Wamkelekile featured in Adam Sandler’s 2014 film with Drew Barrymore, and was an instant hit. Says Copley – ‘for me music is a sort of salvation. Creating songs allow me to feel powerful enough to face any challenge in live. I am both vulnerable and invincible at the same time.’

 

No Limits

No Limits band

The vocal group ‘No Limits’ was formed in 1995  in Soweto. Their music can be described as contemporary Gospel with influences from Jazz to Classical and anything in between. With a decidedly South African style, the sound of their close harmonic vocal arrangements, inspire and reverberate with a positive message of hope, peace and a better tomorrow . ‘No Limits’ have produced FIVE albums including the award winning song  Shosholoza, in the “Hands On” album.  They have toured internationally and collaborated with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in a project for the Hope Chanel. Their sound is incredible and pure.

 

Buddy Wells Jazz Trio

Buddy Wells

If there is such a thing as Saxaphone Royalty, then Buddy Wells is it! He began by winning 1994 Adcock Ingram Competition for Best Jazz Instrumentalist, and the 1996 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition. He is a graduate of the South African College of Music at UCT (University of Cape Town) with a First Class B.Mus. Honours (Jazz Performer). He is known for arranging and composing Jazz and recent albums include  Jimmy Dludlu (Polygram), Musa Manzini (BMG), Marcus Wyatt (Sheer Sound), Loading Zone (Polygram), Virtual Jazz Reality (Sheer Sound), Winston Mankunku Ngozi (Nkomo), Jack van Poll (October Jazz), Kaolin Thomson (Fresh), Gito Baloi on Smooth Africa.

 

Jeremy Oliver

Jeremy Oliver

Soulful singer-songwriter Jeremy Olivier rose to fame during the very first season of The Voice SA, where he  won  the  hearts  of  the  viewers,  finishing  as  the  winning  contestant  in  Team  Lira  and  acheiving  his  spot  in  the  final  Top  Four.    With  an  honours  degree  in  jazz  performance,  Jeremy  Olivier  is  a  skilled  and  accomplished guitarist and vocalist, having performed with the likes of George Benson, Katherine Jenkins, Daniel Bedingfield, Jonathan Butler, Lira, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Loyiso Bala, Sibongile Khumalo, Ard Matthews,  Freshly  Ground,  Mango  Groove,  Johnny  Clegg  and  many  more.  He  has  six  singles  currently  playing on radio including Cape Town favourites, ‘Serendipity’ , ‘Look at us Now’ and ‘Can’t Help Myself ’.

 

Cape Ministrels

Cape Ministrels in action

Isak Omar grew up in Cape Town and started performing in the Cape Town Carnival when he was a young boy.  He now has a successful group of the best performing Cape Minstrels in Town. Always a first choice for big celebrations like New Year at the Taj and Mount Nelson Hotels, the Cape Minstrels add excitement and fun to every event. Omar’s Minstrels travel to festivals abroad and have represented South Africa internationally.

 

Sound Image

Sound Image band

Our experience in performing appropriate live music for hundreds of successful weddings, private and corporate events, will provide a valuable contribution towards any special occasion. Sound Image’s success is based on our passion and enthusiasm to create a memorable musical experience for all special occasions from large scale productions to the most intimate celebration. We have the ability and flexibility to perform a wide range of music for your wedding ceremony and reception including upbeat styles for pre-dinner drinks. The band provides quiet, sophisticated background sounds during dinner and lively music perfect for the dance floor. Our extensive playlist includes all styles from “Big Band” Swing to Classic Hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s to the present.

 

Slaves to the Rhythm

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A corporate interaction workshop called Slaves to the Rhythm is currently on the market and booking is essential due to its popularity.

It’s a fast paced presentation of performance, audience interaction, history and excitement. Using narrative, music and visuals. Based on learning models and frameworks.

Guitarist and singer, Josh Hawks from Freshly Ground and drummer Barry Van Zyl, will guide you on a journey to discover that melody and rhythm are encoded in our DNA, and that modern music has its roots in African creativity. The duo use audience participation, narrative , music and visuals to encourage people to take risks and break boundaries using organised chaos through music. Understanding innovation is a central theme.

The concept of Disruption, based on the model by Omnicom CEO Jean Michel Dru, highlights the relationship between music and business. It’s an incredible demonstration involving audience participation and lots of fun. Don’t miss this journey and the creativity it creates.

 

Lucia Scott – Principal violinist

The Italian born Lucia Di Blasio Scott started her performing career at the age of eight in San Remo. She has been soloist with the F.Sfilio Chamber Orchestra both in  Italy and France, and she was one of the youngest to gain a Diploma in Italy, at age eighteen. After finishing her stunning work as Principal with CTSO (Cape Town Symphony Orchestra) and the CTPO (Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra), she decided to dedicate herself to playing Chamber with the Baroque series organized by Prof. Shirley Gie. She is principal violinist of the Michaelis Players. Lucia teaches violin at the UCT (University of Cape Town). Recent performances include El Divo at Kirstenbosch Concert Series, George Benson at the North Sea Jazz Festival  in Cape Town.

 

Sterling EQ

Sterling EQ

This multiple award-winning instrumental pop group is made up of celebrated flutist Carina Bruwer, also known for her record breaking swimming marathons, ACE violinist Luca Hart and the enchanting Ariella Caira on Cello. Three classically trained virtuosos with dozens of awards, degrees with distinctions between them.  For the latest beats and pop sounds and a visual WOW factor, Sterling EQ are undoubtedly one of South Africa’s best acts. Bring a touch of Hollywood to your event with Sterling EQ.

 

Grant McLachlan

Composer Grant McLachlan

Composer Grant McLachlan was born in Pretoria, South Africa. After he finished school at Bishops in Cape Town, he studied at Oxford in the UK where he was a choral scholar at Magdalen College. He graduated with a Mmus in Composition at Kings College in London. After 15 years of teaching the UK he returned to South Africa in 1994 where he composed music for a Brooke Shields movie “Running Wild”. Other films include “Mountain of the Sea” (BBC Natural History), “City Slickers” (Pelican Pictures), “Faith like Potatoes”, and “The Jammed”, for which he received an award at the Inside Film Festival in Australia. For the tenth anniversary of Animal Planet, “Ocean Voyagers” was screened in London’s Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing live to picture.

Since then he has become known as one of South Africa’s most prolific composers for wildlife and nature documentaries, including many films for the BBC, ZDF, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Smithsonian and others.

 

These are only a selection of artists we work with. Depending on the occasion, taste and budget we can source artists accordingly. Give us a shout and let’s get talking.