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Leanne Manas
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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Leanne Manas is the popular face with the husky voice of the SABCs flagship breakfast program - Morning Live. Prior to this she was the host of two Business programs on SABC 3- Business update and Business Focus. Leanne was also chosen as the National Anchor for the 2004 elections and Presidential Inauguration. She started off her television career as the main news anchor for South Africas essential Business Channel -Summit Television. Leanne has also done extensive work for radio stations across South Africa including Radio Algoa, Jacaranda and East Coast Radio. A qualified Speech and Drama teacher with Honours in English, she started her career as a news anchor at Radio 702. Leanne then moved to Johnnic Publishings African Business Channel where she became the news anchor for Classic fm. She then took a keen interest in Finance Journalism and completed a postgraduate certificate in Economics Journalism from Rhodes University. In her spare time she teaches Television skills to students at On Cue Communications. Leanne was a nominee for Sanlams Business Journalist of the year awards in 2002. She was voted as one of Cosmopolitans most awesome woman of 2004. Leanne also walked off with the Sunday Times/Elle most stylish news/actuality/continuity presenter award for 2004. In addition to this FHM magazine named her as one of South Africas 50 hottest babes. She was the recipient in 2005, and again in 2006/7, of the People Magazine Crystal Awards for Best Dressed and Best Female Television presenter.




Marius Roberts
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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INTRODUCING MARIUS ROBERTS…

It was MNET who first brought Marius to our television screens as one of their presenters 17 years ago, and in this time he literally has seen it and done it all in the industry! Through his work as presenter, MC and actor, he has got to meet and work with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Howie Mandel, Jenson Button, Elizabeth Hurley, Bridget Moynahan, Peter Weller, Carly Schroeder, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, Ben ‘The Stig’ Collins, James May, Richie McCaw, as well as a whole host of local sporting and media stars.

For the past 6 years he has anchored SA’s first and only dedicated motoring channel, Ignition, where he gets to put everything with 4 wheels through its paces…the ultimate job! Ignition airs 24/ 7 and 7 days a week on DSTV Channel 189. His work on Ignition has also opened up the world of motor racing – a sport he is passionate about and excels in.

He is a sought after MC whose easy going and relaxed style makes him extremely versatile, seeing him slot seamlessly into any working environment and target market. He has hosted high profile events such as the Miss World and Miss SA Coronation Balls but its his repeat business with top corporates and brands such as Investec, 5fm, Mecer, MNET, Billabong, The Star, Avroy Schlain etc. that speaks volumes of his ability and likeability.

13 years ago he also started his own activation and production company, providing turnkey solutions for companies such as SA Tourism, Nike, Unilever, Brandhouse, SABMiller, Jaguar Landrover, Toyota, Billabong, Soccerex.

He is also currently working with Top Gear as their Content Manager for the Top Gear Live events here in South Africa.

He has a BA Human Movement Sciences degree from the University of Port Elizabeth and has his provincial colours for rugby, athletics and squash.





Mark Pilgrim
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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From growing up living in a trailer (as in, what gets hit by tornadoes in Kansas!), surviving stage 4 cancer and a heart attack, becoming a household name on radio and television, to marrying the love of his life and the birth of his daughters, Marks journey in life definitely has had its ups and downs! Here is a brief flashback...

Mark was born and grew up in Kent, England in a small village called Allhallows. He spent his pre-teens living in a trailer (in England they call them mobile homes), always dreaming of something bigger than where he was. His dad and brothers still live in the UK. He came to South Africa at the age of 9 and already knew that he wanted to be a radio deejay when he grew up. At the age of 12 he would ride around the streets of Kriel with a battery operated microphone and speaker, announcing lost dogs (which he fabricated!).

The educated side of life before broadcasting
After completing matric at Sasolburg High School in 1986, Mark went on to study at Wits and UNISA. He graduated with a B.COM (Industrial Psychology and Business Economics). Mark went on to become a consumer researcher, a profession which lasted 10 years. Whilst in research he became the Johannesburg Chairman of the SA Marketing Research Association.

Surviving stage 4 testicular, lung and kidney cancer
Mark is a cancer survivor. At the age of 18 he was diagnosed with stage 4 testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs and kidneys. He attributes his positive attitude towards life as being responsible for him still being alive over 20 years later! Mark often shares his experiences with others so that they can be more aware of what cancer is about, as well as the signs to look out for.

He is also a friend of The Reach for a Dream Foundation and a patron of CANSA. Mark is well known as the bald head that leads the annual CANSA Shavathons.

From the moment Mark went into remission he decided that he was going to follow his dream and get onto radio, so whilst he was a consumer researcher by day, by night he was a demo tape maker, sending countless demos to countless radio stations. After having the door closed in his face for eight years, perseverance eventually paid off in 1995 when he managed to get his first radio show hosting weekend graveyard on 5FM. After many years with 5FM, Mark moved onto 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 KFM. Television was a natural progression, and over the years Mark has hosted a total 10 shows.

On 14th July 2008, Mark suffered a sudden and severe heart attack. He got his first angina pains on the set of his TV show The Power of 10. A few days later he went to his doctor to chat about the chest pains he had been having. While he was in her office talking to her, he had the heart attack.

The ability to receive immediate medical care saved his life. He was rushed by ambulance to hospital where he had emergency surgery. Even though he ate healthily, cholesterol had blocked his coronary artery, which in turn caused 20% damage to his heart. A stent was placed in the artery and today Mark continues to make the most out of life!

Mark has been a professional MC for over 17 years. His warm and friendly delivery style has endeared him to thousands of delegates. Whether your function is a 2 day conference or a gala awards evening, Mark Pilgrim is there to make sure the evening goes according to plan! Mark can also provided a value-added service by both being your MC and deejay for the evening!

Mark has extensive experience hosting events and is the ideal choice for your next corporate function. He is also a corporate DJ and voice artist.





Michael de Pinna
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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So imagine you’re stuck on the side of a dusty road. It’s blisteringly hot and you’ve locked your keys in the car. The only thing for miles around is an old man sitting nearby selling wire windmills…. That should place you right in Michael de Pinna’s shoes (or those famous boots). A multi-talented performer with more credits to his name than the roll at the end of Star Wars, he is the slick yuppie of Vodacom fame whose face has led the country into a new communications age. It’s a fitting role when you consider that, from the start, Michael’s life has been dedicated to communication. Be it on stage, at functions, on TV, in print or on film. He’s covered the lot. Suave, bon-vivant, willing to laugh and be laughed at, approachable, friendly and highly accomplished, he epitomizes the professional actor. It was a long and varied career in entertainment that led Michael into the hearts of millions of South Africans and made him a part of the countries new folk-lore. From the glitter and flare of centre stage spotlights in Sun City to the fierce competitive market in America and onto the star spangled Lido in Paris. It was once said by a famous American Director that the great ‘’Movie Actor’’ must able to do everything. Michael surely fits the role. Singing, dancing, acting in a multitude of stage, TV and movie roles and just being himself in entrancing cabaret performances and even product launches. He has done just about everything in the business and is absolutely willing to do more. Take for example his present undertaking: An Evening with Michael de Pinna. Let yourself be enthralled by his vast repertoire for about an hour. Let his magical voice entrance you with songs, humour , anecdote and his own special spice.




Michael Mol
Comperes and Emcees (Cape Town)
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Michael Mol wears several hats, all of different shapes and sizes.

He’s a medical doctor, an executive television producer, presenter, international speaker, business consultant, company director and most importantly – a husband and father of three.

Fifteen years ago, this energetic young trauma doctor carried his charisma from the casualty room over to the small screen and anchored Top Billing, South Africa’s longest running prime time television magazine show, for more than a decade. He spoke to the stars, travelled the world and shared his experiences in a personal and endearing way with a captive audience, scooping up numerous critically acclaimed media awards along the way. He’s garnered accolades for scriptwriting, producing and presenting – most recently a People’s Award for the Best TV Presenter, most popular TV personality and two SAFTA nominations for The Dr Mol Show. A former Mr. South Africa, he is also a Red Cross Children’s Champion, and a patron of SA Cares for Life, Living Hope and the Orbis Foundation.

Michaels passion for understanding the world around him led him to co-founding the futurist consultancy TomorrowToday, helping individuals and organizations to better understand the way the world works, and trends that will affect us in the future. In particular, Michael has a passion for helping people find significance and purpose - through discovering their innate strengths, and founded the Revolution Group to do just that. He has spoken to leading companies around the world, has been nominated by South Africa’s foremost CEO’s as one of the country’s top business speakers, and was awarded a Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Speakers Association.

In line with his desire for a healthier world, Michael took up the position of CEO of the Sportron International group of companies in 2006 - a group focused on promoting health and wellness through education and hi-tech, new generation nutritional supplements – but the power of media would not let him go.

In 2010, he launched SABC 3’s live morning show Expresso, as anchor presenter. Then as Executive Producer and presenter he melded his passion for medicine and media and created a new TV series called “Hello Doctor” (renamed “The Dr Mol Show” for two seasons) which launched in April 2011 with a vision to educate, entertain and inspire South Africans to live their best life, by being the healthiest they can be. The show was watched by over a million people weekly and was part of a bigger vision to create a platform for interactivity that not only educates a wide audience on prevention and health related issues - but one that gives every South African access to individualized health education, care and advice through direct and affordable access to doctors via their mobile phones.

That vision became a reality through “Hello Doctor” – a mobile healthcare company of which he is a founding director. Hello Doctor’s revolutionary approach to healthcare (a doctor in your pocket 24/7) has spread globally and is operating in several countries in Africa as well as Indonesia. The Hello Doctor app is consistently in the Top 3 most downloaded health and fitness apps in South Africa, and the company’s pioneering approach to solving the healthcare crisis caught the attention of the MMI, who bought a majority stake in the company at the end of 2013. Michael is currently producing a new localized “Hello Doctor” series for Indonesia.

Toward the end of 2014 Michael’s first book “The Best Day of your Life” will hit South African shelves. Aside from all the hats he wears, he suffers from an incurable addiction … an insatiable thirst for adrenalin! From sky-diving out of a hot-air balloon, to running the bulls in Pamplona, to scuba diving under an frozen lake, to wing walking on a bi-plane, to surfing the great Zambezi white waters on a body board, to flying to th edge of space in a russian mig and bungi jumping off the highest bridge in the world …backwards! There’s nothing that he would shrink back from – yet!

Michael resides in Cape Town, South Africa - has been married to Jacqui since 1994, has three children, Joshua (12 yrs), Rachael (11 yrs) and Naethan (5 yrs) and is no longer on the safe side of 40.




Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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When Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu burst onto South African TV screens early this year, it may have been her screen debut but she brought a formidable CV as the queen of talk. Well cherished for her sharp, incisive questioning, sassy attitude and personal warmth, her new role as host on SABC 3 TALK was a challenge to bridge the digital divide from radio to television. “On radio you’re one person with a producer and the mic. Here you’ve got 25-odd people and the intimacy of the knowledge that a camera lens is beaming you into millions of homes,” says Noeleen who “has been in media all my life.” The first daily talk show for South African women, now in its second season, SABC 3 TALK has been a hit with its live-to-air, “talk TV” format and issue-driven approach which provides viewers with interactive “lifestyle advice and information” along with inter-active opportunities – via SMS or call-in – to question guests at the moment. The show is broadcast live from Mondays-Fridays (5pm-6pm) and repeats weekday mornings (7am-8am). Saturdays between 2.30pm-3.30pm is a viewers choice of the hottest debates of the week. “People want to talk and they want answers. TV touches them and I enjoy the role of being able to reach them.” Born and raised in Umtata, Noeleen’s entrée to broadcast media was on Radio Transkei in 1986, as office skivvy before being promoted to reading English news and going on to becoming a talk show host. Moving to Johannesburg in 1994, she applied for a job on 702 and started out at the bottom again – as a junior reporter before landing a co-hosting job. Her career at the station was dramatic as listeners warmed to her generous, spirited style, first as a newsreader and then news editor. From 2001, she was on the Primedia Board and hosted her own daily show before leaving the company at the end of 2002. She has won numerous awards and is a definite must as an emcee for any function!!




Paul Buckby
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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Paul Buckby is arguably one of the most versatile artists in South Africa, having excelled in several areas of the industry. Actor, musical actor, singer, songwriter, television presenter and personality and Master of Ceremonies. Paul had no formal training in the art of showbiz, but admits to training at home and at school, testing his wits on his family and schoolmates! Starting my career almost straight after school, I missed out on the history of theatre and costume, but quickly capitalised on the facts of thespian life, by keeping an open mind and absorbing as much as I could from the veterans. I certainly bumped the head of ignorance along the way and will continue to do so - thats life. His main ambition is to be in the movies: James Bond got me going! Limitless expense account, fast cars and women, well travelled, gadget king, master of language, gambling and of course kissing! I felt that God had equipped me with an imagination, which would enable me to become the secret agent, policeman or fighter pilot. My motives were innocent, I didnt yearn after fame or fortune, but rather the desire to express myself in a world of make-believe




Peter Ndoro
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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Going back to Peters childhood, football was an activity that took up most his time. Hed play before school, during school and after school late into the evenings. Manchester United fans will be glad to know that Peters been a loyal supporter since the age of seven. He enjoyed his childhood, and when the time came for him to enter the real world Peter wasnt too sure about what field he would like to get into. His father worked for an accounting firm in the UK and thats when Peter decided on accounting as an option. He gave it a bash and now Peters a qualified accountant, armed to settle any financial query! The changing political scene in South Africa attracted Peter to the country and he arrived in 1992 just before the referendum. He wanted to be here during the historic phase in our countrys history. Its been nine years, and now South Africa has become home. Off camera, Peter can be found in his office where he works a s a TV Producer and currently hes studying and practicing Tae Kwon Do. That explains the keen interest in martial arts movies! With a weakness for chocolate Peter will have to cut down if he plans to be the next Jackie Chan! Whatever his choices, Peters sure to achieve and accomplish much more in the future.




Marc Lottering
Comperes and Emcees (Cape Town)
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MARC LOTTERING hails from Cape Town, and is considered by many to be one of the hottest comics on offer from South Africa. Marc is 37 years old and continues to keep South Africans in stitches, both in SA and abroad. The son of a Cape flats Pentecostal Pastor, Marc’s colourful upbringing is often reflected in his unique brand of comedy which has established him as a firm favourite with so many audiences. In 1994, Lottering abandoned his law studies at the University of Cape Town and worked full-time in the fields of Advertising and Communications. At this stage, he was also dabbling in musical theatre, expressing a keen interest in the arena of entertainment. Marc’s locally flavoured comic streak was first brought to the fore in 1997 when his original one-man cabaret AFTER THE BEEP was performed to critical acclaim. Soon after, Marc launched his second one-man show entitled ONE SINGULAR SIN-SATION which opened at the Grahamstown Arts festival, thereafter moving on to sell-out seasons in Johannesburg and Cape Town. His next show, THE FOURTH WISE MAN opened at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on 8 December 1999, and went on to enjoy extended seasons at both at Artscape and the Baxter Theatre Centre. Warren Nebe directed both ONE SINGULAR SIN-SATION and THE FOURTH WISE MAN. Marc’s next project, a compilation show of his most popular material up until then, entitled THAT’S MISTER LOTTERING TO YOU, sold out in Cape Town in September 2000. Television appearances include IT’S A FUNNY COUNTRY, EVITA LIVE AND DANGEROUS, co-hosting the prestigious WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS for 2000 and 2001, BIG OKES, WILL THE REAL MARC LOTTERING PLEASE STAND UP, PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH, MARC LOTTERING AND FRIENDS, and THE MARC LOTTERING SHOW. Marc made his international debut in 2001, when he performed alongside the likes of Pieter Dirk Uys, Hugh Masekela and Sibongile Khumalo as part of the Celebrate South Africa Concert, in London. In 2001, David Kramer directed Lottering’s hit show FROM THE CAPE FLATS WITH LOVE, earning the duo 6 Vita nominations and a Vita Award for Best Actor in a Comedy. Lottering’s next offering, BIG STAKES AND SLAP CHIPS, also directed by David Kramer opened at the Baxter Theatre on 27 November 2001, and went on to enjoy sell-out seasons in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. In September 2002, Marc Lottering embarked upon a sold out international tour, entertaining homesick South Africans in London, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. In 2003, Marc was invited to act as the official host of the Opening Ceremony for the Cricket World Cup. The show was televised live to 3,5 billion viewers worldwide. Also in 2003, Marc toured nationally and internationally with his show THREE SONGS AND SOME JOKES. Soon after Heinrich Reisenhofer directed Marc in his award winning show, SAY CHEESE. Marc was nominated for another Fleur Du Cap Theatre Award at the end of 2004, for his performance in CRASH, a hit show in which the comedian detailed his sobering experiences after he was arrested on a much publicized drunk driving charge. Marc is currently on a national tour with his new show GROOTBEK, which opened to a 4 month sell-out season in Cape Town. Several members of the media have hailed Lottering as a breath of fresh air, “sent to us from the Cape flats, with love”.




Prim Reddy
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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As a continuity presenter on SATV 3, the vivacious Prim Reddy has, through the years become a popular face with viewer throughout South Africa. Indeed, 702s station manager Yusuf Abramjee once commented, Prim has a bubbly personality and is a special talent with great potential for radio. Listeners and audiences absolutely love her. Born in Durban, Prim moved to Johannesburg in 1996 to embark on a career in television. She has a BA degree in communications and she is currently completing her dissertation or her MBA. She is also qualified in HIV/Aids care and counselling. Prim’s achievements include: Profiles in both National Newspapers and Magazines Voted best overall TV Presenter 2002 Hosting of High Profile Events, including: - Department of Energy and Minerals Affairs; Anglo Gold; Barlow World; Deloitte and Touche; Tiger Brands Featured in high profile Television Programmes Promoting and endorsements of consumer products




Amarillie Ackerman
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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The ambient sounds of the harp are highly in demand for a wide array of events requiring glamour and class. From smart-casual and black tie corporate functions to private celebrations in the vein of anniversaries, farewells, birthdays and weddings. The harp is an easily transportable instrument requiring relatively little floor space making it a popular choice for many events and can be used for both indoor and outdoor functions. Having practically grown up with ‘harp in arms’ Amarillie has perfected the art of harp playing. Presenting soft background music or concerts/recitals if so required Amarillie is available either as a solo player or indeed as the other half of the unique instrumental group ‘Duo 2000’ which includes the talents of well known symphonic accordionist, Sergio Zampolli.




Classic meets Rock
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Featuring the talents of classical maestro Tessa Ziegler and rock legend Mike Pilot, the duo make musical history as, accompanied by sophisticated string and orchestral back tracks, they fuse the melodic sounds of the acoustic guitar with the driving, yet softly controlled sounds of the rock guitar - together resulting in a perfect, melodious blend of unique, ambient background music. You will hear a vast and excellent repertoire of fine music - from Mozart’s Symphony No 40 to A Whiter Shade of Pale, Amigos Para Siempre to Phantom of the Opera, A Time to say Goodbye to Eine Kleine Nacht Musiek. Classic meets Rock is perfectly suited to – Arrival Cocktails, Pre-dinner drinks, Sophisticated Gala Dinners, ‘On stage’ programme fillers …and indeed any event requiring absolute musical sophistication.




Blue Strings
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Blue Strings is a sexy duo performing upbeat electro pop with electric Cello and Violin. They boast a repertoire comprising current Rock and Pop music covers. This duo is currently in production of a huge project; their very own compositions in an African/World-music style, accompanied by live African drummers and dancing.




Clive Goodwill
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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Now here’s a man who has worked with the cream of the crop! As recording engineer, keyboard player, pianist, writer and front line vocalist Clive is one of those ‘behind the scenes’ artists who, through his superb voice and other many talents has provided many years of invaluable contribution to the local music industry – along the way touching each and every one of us with his music!

One of South Africa’s most accomplished musicians Clive, with his expertly sequenced musical backing is capable of handling practically any function, what ever the theme, big or small with expertise and professionalism unknown to most of his peers! From quiet jazz favourites and ballads to raunchy chart-toppers, Clive just has to be your booking choice!




Delia Layton
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Highly talented solo musician and singer, Delia Layton presents an excellent selection of fine vocals, electric guitar, alto saxophone and flute. Delia specialises in wedding receptions and corporate functions and has, through her many years of experience in music built up a vast and varied repertoire, catering for practically any taste and event and is continually complimented for her ability to accurately ‘read’ her audience, thereby adapting her style and choice of music to suit the mood of the occasion. From quiet background ballads or love songs, to jazzy sophisticated sounds, rock and roll, up-tempo and contemporary dance music – all presented with the professional and polished sound of a complete band, Delia manages with ease to retain the intimacy and economic advantage of a solo performer!!




Deborah Gorman
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Saxophone , Clarinet, Flute and Keyboards – these are all second nature to this superb musician who completed her musical studies at the Royal College of Music in London, where she was honored with the title of Fellow of London’s Trinity College. Since her arrival in South Africa in the mid 80’s Deborah has performed at numerous well-known venues, including The Samuel Marx Museum, Des and Dawn Lindbergs Soiree Society, The Linder Auditorium, Mount Grace, The Wild Coast Sun, The State Theatre, The Westcliff, Sun City The Sandton Sun and Towers and on The Blue Train. She has played in numerous concerts with Helmut Lotti, The 3 Tenors, Julian Lloyd-Webber and under the baton of Sir David Wilcox, as well as being a regular player with the National Symphony Orchestra. Recent television appearances include the opening of the All Africa Games and the Dunhill Symphony of Fire. Deborahs music adds a stylish and tasteful atmosphere to any function from weddings to conferences, corporate dinners to cocktail parties. Her repertoire encompasses light classical, mellow jazz, well-known classics, ballads, contemporary music, popular songs and Christmas music, all alternating between the saxophone, clarinet, flute and keyboard. She can relax the mood of your function, or create a party atmosphere - the choice is yours!




Double Delight
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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The girls have found another way of freeing their creative spirits. Melanie, besides playing the double bass, is an accomplished pianist and cellist. Ilse-Louise, with her six instruments, piano/sax/flute/ pan flute/ harmonica/ and cello, has joined Melanie in creating a multi instrumental group in which these ladies swap their instruments regularly to keep the crowd entertained! Their repertoire includes classical, contemporary, jazz and even rock music. Double Delight has entertained celebrities like Opera Winfrey and Hugh Masakela. They are currently completing their debut album called “Between the sheets” which will be available late October. These talented ladies will keep you entertained for hours!




Elfreda Jordaan
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Elfreda Jordaan provides an excellent selection of elegant live music presented either purely on harp or in a variety of classic combinations including saxophone (creating a pleasing light and relaxed atmosphere), or with flute (more suited to classical functions) or, for the larger functions, with bass player, percussion and / or an excellent array of computerized backtracks.




Ilse-Louise Herholdt
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Ilse-Louise Herholdt is a multi-talented professional instrumentalist who performs on an impressive 7 instruments (flute, piano, sax [soprano, alto and tenor sax], bass guitar, cello, pan-flute and harmonica).

Ilse-Louise started her career in music by completing her BMUS (received with Cum Laude) specializing in Performance Piano at the University of Pretoria. She received an achievement bursary during every year of her studies at UP and also obtained a Teachers Licentiate at UNISA whilst still completing her BMUS. Ilse-Louise subsequently obtained her Masters Degree in Music specializing in Performance Flute and Composition at WITS. She is currently preparing a proposal for completing her Doctorate in Music through the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

During her studies in classical music she developed a sincere interest in jazz, contemporary and rock music, which lead to the forming of her own corporate event company Power Music Entertainment. She manages and performs with her 8 girl bands apart from her solo performances locally and internationally. Ilse-Louise has shared the stage with many well-known local artists such as Kurt Darren and international stars including PJ Powers and Patrizio. Her enormously successful girl bands have led to corporate performances for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Hugh Masekela. In addition to her frequent performances with Pop Idol finalist Melanie Lowe she has enjoyed participating in theatre productions such as the Lion King.

Ilse-Louise is currently completing her two new CD projects in classical and contemporary piano, both of which will be available end of October 2012.








Jimi Gomez
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Owing to the growing popularity of roving entertainers and musicians at indoor or indeed outside Boma type venues, registrations, pre-dinner drinks, background or featured entertainment we have pleasure in introducing to you the multi-talented Jimi Gomez who, either as a frontline member of the popular jazz trio ‘Tuxedo’, or indeed as a solo artist is building an excellent reputation with hands on clients throughout South Africa! Such is the man’s talent and appeal that our clients fly him from Johannesburg to Cape Town in the knowledge that they are providing their conference and incentive groups with the very best!! But what is it that makes Jimi so popular… that seems to set him streets above so many other artists doing the rounds? Well, quite apart from his obvious good looks, impeccable manners and suave presentation just how many musicians have you had that offer a genuine ‘3-for the price of one’ entertainment package including (if required) appropriate costume ‘mood’ changes – not many…if any!!! Simply because Jimi… a)Commences the evening’s entertainment in a smart black tuxedo while expertly rolling out the blues on saxophone… b)Re-emerges in an attractive and ever-so traditional black Mandela type shirt while he roves from table to table – this time soothing the audience with the romantic, almost mystical sounds of the flute… c)And then, as the evening really begins to swing along comes Jimi in colorful traditional gear, matching the audience’s mood with the cheerful township sounds of the kwela pennywhistle! But remember, should your evening call for a top-flight African jazz band Jimi is part of the ever-popular Tuxedo jazz trio – one of the few outfits that Hands On entrust to high-level government orientated functions with VIP guests from throughout the world! Having Tuxedo as your function band provides you with the option of both on-stage and roving entertainment, i.e. arrival-cocktails, pre-dinner drinks and main event!




Jonathon Crossley
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Ah yes, the classical guitar! An excellent, laid back means of entertaining your guests for those occasions requiring ambient, relaxing music and always ideal for registrations, pre-dinner drinks or gala dinners! Amongst his many accolades Jonathan Crossley, in 1995 participated in the ‘Concours Pan-African de Musique et des’ Arts international guitar competition, in which he won the award for ‘best’ South African guitarist. Since then Jonathan has distinguished himself in various spectrums of guitar music. More recently he has performed with jazz pianist/composer Paul Hanmer, steel pan virtuoso Andy Narrel, Wessel van Rensburg and Johnnie Fourie amongst others.




Kristel Birkholtz
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Kristel is an accomplished musician - having undergone extensive formal training from age 6, which culminated in a BMus degree from Wits (1999), where she majored in performance. She also received numerous awards and prizes during her studies. Besides being a highly experienced violinist, she is also proficient in piano, flute and singing.

The highlights of her performance career include, performing in the Subaru car advert in 2007, playing the lead violin role in the Barnyard Theatre production Beethoven Rocks Again (2003/4), the “Harvest Moon” production which recently ran at the Willowbridge Barnyard (2006) and “Rock Me Amadeus” at the Menlyn Barnyard. She has made guest appearances on e-TVs Backstage (2005), with Watershed on KykNet (2000) and recently appeared as a violinist on the Egoli set (2006/7). She also has extensive experience in performing for large corporate events. Kristel is proficient playing in different musical genres, from classical to jazz, Celtic to rock and funky dance to local African styles. Music combinations can include; solo violin, violin and backtracks, violin and piano, violin and guitar and two violins .Her instruments include acoustic and electric violins, including a custom-made tin-can electric violin crafted by AfriCan in Cape Town.





Mirko Bonora
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Having a function requiring a true taste of Europe – Italy, Greece and France? Look no further than Mirko Bonora – a true Italian by all counts, from his spontaneous humour and outbursts of laughter, his well groomed moustache, his black waistcoat to (perhaps more importantly) a superb grasp and affinity of both his instrument, the accordion and indeed the songs and tunes of both Italy and France! Trained at the Benedetto Marcello Music Conservatory in Venice, Mirko embodies the spirit of European romance with his repertoire of easy-listening music and song.




Tessa Ziegler
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Tessa Ziegler has a B. Music Honours degree from Wits University majoring in classical guitar and piano. Playing both 6-string and classical 10-string guitars she has developed a successful career as a performing artist, throughout South Africa as a soloist on the classical guitar as well as duos with her late guitar partner David Hewitt. She has performed on numerous occasions for Des and Dawn Lindberg’s Soiree Society, at the Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort, Pretoria and Emmerentia, at the Grahamstown Festival, on radio and over many years on television, not only as a musician but also as a presenter and actress. Not only was Tessa supporting act for the British pop group ‘The Hollies’ during their tour of South Africa, but she also joined the National Symphony Orchestra for Luciano Pavarotti’s first South African visit. Tessa, who’s recording career spans 20 years has released amongst others, eight solo CD’s. She performs regularly for large corporate and private functions.




Victus Samela
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Introducing the soothing sounds of the tubular pan flute - a unique instrument seldom heard in South Africa and expertly presented by maestro busker Victus Samela who developed his musical talents as a busking youngster in the streets of his hometown - Soweto. However, striving to better himself as an instrumentalist Victus, scraping his hard earned pennies together purchased a second hand penny whistle and has since become a sought after musician for Hands On corporate functions and events country wide. Victus presents panflute or pennywhistle either as a solo busker or accompanied by piano – an expertly blended combination!




Cathy Del Mei
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Vibrant and vivacious, Cathy Del Mei is an exciting saxophonist with years of experience. From hotel lounges to theatre, and from clubs to corporate functions, Cathy has played for prestigious clients and top selling shows.

Apart from the sax, Cathy is also a great keyboard player, having played cocktail piano in numerous elite hotels such as the Michaelangelo and the Balalaika Hotel. As a keyboard player and Saxophonist, she has performed in theatre shows such as 60 Something, Beatlemania, The Meatloaf tribute show and Feeling Groovy, gaining critical acclaim for her extrovert performances and outstanding sax solos. Cathy has just finished a run of the show GLORY DAYS which ran at the Barnyard Theatre at Broadacres, and is currently performing in NATURAL WOMAN which is on at the Barnyard Theatre in Menlyn Pretoria until 16th May 2004.

Cathy has also performed in shows with artistes such as P J Powers and Vicky Sampson as well as having spent two years performing and recording with Duncan Faure (Rabbitt, Bay City Rollers, songwriter for Madonna).

Cathy spent years performing with top club / corporate band Avalanche. Avalanche performed at top caliber corporate events and venues such as Sun City, Caesars Casino, Montecasino, Vodaworld, S.A.B., R.M.B., Fancourt and many others. They also spent 3 months In the Middle East in 1999.

Cathy’s versatility is evident in her ability to team up with dancers, singers and instrumentalists. From laid back to more hi-tech funkiness, a sincere performance is guaranteed. Cathy is high in demand for solo ‘cocktail’ sets…which dressed in beautiful dresses, she will add a touch of class to any function. (Weddings and Birthday Parties included!)



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Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Throughout her illustrious career, Yvonne has met people like ex President Nelson Mandela, the Queen of England and US Talk show host Oprah Winfrey but still maintains humility and takes it all in stride. Recognized for her warmth and compassion, combined with a winning personality, business acumen and intelligence, Yvonne often outdoes herself with a remarkable sense of humour. These qualities confirm Yvonne as one of the greatest contemporary achievers among the African landscape today. Yvonnes legacy as Princess of Africa is a testament to her connection to everyday people as well as royalty. Whether she is performing for Kings and Queens, Presidents and First Ladies or corporate concerts; she always returns to those she loves- her fans and family of listeners in cities, townships and rural areas. Here popularity and level of accomplishment has already insured her legacy as one of the greatest stars to illuminate the African continent. Always approachable, Yvonne is respected by heads of State in Africa, as well as youth and every day people.




Lemon n Limelight
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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A formidable team on stage – collectively they have 15 years of experience in the live entertainment industry and it is evident in their performance and great response they received from their corporate audiences. They have a diverse and extensive repertoire, ranging from background music to the current party hits.
True entertainment from start to finish!

Gavin Langeveldt - Guitarist, percussion and vocals
Gavin heads up the group. By using his accomplished studio work and knowledge of the industry, the group is proving to be a huge hit amongst the corporate market. His experience with bands such as Lastique, Fantasy and Café Society has given him the ability to provide the right type of repertoire and vibe on stage for every kind of event. His musical influences include Stevie Wonder, Santana and The Eagles.

Cedric Wessels - Vocals and percussion/drums
Cedric has worked together with bands such as Chattaback and Whose News. He is an accomplished session singer in live performance and has toured with the likes of Steve Hofmeyer and others. He has a great vibe on stage and loves incorporating various elements of percussion into the party. Cedric has also performed on the international circuit.

Rene Hunter - Vocals
Rene has performed in various collaborations – Sugar and Spice, The Worx and Lemon ‘n Limelight. She has performed with the Richard Loring production, Girl Talk and some of you may recognize her from Idols. She has performed in Egypt, Dubai and Taiwan and is also an accomplished studio session singer.

George Longane - Vocals
George has performed with various artiste over the years, including the likes of Nu Age and Lemon ‘n Limelight – but first and foremost as the vocalist for Dr Victor and The Rasta Rebels, with whom he has performed with for the last 13 years. He too is an accomplished studio session singer doing corporate jingles to the latest party covers.

With so much talent on one stage,
You are guaranteed a party !






TownTalk Trio
Jazz Bands (Johannesburg)
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As the 2012 trend in functions moves to stylish background music, so we at Hands On are developing ‘chic’, ambient acts to cater for the needs of our clients. Here’s a wonderful opportunity to add more than a touch of glamour to your client’s dinner functions or indeed any event requiring practically any genre of smooth, ambient music, from classical to jazz, pop, and rock, played to boot by three gorgeous and sophisticated ladies! And, as the evening progresses so does the band’s style and volume, ending inevitably in a swinging party!

Added to the package is the fact that the TownTalk ladies, amongst themselves, play an impressive range of instruments thus adding a large degree of variety to the feel of your function - Ilse-Louise on piano/keyboard, sax, flute, bass guitar, and backing vocals with a vocalist (Cat Hanson, Kerry Hiles, Silver Morgan or Veronique Lalouette) and violinist (Adri Naude, Jeannine Marais or Elbe Henkins) – together a combination of sheer energy and musical excellence!

The TownTalk trio, who also avail themselves as solo musicians - piano, keyboard, saxophone, cello, violin, flute, pan-flute, bass guitar and shoulder synth can include a live singer or just function as instrumentalists, would you believe) should the client so require. Do take note however, depending on your function date and venue it may be necessary, on the odd occasion to replace one or two of the members or add to the band as per the wishes of the client.





Derrich Gardner
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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The voice behind the microphone and the face on our screens!

Derrich’s interest in radio started during his university years. He launched his career in the entertainment industry at Radio Highveld in 1987 (Highveld stereo). When the station was sold in 1997, he moved to Jacaranda 94.2 At present he is the voice that South Africans wakes up to on a Saturday morning in “Brekfis with Derrich” on RSG. His program “VAT 5” makes him very popular amongst the listeners and platinum sales of the CD with the same title proofs that.

Television

His comfort behind the microphone provided him with the opportunity to have a very successful career in the television industry. He has been a presenter in a variety of programs like educational medical programs, the popular nature program 50/50 and presenter of Crime Stop to name but a few. Derrich Gardner became a household name as a continuity presenter for SABC 2 and later worked as a field presenter for the popular program Pasella and Kwela as well as presenter of “DKNT”.

Most recently he was the presenter of “Landbousake” on kykNET, a program that focus on the modern farmer. He is also a guest presenter on “Tuine and Tossels”, a lifestyle program on kykNET.

Voice over professional

He’s done a great deal of voiceovers for Topsport, SABC promotions, Kwêla program schedules as well as radio and TV adverts. Being completely bilingual (Afrikaans and English), together with his unique voice and approach, ensures that Derrich is high in demand for voiceovers.

Corporate Market

Derrich’s experience shows during his appearances at product launches, motivational speeches and yearend functions. Self-confidence on stage secures a huge demand for Derrich as a master of ceremony at fashion shows, music concerts and a wide spectrum of other culture related events. Sometimes he adjudicates beauty contests and has walked the catwalk himself on one or two occasions.

His status as a well-known radio and TV personality is utilized by a host of companies to endorse their products.

Hobbies

He does his name Derrich Gardner justice with his green fingers in the garden, so much so that a rose has been named after him. His interest and knowledge about gardening has allowed him to be an adjudicator at gardening competitions and he enjoys giving speeches on the topic. Readers can enjoy his weekly gardening tips and photographs in the Caxon magazine “Vrouekeur”

Derrich was responsible for all the research and conceptualizing the popular program “Grensoolog” that was broadcast on kykNET.

Derrich is fluent in both English and Afrikaans and is the perfect choice to add extra sparkle to any function. His experience of more than 20 years in the entertainment industry makes him a role model for many striving radio and TV presenters.

If there is any uncertainty about who would be the best choice for a master of ceremony, adjudicator or speaker for your next function, then the above would prove that Derrich Gardner is the only choice!




Danny Fisher
Function Bands and Entertainers (Durban)
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After 8 years as Front man/lead singer for the Blarney Bros, Danny Fisher has moved in a whole new direction collaborating with Dannys Angels – his two beautiful and talented daughters, Joanne and Danielle with the self contained Danny Fisher Roadshow.

This exciting family line up completed a full year of performing on the popular Barnyard Theatre Circuit in 2008 with the production “Your Mamma Don’t Dance – The ultimate tribute show”.


In 2009 the Danny Fisher Roadshow performed their sell out show “Stars in Your Eyes” at Sun Internationals top holiday resort, Sun City for a successful 7 month contract.

Danny is a strong vocalist and comedian who does impressions of famous stars of stage and screen. In one evening you will see and hear him impersonate the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones, Meatloaf, Willie Nelson, Julio Eglesias, Bob Dylan, Benny Hill and even the great Nelson Mandela himself. Danny is known worldwide for being one of the world’s best Elvis Presley impersonators.

Between his impersonations Danny will have audiences rolling in their seats with his stand up comedy antics. Danny can compere functions and utilize all of the above to make an exceptional MC for your event.







Tricky Trevor
Clowns, Magicians and Buskers (Johannesburg)
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Trevor Duffy (SA Gold Medalist) is a highly motivated, well experienced Magical Entertainer and lecturer, Trevor also innovates and produces a number of very high quality magicians tricks and props. He has performed for such companies as ICL, Eli Lilly, Honda, Johnson and Johnson, Flowtite, Phillips, CGS, First Graphics, Castrol Commercial, Eukanuba, Venn Diagnositcs and Asiakon. Trevor is based in South Africa and has also travelled and performed extensively in the United States, England, Australia, a number of countries in Africa and now resides in Johannesburg.




Gary Weedon
Clowns, Magicians and Buskers (Johannesburg)
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Gary started magic in 1976 when he was still at school, his passion for the art fuelling his flawless technique along the way. Gary performs regularly in the corporate arena as well as at pubs and restaurants (residencies) and private parties. He is equally at home on the cabaret stage as he is as a comedy walkabout magician (David Blaine Style). He prides himself in being the only magician invited to perform at Madiba’s 80th birthday party. Gary also acts as compere at many functions and promotions and is a respected member of the South Africa magic fraternity where he was elected as President of the East Rand Magic society five times. Co-ordinating no less than five national magic conventions Gary is regularly asked to be a judge at the National Magic Championships.




Dave Monks
Function Bands and Entertainers (Durban)
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Dave Monks is Durban’s very own Irish minstrel - a founder member of The Leprechauns, well known throughout South Africa and neighbouring states for their ability to get the party going! As a solo artist Dave is has rapidly become known as the natural choice for smaller parties, where budget for larger groups is an issue. He performs an excellent repertoire of Rock ‘n Roll, Irish party and folksongs, Pub songs, Reggae, Pop, Country, Sing-a-long and dance music. As a solo performer Dave specialises in weddings, fund raisers, small company functions, conferences, product launches, corporate events and smaller family parties. Guests are indeed well entertained by the man who plays fiddle, banjo, harmonica and guitar and, in order to keep the party swinging Dave brings along a wide range of music, spanning some four decades for the ‘before’ and ‘after’ party phases, and during his breaks.




Bob the Mime
Clowns, Magicians and Buskers (Johannesburg)
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Dressed for success. Always a smile, sometimes a tear, so be on the lookout ‘cause BoB Is always near. Just as you thought it was safe to let your hair down, BoB is on the lurk, Trying to be the better you. With his classic style of “Clown mime”, BoB will take the Seriousness out of your day. So come and play along with BoB in his world of invisible props, and he will leave you with a smile,…..or maybe not….oops!




Mauro the Magician
Clowns, Magicians and Buskers (Johannesburg)
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Apart from his wide experience (both in South Africa and abroad) in restaurant, club and stage entertainment, Mauro has for many years been involved in product launches, conferences, and training seminars, all the while tailoring his unique mixture of humour and illusion to corporate and/or product requirements. Should your function require an experienced M.C, or if you are just seeking that something special to make the event truly memorable, engage Mauro - your entertainment will be in the best of good hands. The ideal choice for your next social – or corporate function.




David Dee
Clowns, Magicians and Buskers (Johannesburg)
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Let this versatile performer entertain at your next social or private function. With his Zany comedy MAGIC and his spectacular array of BALLOON creations he will ensure your guests are made to feel welcome and leave them wanting more! DAVID DEE is equally at home on stage doing Illusions as he is as close-up busker with your guests!




Véronique Lalouette
Idols (Johannesburg)
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Véronique Lalouette rose to national fame in the 2005 Idols competition. Even though Ive been singing professionally for years, Idols was a wonderful learning experience, she says. Performing live on TV every week with a live band, and having to learn how to deal with a public profile and massive publicity, was an extremely valuable experience.

As the daughter of professional entertainers, Véronique grew up with a natural talent. I always knew I wanted to sing, she says. I did a couple of kiddie’s jingles as a child and in Grade 8 I got my first professional gig singing with a jazz band called Light Years Quartet. In Matric I joined my first gig band, Black Ice, and we would perform every weekend.

Véronique has only ever worked as a musician, since leaving school in 1999. I entered Idols in 2005 because I had reached a platform doing regular professional gigs, but I wanted to break through to the next level and make my own album. I promised myself that if I hadnt started making my own album by the end of 2004, I would enter the next Idols competition and use it as a springboard.

And a springboard it was! Not only has Idols cemented the name Véronique Lalouette as one of South Africa’s most sought after live entertainers, but also as one of our finest session singers!






Acoustic Moodz
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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South African instrumental band featuring David Houghton and Pieter de Wet on guitar, Magda de Vries on marimba and Godfrey Mgcina on percussion. The combination of the guitar and marimba creates a gentle yet vibrant atmosphere. Acoustic Moodz is equally at home in formal and informal settings. They regularly play at the Johannesburg Country Club and Maropeng (Cradle of Humankind). They have performed concerts for Classic FM, at the University of Johannesburg, UNISA, Sandton Art Gallery, Old Mutual Theatre on the Square, the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens and in November 2007 they opened for Freshly Ground at the Nelspruit Botanical Gardens. A few of the high profile functions they have played at, include the ATKVeertjie (music and television awards) Sunday Times Literary Awards, SAMRO Overseas Scholarship, the launch of the new Saab-Cadillac and the 2008 Bayer Conference in Parys. Most recently they collaborated with the Spanish jazz band, Sedajazz, during the 2008 Ibero-American Music Festival. Acoustic Moodz can also regularly be heard on Classic FM, Radio Sonder Grense, Radio Pretoria, Ligwalagwala FM and 1485AM Radio.




Aerial Silk Act
Speciality (Johannesburg)
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Theme Dancers
Function Bands and Entertainers (Durban)
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Whatever your theme, wherever your venue, whoever your client Hands On will provide you with the very finest in professional dancers, presenting practically any theme imaginable! Vibrant and dynamic, black and white male and female dancers who present themselves in crisp, colorful outfits perfectly and professionally designed to suit your special occasion!




The Amazing Donovan
Clowns, Magicians and Buskers (Johannesburg)
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JUGGLING ACT- Clubs, balls, rings and sharp heavy axes FIRE EATING - Fire juggling and fire blowing SWORD and DAGGER - Balancing act with tiers of glasses, a ladder depending on height of venue and a snake from Florida SLACK WIRE - Walking and performing various tricks on a swaying wire. This is normally more suitable for open-air venues.




Bana Ba Thari String Quintet
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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Bana Ba Thari is truly the oldest African Sting Quintet consisting of a cellist, and two each of Violins and Violas. The members are drawn from the “African Youth Ensemble”, which was founded by Kolwane Mantu who leads Bana Ba Thari. Bana Ba Thari plays classical music as well as Traditional African music and are renowned for their professionalism and exuberance. The Quintet have performed at some of the most prestigious events in the country and some of the more recent performances include CNN African Journalist of the Year Award, Launch of Telkom School Choir Championship, Soweto Caltex Nation Building Concert, Launch of ‘Science and Technology 2010’, Transnet’s Boss of the year Award, Spoornet Chairman’s Awards and they participate in the Annual National Youth Orchestra. Other clients include Siemens, Deloitte and Touche and Star Diamonds. They have backed artists such as Gloria Bosman and Ringo Madlingozi and were part of the making of Helmut Lotti’s ‘Out of Africa’ video.




Colins Crazy Characters
Clowns, Magicians and Buskers (Johannesburg)
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Colin offers unique characters which are ideal for themed functions, corporate exhibitions or product activations. They are innately visual in nature, interactive and will certainly draw a crowd. Colin uses his magic and comedy skills to highlight the company or product.

He offers Mr Barnaby Smythe Crazy Businessman; Prof Klutz Crazy Scientist and
Mr Gee, The Geek Tourist.




1st Project
Speciality (Johannesburg)
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1st Project - South Africa’s pioneer industrial percussion act.

By using only drums to create what can be best described as ‘Aggressive Percussion!’, 1st Project has truly made their mark on the entertainment industry, and over the past eleven years, have continued to captivate audiences with their unique musical style, passion and vigor…

The History:
1st Project started in 1999, at a music school in Johannesburg, South Africa. The concept behind the group was to change the common view of drumming groups - a bunch of hippies banging drums around a fire, to four young males smashing drums and sweating out a live show that demands attention!
Since then they have played over 1500 shows, toured over 20 countries, and been featured in hundreds of media spots worldwide, marking them as South Africa’s biggest drumming act.

1st Project boast being the only drumming act to receive 2 South African Music Award nominations; win a World Music Award in China, as well as the first South African band to have a full one hour music special on MNET and across DSTV South Africa, Africa and Asia.

DURATION: 2 x 20 minute sets for maximum impact one 30-minute set is recommended.

Do you suffer from percussive aggressive behaviour?
PLAY IT TO BREAK IT!




The 3 Busketeers
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Three girls, three instruments, three styles of music… Together, these three beautiful girls create an elegant, sassy, top-class outfit and - with their show-band experience - provide an excellent, professional night’s entertainment. Music ranges from jazz to pop and classical – anything your heart desires. Judy Brown graduated from UCT in 1996 with a B.Mus in Jazz Arrangement and Composition. Since then she’s had a busy career in theatre productions and tribute shows. International experiences include a 2-year stint in London playing with indie band, Kymera, a resident Soho gig with funky-jazz-techno band, No ID, and a 7-week run of That 60’s Show in Auckland, New Zealand. Judy is a versatile musician, playing alto and tenor sax, clarinet, pennywhistle, and percussion. Her bubbly, infectious stage presence warms the hearts of every person in the room. Kerry Hiles is a bass player and vocalist with years of show-band experience, covering various styles of music. She has worked extensively for The Barnyard Theatre countrywide and has appeared on SABC TV as “Jacqui Kruger” in popular soapie, Isidingo. Kerry was a finalist in MNET’s Idols and has enjoyed contracts as a bass player/vocalist on the cruise-ship, The Symphony, and in the Middle East. Her professionalism and warmth have audience members eating out of her hand. Elena Zlatkova hails from Bulgaria and is a dedicated and versatile musician with extensive international and local experience, including a stint as a resident musician at the Ritz-Carlton and Hyatt Regency hotels in Dubai. Elena has also walked the boards of The Barnyard Theatre stages and is well versed in solo recitals and orchestral appearances. She is the sophisticated lady of the group and brings the house down at many an event. She radiates with each performance and is an absolute pleasure to behold.




Brandon October
Idols (Johannesburg)
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Brandon October, runner up in the Idols 2002 competition on M-net, has become one of South Africa’s foremost performers and entertainers. With every performance he confirms his star status; fans love his ever-smiling approachability, while his management and clients are even more impressed by the young workhorse’s dedication and professionalism. And then, of course, there’s the voice; no big deal to a young man who grew up in a family full of singers, but irresistible to his audiences, whether he’s belting out a pop classic or crooning a love song.

His rising popularity during the series continued to mystify him. “Singing is something I grew up with”, he shrugs. “My whole family sings, and I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember – but only as a hobby or in church. I never dreamt of a career in the entertainment industry, least of all the music industry.” Fortunately, thousands of fans disagree, so the ad world’s loss is the music world’s gain.

Since Idols where Brandon’s memorable renditions of “Escape”, “Let’s Stay Together” and “Hurts So Bad” thrilled fans and got the vote lines humming.

Asked what he loves most about singing, he answers, “The music itself – and the fact that music is universal. I love the way I can entertain all kinds of people. I love watching peoples reactions and the smiles on their faces – yeah, I love that.”

Not only content to limit his talents to singing this talented young man has also co-presented and hosted KyKnet’s leading Lifestyle Magazine programme “Voila”. He also lends his talents to Mcing and motivational speaking.

For Brandon the dream is now an everyday reality and with it the opportunity to influence lives in all things positive, punchy and most importantly perennial.






Caitlin
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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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.




The Danny Fisher Road Show
Function Bands and Entertainers (Durban)
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After 8 years as Front man/lead singer for The Blarney Brothers, Danny Fisher has moved in a whole new direction collaborating with DANNYS ANGELS - his gorgeous wife June and two beautiful and talented daughters Joanne and Danielle with the self contained DANNY FISHER ROADSHOW. This exciting family line up will bring a unique blend of comedy and music that will appeal to all audiences. Danny Fisher, a rubber-faced comedian, does impressions of famous stars of stage and screen. In one evening you will see and hear him impersonate the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Meatloaf, Willie Nelson, Julio Eglesias, Bob Dylan and Benny Hill and even the great Nelson Mandela himself !!, but he is known worldwide for being one of the worlds best Elvis Presley impersonators. Now his daughters, Joanne and Danielle, are currently following in his footsteps. The girls have formed a dynamic dance and vocal duo called, “Danny’s Angels” and has recently returned from entertaining at the Hilton Hotel in Shanghai, and is poised to take South Africa by storm. Now with Mom adding extra vocals to the team, you get a perfect blend of vocal harmonies. The diversity this Act brings is sure to keep every function entertained and begging for more.




Carla Louw
Idols (Johannesburg)
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Carla was born in Cape Town and started singing at a very young age. Her father had his own music school and her first formal training started when she was 7 years old.

At the age of 9 she moved to Namibia and whilst still at school there, she performed at various schools throughout the country.
It was here that she won her first award for Best Upcoming Country Artist in Namibia.

She returned to SA, recorded her 1st CD and did weekend performances at Music World in the East Rand Mall and at flea markets. Then it was back to Namibia where she was in a German School for 2 years, still performing and singing at school funtions.

In 2003 Carla knew that all she wanted to do was sing! She matrictulated at the Pro Arte School of Arts in Pretoria where she majored in Drama.

For the past 2 years she has worked in a few restaurants as a waitress and manager, sang at weddings and when Idols came along in June 2006, she knew it was an opportunity of a lifetime!

Carla lives life in 1st gear and and her motto in life is: ‘Go BIG or go HOME !” It is this attitude which secured her a place as a Top 10 finalist in Idols and she looks forward to a bright and sucessful future...







Carol
Soloists (Cape Town)
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The electric cello is, without doubt, a very striking and unusual instrument. Combined with a 6 foot tall, vivacious and experienced performer, the result is powerful. It is in this context that Carol has performed at South Africa’s top events including the Elton John Charity Ball, Cape Town Fashion Week, Kirstenbosch Summer Concert Series, Presidents Cup (Fancourt) etc. She has appeared extensively in the media for the last three years. Her performing career has taken her beyond South Africa’s borders to the Baltic Sea (on 6 day cruise for Coca Cola) and to Edinburgh for an international corporate event




Chicas Tequila
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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This “Hot” female trio is taking the country by storm as they sing in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, English, Afrikaans etc. They consist of a Spanish Rose (Bella), Afrikaanse Bokkie (Tanya), and Pop Queen (Candy). This trio sing club music, sokkie and golden oldies etc, as well as some original material! What makes this girl group unique is whilst one sings lead the other two do beautiful harmonies. Whilst performing the girls dance Cha Cha, Mambo, Salsa, Hip Hop etc. The group has been together as from 15th February 2008 and all three girls were solo performing artists before that. Since February they have performed at various functions and venues. From private functions to beauty pageants to clubs (such as Tanza Nights, Maloneys, Obsessions, Sunset Rock etc.) to restaurants (such as Upperdeck, News Cafes, The Keg, etc.) to pleasure resorts (such as Warmbaths Aventura, Loskop Dam, Swadini, Badplaas, Valley Of The Waves etc). They have done a pre show for Robbie Wessels at Oppidam as well as Nicholis Louw and Zak Van Niekerk at the Vaalwater Festival as well as The Campbell in Krugersdorp. Chicas Tequila will be signing contract with Universal in 2009!




Durban Divas
Function Bands and Entertainers (Durban)
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Durban Divas was formed in July 2000 with their first performance at the Royal Hotel’s Backstage. Their diverse Cabaret showcase a multi cultural crossover show with a mix repertoire including songs from Local and International singers from Musicals, commercial numbers, Afro-Jazz ballads, Gospel, Traditional, Disco, Pop - Rock and well known township tunes that will keep you entertained all the way through, songs like MamaThembus wedding to Hallelujah it’s raining men. Collaboration of headgears and attires for different songs adds sparkle to their performance. Either accompanied by a live band or backing tracks their perform leaves you wanting more. Durban Divas have performed as guests singers in numerous festivals, corporate products launches, Birthday parties, Weddings, Fashion Shows, Beauty contents, conferences, HIV/AIDS and CANCER Benefit concerts with numerous local bands Brian Thusi Money makers, Durban Chamber Orchestra, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, KZN Youth orchestra, as well as in high profiled occasion with Dignitaries all over the world. DURBAN DIVAS is a KZN based ensemble directed by Pinkie Mtshali who also performs with the other three DIVAS Thembi Mazibuko, Dudu Ndlovu and Jabu Magagula




Elena Zlatkova
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Elena Zlatkova, dynamic performer with an electrifying stage presence that has local and international audiences enthralled by her skill, dexterity and talent.

Since her arrival in South Africa in 2003, Elena has captivated audiences with her many appearances on stage, at corporate events and concerts. A diverse musician and performer that had critics and fans raving in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Barnyard Theatre productions of “Natural Women”, “Beethoven Rocks Again” and “Roll over Beethoven.”

“...the violin forms an integral part of this show and its dexterous handling comes from the gorgeous Elena” - Cape Times

Elena is a sought after performer for corporate events and has performed for some of South Africa’s prominent companies and financial institutions such as SAB, Vodacom, Bidvest, FNB, Investec, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Discovery Health, Toyota, Daimler Chrysler, Sappi, Momentum, PG Bison, Hollard, Mnet, Mercedes Benz to name a few. On the classical front she has enchanted audiences with her solo and chamber recitals at the popular Music in the Gallery, the Old Mutual Theatre at the Nelson Mandela Square, the sundowners concert series at the University of Johannesburg, the Kyalami Classics, Classic FM Soirees at Summer Place as well as the University of Witwatersrand.

Elena hails from the capital city of Bulgaria, Sofia. She started to play the violin at the age of five. At the age of seven she went to study at the National School of Music Lyubomir Pipkov, Sofia for 12 years. Her specialization was instrumentalist and pedagogue in the violin. From 1995 to 1999 she studied further at the State Academy of Music Pancho Vladigerov also in Sofia, Bulgaria and obtained a Honors Degree in Violin and performance. Elena has been a member of several orchestras and chamber orchestras and has performed at prestigious concert halls and festivals throughout Bulgaria and Europe.

Elena works regularly with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and MIAGI Orchestra. She has also performed with visiting European orchestras to South Africa such as the internationally acclaimed Philharmonia des Nations and the Kammerphilharmonie Amade. Elena is an accomplished chamber musician and has collaborated with different ensembles in Bulgaria, Dubai and South Africa. During her stay in Dubai (2001-2003) she performed at several weddings of the Royal families of the United Arab Emirates as well as corporate events for international companies. Elena has also appeared on television on numerous occasions internationally and in South Africa.

In 2010, Elena recorded a classical album in Europe. She is currently enrolled in a Masters in Performance program at the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria.





Gift Gwe
Idols (Johannesburg)
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Gift Gwe (born March 24, 1984) is a South Africa neo-soul singer, songwriter, presenter and actor. He rose to fame in 2005 when he came second in South African Idols. He is the son of Winifred Nokulunga Gwe (a school principal) and Roadwell Ntsangelo (a retired school principal).

Gift was introduced to music by his mother who encouraged him to start singing in the church choir at age 2. “He would cry to be in the choirand#8223; his mom is famous for saying. His childhood was filled with his passion for music as expressed in his Primary school choir. In 2002, Gift joined a local talent search in Mossel Bay where he went as far as the top 10. The next year he entered SA Idols and was sent home from the 1st round. Undeterred Gift entered Coca-Cola Pop Stars in 2004. He only went as far as the 2nd round. This made him more determined to follow his dream and decided to polish his skills by researching and practising in hopes to be a great entertainer like his musical heroes Boyz II Men, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele and Maxwell.

Gift took six months to hone his talent and used it to volunteer it by performing at birthday parties, weddings and school concerts to transform his talent to industry standards, which saw him involved in several industry theatre performances like the Hygiene production for Pure Basic in 2005.

South Africans fell in love with Gift Gwe during the third season of Idols (2005), when he decided to try out the famous talent search. Gift’s participation in the third season of Idols, which saw him reach to runner up to Karin Kortje, earned him the adoration of thousands of fans throughout the country. At that time, it was clear to see just how singularly talented this Queenstown-born, Mosselbay-raised singer was.

The last 5 years have shown us that talent and hard-work are truly what it takes to make it in this industry and Gift has an excess of both; and doing corporate and festival shows seem too easy. His understanding of the marketplace and need to combine both his original music with a phenomenal selection of cover songs have always ensured that his live shows were memorable. Gift on stage is quite simply an experience. More recently, Gift has incorporated a live band ensemble to his repertoire of live performance as his way of giving his audience the complete experience of his life performance.

More recently, Gift took a hiatus from the music industry as a time of introspection and self-reflection. In which time, he went through personal rediscovery of himself and love for music. And once he got back to writing, he has been hard at work constantly working on new material and planning his meteoric re-emergence back into the South African music scene.

He is currently working on his new project entitled “Soul-ID” (an abbreviation of Soul Identity) with a release date set for next year first quarter. In his own words, “I have matured musically, physically and other wise. I am ready to make my mark in music again. There is so much music I want to get out of me.”




Greg Volkwyn
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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With more than 27 years in the finance world, 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Greg Volkwyn knows markets, shares and indexes like the back of his hand. Presenter of the Money Minute, weekdays just after the 7am and 5pm news, this finance guru has the ability to create calm and understanding in an industry where crashes and booms cause confusion and array. With watching and monitoring stock markets listed among his greatest loves, Greg is the perfect candidate for any work that requires the brains of someone who has their finger firmly on the pulse of current market trends




Harry Sideropoulos
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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How to change your life and still make it to lunch Transformational talk As a teenager, Harry always wanted to be in entertainment, not subscribe to corporate pigeon-hole structures, take leisurely lunches without the angst of having to get back to work, lose weight and become an award winning actor. So youre probably thinking, ‘Pick a number and stand in line Mr Sid. Well, through a 45-minute inspirational talk, Harry takes the audience on a thought-provoking and hysterically funny personal journey of Greek madness and over-catered Sunday lunches, leaving his comfort zone of the radio to follow his dream, finding his truth, winning a Naledi Theatre Award for ‘Hairspray, severing the perpetual umbilical cord, loosing 52 kilos and finally accepting that he has all the right not to be, who he isnt! How to change your life and still make it to lunch Sees Harry talking about his own ‘Rude Awakening. Its honest, sincere, theatrical and very, very funny, succeeding to inspire even the biggest of sceptics.




Harry Sideropoulos
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Born in South Africa of Greek descent, Harry Sideropoulos is an award-winning actor, theatre producer, singer, recording artist, voice over artist and Mediterranean cook. He is “…the chocolate velvet voice…” that was on 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Rude Awakening team between the years 1998 and 2004.

Harry is a successful theatre producer and performer with multiple runs of his own hit shows such as the likes of Big Band Blast, No Sugar Canderel Please, Happy Shabalala, Three Minutes Past Love and Songs from the Mediterranean.

Harry is a double Naledi theatre award-recipient for his musical Big Band Blast and for his role as Edna Turnblad in the Broadway musical Hairspray. He has also received 5 Naledi theatre award nominations.

Harry is a successful voice over artist both locally and abroad for radio, TV and cinema. He has also appeared in numerous television short films and adverts.

He is a passionate cook and has recently launched a Mediterranean cooking experience weaving stories, anecdotes, song and dance inspired from his memories of watching his mother in the kitchen. Harry’s unique style of cooking and storytelling has created an amazing demand for his live stage cooking shows. He has performed around the country presenting his food entertainment. Last year he performed at the Good food and wine show as the main act at The Goldcrest Theatre of food. He has staged his shows at The Pudding shop in Parkhurst numerous times, The Pick N Pay Good Food Studio, at Mille Kitchen and at over 90 corporate events around the country.

Harry is also a jazz recording artist - having released his debut CD My Favourite Swings with a 17-piece big band under the baton of maestro Graham Scott and musical arrangements by Bryan Schimmel and Dan Selsick.
Harry is currently working on a new original jazz album with Canadian jazz diva Rita di Gent called “I wanna dress you in chocolate” for release late 2015.

Every two years, Harry performs a series of jazz concerts in Toronto and Montreal together with a stellar ensemble of Canadian musicians and now he has just returned after two sold out concerts in these two cities.

After having taken a four year sabbatical from the public stage, Harry will be back on stage late this year with two very exciting new show offerings. So watch the press for details as he takes the concept of live theatre and food as we know it, and turns it on its head, with a healthy dose of creativity…he calls it ‘A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN RE-IMAGINED”…IT IS AFTER ALL CALLED THEATRE.






Atmosferic
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Atmosferic is the definitive crossover jazz band for any hip, up-market event or celebration that requires musical excellence, a finishing touch of chic sophistication and a generous dose of va va voom!.

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

Soak up the sultry honeyed tones, funky flair and improvisational zest of Wendy Allen Twyford…. fuse it with the deep solid grooves, passionate performance and musical wizardry of Graeme Currie….and you have the essence of Atmosferic.

Wendy fronts the outfit as lead vocalist, adding her spice to the mix with spunky Latin percussion. Graeme is not called The Bass Man for nothing - masterfully transmorphing the groove on his double bass or electric Fender. HIS hip and ever evolving musical arrangements, together with HER adventurous interpretation keep material fresh and organic.

Whether as a 3-piece of Wendy Allen Twyford on vocals, Graeme Currie on double bass and John Fresk on keys 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 colourful soundscape to get your party pulsing on the dance floor…




Jody Wayne
Barn Dance and Country Artists (Johannesburg)
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Born in Bangalore India of Canadian parents, Jody accompanied his parents when they relocated to Rhodesia via a short time in England. After completing high school, Jody teamed up with Mike Shannon to launch THE DIAMONDS. THE DIAMONDS later moved to Australia and, subsequent to their departure, Jody started to appear on Rhodesia Television to much acclaim in the 60s. Jody went solo, winning the South African Song Festival in 1965 with A Voice in the Dark. A long series of hits followed this breakthrough. During this time Jody formed THE JODY WAYNE SCENE which later became GUYS and DOLLS. In the 70s Jody turned his hand to producing other artists including Barbara Ray, Gwynneth Ashley Robins, Neil Herbert and The Stockley Sisters, some of whom he discovered. Jody continues to ‘wow’ audiences across South Africa with his unique brand of singing and remains one of the most sought after wedding singers – his ‘Wedding Song’ having secured the Number 1 spot on local charts for literally months in 1971 and 1972!




Locnville
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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“I’ve got the sun in my pocket and the moon in my hands”

As the debut single ‘Sun In My Pocket’ begins to sweep over the South African and International musical landscape like a gasoline fuelled dance rocket, the name Locnville is on the tip of everybody’s tongues from Cape Town and London through to Paris and Los Angeles. The New York born and South African raised twins; Andrew and Brian Chaplin are fast becoming the most talked about electrodance duo on the planet. They were the “buzz act” at the Midem international music conference in Cannes in January 2010 and have already been named ‘Record of the Day’ (and Week) by the international AandR website of the same name sparking an international bidding war for their album.

Having spent the better part of their lives immersed in the music industry, recording their first single
‘Amnesia’ at the age of 7, Brian and Andrew have been preparing for this moment their entire lives.
Previous work with South African producer Gabi Le Roux and a band called III saw them releasing an album on MXIT – a social messaging platform, which went on to achieve Double Platinum download sales status, and made them the first group in South African music history to release an album in this format. But they were never really satisfied until the birth of Locnville – a name of which the origin the boys choose to keep a mystery.

As ‘Sun In My Pocket’ begins to epitomize who Locnville are, and how they see the world, it’s only a matter of time before everything explodes. Just what is ‘Sun In My Pocket’ all about…really?
As Andrew shares – “Sun In My Pocket is actually a pretty funny one. I wrote the chorus without my brother and he didn’t like it at first. The inspiration for the song didn’t really come from anything specific, more the world as a whole. We’re basically saying that you control your world by metaphorically having the sun in your pocket and the moon in your hands. I think a lot of people get that on some level, and that’s why they enjoy listening to it!”

If these two Charlie Chaplin related twins have anything to do with it – Locnville is going to be taking
over your stereo, your consciousness and your Saturday Night parties, on a permanent basis. If their natural talent and their raw passion to succeed has taken them this far, we can only guess where the next step will land. “We are so excited about the release of the album. We’ve put a lot of work into this whole process, and it’s all really starting to come together now. It’s a fantastic feeling of accomplishment! says Brian.





Tol Mo
Comedians (Johannesburg)
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To him comedy is not just something he does for fun, but a profession that we must respect and honour. A free spirited, compassionate and expressive being is the definition of who he is. His comedy is informative and entertaining because he is and fully inform about what topic. He is more on investigative comedy because he likes observing the unusual. He is inspired by the characters of ordinary people that we normally don’t take in to consideration.

His dream is to position Tembisa Township on the world map. He already has a script that he prepared to the Def Jam Comedy showcase. Who knows when is he going to get a chance to do his madness on that international platform, only God knows! However he knows and believes he is going to make it sooner than later. He already accepted as the truth and only time will confirm.

His comedy represents ordinary people from Township but everyone can relate to his stories, regardless of the background, race or spiritual association. His presence on stage cannot be doubted because his existence is remarkable and no one can resist. He transforms from Mongezi the ordinary guy to same incredible entertaining character when he is facing he microphone.

He is also a socialist, he spend his spare time giving love to his community. He organises comedy
sessions to keep the youth away from the street. If there is something he can’t do is to undermine poor people because they are defiantly rich with love. And there is a lot to lean from does people.
He has adopted a six year old boy. Because he lived in a poverty environment he understands what it is like to be unprivileged. To him poverty is not something he sees on television but something that he evidence on a day basics. His comedy is in a form of heeling and hope to the poor, everyone can think above their limitations.





Garth Taylor
Featured (Johannesburg)
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Garth Taylor believes that music is a universal language that knows no boundaries. Multi-talented is the word that best describes this adult contemporary artist. Taylor writes his own music and lyrics.

He has co produced his 2009 album Stripped Down Soul’d Out. This album sees Taylor going back to his roots. He will focus on creating music that is true to his soul and reminiscent of his debut single, Why. Why remained at number 1 for five consecutive weeks and is now a classic. “Only With You” was at number 1 on Cape Town charts for six consecutive weeks. Other charted hits include Revolution, Tonite, Everyday and his cover, Islands In The Stream. His music has matured and has also remained true to what fans can expect from him, including overtones of jazz and soul.

Garth has shared the stage with industry greats, both local and international, such as Simply Red, Shaggy, Jonathan Butler and the late Brenda Fassie. Having relocated to Johannesburg from Durban. He has created a first-class band with whom he performs around South Africa and abroad. Garths dedication and experience give him tremendous presence on stage.

Crowds experience a memorable experience at every performance. Passionate and talented, his strong vocal delivery and energetic shows draw crowds wherever he performs.




White Collar Club
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Eight men with eight unique stories and one common core idea: this is the White Collar Club.

A collective of men from various parts of the world, the White Collar Club is a vocal collaboration like no other.

Some from music schools; some from internationally acclaimed vocal ensembles; some from funk and soul bands; others from rock bands; performing to thousands of fans across hundreds of stages and supporting top artists on tour – each member of the White Collar Club adds his own ideas to form one unique sound.




Troye the Mentalist
Corporate Illusionists (Johannesburg)
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Troye is a full time international professional entertainer. He has been dazzling his audiences for over 11 years. Troye started out as a professional stage hypnotist in 1997, and has hundreds of amazing shows under his belt. In 2000 Troye was trained by one of the best professional magicians in the country (Jimmy Ritchie). Now, Troye is a seasoned professional magician, specialising in stage mentalism. Troye is the only stage mentalist in Gauteng. He uses a blend of comedy and hypnotic charm, where he creates impressive feats of mind reading, telekinesis, hypnosis and future predictions. Within seconds, he captivates his audience and sends them on a journey of fascination and wonder.




BoB the Party Clown
Clowns, Magicians and Buskers (Johannesburg)
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With a great sense of Humor and ability to capture his young audience, BoB wins the hearts of many children all around. Want a Pirate, or a Ninja or just about any other theme for your party? BoB does a Magic Show, followed by balloon sculpting and even plays great games with the kids if you want him for an extra hour. Remember the magic word!




Tucan Tucan
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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The desire of a group of musicians from different cultures and nationalities such as South Africa, Argentina and Mozambique, to unite and fuse different styles of music, resulted in the launch of TUCAN TUCAN. Through its music, TUCAN TUCAN overcomes boundaries, breaks down barriers, brings people together and embraces diverse cultures. TUCAN TUCAN uncovers and explores music in all its aspects: A wealth of ideas, rhythms, sound, instruments and songs. More vibrant than ever, TUCAN TUCAN strives to entertain audiences from all walks by bringing rhythms and melodies that are appealing to a wide audience and yet incorporating a taste of something new that will open a magical door to new musical experiences. The show is an enchanting journey that captures the audience with soulful sounds to energetic uptempo compositions, colourful exotic dancing and band-audience interaction. The bands musical style has been described as a kaleidoskope - where and whenever you listen to this music, its colourful variety fascinates and captures the listener. Latino rhythms like salsa, samba and bossa nova, and African elements such as those utilised in Kwasa Kwasa, Marrabenta and Ju Ju are used in the compositions. With these elements, a unique sound is created, which appeals to both local and international audiences. With lyrics in Spanish, Portuguese, English and African languages (including Sesotho, Xhosa, Zulu, Ronga and Shangaan), Tucan Tucan aims to promote interaction between diverse cultures.




Trevor Duffy
Corporate Illusionists (Johannesburg)
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A highly motivated, well experienced Magician-Performer, Corporate Entertainer and lecturer of magic, now residing in Johannesburg South Africa. Trevor also innovates and produces a number of very high quality magicians’ tricks and props, with a wide range of magic products on offer.

As a magician and entertainer, Trevor has performed at business functions, product launches and trade shows for such companies as L’Oréal, Liberty Life, Old Mutual, Kelloggs, Venture Web, Foskor, Aspen Pharmacare, Kolok and ICL.

Trevor has travelled extensively performing his magic tricks at events in the United States, England, Australia, and a number of countries in Africa.

Bedazzle your friends or clients with a magic show or strolling close-up magic at your next event or business function!





Zami
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Cape Town’s status as a hotbed of musical creativity got a boost with the release of Zami’s debut album, 2006 titled simply ‘Shades Of Me’, the 14-track offering lays bare the considerable talent of a singer that many in the industry have been aware of for some years. In fact, in this, 25-year-old Zami is no newcomer to the scene, having performed with some of the leading lights of the South African music industry as a singer, among them Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse. Zami also provided the critically acclaimed vocals for the Spencer Mbadu Sextet at the 2007 Cape Town International Jazz Festival earlier last year, proving she’s a vocalist of real range. Indeed, it’s this – Zami’s astonishing ability to tackle everything from straight-ahead jazz to rootsy traditional music – that is the standout featured of ‘Shades Of Me’. Her versatility to work around the entertainment industry includes the Barnyard theatre as a lead singer for “Dimonds and Dust” at Barnyard Theatres and an educational Puppet show, Monkey tales for preschools raising awareness about child abuse with Arrep theatre for life.. She is also a Jingle vocalist for Television and Radio commercials as well as appearing on them like the Vodafone 5yrs back, Mtn 3yrs back and Motorrola a month ago.. As easy as she is to work with she always dedicates her focus and provide a creative input to whatever medium of entertainment she is involved with, whether on set, stage, studio. She lives her passion.




Paul Ferns
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Paul Ferns was born in the small town of Lydenburg in Mpumalanga. His mother was a professional musician who played extensively in the region. Paul started playing the accordion at age 9 and recorded his first LP, “Mossie maar Man” at age 14. The album included several of his own compositions of which Accordion Rock and Roll enjoyed the most airtime on the then Springbok Radio and LM Radio. Paul left school at the age of 16 to pursue a professional career in music and started off with Nico van Rensburg, twice winner of the SABC Boeremusiek Competition. Paul’s career was launched and after more than 50 years in the music industry he is highly respected by his peers and modern day musicians. A 70’s newspaper article referred to him as “the man with The Golden fingers “As a versatile musician, being able to play 27 instruments, Paul Ferns and his band is sought after by many singers as backing band. Versatility is not only limited to the instruments but also to different genres of music. From light rock, rock, pop, country, light classical to French, Italian, Portuguese and Afrikaans. Paul Ferns and his band have featured in numerous TV shows, latest being Kyknet produced Villa Rosa and Kwêla and feature films such as “Geel trui vir ‘n wenner” which starred Deon van Zyl, Hennie Smit and was produced by Frans Marx.




Donna McCallum
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Everyone has the potential, and the right, to live the life of his or her dreams. Donna McCallum aka the Fairy Godmother, helps and inspires individuals and organizations to identify their objectives, dreams and goals and the disciplines needed to achieve them. Her fun, light and magical talk The Power of Dreams and Goals – how to powerfully create your life will have your team enthralled as she takes you a delightful journey of self-discovery and examination and gives you practical tools to turn goals into reality and get the results you want. With interesting stories, teaching and participative exercises and a sprinkle of fairy dust, this hour will ignite and energize your staff and get them clear on individual or team goals. Over the last two years Donna has helped over 1000 individuals in South Africa and Europe to realize their dreams and has helped big organizations like Nedbank, Mica Hardware, Sun International etc. align their teams and start getting the results that they want. Her success has led to her being approached by South Africa’s largest publisher to write a book. Prior to being a Fairy Godmother, Donna McCallum was a successful entrepreneur who has started, run and sold a number of successful businesses in both Marketing and IT.




Velvet Motion Duo
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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Velvet Motion Duo features Heidi Bouwer on vocals, saxophone and violin, and Corné Dannhauser on vocals, trumpet, flute and electric solo bass. Heidi was named by Nataniël as one of South Africa’s top five female singers. She has an impressive background in the performing arts, including 20 years in theatre, television exposure and cabaret. Corné follows hot on Heidi’s heels with his own impressive history in the entertainment industry as performer,songwriter and composer who has worked with local and international stars. They have performed at numerous weddings including that of the advisor to the Minister of Health – Ray Mabope and corporate functions for companies like Ford, Sasol, 3M, BP, Riviera International Hotel, Capri Linen, Stellenbosch Farmers Winery, Gauteng Provincial Government, Boland Rugby Union, Daimler-Chrysler, Parktown College of Vocational Education,The Salvation Army, ABSA, Hannover Reinsurance Group, National Government, Sun City, Lanseria International Airport, PA Group, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Rand Merchant Bank, Price Waterhouse Coopers, etc. They have a large repertoire including jazzy music from the 1930’s and ‘40’s,songs from musicals and adult contemporary. They lean more to the sophisticated and is the perfect choice if you require a big sound with lots of live instruments and vocals but are on a tight budget. Their strongest point is their cross-cultural appeal. Beautiful vocals and clever instrumentals, they are an incredibly talented and fresh duo.




Velvet Motion Jazz Quartet
Jazz Bands (Johannesburg)
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The fabulous Velvet Motion Jazz Quartet is the perfect answer to a classy event that will benefit from a bigger look live band. They will woo audiences with their renditions of music from the 1930’s and ‘40’s, some Latin tunes and music from the musicals. They have been entertaining at corporate functions,weddings and other upmarket functions since 2001. They are not your typical Quartet due to the fact that their front person plays various instruments and is an incredible vocalist. This amazing band is headed by performing artist extra-ordinaire Heidi Bouwer. Heidi is one of the finest female vocalists on the South African landscape. She started playing violin and piano before school and added saxophone later in her life. She brings these years of experience on the instruments, as well as years of theatre experience, television appearances and other performances as actress, dancer and multi-instrumentalist to the table. She is accompanied by well known bass player, Corné Dannhauser, on electric and double bass, veteran and master on the jazz guitar, Luke van der Merwe, and probably the most used drummer in the country, Vinnie Henrico. The Velvet Motion Jazz Quartet has impressed people in the know like the world famous Darius Brubeck. They will surely do the same for you! This format might be expanded or changed for whatever the need may be.




Freshlyground
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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Freshlyground formed in early 2002, and is made up of seven talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. The experienced rhythm section of Peter Cohen (drums) and Josh Hawks (bass) is complimented by guitarist Julio Sigauque, keyboardist Seredeal Scheepers, Simon Attwell (flute, mbira, sax and harmonica) and violinist Kyla Rose Smith. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.

In 2003 Freshlyground launched their debut album, Jika Jika under their own Freeground Records label, the immediate success of which firmly cemented the band as one of South Africa’s most successful young acts.

Freshlyground released their second studio album Nomvula in July 2004. Nomvula was recorded and produced by JB Arthur and Sibusiso Victor Masondo. The album sparked interest from Sony BMG Africa, who signed the band and released Nomvula in September that year. Radio quickly picked up on the single ‘Doo Be Doo’ and the catchy song went on to become a crossover favorite amongst a diverse spread of stations and their listeners. ‘Doo Be Doo’ was the most played song in South Africa in 2005. The major success of ‘Doo Be Doo’ was followed by the singles ‘I’d Like’, ‘Zithande’, ‘Things Have Changed’ and the title track of the album Nomvula.

The album sold 300 000 units in South Africa alone- earning it multi-platinum status. The success and broad appeal of the band was celebrated in November 2006 when Freshlyground won the MTV Europe Award in the category Best African Act. The award placed the band firmly on the international music map and earned them further recognition on home soil as significant South African cultural exports.

The success of Nomvula was followed by that of Ma Cheri - Freshlyground’s third studio album, released in September 2007. The album’s release was followed by a major South African tour attended by over 25 000 people across four cities. The tour was produced by Freshlyground and supported by Volkswagen South Africa. The tour successfully raised the performance and production standards of local touring, putting the band on par with international acts in terms of production scale and value. Ma Cheri sold multi platinum in South Africa and the single Pot Belly became another major crossover success.

In 2009 Freshlyground did 4 sold out tours in Europe. They also toured for the first time in China, the United States of America and Canada, making the band one of a handful of South African acts to have a successful and sustainable career both internationally and at home.

A few years on Freshlyground are a still a sensation. In South Africa audiences of every race cram in to see them. Old people get up and dance. Hip black teenagers sing to their lyrics. White kids emulate their moves. The very presence of this band in South Africa is a promise for a harmonious future. But they don’t sit still for a picture.




Denim
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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DENIM, widely regarded as one of SA’s Top Live Acts and Party Bands, have a string of hits to their name, and performances at some of the most prestigious events in SA. The group has received numerous accolades for both their music and their performance. The list of blue chip clients that have booked them for their corporate events includes Microsoft, ABI, SAB, Edcon, Standard Bank, Nedbank, Boxing SA, Sun International, Unilevers, De Beers, and Colgate etc.

They have wowed audiences at clubs and festivals both across the country and abroad. In 2004 they completed the largest ever Southern African tour by an SA artist, comprising of over 125 shows in SA, Swaziland and Botswana etc, and all this was done in just six weeks! Shortly thereafter they spread their wings and ended an incredible year with a huge New Years Eve bash on the beach at one of the top hotels in Dubai. Tempted by the international shore, they spent almost six weeks during August and September 2005 traveling across England, Ireland and Dubai, where they were invited to perform at numerous clubs and festivals including the world renowned Notting Hill Carnival. On their return to SA, DENIM embarked on a five city national tour that was hosted by SUN INTERNATIONAL and was held at some of the top venues in the country including Hanover (CT), Krakatoa (DBN), The Boardwalk (PE), Sun City and Club 29 (Kimberly).

The true mark of their success is that they have been booked over and over again by the same clients, event companies, festival organizers and club owners, proving that not only is the group professional to work with and an obvious hit with their audience but a very hard act to follow!
Denim has received over a million rand in sponsorships and endorsements and have written and produced various tracks for television, including the theme music for Take 5 and Kids News Room. They have been invited to perform for various prestigious functions and charity events, the most recent being Zinzie Mandela’s Birthday Party where they performed, yet again, in front of Nelson Mandela.

Despite their busy schedule the group has still managed to find the time to give back to their community. They have strong ties with three incredible organizations, Reach for a Dream, The Variety Club and CHOC, but have also worked with many other worthy charitable organizations.
With a well-earned reputation as one of SA’s Best Live Acts, DENIM is a band not to be missed!




Tasha Baxter
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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After several years of carving a niche as one of South Africa’s most accomplished songwriters, vocalists and DJs, Tasha Baxter, has finally stepped out from behind-the-scenes, onto the solo stage. And - as those in the industry who hold her in high regard always predicted - it hasn’t taken Baxter long to make an impression on the South African music scene with her debut album, ‘Colour Of Me’. Already the first two radio singles off the album, ‘Who’s Sorry Now’ and ‘Fade To Black’, are clocking up some serious airtime, the latter track reaching number one on several stations, including regional heavyweight Highveld Stereo and the former remaining a spectacularly strong radio calling card, months after it debuted. The cherry on top now comes with having been nominated for 4 top SA music award nominations and taking home 2 SAMA’s with best Newcomer and best Pop. In fact, so damn pop-perfect are these two songs that the one problem facing Baxter, and her record company, is convincing music fans that she’s South African. But once they discover she’s homegrown, Baxter’s indie pop, electronica-tinged music rapidly becomes a firm favourite with fans based in the country, as the growing demand for live performances testifies to.




Tony Leon
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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For nearly twenty years Tony Leon has been a Member of Parliament in South Africa, and for thirteen years he led the Democratic Alliance and its predecessor. He is the longest serving Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, since the advent of democracy in April 1994. He led and grew his party from its marginal position on the brink of political extinction into the second largest political force in South Africa. A trained lawyer, Tony Leon actively participated in the critical constitutional negotiations which led to the birth of a democratic South Africa and served as a co-chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly’s Theme Committee on Fundamental Rights. He has been at the forefront of national and international events, both as a front-ranking parliamentarian and renowned orator and writer and as a Vice-President of Liberal International. He has addressed the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), London, the Institute for Strategic Studies, London, the International Policy Network, London, the Council on Foreign Relations (Washington DC, and New York City), the Alliance of Democrats, Rome, and the World Economic Forum in South Africa, the German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin, and the European Parliament, Brussels. Tony Leon has been widely published in academic journals and in the media and has authored articles for Time Magazine, The Spectator, Harvard International Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph. He has published two books: “Hope and Fear: Reflections of a Democrat” (Jonathan Ball 1998) and “On the Contrary: Leading the Opposition in a Democratic South Africa” (Jonathan Ball 2008). After standing down from the leadership of the opposition in 2007, he was awarded a Fellowship at the Institute of Politics, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was born and educated in KwaZulu Natal, graduated BA.LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and is a qualified attorney. He lives in Cape Town with his wife Michal.




Julian and Jiana
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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Julian Laxton and Jiana are available for shows, gigs, corporate functions and private parties. As they are only a 2 piece band they are available for very reasonable prices. They have a great sound and our repertoire consists of about 60 songs of all types of music from the sixties to the present.




Abbott and Crabb
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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A crazy comedy/musical duo who have been around on the South African pub and club circuit for the past 21 years – owing to a major identity crisis neither Dave nor Henry are really sure if they should be categorised as musicians, comedians or actors?!! We see them as a perfect combination of the three! The duo has become one of the bastions of the South African entertainment, cabaret and pub circuit. They have performed at prestigious venues such as Sun City and The Carousel as well as neighbouring countries Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. In fact it’s probably easier to mention the few places that they haven’t played, rather than the many places where their brand of comedy and music has had audiences shouting for more. They have been together for the last 20 years, which makes them one of the oldest surviving bands in the country. (Dave and Henry aren’t too sure whether this is good or bad). Over the last ten years they have settled in Johannesburg, both married, with children, but this does not stop them from travelling to play at distant venues on a “one off” basis. Their reputation has been built around a show which combines stand-up comedy and sketches, with a strong musical performance, based around their considerable vocal and instrumental abilities. With vocals, guitars, violin, banjo and assorted props there is a continual change of sound and mood during their show, whether you’re laughing, dancing or singing along, it will be PARTY TIME!! They have recorded an album of their own songs called “AT LAST”, which was released in 1990 and sold well getting extensive airplay. Dave and Henry say another album, this time recorded LIVE, has been recorded and is currently being mixed for national release soon. This then is ABBOTT AND CRABB, enjoy them, they’ll be around for a long time yet.




Andrew Lester
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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Andrew Lester began performing as a musician in his matric year at K.E.S., and continued performing while studying a BA degree at RAU. During this time he did several solo gigs and joined the successful cover band ‘Strangeways’, with previous members of ‘Communiqué’. He then went on to front local original act ‘Barefoot Buddha’, who played gigs throughout South Africa and enjoyed regional radio success. After these projects, Andrew started ‘57’, a project with which he is currently still involved and which has afforded him the opportunity of performing at arenas and festivals. After completing his BA, Andrew began performing full time, and enrolled for the Bachelor of Music course at Wits University. There he studied under Jonathan Crossley, while continuing studies with Nick Carter and Carlo Mombelli. Andrew has performed as a solo musician for the last seven years, including a residency at the Lesotho Sun. Andrew’s musical tastes are evident in his solo repertoire. He has made a point of avoiding all the ‘one man band’ clichés, and tries to perform songs which are both hugely popular with his audience, and unique to him. This approach has afforded him a successful musical career and has resulted in a show, which is refreshing, both for himself as a performer, and for the audience.




Andrew Simms
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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A professional approach towards achieving top musical entertainment for presentations, award ceremonies, product launches, general business functions, wedding receptions and galas. Andrew plays the guitar, saxophone, sings and uses the latest equipment to present the sound of a full band. Congas, bongos, chimes, tambourines, cabasa, combined with lighting and disco create a great visual sound effect. Available as solo musician and DJ with full disco rig, lighting and smoke machine.




Axent
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Michael and Guido toured the middle East, (Muscat, Dubai)playing in the intercontinental hotel group from 2003 till 2005. Since then they have been playing in and around Cape Town, everywhere from Grand West Casino to the top of table mountain. They have played pubs, business functions, weddings and private parties. Their motto: No gig to big or too small! Michael is also composer and singer for the Going Nowhere Slowly theme tune and is currently involved with a side project with Guido called “One Day Remains”. The band is known for its very energetic live performances and great crowd interaction. People get to experience the bands sense of humor while listening to a great selection of songs, from pop to rock, 60’s, 70’ right up to 2008.




Synchronised Swimmers
Speciality (Johannesburg)
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Wanting to provide your clients with a unique form of elegant entertainment at those poolside events? Think no further than the poise and beauty associated to the art of synchronised swimming - a hybrid combination of swimming, dance and gymnastics comprising individuals, duets, teams or combos. Accompanied by dynamic music tracks, these superb athletes perform their art form in a unique and highly dignified manner - they display strength, endurance, grace and rhythm, while holding their breath for exceptionally long periods of time while performing complicated, coordinated dance movements in the swimming pool. Indeed, the intricate sport demands advanced water skills, and requires endurance, artistry and precise timing. Our own team comprises 6 of these super fit athletes – all Gauteng based ladies with a history of hard work and excellent results. Corporate displays being their specialty, the client’s theme is taken seriously and, if need be swimmers costumes can be provided either in theme or corporate colours.




Los Ninos
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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South Africa’s top Latin-American entertainment band, available for carnivals, corporate events (Spanish, Mexican themes etc) and typical Latin American functions. Also available as a one-man-band ‘El Nino’. On request, Los Ninos can provide Latin American or Spanish dancers to add extra flavour to the function.




Navi Redd
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Let’s face it, men singing a capella has never been an unsightly occurrence…and these a capella rebels bend all rules and regulations of this genre. 100% testosterone, 120% talent, eye candy, ear candy…

“A capella” of course meaning: No musical instruments, no back-tracks…using nothing other than brilliant vocal chords and astounding techniques, this together with eight hilarious personalities on stage, ensures that crowds are up on their feet after every single performance.

Navi Redd is an a capella group with a sting in its tail and its repertoire includes anything from Grease and The Beach Boys to Johnny Clegg and Steve Hofmeyr. Since the group’s inception early in 2004, Navi Redd have been amusing crowds all over South Africa, and the Brand Name has grown to be loved by the public and widely respected by all involved in the entertainment industry … A cappella for the people!




Tokyo Groove
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Sangoma is no stranger to the music industry, as the front man of the incredibly successful group DENIM, he has had the opportunity to perform to the crème de la crème both locally and internationally, had a string of hits and performed at some of the most prestigious events in SA, received numerous accolades for both their music and their performance, completed the largest ever Southern African tour by an SA artist, spent almost six weeks travelling across England, Ireland and Dubai and produced various tracks for television.

Now performing as a solo artist, he brings with him the wealth and knowledge that took DENIM to the heights of stardom.

Having already featured on a number of different artist albums, including Gloria Bosman, Dawnay and of course, DENIM’s hugely successful “…in the making” album, he has finally decided to start performing on his own.

Whilst Sangoma still makes sure that he appeals to a wide audience by playing everything from Hope Joanna to My Girl, he has definitely taken a different direction. His personal influences have always been rock and reggae, and he is now incorporating this style of music much more into his performances. Throw in some Nickelback, Nirvana and Bob Marley and you begin to understand why this new act is taking the market by storm.

His incredible stage presence is dynamic and his vocal ability has reached new heights, amazing audiences by switching from reggae to American rock the way one would change a cd.

Whilst Sangoma is currently performing as a four-piece band – Tokyo Groove, he has incorporated two new concepts into his performance, showing the incredible diversity of this artist and his understanding of the market, with an option of either an Acoustic Performance or a Corporate Show Band.




Mean Mr Mustard
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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South Africa’s foremost party band, Mean Mr Mustard, brings an all new line-up and repertoire to the scene – bringing the best of contemporary pop, rock and dance music to venues across the country. For the first time in the band’s 12-year career, a female vocalist lends the 4-musician group to perform songs by artists such as Lady Gaga, Pink, Katy Perry and many more. Our fans can also look forward to hearing chart-topping Mean Mr Mustard originals like Only When It Rains, Angel, Does Anyone Know, and the party rock anthem: Build Me Up Buttercup.

Our newly directed and produced stage show is supported by a 15kW sound system with own backline, lighting and crew – catering for up to 1000 people. Stages and other rigging are also available.


Suitable for any music festival, private function or club, our vast repertoire caters for all demographics.







Abbey Artico
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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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.




African Drummers
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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A combination, ranging from 2 to 12 dynamic drummers who provide your guests with the throbbing rhythms associated to the African bush.

Our drummers perform with an array of drums, from the hand slapping Djemba to the reverb of the larger bass units and can, with the use of waist belts move amongst the guests.





African Marimba Bands
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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8 to 24 piece combinations incorporating alto, tenor, bass marimba instruments and tribal drums all played by our team of talented and highly energetic warriors, backed up with dynamic female African dancers and singers, together featuring an array of songs from deep within the African bush – highly audience inter-active!

Ideal for welcoming committees either at airports or airstrips, group registrations or ambient background music within African themed events.

Early bookings advisable!





African Tribal Shows
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Available in numerous cast combinations from 12 – 80 piece, all featuring the song and dance routines of the Southern African tribes including the Sotho, Tswana, Shangaan, Xhosa and Zulu and a good measure of traditional gumboot dancing, all expertly narrated with colorful costume changes. Fast moving and action packed, the show can be tailor-made to run from 15-45 minutes and is suitable for practically any African themed event, from Boma functions to welcoming and/or farewell committees.

Our Tribal showcases offer, as standard practice two or three drummers coupled with singing, torch-bearing maidens as a welcoming committee outside the actual function venue.

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Amampondo
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Amampondo, South Africa’s top percussion and marimba group was formed in 1979 and was originally made up of seven young men from Langa Township, outside Cape Town. Amampondo from the Xhosa tribe, whose ancestral pastures are in Pondoland (Transkei) in the Eastern Cape, chose this name to reflect their strong desire to preserve Southern African traditional music and instruments, keeping them alive and growing. Twenty years later Mandla Lande, Simpiwe Matole, Nkululeko Michael Ludonga, Zandisile Blackie Mbizela, Mzwandile Qotoyi, together with the newer members are still bound by their dedication to preserving their culture. In 1981 they played their first gig at a venue in the city called the Scratch Club, between Shortmarket Street and Longmarket Street There was increasing international interest in the music, theatre and arts emanating from the struggle in South Africa, with shows such as Ipi Tombi travelling to Europe and the USA. Amampondo got their first international break travelling to Israel in 1984, staying on a Kibbutz for eight months. They began to tour all over the world - to the Edinburgh festival in 1986 - to Reunion - Taiwan - and many other countries. Living in London in 1988, Amampondo were asked to play at Nelson Mandelas seventieth birthday concert at Wembley. This spectacular performance established their international reputation as South Africa’s best traditional group and was seen by millions on television worldwide. They recorded an album Give Praise Where Praise Is Deserved with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, after he won the Nobel Peace Prize and became ambassadors of South African music, being recommended by Nelson Mandela after his release from prison. It was he who nominated them to represent their country at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games held in Atlanta in 1996 and for a very successful tour of Japan, in 1995.




Amatini
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Based loosely on London’s West End sell-out “Stomp’, Amatini Afrika, our 35 minute stage show is structured around the spontaneity associated to the music and humour of South Africa’s factory laborers and nannies of the 1950s – an era when conventional musical equipment was unrealistically expensive and hence extremely hard to come by! Clad in colorful aprons and ‘doekies’, overalls, ‘bandanas’ and gumboots our energetic cast re-live (and introduce their delighted audiences) to the musical creativity of the era by producing a range of crazy percussionary rhythms and sounds from a rather strange array of unorthodox musical equipment, including domestic brooms, kitchen pots and pans, dustbins, washboards, Coca Cola bottles and cans, galvanised pipes and baths, paraffin tins, plastic buckets, chains ...unlike ‘Stomp’ our cast utilize items highly African in both look and sound! Our male laborers on the other hand come clad in red ‘bandanas, an array of colorful overalls and of course gumboots - later used for a hilarious gumboot dance sketch. Ideal as a pre-dinner ‘filler’, late evening cabaret spot, a lively piece of entertainment during pre-dinner drinks or simply a spontaneous interlude our Amatini show, while largely self-contained is ideally presented on a 6m x 4,8m stage with a tad of colorful lighting (provided by most venues). For larger (and hence noisier) incentive groups it is advisable to incorporate stage-floor and overhead microphones.




Chaka Zulu Screen Burst
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Imagine your guests have just enjoyed a great dinner, either in a Boma or in a sophisticated indoor venue – the red wine is flowing and the atmosphere is animated…relaxed…jovial!

Suddenly they are plunged into darkness - panic races across your mind - What’s happened…. Has the power tripped…? Will the evening be ruined…? Where are the damned maintenance team!!!

But your concerns are instantly forgotten as you become aware of drums - approaching – was that a Zulu war cry in the distance …there it is again, but wait – this sounds like an entire Zulu impi … out there ... In the darkness … and it’s getting closer!

Your guests are stunned into silence…

Then, rising out of the mists of time battle scenes from the epic ‘Chaka Zulu’ is before you – projected onto a large paper screen mounted at the rear of a stage.

You start to relax as you realise that this isn’t real…. Just a movie, when suddenly the Zulus, locked in a bloody screen battle just a few seconds ago burst dramatically through the paper screen in full war cry, over the stage and into the ranks of the spellbound audience. It’s as if they’ve have appeared live from the embattled mountains of Zululand to confront you and your guests - and indeed they have...with a dynamic 30-minute stage production depicting the song and dance of darkest Africa ending with a full, fun-filled dance and stage participation with your delighted guests!!!

Our show is hosted by none other than our very own King Chaka who opens the evening’s proceedings with a special ‘onqombothi’ (ceremonial beer-sharing) with the leader of your guest delegation.

We at hands on are proud to offer you this unique African staging concept, designed to knock the socks off your international incentive customer and available at practically any venue – indoors or outdoors, from Sun City to Cape Town!





Soweto Childrens Tribal Choir
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Always popular with International Incentive groups our childrens choirs, ranging from 20 to 60 present powerful repertoires ranging from gospel to contemporary songs, from The Lords Prayer to Shoshalosa - all presented with the enthusiasm, zest and passion for which the African nation is known! Performances run from 15 -45 and are generally booked as welcoming committees, event openers, function interludes or main features.




Mens
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Mens started when Johann and Marius decided to re-vamp old classic Afrikaans hits into something that would appeal to the younger generation, but keeping it authentic to the original song, thus not loosing the older generation as an audience. After various live performances, the response was so good that they decided to record the album “Twee Kamers.” They then joined forces with bassist Guido Helm and guitarist Grant Fouche to complete the line up. Individually all the members have had successful careers in music. Johann has done albums with numerous bands, last one being Wickhead who launched 3 albums, 3 music videos and 3 full-on national tours, enjoyed main slots on main stages at all the festivals in the country and had 3 singles on the top 40. Marius was involved with Black Camel, who have had various singles on national radio and have played all the major festivals. He is also involved in Afrikaans songwriting and has put together a concept album which has also received some interest to be taken to theatre. Guido formed and was part of Kelvin Declined amongst many other bands, with whom he released an album, toured the country and received extensive radio play and TV coverage, even on MTV. He also toured the Middle East, playing at Intercontinental Hotel groups in Dubai and Oman. Hes shared the stage with acts like Seether and Irish band The Commitments to name but a few. Grant performed with Sandbox for the last six years who have built a reputation as one of the most entertaining and energetic live acts in the country, playing corporates, private parties and popular venues like Firkin Centurion. “Twee Kamers” is a professionally recorded product that will appeal to a huge market. Any Afrikaans person would know at least 90% of the songs that are on the album. Its a fun, feelgood, uplifting, “ lekker luister” album for young and old, with a bit of nostalgia that would make you want to listen to it again and again. Mens is currently in the process of writing their own brand of Afrikaans songs which will be released on a follow up album in the near future. The band is already developing a distinctive and unique sound which impresses people wherever they perform.




Lira
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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Youve no doubt heard the name before, but you can be sure that youve never heard anything like the South African Singers latest release.
Sound like an over-the-top claim? Then take a listen to this phenomenal singer and we guarantee youll be left astonished at just what the artist can do with her exceptional vocal gift! In short, theres barely a trace of the Lira that most people came to know several years back when she was considered one of the countrys RandB upstarts – instead, Lira lays claim to a destiny thats likely to see her confirmed as one of the greatest artists of her generation and a contemporary jazz artist of real substance.

Everything about Lira’s style defies expectations – the astonishing musicality that defines every song presentation, the wide-ranging scope of the material and, mostly, Liras quite devastating vocal gift.

Its this – Liras voice – that occupies the spotlight! Capable of conveying gritty intensity, raw emotion and light-hearted delights, it moves with the sureness of someone whos finally come home.


At turns soulful, at others jazzy or pop Lira has placed herself firmly alongside the country’s greatest singers – and unquestionably has what it takes to occupy a spot on the global stage.





Stok
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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The origins of Stok were discovered during a technical rehearsal for another show. An interminable delay led to Jahn and Leon messing around with drumsticks, and the resultant twelve-second skit was so stupidly funny that the rehearsal came to a juddering halt. Chaos was born, Art shuddered, and the result is the show that you are about to see. In essence, Stok respectfully pokes fun at “Serious Art”. We found much of the inspiration for the show by having spent most of our lives trapped in horrible Eisteddfod Halls watching people, with conviction; demolish everyone from Bach to Bartok. It takes a slightly “off” mind to ally the talents of Luciano Pavarrotti with the Friends that Stok has lumped him with, not to mention the chaos which can unfold when William Tell meets two chickens. We are quite sure that what happens during tonights performance of Bachs Prelude #1, Book 1, will demonstrate quite aptly the mayhem which often happens in performances, but which the public never sees, and if you think that youre the only one who has bad days at work, consider this: Its hard enough trying to play Mozart properly, but when the universe conspires against you, its well nigh impossible. In conclusion: We have too much love for music to perform it badly, and so we will try to perform it beautifully. We hold ourselves entirely responsible for the chaos which will surround it, and invite you to enjoy the evening, for tonight the Arts will not suffer, but your stomach muscles will…God help us all.




Afro Vibe
Jazz Bands (Johannesburg)
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Possibly one of the most sought after jazz bands in the entire country - African Sunrise, led by super-talented Anthony Maonde present their audiences with an excellent array of mood music ranging from township jazz and rock to South American blues, the Beatles to Elton john or, should the mood call for sheer sophistication, the elegant big band sounds associated to swing maestro – Glen Miller!

Excelling as a four piece unit, comprising the magical combination of saxophone, keyboards, bass and drums the band also avail themselves as a duo, comprising saxophone and keyboards or trio with the inclusion of bass.

Afro Vibe – musicianship at it’s very best!!




Kedibone Mulaudzi
Comedians (Johannesburg)
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“He’s good. Actually he’s very good.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Celebrated South African comedian Kedibone Mulaudzi is in constant demand as both a headline act and MC across the national circuit. He was part of the support act for Chris Rock’s SA tour and is one of the highest booked comics for on the corporate circuit..

Kedibone has performed in Tanzania, Washington DC, Zambia, London, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana where he was recognised as a comedy genius with his hilarious punch lines. He’s been a professional comic since 2003 and is vigorously developing new comedy talent in SA through his Nubreed School of Comedy . He is developing Gospel Comedy in SA and his sets were screened recently on SABC1’s Joyous Celebration.

Kedibone has been commissioned to write a monthly humour column for Kulula.com’s in-flight magazine.









Crafts Ladies
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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A wonderful opportunity to present your guests with an authentic, scaled down representation of the true Zulu village, to boot with a team of up to 20 skilled crafts-ladies, all expert in the making of colourful traditional bead blazons including necklaces, bracelets, headwear, skirts, leg-bands, place mats etc. Should your function restrict topless crafts ladies, they will wear traditional beaded bras.




Diamonds and Dust
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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A tale of Africa featuring instantly recognisable songs that are now an intrinsic part of African life and culture!

Indeed, if you got goose bumps when you saw Nelson Mandela, clad proudly in his Springbok jersey accept the 1995 Rugby World Cup trophy, or if you sing along to Toto’s Africa, the song used in the beer advert depicting a man pushing his home brew through the streets of New York, or perhaps where the white farmer offers his stranded African friend a Klippies and Coke…met eish!...then this show will have you dancing on the tables and partying in true South African style.
While the show is true to the roots of local music (raw talent, interaction and energy being it’s central theme) it is a cosmopolitan rather than a fully ethnic production appealing not only to South Africans, but to International Incentive groups alike – a true taste of the dance and music of our Rainbow nation!

The show kicks off in the swinging 40’s and 50’s with the music of the Kwela – an era when the cheerful sounds of the pennywhistle filled the streets of Soweto and Sophiatown. It progresses to the notorious Shebeen era – a period of Kwela Jazz which featured the bluesy sounds of the saxophone instead of the pennywhistle, and then pays tribute to the great Miriam Makeba with her infamous Click Song and Pata Pata.
The set continues with a medley of showstoppers in the vein of Shosholoza / Nkosi Sikele / Weeping presented in a beautiful a capela arrangement, and a powerful rendition of The Warrior and Mama Tembus Wedding from the world famous musical, Ipi ‘n Tombi.
The second set covers more recent years, with powerful renditions of a number of SA hits, including Paradise Road, My African Dream, Impi, Shadow, Diamonds on the Souls of My Shoes, Jabulani and Africa.
Diamonds and Dust, comprising 2 x 60 minutes sets (can be trimmed accordingly) features a 12-member cast with Hlengiwe Lushaba, Zami Mdimgi and Neliswa Sampi on female vocals with Percy Smith on male vocals – the cast are joined by newcomers Vuyo Myoli and Aubrey Poo.
The six dynamic vocalists get strong musical back-up from David Hoko on guitar, Ringo Ndzuzo on bass guitar, Gerry Mbowa on drums and Vusunzi Maseko on keyboards. A swinging brass section comprises Blackie Tempi on trumpet and the ever-popular Chris Luke on saxophone (and penny whistle).

Need to stray from the purely ethnic production styles which continually flood the local hospitality area? Then look no further than the fabulous Diamonds and Dust!





Gumboot Dancers
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Unrivalled in demand, our energetic Gumboot dancers offer a vibrant, yet unique celebration of sheer human triumph – a refreshing, indigenous form of dance developed by the rhythmically gifted migrant labourers from South Africa’s Gold and Coal mines of yesteryear.

Through their hand-clapping, boot-slapping routines perfectly complimented by perfect a-capella song and throbbing drums they never fail to rouse emotions and get the audience’s feet tapping!





Interactive Boomwhacking
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Boomwhackers are brightly coloured plastic tubes that are tuned by length to musical notes. A great way to expand your musicality, boomwhackers are a wonderful follow-on from drumming as they introduce melody. When hit on the hand, each colour boomwhacker produces a different tone, with five different tones in total. The group is split up according to colour of boomwhacker, and within a few minutes, they will be making music together. What happens on the day? To begin, the facilitators split the participants up into colour groups, and then give each group a different rhythm to play. These intertwining rhythms come together to produce a melodious musical composition and the group is taught to make music as one. Before you know it, your group will be making music together, resulting in a strong feeling of unity. Duration: 20 minutes




Interactive Drumming
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Interactive drumming is used to develop unity in the workplace. Each person is provided with a traditional African drum – an accessible musical instrument for non-musicians. Our team of master facilitators and musicians will teach participants how to play and how to listen to one another. Within 15 minutes, the group will be making music together. Background to drumming Drumming has been used in Africa for thousands of years, to mark an occasion or to draw others near. Drums are used at births, initiations, weddings, funerals, celebrations and in preparation for battle. The drumming event has brought this powerful African method to boardrooms, conferences and a variety of functions locally as well as internationally What happens on the day? The team arrive approximately an hour before the starting time and set chairs up in a circle if possible (dependant on layout of the location). The circular set-up represents no hierarchy in the drum circle - all participants are on the same level. Each participant is given a drum. As participants enter the room, they are met with the inviting pulse of the drum. After everyone is seated in front of their drum (and most often, tapping away already), the drum facilitators start off with a drumming performance. With a repertoire of body language signals, they soon get the participants to join in with simple drumming rhythms. As the facilitation progresses, the group is taught to drum together and to make music as one. Duration: 45-80 minutes




Interactive Gumboot Dancing
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Interactive gumboot dancing unleashes energy to any event. We provide each person with a pair of gumboots. Our team will teach your group basic dance routines, and within a few minutes the group will be grooving and stomping together. Background to gumboot dancing Gumboot dancing is a hallmark of traditional South African culture, with its core characteristic of shoes hitting the ground and heels clicking. This powerful method has been brought to boardrooms, conferences and a variety of functions locally as well as internationally. What happens on the day? The team arrives approximately an hour before the starting time in order to set up, and set out the boots (various sizes) for the participants. As the participants approach, they are met with stomping, slapping, clapping and singing. The team starts off with an energized gumboot performance. Dressed in coloured overalls and vests, our performers slap their hands and clap their feet together in an energizing performance of intricate rhythmic patterns. This is followed by a warm-up where everyone is taught very simple gumboot routines. As the facilitation progresses, these routines are placed together to form an interweaving dance. Before you know it, the group will be dancing together. Duration: 45 minutes




King Chaka
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Having an African themed function? Add a degree of authenticity to your African experience by having your function officially sanctified met by the historic king himself! A formal meet and greet as your guests arrive at the function; A formal introduction to the company CEO or most senior member of the occasion including a traditional African beer sharing and group welcoming ceremony. Traditional praise singing – he sings with a rich baritone voice, in his native Nguni language in which he praises and blesses the company, product, motor vehicle, event or award winner/s (in the client’s language choice) with good tidings. Adding substance to the above, King Chaka’s appearance can be enhanced with the optional inclusion of his personal Induna/ drummer. Add African authenticity and fun to your event with an official welcome – from the heart of the African bush!




Moyo Face Painters
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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The traditional ritual of Moyo face painting has rapidly become a winner with international tour groups and local functions alike. Our girls, utilizing ‘easy to remove’ theatre paints are experts at providing the guests with an array of colours and designs – from dots to stripes to the daintiest of flowers! Not only a fun way of complimenting your African evening but also true celebration of ‘feel good’ hospitality and good fortune!




Panflute Busker
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Introducing the soothing sounds of the tubular panflute – a unique instrument, seldom heard in South Africa and expertly presented by maestro busker Victus Samela who developed his musical talents as a busking youngster in the streets of his hometown Soweto. However, striving to better himself as an instrumentalist Victus, scraping his hard earned pennies together purchased a second hand pennywhistle and has since become a sought after musician in African theatre productions countrywide. Victus presents panflute or pennywhistle wither as a solo busker or accompanied by piano – an expertly blended combination!




Pantsula Dancers
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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During the late 1950’s and the 1960’s the youth of South Africas townships - Soweto, Meadowlands, Tsekane and many others, had become exposed to such modern devices as transistor radios which quickly made them aware of music trends throughout the townships.

Ghetto blasters, (as they became known) became prized possessions that loudly amplified such dance routines as the Kwela, Marabi, Jive and upbeat African Jazz! This new music was indeed food for hungry imaginations – a music that commanded attention and respect...that evoked the human body to wriggle, writhe and jerk every limb into a rhythm never before seen!

Just back from the jam packed arenas of Shanghai, China our Pantsula dancers have put a brand new spin on this dynamic, traditional form of Township dancing. Masters in the art of body comedy, their hilarious on-stage antics, agile (almost rubberised) bodies, vibrant dance routines, crisp new costumes and throbbing Kwela music tracks not only had their Shanghai audiences in stitches…ensuring the guys a host of pending bookings for the Chinese market during 2011! And to boot, they’re a bunch of unaffected, nice jovial guys who will go out of their way to ensure the success of your event!

A winner for both local and international audiences!







Praise singers
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Televised internationally at Nelson Mandela’s historic inauguration ceremony in 1994 and again at Thabo Mbeki’s own special occasion, traditional African praise singers have become extremely popular at corporate conferences, product launches and incentive meetings where, pre-briefed on the company product, event or celebrated personality they proceed, with traditional ceremonial ‘ishoba’ sticks to chant and sing classical ceremonial praises calling on divine blessings, frequently repeating the subjects name. An excellent, albeit unusual form of entertainment ideally presented at group arrivals, airport or other farewells or upon the commencement of ceremonies or awards. Available in either tribal outfit or smart, traditional attire. Singing in Zulu and Xhosa, sometimes Sotho.




Soweto Gospel Choir
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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You saw and heard their amazing talents on Carte Blanche, and now Hands On takes great pride in availing the finest choral talents in South Africa for your client functions and events! Following astounding international success, a performance at Carnegie Hall that was sold out 6 months in advance and a phenomenal US tour, Soweto Gospel Choir finally came home to debut Voices From Heaven on the South African stage in July 2005. In their Voices From Heaven and Blessed concerts, Soweto Gospel Choir perform inspirational programmes that include traditional and popular African and international gospel and contemporary Standards, with songs ranging from gospel hits Vuma, Modimo and Tshepa Thapelo to the South African classics Paradise Road, Asimbonanga and African Dream, as well as international spirituals Amazing Grace, Oh Happy Day and music by Otis Redding and Jimmy Cliff— a remarkable repertoire that guarantees instant recognition from all areas of the globe! Expect earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, a capella numbers as well as accompaniment by an exciting 4 piece band and percussion section. Add to this, energetic dancing and vibrant, colourful costumes, and the mix is awesome. This young dynamic choir performs both traditional and contemporary music, adding its own unique feel and interpretation to both. The choir performs in 6 of South Africa’s 11 official languages.




Traditional Adult Choirs
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Hands On are proud to present a selection of highly talented, elegantly lively 30 – 50 piece gospel choirs, boasting a selection of the finest voices available - most of them from their hometown Soweto. Together they present exceptionally versatile repertoires of songs ranging from popular internationally known standards (in the vein of Miriam Makeba’s ‘the Click song’ and ‘Meadowlands’) through the up-tempo sounds of ‘Wimoweh’ (the lion sleeps tonight) to the moving “Shosholoza’ – all performed in perfectly blended African harmonies. An ideal form of classic African entertainment at airport arrivals, group registrations, pre-dinner drinks. Ambient dinners or farewell ceremonies.




Venda Snake Dance
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Yet another fun-filled inter-activity with the audience who, during the routine (which is routed in and around the guests tables), are inclined to ‘join the dancing snake’ – much in the same context as the old ‘locomotion’. An optional extra to either tribal or marimba shows.




Zulu Stickfighters
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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The guests have just enjoyed a great dinner – the tummies are full and copious amounts of red wine have been consumed – they are totally relaxed when suddenly the harsh voice of a Zulu warrior is heard shouting from within the venue – the warrior’s threats are echoed by his adversary, from the other end of the venue…the warriors stalk each other through the dinner tables, murmuring their threats as they advance towards the ‘staging’ area. They meet amidst a thunderous clash of shields and sticks – a warrior falls, slain by his opponent who, foot placed firmly on the slain warrior’s chest raises his shield in victory as he cries out “viva……..(your client’s name).

As the audience applause fades our main show narrator takes to the stage where she welcomes the guests and proceeds to announce the show.

An excellent, albeit optional preamble to your evening’s entertainment!





White by Night
Cultural/Traditional (Johannesburg)
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Here’s a novel 35 minute stage show that makes fun of Eskom’s continual flow of power outages across South Africa! In fact White by Night is possibly the only stage performance
in the country that actually relies on a pitch black auditorium!

The show commences in a perfectly normal setting – colour parcans light up the stage…our ‘construction’ workers enter wearing bright red overalls, hard hats and black gumboots and proceed with a highly creative musical production using only their trusty tools…chains, brooms, trowels, buckets, hammers and tins…the girls join in, challenging the talents of the males as they burst into a breathtaking sequence of song and dance, supplementing the construction tools with simple Coca Cola cans which they beat…over the heads, between the knees, behind the backs…!

Suddenly the power trips! A commotion ensues on the pitch black stage! The cast cuss and curse as they blindly attempt to exit the rear of the stage – a white boot enters tentatively from the opposite end…and another and suddenly the stage comes to life with a mass of glowing white gumboots, gloves, drumsticks and…teeth!

White by Night, a totally unique and highly topical form of African entertainment has , in a relatively short period proved a ‘knock out’ at corporate functions in Germany, Dubai, Zimbabwe and Zambia – the show incorporates a high degree of humour, song and highly unusual stage routines and can be run for either a full 30 minute set or 2 x 15 minute spots!




Juke Box
Function Bands and Entertainers (Durban)
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Having a party? Now you can hire your own Juke Box! An absolutely ideal entertainment medium for those smaller conference groups with tight budgets, or venues not quite large enough for conventional bands and staging. A must for your next birthday party! No less than 32 pre-loaded CDs offering a selection of some 600 top hits – ranging from the fabulous sixties to the very latest hit parade material! You can also add your own personal 8 Cd’s!!!! *We deliver and collect*




Velvet Motion String Trio
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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The versatile Velvet Motion String Trio is unique in its fresh format of violin, acoustic guitar and double bass. They attract and keep the attention of todays media-saturated audiences through their modern approach on light-classicals, music from the 1930s and 40s, Latin tunes and songs from the musicals. A surprise element is their quick change to jazz trio with saxophone or vocals done by multi-instrumentalist Heidi Bouwer. They have a long history together and have wowed theatre audiences to critical acclaim and have added atmosphere and a touch of funky class to events ranging from art exhibitions to weddings to corporate functions. They have also made their mark as individuals - Johan Rautenbach (acoustic guitar) co-produced the SAMA Award-winning album Handgemaak, Corné Dannhauser was the musical director for Belgian artist, Stef Bos, South African DVD recording and Heidi Bouwer (violin, saxophone, vocals) started off as an extra-young concert master to the Reserve South African Youth Symphony Orchestra and today boasts 22 years of theatre productions, television appearances and entertainment as actress, singer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist and dancer.




White by Night
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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The novel show commences in a perfectly normal setting – colour parcans light up the stage…our ‘construction’ workers enter wearing bright red overalls, hard hats and black gumboots and proceed with a highly creative musical production using only their trusty tools…chains, brooms, trowels, buckets, hammers and tins…the girls join in, challenging the talents of the males as they burst into a breathtaking sequence of song and dance, supplementing the construction tools with simple Coca Cola cans which they beat…over the heads, between the knees, behind the backs…!

Suddenly the power trips! A commotion ensues on the pitch black stage! The cast cuss and curse as they blindly attempt to exit the rear of the stage – a white boot enters tentatively from the opposite end…and another and suddenly the stage comes to life with a mass of glowing white gumboots, gloves, drumsticks and…teeth!






White by Night
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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The novel show commences in a perfectly normal setting – colour parcans light up the stage…our ‘construction’ workers enter wearing bright red overalls, hard hats and black gumboots and proceed with a highly creative musical production using only their trusty tools…chains, brooms, trowels, buckets, hammers and tins…the girls join in, challenging the talents of the males as they burst into a breathtaking sequence of song and dance, supplementing the construction tools with simple Coca Cola cans which they beat…over the heads, between the knees, behind the backs…!

Suddenly the power trips! A commotion ensues on the pitch black stage! The cast cuss and curse as they blindly attempt to exit the rear of the stage – a white boot enters tentatively from the opposite end…and another and suddenly the stage comes to life with a mass of glowing white gumboots, gloves, drumsticks and…teeth!






Heidi Bouwer
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Heidi Bouwer, the amazing multi-instrumentalist, actress, dancer and artist has been working her craft since before school. During the past 22 years she has graced many a stage in musicals, operas and plays, as well as the television. She has been playing violin and piano since childhood and added the saxophone later, but the thing that will send guaranteed shivers down your spine is her incredible voice. It’s warm, it’s smoky, it’s mature, and it will move your emotions like nothing else. Heidi is at home in a wide variety of musical styles and has extensive background as a vocalist in styles as varied as opera and rock. For corporate entertainment she specializes in the jazzy and light classical field, with some contemporary songs thrown in. She can perform with backing tracks, just a pianist or with a live band (something like the Electric Pops Orchestra works very well) if the budget allows it. She will delight audiences with songs from The Merry Widow, all the way to Sarah Brightman’s versions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpieces. The press has used words like ‘lovely smoky voice’, ‘wow’, and ‘star’. We are convinced you will feel the same.




Bag Pipers
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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A selection of pipers is available and can perform as soloists or in a group of up to 12 players (pipes and drums). Perfect for weddings with a Scottish contingent, funerals, period parties, etc.




Jonny B Mobile Disco
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Jonny Blundell is an Honours graduate of Berklee College of music in Boston. He has played guitar as a professional session musician for years in South Africa and has played in many bands. (Fat City, Roger Lucey band, Andrew Tracey steel band, Keep the Change etc) and has had 4 songs on 5FM top 20 and has been in opening line ups for international acts such as Crosby, Stills and Nash and Shawn Phillips. As a music producer he has produced many albums (Robin Walsh, McCoy Mrubata, Gito Baloi) and produced live radio broadcasts for many international acts including Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep and Jackson Browne. He has written countless documentary soundtracks, been Musical Director for many live shows and performed at the Woodstock ’97 concert (USA). He has facilitated numerous interactive drumming and percussion sessions with his business “The Rhythm Workshop” and written corporate songs for many companies. (Engen, Shell, Rentokil Initial, Spur, Pick n Pay, Cadiz, Total.) He also manages the staging of various shows and events (Good food and Wine show, SA Cheese festival) and has worked as a technical consultant for many events. He also runs a successful mobile Disco “Jonny B’s Mobile Disco” which keeps the party rocking till all hours.




Doc n the Croc
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Doc ‘n the Croc comprises simply a fabulous jazz guitarist/singer accompanied by a soulful flugelhorn. Doc ‘n the Croc is easy listenin’ to accompany a cocktail party, a wedding reception, or a birthday party. They have been entertaining at functions since 2001 and play a range of repertoire including jazz, pop and classical music. Briefly said Doc ’n the Croc is for those people, who want to hear and be heard by those around them.




Laying New Tracks
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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Laying New Tracks – A Craig Hinds Collective

Craig Hinds, front man for one of SA’s top selling bands, Watershed and internationally acclaimed songwriter, will take off on a nationwide tour of South Africa this summer. This will be the first time Craig will be showcasing a selection of new, unreleased solo songs and give insight into some of the old hits that made Watershed a household name.

The tour, entitled ‘LAYING NEW TRACKS’ will cover the larger cities as well as the smaller towns with in excess of 40 shows over December, January and into February and will be documented and closely followed by both loyal and new fans on Craig’s/ Watershed’s blog, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Followers of the tour will have first hand access to hearing the brand new tracks and will get the opportunity of voting for songs they believe should feature on Craig’s long awaited solo album.

Craig’s songwriting career has taken him from humble beginnings, writing at home with his dad and uncles, to co-writing with songwriters from Nashville to Sheffield, with some of the big hit makers of our time, the latest includes Sir Tim Rice of Lion King Fame, in collaboration on the Jock animation. The incredibly talented James Sunney on Double bass and vocals and the young fresh talent of guitarist Ian Bushell will join Craig on stage.

The settings for the shows will be both interactive and intimate; with Craig revealing the detail, the how, and the where behind each new song, and his journey as front man of one of South Africa’s greatest bands ever! The shows will include some old favorites such as Indigo girl, Shine on me and Letters. With a voice that is unparalleled in its uniqueness, and songwriting talent that has been recognized all over the world, the tour is one that should absolutely not be missed!




Pennies from Heaven
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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You get new people on the South African music scene and then you get new extraordinary people on the music scene with vision and authenticity. Newcomers Pennies from Heaven brings an eclectic blend of jazz, blues, reggae and folk to South African music lovers. The lyrics are soulful and the music vibrant while suzzi Sue’s husky voice lulls you into state somewhere between bliss and nirvana. It is food for the soul and good for some body beat. Their unpretentious, natural energy on stage invites you into space where only music exists and nothing else matters. Definately a band to keep your eye on!




Smile
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Smile was originally conceived to be a close harmony band using techniques by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. They have now broadened their horizon to play anything from ELO to Beatles, Timberland to Crosby Still and Nash etc. They are a four piece that have used their name to its fullest potential , from a laid back routine to a full out party band. As there are very few bands that have 4 lead singers and the ability to use close harmony as their trade mark, you are guaranteed a night to remember!




You Can Can
Theme Dancers (Johannesburg)
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Our versatile Can Can dancers perform 2 ten minute sets including the likes of Lady Marmalade, Kiss Kiss and the Traditional Can Can Song. The second set is performed in modern funky outfits and encourages the audience to participate – Get ready to dance the night away!




Fire Poi Dancers
Speciality (Cape Town)
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Entertain your guests with a a dazzling display from a team of professional, talented fire dancers. Their choreographed performance, set to music, is an exhilarating combination of skill and pyrotechnics and can be adapted to suit the available space and unique needs of any event. Roaming fire dancers are also available to add some atmospheric beauty to any type of event. In addition, custom made 2D fire sculptures are available on request for those whod like to see their name or logo in giant, fiery lights.

These fire dancers are not just a group of talented, individual performers doing their own thing on stage but a team of dancers all focused on presenting their audience with a beautiful and exhilarating visual experience, both untamed and choreographed, a thing of beauty, a flame that will be remembered well after it has gone out.





Psst
Theme Dancers (Johannesburg)
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Psst! Four, long legged exquisite ladies who are professional dancers and one hot female singer create this spectacular show. Titillating the senses, teasing the imagination they dance their way into every male’s fantasies. This 20 minute mini-extravaganza is phenomenally costumed, awesomely choreographed and delivered with in a slick, stylish package. Psst! Puts the class back into all female dance groups. The show can be broken down into 2 x 10 minute sets. Different costumes involve your audience in this spectacular entertainment. Psst! Will keep your client coming back again and again.




Coyote Show Down
Theme Dancers (Johannesburg)
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This 30-minute Dance Performance is performed in 2 x 5 min sets, ending with a 20 min Show. Song compilation includes tracks from the Coyote Ugly Soundtrack. The performance includes line dancing and audience interaction. The cast varies between 4, 5 or 6 dancers and can include a drummer to add variety.




The 3D Dance Show
Theme Dancers (Johannesburg)
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The dynamic show can be performed in various sets depending on the clients program of events and required show sets… this show includes elite dancers and singers The show offers: A touch of Cabaret with some contemporary dancing with performances to the ever famous Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend’ and ‘Beautiful’! 007 e with James Bond Classics: Bond Theme Song, Golden Eye and Al Time High; Plus a diverse non-stop 30 minute Singing and Dancing; Performance that certainly shows the versatility of the Elite. The show includes a wide variety of songs such as J-Lo to Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani to Madonna, Michael Jackson to the home-grown Black by Nature to name just a few! The 3-D lives up to its name and will defiantly give you a night to remember




Chiquita Dancers
Theme Dancers (Johannesburg)
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Heres a wonderful opportunity to present your audience with an excellent array of lively and exciting Spanish, South American and Mexican dancing all choreographed to spectacular music tracks and presented by our team of lovely ladies in colourful themed costumes. The Chiquita dancers offer a perfectly timed, slick cabaret presentation ranging from 10-minutes to 1-hour, depending on your needs and are natural draw cards to promotions, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels and private functions - indeed whatever your function, if you need a touch of natural beauty and glamour, our Chiquita dancers come highly recommended.




Line Dancers
Theme Dancers (Johannesburg)
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Heres a popular supplement to virtually evening centred on good, old fashioned fun!

Our line dancing teams can be linked to practically any function or theme, from the formal Black tie evening to the ever popular Barn dance, and would normally be booked for an hour or two of excursion from the evenings main theme. It has indeed become a popular trend amongst our clients to mix the evening with a combination of square dancing (as we have come to know at Barn dance functions with Line dancing. The difference? Loosely described, Barn dancing requires group participation in which the guests dance through arches, in circles, arm in arm, leg in…leg out, whereas line dancing, while still requiring the groups participation is more of an individual effort – who can forget the Macarana!




Fire Poi Dancers
Theme Dancers (Johannesburg)
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Poi Dancing is a team of professional fire performers. The team consists of fire chain artists, fire staff artists, fire breathers and drummers.

Poi Dancing is a dynamic team of Fire Performers boasting world-class events such as the opening of the World Summit at Wanderers Cricket Stadium, Corporate Events at Vodaworld, Sun City and many other up-market events and functions.

Poi Dancing is captivating and enthralling, dazzling their audiences as they light up any event with their synchronised, skilled and fine tuned movements




Caroline Borole
Idols (Johannesburg)
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Caroline was born in Soweto in 1984 and the first spark of her passion for entertaining came whilst attending Sunday school where she sang in the choir and performed in small plays.

During her high school years she excelled in the arts, participating in plays and extra-cirrular artistic activities. She decided to follow her dream and received her National Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Tswane University of Technology in Pretoria at the end of 2004.

Her exciting career began in the following year when she was cast in Richard Loring’s acclaimed ‘Girl Talk 005’. A highlight of her career was when she got the opportunity to be part of ‘Generations’ , SA ‘s biggest daily soapie. An array of shows followed, amongst them ‘Hot Chocolate’ for the Barnyard Theatre , ‘Mindset TV ‘and ‘Shakesperean Education Theatre’.

Caroline is proud to be a Top 10 finalist and part of the Idols experience and is currently recording her solo debut album !





Melanie Lowe
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Melanie Lowe, Jhb based singer/songwriter, performs constantly around SA, at concerts, corporate functions, music festivals, fundraisers, schools, theatres, various live music venues and charity events to name a few, since coming 3rd in the first South African Idols. She was an opening act for the Durban Westlife concert and supported Belgian artist, Sarah Bettens (ex Ks choice) on a countrywide tour, along with Stealing Love Jones. She was also the support act for the sell-out Katie Meluas South African tour in September 2008. Melanie is also a regular performer with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra (who have arranged several of her original compositions for the orchestra to accompany her with)

Melanies show is quite versatile. Her love for singing jazz and blues means she will happily include jazz into any show she does. She performs with her guitarist, or her pianist, or with a few musicians doing an unplugged set of her original songs. She also offers shows with an extremely talented band of musicians. (Melanie plus drums, bass, keyboard and guitar)

Drawing directly from her own life experiences, Melanies songs are soul-barring, emotionally driven and often heart-rending songs that draw you in, to such an extent, that you begin to experience the emotion with which she sings them, yourself. Melanie’s debut album Yesterday’s Diary has sold over 12 700 units, and she has two new CD’s out, a 12 track English album called Unspoken Truth and a 5 track Afrikaans single called As. All tracks on these CDs have been written and composed by Melanie. Three music videos have been filmed for TV. Melanie’s songs are played on major radio stations throughout SA with her latest single, Sweetest of Rhymes, reaching number one around the country in the last 2 months. Sweetest of Rhymes was chosen as the official song for SABC2s womens month feature.




Luan De Beer
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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The Ultimate All-in-one Host and Entertainer Having been trained as a professional singer, actor, saxophonist, dancer and compère, Luan De Beer makes the ultimate all-in–one package to successfully host and entertain any event. With his professional sexy dancers by his side, and a repertoire for all ages, he’ll knock the socks off any audience and provide that special touch that makes your function uniquely unforgettable!!!




Roelien Grobbelaar
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Acquainted with the music and entertainment industry for over 17 years, professional harpist Roelien Grobbelaar captivates and charms with an enchanting full size Lyon and Healy Concert Harp. Be mesmerized by the intriguing ambiance of harp music to elevate your special event to an exceptional experience. Whatever the required mood of your event, it being formal and angelic, or entertaining, lighthearted and approachable, harp music can be customized to suit your specific needs. Roelien caters for: Weddings, Receptions, Banquets, Corporate Events, Birthdays, Dinners, Launches, Christmas Parties Among some notable establishments that Roelien is affiliated with is the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the most prestigious hotels in Cape Town like the Table Bay Hotel. She regularly performs for weddings in Cape Town and the surrounding Winelands, from luxury villas on the Atlantic Seaboard to rustic vineyard settings!




Cest la Vie
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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In French, “C’est La Vie” means “That’s Life”. In real life, “C’est La Vie” is the combination of two names – Christine Mansour and Vincent Du Chenne – a sophisticated duo combining 40 years of solid music experience with sexy, sassy, exuberance and extra-ordinary vocal talent.

Christine Mansour - A spirited individual, who believes in the power of perseverance. If Christine were a cup of coffee, she’d be a rhythmic blend of Espresso, Arabica and Cocoa Velvet mixed with a cheeky shot of Grappa. Christine’s vocal talents have taken her across the world, to exotic destinations like Spain, Croatia, Greece, Egypt - to name but a few. Her passion for people and travel has developed her ability to perform in 11 different languages. These include English, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Turkish, Moroccan, Neapolitan and German. She is that addictive aroma that steams from your cup of coffee and just when you think you’ve had enough…you’ll request another.

Vincent Du Chenne - A vocalist, keyboardist and recording artiste with 40 years experience. Has performed, recorded, produced and accompanied most of South Africa’s top artists. An exceptional musician with an unbelievable ear for sound and the uncanny knack of being able to “read” the audience. Has performed in just about every venue worth mentioning in Sub-Saharan Africa. An astute businessman in his own right, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience combined with musical talent.


C’est La Vie has a repertoire of a sophisticated blend of music ranging from the sixties, smooth Jazz by Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Barry White Al Jarreau, George Benson, Ballads, RandB, Rock and Modern Contemporary Dance/Pop. The target and principle focus is the sophisticated adult contemporary market. Over the years we have performed at numerous corporate functions, major product launches, live shows and up-market clubs. Venues include The Palace Hotel - Sun City, The Sun City Hotel, Casino and Convention Centre, Sun City Super Bowl, Monte Casino, Carnival City Casino, Royal Swazi Sun Hotel and Casino, Royal Livingstone Hotel – Victoria Falls, The Back ‘O the Moon – Gold Reef City, Indaba Hotel, Arabella – Western Cape, Mount Nelson Hotel – Cape Town, to name but a few.

We Specialize In And Cater For: Corporate functions; Product Launches; Gala Dinners and Events; Awards Functions; Theme Evenings and Cabaret-Style Extravaganza’s.


Ad-hoc performers like Dancers, African Dancers, Solo Artists, Comedians and the like can be recruited in to suit individual client’s preferences and/or theme requirements. A group can be booked in any format from a duo, trio, Live Band to a full show group. Suitable to cater for any gala dinner, awards ceremony, dance, party, and/or continuous 45 minute to an hour entertainment extravaganza.


With the use of state of the art equipment and sound, we deliver a musical experience to be remembered!





Classic meets Rock
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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Featuring the talents of classical maestro Tessa Ziegler and rock legend Mike Pilot, the duo make musical history as, accompanied by sophisticated string and orchestral back tracks, they fuse the melodic sounds of the acoustic guitar with the driving, yet softly controlled sounds of the rock guitar - together resulting in a perfect, melodious blend of unique, ambient background music. You will hear a vast and excellent repertoire of fine music - from Mozart’s Symphony No 40 to A Whiter Shade of Pale, Amigos Para Siempre to Phantom of the Opera, A Time to say Goodbye to Eine Kleine Nacht Musiek.




Tender Mavundla
Idols (Johannesburg)
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Tender (Thandazile) Mavundla was born in Port Shepstone, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, but grew up in a little village called KwaNositha. She completed her primary schooling in Durban whilst staying with her aunt but went back home to Gamalakhe in 1996 to start grade 6. During her high school years she was actively involved in stage plays and at one point, was part of a gospel choir.

During her time in Johannesburg he sang as a backing vocalist for artists such as Lundi Tyamara and Deborah Frasor amongst others.

In 2001 she was diagnosed with HIV and decided to move back to Port Shepstone where she until worked in Walton’s Stationery.

When Idols arrived in Margate in June 2007, she jumped at the chance to enter. Tender sailed through the vigorous selection process of the judges; Mara Louw, Gareth Cliff, Randall Abrahams and David Thompson. The judges were impressed by her performance and mentioned on her first audition that she would definitely make the top 10 of the show.

Judges of Idols Randal Abrahams compared Tender to Glady’s Knight and she made top 4 of the competition.

She has performed at many events both locally and internationally including the Nelson Mandela 46664 concert.

Tender has done documentaries for BBC TV and on Al Jazeera were she speaks about her life as a musician and on the stigma that is attached to HIV positive people.

Tender is in great demand as a wellness and Inspirational/Motivational speaker, is a diva in her own right, and in 2009 released a solo Afro-Pop/Afro Soul album entitled Tender Moments.

She is currently in studio working on her second album which is due to be released on the first week of June 2012.





Albertino the Magician
Corporate Illusionists (Johannesburg)
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Albertino is a full time professional magician. He is Magic circle’s number one choice in close up magic for Gauteng. He has performed internationally, and on television shows, such as abracadabra, and “3 talk” with Noeleen. STAGE SHOW: A 20 to 30 minute stage show, loaded with mind blowing magic from reading someone in the audience’s mind, to tearing up a card and getting it to appear inside an orange or lemon. He interacts with the audience through magic and comedy. Watch as he turns paper into money or even vanish a cigarette in someone’s jacket. 30 MINUTES PACKED WITH MAGIC AND COMEDY YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT! CLOSE-UP MAGIC: A 1 to 2 hour close-up magic show, from table to table or , whether a function or party or corporate venue, seated or standing, he will entertain you in groups or one on one from coins to silks to ropes and spoons and every day objects. You will be amazed with his close up magic. It happens right under your nose. He will fool you and leave you wondering for years to come. Rated as one of the best entertainers in close-up magic, Albertino has a reputation to mystify you with his spellbinding magic. Watch him as spoons magically change there shape right before your eyes and coins vanishing into thin air. Cards will loose all the ink on them and go blank. A hanky rises by the wave of his hand. The excitement and life in this magic can only be performed by a person so great. SCHOOL OF MAGIC: Albertino also runs a school of magic where he lectures and trains people who feels the need to learn this unique form of art. Some of these scholars are now full time magicians, like he says: “Let the legend live on.” MAKING MAGIC: Albertino also manufactures from close-up magic to illusions and has been involved in building for Gold Reef City and Abracadabra with Wolfgang Riebe. The Cape Town College of Magic orders props from Albertino, which is sold to magicians all over the globe. MISSION STATEMENT “MY GOAL IS TO ENTERTAIN AND AMAZE EVERY PERSON THAT I MEET, LEAVING THEM TOUCHED BY MY MAGIC” From busses, trains, aircraft, boats, hotels, restaurants, corporate venues, nightclubs, house functions, Albertino has 10 years of experience working this field and is always ready to go the extra mile.




Munro du Toit
Idols (Johannesburg)
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When Munro du Toit came 3rd in the 2007 season of South Africa’s Idols competition, he knew he had taken a step forward in his career as a singer/songwriter.

This step forward has developed into One Way Ticket, Munro’s debut solo album scheduled for release through SonyBMG Africa in early 2009.
One Way Ticket was produced by Brian O’Shea (best known for production work with Seether, Arno Carstens and Sugardrive) and up and coming production talent Paul Mc Iver.

The album came to fruition over the latter half of 2008. It contains a majority of Munro’s own compositions, some contributed unreleased compositions and a few cover versions picked to suite the album.One Way Tickets 1st radio single ‘Damaged’ was composed by a writer for the recent American Idols Superstar ‘Daughtry’ debut release, while the album’s 2nd single ‘Last Time’ is Munro’s own composition.
One Way Ticket attempts to develop Munro as a recording artist and songwriter whilst delivering some of what his already developed fan base will expect from him.

Idols was an interesting process for Munro, it saw him develop the performance confidence necessary to grow as a musician but also lead him to experience the phenomenon of ‘overnight celebrity’. Munro featured in almost the entire 2007 competition finally ending his run in 3rd place. He has been touring South Africa ever since performing for crowds across the country.

Since Idols, Munro has focused on further developing himself as a songwriter having penned the song ‘Storm in My Hart’ for Andriette’s (Idols 2007 2nd place finalist) album Diamant released in 2008.
One Way Ticket see’s Munro creating an album of commercial contemporary Rock focused at delivering something the broader South African contemporary market can enjoy. He also hopes to establish his own sound and personality with this album.

One of Munro’s wishes is that people will relate to the lyrics on One Way Ticket, which have a positive message for all.
“Music is my passion and I want to use my talents to make a difference and not just money” says Munro, “I hope to attract more listeners via radio exposure and uplift rock music in South Africa”.
One Way Ticket is a transitional record in the life of a talented and popular young South African musician, that will hopefully see him learn, grow and record many more successful releases.






Jody Williams
Idols (Johannesburg)
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Jody was born in Cape Town and grew up a shy and introverted child. Today she describes herself as “Someone whos quiet, but loud” and her motto is “to live life to the fullest”! She started playing the piano in High School as a means to explore her passion for music and also sang in the school choir for a few months.

At the age of 14 she joined a private music school (Music and Talent Promotions) under the watchful eye of her mentor and biggest fan Marius Theron. She has been receiving voice training for 4 years and it has paid off tremendously! She has won the music school’s awards as the Most Outstanding Performer and also took the title of Student of the Year twice. Just before her Idols audition, Jody entered the Pick ‘n pay Future Stars Singing Competition and made history by achieving an overall mark of 107,5% by the judges, the highest mark even given to a singer in the past 6 years of this competition!

In June 2007 Jody entered Idols and after a long 6 months she has just walked away with the coveted title of the winner of South African Idols Season 4. One of Jody’s dreams has come true because she has performed as the opening act for Celine Dion in 2008 when she toured through South Africa.

Jody’s first single, “Love is all around” went gold and her third single, “Wind it” is currently play-listed at all the major radio stations.




Safire
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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SAFIRE is the latest music sensation of, which consists of Ilse-Louise on bass, sax, flute and backing vocals and the phenomenal Veronique Lalouette on vocals and guitar on occasion. SAFIRE performs the latest hits on the pop charts, but are also known for their versatility in performing golden oldies, jazz as well as sixties, seventies, eighties hits and Afrikaans music. The blond and black-haired beauties make a stunning combination on stage and have crowds begging for more every performance. This sensational duet can be seen at Mark Antonys Cigar-Bar in Emperors Palace every Wednesday night.




Wolfgang Riebe
Corporate Illusionists (Johannesburg)
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Known as the Professor of Comedy Magic, Wolfgang is the most successful corporate illusionist in the history of South Africa and the African continent.

Vast experience in this field, coupled with a degree in Communications will guarantee the best function ever. Alternatively he can emcee your event as a Magician of Ceremonies.

To describe his show content as ‘magic tricks’ would be akin to saying Mozart had a few catchy tunes !

Imagine the most amazing magician you have ever seen, and couple this with the funniest comedian you have ever experienced ! Business attire, plus hilarious sophisticated, up-market, tasteful and passionate presentations make him arguably one of the top corporate magicians in the world!




Wolfgang Riebe
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Share in Wolfgangs personal life experience through wisdom gained from walking the path. He offers no quick-fix ra ra sessions, but instead he shares practical, sustainable and useable life skills which WILL change your life forever.

Through passion, humility, conviction and a great sense of humour, Wolfgang’s calling has grown into Inspiring Humanity.

Under the banner of Discover Your Magic he offers various topics, from Leadership and Management, Thinking out of the Box, Change Management, Passion, Power-charging your Memory to Customer Service. He will reframe your present thinking in order to positively influence every aspect of your life!







Wolfgang Riebe
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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Engaging in the services of a professional MC/facilitator, needs a person who thinks on his feet, facilitates excellent interludes between your speakers, plus incorporates and summarizes the message with just enough emphasis to cement its importance. This all needs a leader, so versatile, that change and adaptation to your specific requirements is childs play.

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For a well seasoned and internationally experienced, lively and outgoing Master of Ceremonies for your evening event, or day conference, possessing the elegance, posture and experience to grab a crowd, in a tasteful manner, makes for an unforgettable event! Wolfgang is your man!





African Drummers
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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A combination, ranging from 2 to 12 dynamic drummers who provide your guests with the throbbing rhythms associated to the African bush.

Our drummers perform with an array of drums, from the hand slapping Djemba to the reverb of the larger bass units and can, with the use of waist belts move amongst the guests.




African Marimba Bands
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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8 to 24 piece combinations incorporating alto, tenor, bass marimba instruments and tribal drums all played by our team of talented and highly energetic warriors, backed up with dynamic female African dancers and singers, together featuring an array of songs from deep within the African bush – highly audience inter-active!

Ideal for welcoming committees either at airports or airstrips, group registrations, festivals or ambient background music within African themed events.

Early bookings advisable!





African Tribal Performances
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Available in various cast combinations from 10 – 80 piece, all featuring the song and dance routines of the Southern African tribes including the Sotho, Tswana, Shangaan, Xhosa and Zulu and a good measure of traditional gumboot dancing, all expertly narrated with colorful costume changes. Fast moving and action packed, the show can be tailor-made to run from 15-45 minutes and is suitable for practically any African themed event, from Boma functions to welcoming and/or farewell committees.

Our Tribal showcases offer, as standard practice two or three drummers coupled with singing, torch-bearing maidens as a welcoming committee outside the actual function venue.

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Amatini Pots and Pans
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Based loosely on London’s West End sell-out “Stomp’, Amatini Afrika, our 35 minute stage show is structured around the spontaneity associated to the music and humour of South Africa’s factory laborers and nannies of the 1950s – an era when conventional musical equipment was unrealistically expensive and hence extremely hard to come by!

Clad in colorful aprons and ‘doekies’, overalls, ‘bandanas’ and gumboots our energetic cast re-live (and introduce their delighted audiences) to the musical creativity of the era by producing a range of crazy percussionary rhythms and sounds from a rather strange array of unorthodox musical equipment, including domestic brooms, kitchen pots and pans, dustbins, washboards, Coca Cola bottles and cans, galvanised pipes and baths, paraffin tins, plastic buckets, chains ...unlike ‘Stomp’ our cast utilize items highly African in both look and sound!

Our male laborers on the other hand come clad in red ‘bandanas, an array of colorful overalls and of course gumboots - later used for a hilarious gumboot dance sketch.

Ideal as a pre-dinner ‘filler’, late evening cabaret spot, a lively piece of entertainment during pre-dinner drinks or simply a spontaneous interlude our Amatini show, while largely self-contained is ideally presented on a 6m x 4,8m stage with a tad of colorful lighting (provided by most venues). For larger (and hence noisier) incentive groups it is advisable to incorporate stage-floor and overhead microphones.





Chaka Zulu Screenburst
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Imagine your guests have just enjoyed a great dinner, either in a Boma or in a sophisticated indoor venue – the red wine is flowing and the atmosphere is animated…relaxed…jovial!

Suddenly they are plunged into darkness - panic races across your mind - What’s happened…. Has the power tripped…? Will the evening be ruined…? Where are the damned maintenance team!!!

But your concerns are instantly forgotten as you become aware of drums - approaching – was that a Zulu war cry in the distance …there it is again, but wait – this sounds like an entire Zulu impi … out there ... In the darkness … and it’s getting closer!

Your guests are stunned into silence…

Then, rising out of the mists of time battle scenes from the epic ‘Chaka Zulu’ is before you – projected onto a large paper screen mounted at the rear of a stage.

You start to relax as you realise that this isn’t real…. Just a movie, when suddenly the Zulus, locked in a bloody screen battle just a few seconds ago burst dramatically through the paper screen in full war cry, over the stage and into the ranks of the spellbound audience. It’s as if they’ve have appeared live from the embattled mountains of Zululand to confront you and your guests - and indeed they have...with a dynamic 30-minute stage production depicting the song and dance of darkest Africa ending with a full, fun-filled dance and stage participation with your delighted guests!!!

Our show is hosted by none other than our very own King Chaka who opens the evening’s proceedings with a special ‘onqombothi’ (ceremonial beer-sharing) with the leader of your guest delegation.

We at hands on are proud to offer you this unique African staging concept, designed to knock the socks off your international incentive customer and available at practically any venue – indoors or outdoors, from Sun City to Cape Town!





African Childrens Choirs
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Always popular with International Incentive groups our childrens choirs, ranging from 20 to 60 present powerful repertoires ranging from gospel to contemporary songs, from The Lords Prayer to Shoshalosa - all presented with the enthusiasm, zest and passion for which the African nation is known! Performances run from 15 -45 and are generally booked as welcoming committees, event openers, function interludes or main features.




African Crafts Ladies
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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A wonderful opportunity to present your guests with an authentic, scaled down representation of the true Zulu village, to boot with a team of up to 20 skilled crafts-ladies, all expert in the making of colourful traditional bead blazons including necklaces, bracelets, headwear, skirts, leg-bands, place mats etc.

Should your function restrict topless crafts ladies, they will wear traditional beaded bras.





Diamonds And Dust
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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A tale of Africa featuring instantly recognisable songs that are now an intrinsic part of African life and culture!
Indeed, if you got goose bumps when you saw Nelson Mandela, clad proudly in his Springbok jersey accept the 1995 Rugby World Cup trophy, or if you sing along to Toto’s Africa, the song used in the beer advert depicting a man pushing his home brew through the streets of New York, or perhaps where the white farmer offers his stranded African friend a Klippies and Coke…met eish!...then this show will have you dancing on the tables and partying in true South African style.
While the show is true to the roots of local music (raw talent, interaction and energy being it’s central theme) it is a cosmopolitan rather than a fully ethnic production appealing not only to South Africans, but to International Incentive groups alike – a true taste of the dance and music of our Rainbow nation!
The show kicks off in the swinging 40’s and 50’s with the music of the Kwela – an era when the cheerful sounds of the pennywhistle filled the streets of Soweto and Sophiatown. It progresses to the notorious Shebeen era – a period of Kwela Jazz which featured the bluesy sounds of the saxophone instead of the pennywhistle, and then pays tribute to the great Miriam Makeba with her infamous Click Song and Pata Pata.
The set continues with a medley of showstoppers in the vein of Shosholoza / Nkosi Sikele / Weeping presented in a beautiful a capela arrangement, and a powerful rendition of The Warrior and Mama Tembus Wedding from the world famous musical, Ipi ‘n Tombi.
The second set covers more recent years, with powerful renditions of a number of SA hits, including Paradise Road, My African Dream, Impi, Shadow, Diamonds on the Souls of My Shoes, Jabulani and Africa.
Diamonds and Dust, comprising 2 x 60 minutes sets (can be trimmed accordingly) features a 12-member cast with Hlengiwe Lushaba, Zami Mdimgi and Neliswa Sampi on female vocals with Percy Smith on male vocals – the cast are joined by newcomers Vuyo Myoli and Aubrey Poo.
The six dynamic vocalists get strong musical back-up from David Hoko on guitar, Ringo Ndzuzo on bass guitar, Gerry Mbowa on drums and Vusunzi Maseko on keyboards. A swinging brass section comprises Blackie Tempi on trumpet and the ever-popular Chris Luke on saxophone (and penny whistle).
Need to stray from the purely ethnic production styles which continually flood the local hospitality area? Then look no further than the fabulous Diamonds and Dust!





African Gumboot Dancers
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Unrivalled in demand, our energetic Gumboot dancers offer a vibrant, yet unique celebration of sheer human triumph – a refreshing, indigenous form of dance developed by the rhythmically gifted migrant labourers from South Africa’s Gold and Coal mines of yesteryear.

Through their hand-clapping, boot-slapping routines perfectly complimented by perfect
a-capella song and throbbing drums they never fail to rouse emotions and get the audience’s feet tapping!




Audience Interactive Boomwhackers
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Boomwhackers are brightly coloured plastic tubes that are tuned by length to musical notes. A great and fun form of entertainment for all live audiences, and a wonderful follow-on from drumming as they introduce rhythm and melody. When hit on the hand, each colour boomwhacker produces a different tone, with five different tones in total. The audience is split up according to boomwhacker colors, and within a few minutes everybody will be making great music together.




Beshara
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Being the daughter of South African Rocker, Dave Ornellas from the 70s rock band ‘Hawk’, Beshara started performing on stage at the tender age 11. From the moment she stepped onto the stage, she knew that she was born to be an entertainer and has been doing so ever since. At 16, her family recorded an album, ‘Dave and Family’ and spent four months travelling around Scandinavia, Italy, Portugal, the UK, Australia and the USA singing. Besharas brother now plays for well known South African Band Tree63 and lives in Nashville, USA. Beshara was offered a contract with a cover band in the Middle East and went on to perform at various 5 star hotels in Bahrain, Muscat and Jordan. She was then approached by Sun City to be their resident singer at the Sun City Hotel Casino which she did for 9 months. At the beginning of 2007 Beshara decided to concentrate on doing Corporate Functions and Parties. As a solo performer who works with sound tracks, Beshara has her own sound equipment and basic lighting for up to 150 guests. She also does larger scale functions with hired sound equipment. Beshara is constantly working on new songs to add to her extensive repertoire ranging from ‘Oldies’ to the more modern Pop Songs of today.




Des Meyer
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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One of South Africa’s most versatile entertainers…. DES MEYER, the resident host of Club Festival, SunCoast Casino and Entertainment World, Has relocated to Cape Town and is available to entertain you and your clients at your next party!!! (He entertains in English and Afrikaans) Singer, Comedian, Impersonator, Musician, On-stage cartoon artist, Des Meyer is a hit at ANY FUNCTION…….. Weddings,Dinners, Private party’s, Awards Evenings, Birthdays and Golf Day’s.




Craig Mischief
Function Bands and Entertainers (Durban)
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Craig Mischief was born in Port Elizabeth and as far back as he can remember he took part in every variety show and talent contest that came his way. At School he took music as a subject and after leaving school, packed his bags and left for Johannesburg to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional entertainer. Initially a three-piece comedy band called “WHITE MISCHIEF” was formed, with Craig as the front man. After a very successful run in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, Craig decided about nine years ago that a solo career as a stand-up comedian was the ultimate dream. One of his proudest moments, was being part of a fundraiser for 13 year old heart-transplant patient Candice Krummek, who has since had a successful operation and is enjoying life in London, and has much to thank Craig for. His largest audience to date was at the Port Elizabeth Splash Festival where Craig performed successfully before a baying capacity crowd of 75 000 in 1997.




Jeff Dix
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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Jeff is an outstanding guitarist (electric and acoustic) and an accomplished and versatile vocalist, combining these talents with flute in his performances. His repertoire is varied and versatile and is based on an excellent array of back tracks. Depending on the type of gig he is doing, he alternates his live performance repertoire with contemporary music dance sets (using an mp3 play list) for a non-stop dance program. Jeff played full-time in the 70’s rock band Shalima doing the busy hotel and club circuit in South Africa and Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) and has been a full-time musician (second time around) since 2006, juggling his hours between function gigs, teaching and recording original material. His bookings include corporates, weddings, restaurants and private parties. Jeff’s extensive repertoire ranges from 60’s to present with a strong emphasis on the 80’s and a growing emphasis on contemporary.




About Cabaret
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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“Everyone is on such a high and can’t stop talking about the fantastic show.” Tammy Melnick Head of Personnel Voltex. Bidvest Group. The Ultimate Magical Comedy Cabaret Experience Rave reviews and Standing Ovations “This Cabaret show is based on awesome and unbelievable illusions that baffle impress, slick presentations and hilarious comedy. “You exceeded our wildest expectations” Diedre Linden , Acquisition and Campaign Management, ABSA Innovative breakthroughs allow them to perform spectacular Vegas-style illusions close-up and personal, with an incredible lack of trapdoors, suspicious looking boxes, smoke and mirrors” “Professionalism, fantastic charm, humorous wit and a mesmerising display of mystical illusion. I would like to applaud you and your dazzling team of entertainers on an enchanting performance.” Dave Botha. Country Marketing Executive. IBM “You will be thrilled and delighted at the rave feedback you receive when your guests enter the exciting world of a master illusionist and showman of the highest international caliber”. Comments we received back today is that it has been the best lubricants conference ever! Thank you for making our special night spectacular! Anton Allner. Industrial Stategy Manager. Engen Oil When you book “About Cabaret” you will receive the credit for unforgettably transforming your function.. Thank you so much for your amazing performance and for entertaining our troops so fantastically. I don’t believe I’ve seen so many laugh so hard. Sincere appreciation, Sharon Schutte. Nedbank Corporate Banking. Take your event to the next level. Book the cabaret entertainment SA’s top companies are raving about. It was a fantastic show. Everybody is sending e-mails and calling to say how wonderful it was. People said it was the best function they had seen in the shipping industry. Juanita Krauspe. Company Accountant. BLLSA




About Comedy
Comedians (Johannesburg)
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I don’t believe I’ve seen so many laugh so hard. Thank you so much for your amazing performance and for entertaining our troops so fantastically. Sincere appreciation, Sharon Schutte. Nedbank Corporate Banking. The Ultimate Comedy Magic Experience Rave reviews “This comedy show is based on hilarious comedy, visual skits and awesome and unbelievable illusions that baffle and impress. You will be thrilled and delighted at the rave feedback you receive: We needed a good laugh! WOW!! Thank you for an unforgettable show. Suzette Nel. British American Tobacco “You exceeded our wildest expectations” Diedre Linden , Acquisition and Campaign Management, ABSA When you book “About Comedy ” you will receive the credit for unforgettably transforming your function.. I laughed so much I cried Ina du Plessis. Marketing Director. Worldwide Refinishing Systems. Take your event to the next level. Book the comedy entertainment SA’s top companies are raving about.




About Magic
Corporate Illusionists (Johannesburg)
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Every industry has a leader . “S.A’s Top Magician. South Africa’s own David Copperfield.” . South Coast Herald. ABOUT MAGIC Rave reviews and Standing Ovations ”With awesome and unbelievable illusions that baffle and impress, slick presentations and hilarious comedy the “About Magic” team, headed by Stan Sussman, are regularly described by audiences as the very best they have ever seen”. “I have seen many magicians. Stan Sussman is the best. I am not saying this to be nice. He is the best in South Africa. The best in the industry. You are in for a real treat. I really mean it.“ Darren “Whackhead“ Simpson. 94.7 Radio. “The rude awakening”. “You will be thrilled and delighted at the rave feedback you receive when your guests enter the exciting world of a master illusionist and showman of the highest international caliber. Comments we received back today is that it has been the best lubricants conference ever! Thank you for making our special night spectacular! Anton Allner. Industrial Stategy Manager. Engen Oil “This is the kind of magic rarely seen live in South Africa.” Innovative breakthroughs allow him and his team to perform large spectacular Vegas-style illusions close-up and personal, with the incredible lack of trapdoors, suspicious looking boxes, smoke and mirrors” “Everyone is on such a high and can’t stop talking about the fantastic show.” Tammy Melnick Head of Personnel Voltex. Bidvest Group. When you book “About Magic” you will receive the credit for unforgettably transforming your function.. “You exceeded our wildest expectations” Diedre Linden , Acquisition and Campaign Management, ABSA Take your event to the next level. Book the one magician SA’s top companies are raving about. A wonderful show. A stunning show. Unbelievable Ben Twala. Trade Development Manager. Tastic Rice




Prime Circle
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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Moving from a humble city to taking on the world. This was the story of homebred favourites Prime Circle, and their journey jetted them to instant stardom! Crashing into the countrys temperamental music charts across South Africa with their first hit song Hello, the band have grown from strength to strength, aided in part by the release of their first album aptly entitled Hello Crazy World.

We had no idea how big our following was in some areas of the country, said drummer Gerhard Venter. The crowds are awesome – they know everything about us, from our faces when walking through shopping malls to an all inclusive knowledge of our song lyrics.

With the depth of meaning found in the words of each individual song, it is little wonder that many people have been found chorusing their melodies. Through word and deed, Prime Circle continue to inspire music lovers to break free from the bonds placed upon them, whether it be self-inflicted or forced upon via external sources, and encourage fans to live the life they were born to. This is no allusion to rebellion, but rather an encouragement to fulfil that potential each individual thrives to attain, even if not in fully conscious of its nagging persistence.




Coleske
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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The band Coleske comprises the talented brothers Arnold and Ewald Coleske who were born and raised in Port Elizabeth but currently reside in Pretoria . With the aid of their housekeeper the boys were taught the art of harmony at the tender ages of 3 and 4 respectively.

With a repertoire of traditional songs under the belt they were much in demand as a live act. Six years later they made their first bow on television and a nation started talking. They continued winning several talent contests and released their debut album in 1989. Then they hit the long road of live performances. They found themselves discovering new influences - Simon and Garfunkel, Ladysmith Black Mambaso, Chicago and Sting. Naturally they started drifting into a new direction.Their eponymously titled album was certified double platinum for domestic sales in excess of 100 000 units. This is over and above the 200 000 units that the album sold in Europe. The double platinum certification is only one of a series of accomplishments that this album has achieved over past years. The second original album Faith in Love also achieved gold status and their tribute album Coleske Sings Simon and Garfunkel sold in excess of 50 000 units to date.




Barry Hilton
Comedians (Johannesburg)
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With a track record of 30 years in comedy, Barry Hilton has raised the world’s laughter level considerably. His delightful knack of finding the ludicrous and the humorous turns daily situations on their head to make us laugh at life. His face is as funny as his repartee, with lugubrious looks tailor-made for mirth.
Barry’s gregarious personality makes him a people’s person, happy to engage with the audience before and after his shows. Barry is an old-school comedian who’s as streetwise as any youngster. He’s remained at the top by continually coming up with fresh material - and by having six children to keep him hip and happening. His act is intelligent, observational, impeccably timed and never crude, sexist or racist. Just enormously funny.
That universal appeal, coupled with a rigorous training on the comedy circuit alongside the likes of John Cleese, Billy Connolly and Bob Monkhouse, give him a professionalism welcomed by any comedy club or corporation - punctual, polite, always topical, and always a strong performer. Barry lives in Cape Town in South Africa, and has become a national icon in a country where a new generation of comics is beginning to find its voice. In 2013 the industry paid tribute to Barry with A Lifetime Achiever Award, presented at the Annual Comics’ Choice Awards.
His popularity extends far further, however. Last year he became the first South African to perform at the prestigious Harrahs Improv at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, headlining four shows. Later this year Barry will open the Hong Kong 2014 Comedy Festival, followed by gigs in Singapore, Macau and Shanghai. He’s delighted the notoriously tough crowds in London’s Clapham Grand and his hilarious performances in Dubai saw him shortlisted alongside John Cleese for the Best Comedy Act in Dubais Timeout Nightlife Awards 2013. In between, he is a corporate entertainer, motivational speaker and actor. He has starred in two movies, produced five stand-up comedy DVDs, hosted TV talk shows and featured in numerous TV commercials, most memorably as the face of Savanna Cider for more than a dozen hugely popular adverts.
His universal appeal has created a global fan base through tours taking in America, Hong Kong, London, Ireland, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, Africa and even at sea on international cruise liners, highlighting his ability to cut through all boundaries and appeal to any nationality, race or age. He was the first South African to perform at London’s Comedy Store in 2001, and 10 years later the first to perform at Sydney Comedy Store. He fills 4,000-seat theatres with his solo shows, yet is just as adept at adding comic class to corporate events as the Master of Ceremonies or the headline act. Barry is not only one of the most experienced and versatile comedians around, he’s also one of the funniest.
Three decades on stage, coupled with six kids, two ex-wives, a new wife, a few dogs, a penchant for fishing and a lifetime of living in a crazy, beautiful country have given Barry a lifetime of laughter-inducing experience.




Johnny Clegg and Jaluka
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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As a young man, in the early stages of his musical career, he combined his music with the study of anthropology, a subject which he also taught for a while at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he was influenced, among others, by the work of David Webster, a social anthropologist who was assassinated in 1989.
Clegg formed the first racially mixed South African band, Juluka, with gardener and Zulu musician Sipho Mchunu. Because it was frowned upon (although not actually forbidden by law) for racially mixed bands to perform in South Africa during the apartheid era, their first album Universal Men[1] received no air play on the state owned SABC, but it became a word-of-mouth hit.
Julukas / Cleggs music was both implicitly and explicitly political; not only was the fact of the success of the band (which openly celebrated African culture in a bi-racial band) a thorn in the flesh of a political system based on racial separation, the band also produced some explicitly political songs. For example, the album Work for All (which includes a song with the same title) picked up on South African trade union slogans in the mid-80s. Even more explicit was the later Savuka album Third World Child in 1987, with songs like Asimbonanga (We cannot see you), which called for the release of Nelson Mandela, and which called out the names of three representative martyrs of the South African liberation struggle - Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge, and Neil Aggett.




Sandy Ngema
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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This Miss S.A. finalist, Artes Award winner and radio presenter (Radio Metro SAFM) is probably best known by viewers of SABC 3 TV as the former host of “Today”, the continuity lady with the famous smile and the former co-host of “Win ‘n Spin” with Paul Buckby. As Master (Mistress) of Ceremonies, the events at which she has presided have been as divers as The Africa Cup of Nations (CAF), Community Builder of the Year, The SAMA Awards, Hunk of the Year, Long Service Award functions, the SA Tourism Awards and numerous other State and corporate functions. Sandy recently worked with Barry Ronge on SABC TV’s “Screenplay’. After 10 years in TV, Sandy took a break and branched out into the corporate industry, opening her own corporate events company, which she did many functions, for blue chip clients, the Opening Parliament and many other corporate events in the country. Sandy then left the corporate world and went back into television work. She is now co-owner of the African Lifestyle programme, flighted on the SABC African channel on DSTV and re-run on SABC 2. African Lifestyle highlights the beauty and opportunities of what Africa has to offer. In addition to Sandy Ngema’s busy lifestyle, she is also on the boards of many Trusts in SA and is currently doing missionary work in Malawi, restoring a 100-year-old church.




Amarillie Ackerman
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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Heres a sophisticated young harpist that provides ambient, background sounds on harp in the vein of standard classical mood music but also includes lighter evergreens such Heres a sophisticated young harpist that provides ambient, background sounds on harp in the vein of standard classical mood music but also includes lighter evergreens such as Moon River, Theme from Love Story, The Godfather etc. For larger functions requiring ‘fuller sounds Amarillie regularly finds herself booked as an accompaniment to such instruments as violin, accordion, piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, cello, bassoon and keyboard.




The Buskaid Soweto String Project
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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The Buskaid Soweto String Project (BSSP) has, and continues to be highly successful in it’s assistance and initiation of a wide variety of township music projects. The project was founded in January 1997 and is made up of younger members of the original Soweto Project and an ever-growing number of eager new beginners. The talented youngsters have performed internationally at numerous functions and events including several performances in the presence of Nelson Mandela, president Thabo Mbeki and in late 1999, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 and the Duke of Edinburgh. Their projects include educational workshops with a number of international artists. In mid 1998 twenty-two members of the project recorded their first CD - an album of Christmas carols. Some 10.000 copies have been sold in South Africa and in the UK where the CD has been acclaimed for its high standards of performance and musicianship. Buskaid’s second CD “Soweto dance” has just been released in South Africa and will be promoted in the UK in 2001.




Elfreda Jordaan
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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Elfreda Jordaan provides an excellent selection of elegant live music presented either purely on harp or in a variety of classic combinations including saxophone (creating a pleasing light and relaxed atmosphere), or with flute (more suited to classical functions) or, for the larger functions, with bass player, percussion and / or an excellent array of computerized backtracks.




Enchanted Woods
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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Add a degree of sophistication to your special function with this exciting new saxophone trio with a wide and impressive repertoire comprising golden oldies, jazz standards, popular classics, pop and rock numbers, traditional folk music and more… From Mozart magic to Swing jazz saxophones - a refreshing combination of winning sounds!




Madrigal Strings
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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The Madrigal Strings Quartet specialise in light classical music, creating a soft intimate atmosphere for any function ranging from conferences, award ceremonies, product launches and weddings. Their repertoire of hundreds of string pieces, spanning three centuries includes a selection of their own arrangements. Music from around the world - Viennese, Neapolitan, Hungarian, Russian Gypsy, American…from Bach to the Beatles and Lloyd Webber etc. David Tombak, the original founder of the Madrigal Strings, a composer and arranger will fulfill all your requests. Whatever your taste, be it Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Lehar or Andrew Lloyd Webber the Madrigal Strings will play it for you – to perfection!




Motswako String Quartet
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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An excellent alternative to other renowned African String Quartets The Motswako String Quartet, comprising violinists Bernard Madumo and Tshepo Mngoma, violist Tshepo Komane and cellist Kutlwano Masote was formed in 2000 initially under the name Four at Play. The talented four are all classically trained string players and work as freelance musicians for the JMI Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic and Johannesburg Festival Orchestras. Madumo and Komane were members of the National Chamber Orchestra in Mafikeng until its closure in 2000. The two are also founder members of the kwaito group Metswako, which has was nominated for the 2003 Kora All-Africa Awards in the category, Best New Group. In addition, Komane is a music tutor in Soshanguve at a project run by the UNISA Music Foundation. Mngoma comes from one of South Africa’s premier musical families and is a University of Cape Town graduate in jazz studies. He has been a part of Joyous Celebration for several years now and performs regularly with his world famous mother Sibongile Khumalo. Masote studied at the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland and was the first black member of the National Symphony Orchestra. He is the chairman of the Johannesburg Music Initiative and has also been an on-air presenter on Classic fm since 1999. Motswako’s strength is in their variety of repertoire. They play a wide selection of classical music, African folk as well as contemporary popular music. The quartet has played at numerous high-profile corporate and government functions and was invited by the South African Embassy to the People’s Republic of China to play in Beijing in August 2002. They also played in the UK and Zambia in July 2003. In November 2003, they played at the opening of the new South African Embassy building in Berlin, Germany.




Phoenix Ensemble
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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Phoenix Music is a musical entertainment solution boasting a variety of instrumentalists, including violin, viola, pan flute, harmonica, flute, cello, double bass, piano and keyboard. The repertoire performed by the Phoenix Ensemble ranges from popular classical music, crossover, folk, tango, Latin, film soundtracks and world music to mainstream pop and jazz genres. The Phoenix Chamber Orchestra performs live at larger scale events. The repertoire includes light classical chamber orchestra works, jazz standards and dance music.




Promenade Ensemble
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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Founded in 1984 by members of the former NSO of SABC, we are a group of professional musicians bound by the same concept that music is an integral part of life old as mankind. It is a form of positive and constructive communication; it enhances the quality of life.

Over the years, we have accumulated a vast repertoire of light classics and contemporary pop, the latest commissioned to Peter Mc Lea, one of South Africa’s most talented arrangers/composers. Recently we have acquired Rock tunes by Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Sting, Gloria Gaynor, U2 and Others.

The group has performed at public concerts for classic FM, Walter Sisulu and Pretoria Botanical Gardens, Alice Art Gallery, Theatre on the Square and at numerous private and corporate functions.

At present members of the Promenade Ensemble are with the high ranks of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, also performing as solo artists in recitals and chamber music concerts.





Soweto String Quartet
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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The story opens with three young boys trundling down Soweto’s dusty roads in the turbulent 60’s. Armed with attitude, violins and cellos, targeted with jeers, sniggers and taunts from the locals, the Khemese brothers ventured bravely to music lessons. Forbidden by their parents to hang out on the hostile streets, the boys cut their teeth in African choral music and took to playing “those funny Euro-centric” instruments, mastering them with a natural born ease. The seed had been sown.

The late 70’s and 80’s saw the boys playing their unique blend of music and studying at England’s finest music colleges. In 1986, armed with new music skills, cultures, languages and lifestyles Sandile returned to a suffering South Africa – and the Soweto String Quartet was re-born once again, to include boyhood friend Makhosini Mnguni.

SSQ, as the outfit is affectionately known has indeed earned their reputation as a world renowned South African Band. The last few years have seen SSQ performed around the world as ambassadors for the new South Africa. Not your ordinary classic music band, the music of SSQ is by no means conventional but indeed uniquely African - an exclusive blend of traditional rhythms, township jazz, pop songs, jazz-fusion and strong classical influences. SSQ is made up of three brothers - Reuben, Sandile and Thami Khemese and childhood pal, Makhosini Mnguni.
The group’s instrumentation includes cello, first and second violins and viola. Together, with the inclusion of an excellent array of electronic backtracks the guys produce a dynamic, unique sound with a broad appeal repertoire ranging from light classical to pulsating African music in the vein of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’.





Strings n Skins
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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Strings ‘n Skins play rhythmical interpretations of North African and South African improvisational styles. Their Afro-Asian hybrid beats are played on traditional instruments, such as the Indian percussive drums (Tabla and Dhol), Egyptian (Darbukah) and African (Djembe), played by Ashish, and the North African fretless lute (Oud), Sarod (North Indian), Bouzouki and nylon string Flamenco guitar, played by Greg. Their CD “Strings ‘an Skins”, was voted ‘Best CD of the year’ by Pretoria News readers. They have played abroad and extensively around South Africa from Swartruggens to Rustlers Valley, Splashy Fenn and Oppikoppi, where audiences have been thrilled by their driving rhythms and catchy melodies. Their collaborations have included shows with metal-rap group Not My Dog, the Tony Cox band and DJ’s Not My Dog and Hyser, as well as the acclaimed Aquarian Quartet show “The World in a Guitar”. This highly acclaimed duo was recently invited to perform at the final awards ceremony in Stone Town of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) where they received an overwhelming response. They have also toured Namibia providing workshops and interacting with native musicians to put together a show for the ‘Ae Gamps’ Festival in Windhoek.




Strung
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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We needed to create an act that would fill a much-needed gap in the corporate entertainment market. It was aimed at audiences who had pretty much heard it all, and needed to see something new. It had to be a skillful blend of music, instrumental acrobatics and visual enchantment. The task at hand was not an easy one. We searched the country to find four exceptional musicians. They had to be beautiful; they had to be able to move... We found Cristina Azevedo, Anneke de Villiers, Lizelle le Roux and Emri de Klerk. They are now known as Strung. Strung is an all-girl string quartet a la Vanessa Mae. Unlike most other string quartets, they have left their chairs and their sheet music at home and packed only their ultra modern electric violins, a cello, some glamorous outfits and enough energy to blow up an island. All the members are classically trained string players and have extensive orchestral experience. They are highly in demand as session musicians and in the corporate entertainment world. Anneke still plays for the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, while Cristina has recently released her debut CD and regularly performs as a solo artist. Lizelle and Emri (almost a qualified physician) are members of a very successful string duo and they too have released their first CD last year. Their repertoire includes some classical masterpieces like Storm by Vivaldi, Air on a G-String, Beethovens 5th and 9th Symphonies, Eine Kleine Nachtmusic, as well as true South African songs like Mama Tembus Wedding, Shosholoza, Sarie Marais, Weeping, Special Star and Irish folk music from the hit dance spectaculars, Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. All these tunes are presented as medleys in brand new jackets to ensure that no member of the audience will ever attempt a yawn. Their sound is modern and now, specially arranged for them by Sean Butler, Roelof Colyn and Kate OHanlon. Strung can currently perform a set of approximately 20 minutes, but each of the individual members can also perform solo numbers. Adding Cristina’s vocal touch to the evening can furthermore spice the programme up. Whichever way they are utilised - they will have you begging for more!




Tessa Ziegler
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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Tessa Ziegler has a B. Music Honours degree from Wits University majoring in classical guitar and piano. Playing both 6-string and classical 10-string guitars she has developed a successful career as a performing artist, throughout South Africa as a soloist on the classical guitar as well as duos with her late guitar partner David Hewitt. She has performed on numerous occasions for Des and Dawn Lindberg’s Soiree Society, at the Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort, Pretoria and Emmerentia, at the Grahamstown Festival, on radio and over many years on television, not only as a musician but also as a presenter and actress. Not only was Tessa supporting act for the British pop group ‘The Hollies’ during their tour of South Africa, but she also joined the National Symphony Orchestra for Luciano Pavarotti’s first South African visit. Tessa, who’s recording career spans 20 years has released amongst others, eight solo CD’s. She performs regularly for large corporate and private functions.




Vienna String Quartet
String Quartets and Reed Ensembles (Johannesburg)
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Elegant live background music, with an exclusive atmosphere for any function. From business conferences, promotions, launches to receptions, weddings, anniversaries, dinner parties, etc… From Back to the Beatles, Vivaldi to Viennese, Lehar to Lloyd-Webber, Strauss to Scott Joplin. Variety of light classical music, Viennese waltzes, marches, polkas, well-known operatta songs. The magic of Italian, Hungarian, Russian popular and gypsy.




Balloons
Speciality (Johannesburg)
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Customer dedicated . . . solution driven!! If we can’t get it……….it most probably doesn’t exist! Air And Helium Filled Balloons Balloon Décor / Sculpturing Balloon Bouquets Balloon Drops / Releases Balloon Murals Aviation Balloons Plain And Printed Balloons Air And Helium Filled Balloons Balloon Clips Helium Cylinders Helium Inflators Air Inflators




Fire Poi Dancing
Speciality (Johannesburg)
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Poi Dancing is a team of professional fire performers. The team consists of fire chain artists, fire staff artists, fire breathers and drummers. Poi Dancing is a dynamic team of Fire Performers boasting world-class events such as the opening of the World Summit at Wanderers Cricket Stadium, Corporate Events at Vodaworld, Sun City and many other up-market events and functions. Poi Dancing is captivating and enthralling, dazzling their audiences as they light up any event with their synchronised, skilled and fine tuned movements




Fireworks
Speciality (Johannesburg)
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Treat your guests to a cacophony of sound whilst a vastly colourful array of explosives illuminates the sky in every colour of the rainbow! Available at all major centers across South Africa with the optional inclusion of a host of dynamic soundtracks, culminating the majesty of your show with the option of company logos and/or product names!




Juke Box Hire
Speciality (Johannesburg)
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Having a party? Now you can hire your own Juke Box! An absolutely ideal entertainment medium for those smaller conference groups with tight budgets, or venues not quite large enough for conventional bands and staging. A must for your next birthday party! No less than 32 pre-loaded CDs offering a selection of some 600 top hits – ranging from the fabulous sixties to the very latest hit parade material! You can also add your own personal 8 Cd’s!!!! *We deliver and collect*




Laser shows
Speciality (Johannesburg)
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Stage, film and TV, clubs, special events, corporate and private functions product and building launches, stunts and illusions, etc. “Light explosion” – laser, light and fireworks show A breathtaking and spectacular extravaganza of light and sound as laser and light beams fire into the night sky complimented by a spectacular laser and fireworks display. Fully computerized and choreographed to music. A stunning highlight to any special event. A special indoors version of this show is available. Simulations of building implosions and explosions Aircraft and vehicle stunts incorporating pyrotechnics. Indoor fireworks displays




Limousine hire
Speciality (Johannesburg)
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Hands On have developed a highly reputable reputation for sourcing and supplying luxury limousines throughout South Africa – including the genuine classic 1989 American limousine - White Ford Lincoln town cars imported from the USA, outstanding in their comfort and functionality and sporting full air-conditioning and tinted windows, interiors upholstered in blue velvet and fittings of walnut wood, electric windows, 14 colour television, radio and 10 CD disc changer with sound and view-proof divider panels between the passengers !! Collection and delivery of customers to and from the airport may now be undertaken in style, offering the customer complimentary drinks from the fitted bar in a sociable yet non-obtrusive manner. The busy executive may now have total comfort, allowing him/her space to stretch and relax, once again with privacy should they wish to make any last minute calls. Our range of luxury limousines extend to special occasions including VIP transfers, weddings, dinners, sun city trips, matric dances, barmitzvahs, valentines/mothers or even fathers day. Every lady dreams of being treated like a princess – every man deserves to be a king




Abner Mariri
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Abner is an inspirational speaker whose enthusiasm is contagious. He consistently dazzles his audience – not with complicated theories, but with real life examples of the importance of persistence, determination, passion and hard work. Abner obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. During his seven years in the USA, Abner also worked on many entertainment projects that led him to cross paths with Bill Crosby, Little Steven, top record producer Quincy Jones and Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. In his thought-provoking and entertaining presentations, Abner helps people to master change: Rebound from failure Set goals Motivate themselves Take responsibility




Alison
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Alison began sharing her experience in 1995 to small groups in her home town, Port Elizabeth, in South Africa. Subsequently she has become one of South Africas most sought-after inspirational speakers, addressing groups, ranging in size from 15 to 5000 people including schools, social groups, large corporations, business people and others. The demand to hear Alisons presentation has since gone beyond South African borders and she is now a highly rated international speaker, having visited countries including Mexico, USA, UK, Europe, Australia, The East and various African countries. At a recent multinational conference she was rated the best speaker from a platform of prominent international speakers. Her presentation ranges in length from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the requirements of the audience. She tells in detail of her abduction, rape and vicious attack, and then gives insight into the tools she used - and continues to use - in her fight for survival, both physically and emotionally. The presentation includes an introductory video, and time can be made available for questions from the audience. Past clients include De Beers, Wesbank, Sanlam, BMW SA, Nedcor, Liberty Life, MTN, SA Reserve Bank and Southern Life.




Alec Hogg
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Alec Hogg founded Moneyweb in April 1997. Apart from a two and a half year stint as a Group General Manager at ABSA Bank, he has spent his career in financial journalism as a writer, editor, broadcaster, columnist and publisher. During this time he held senior positions in the print media, served as the Head of News Input at SABC TV News and ran his own publishing business. Recipient of many awards, he is the youngest ever winner of the country’s Financial Reporter of the Year Award, aged 22 in 1983. Founded and published the country’s first weekly horseracing magazine, Racing Digest, which was eventually absorbed into the Caxton publishing group. Alec is the CEO of Moneyweb and hosts the Moneyweb Power Hour radio programme broadcast throughout South Africa on Radio 2000 (97.2 - 100.2 FM) weeknights from 6pm to 7pm; and rebroadcast from 7pm to 8pm on Radio Today 1485am and Audio Channel 70 on DSTV.




Alex Harris
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Alex Harris grew up in the relatively flat city of Johannesburg. After joining the Mountain Club of South Africa in 1992, he started to fulfill his desire to climb some of the world’s highest mountains. In 1996, Alex became the youngest person ever, at the age of 25, to lead an expedition to Mount Everest. In 1998 he became the first South African to have climbed on all seven continents, further fuelling his dream to climb the elusive “Seven Summits”. Alex is an established speaker on the school and corporate circuit. He is also a keen caver and always seeks adventure in faraway places. When he isn’t at the top of a peak, deep underground or sharing his story on stage, you are sure to find him tearing along a stretch of tar on his beloved Trek road bike, preparing for his next journey. Business Experience Alex started his business career with The Hospitality Group International, and within the first year, became the number one salesman for Southern Africa. By 1996, with a chance to go to Mount Everest, he resigned and turned his passion for the mountains into a profession, by starting Adventure Dynamics International. Through ADI he has not only guided people up some of the world’s highest mountains, but has also motivated schools and organisations - through speaking and writing about his experiences. Alex has retained his flair for entrepreneurial endeavours and started Southern Sales, an Ebay business. He combines his experiences in business and the mountains to draw life-changing and relevant parallels to both organisational teams and individuals. His experience is varied, interesting and unique. Climbing Experience Alex has been climbing and mountaineering around the world since 1989 and is South Africa’s most experienced and respected high altitude mountaineer. Alex’s easy-going nature and deep understanding of human potential has made him the first choice as expedition leader on some of the most significant South African mountaineering achievements. He has led more than 25 expeditions, which have taken him to all seven continents and the furthest corners of the world … from the jungles of Borneo, through the arid plains of Tibet, to the frozen wastelands of Antarctica. He finds in mountains a sense of purpose and destiny that give his life meaning and inspire those around him. His other Passions Alex is a committed Christian and following a call from the Lord, Alex began track cycling. Alex had never been on a track bike but after five months of hard work, Alex became the new South African Track Champion for the 1000m Time Trial and the 1500m in his 35 to 39 yrs category! Five months later he won a silver and a bronze medal at the World Masters Track Cycling Championships in Manchester. He is ‘nervous’ about where the Lord might call him next!




Andrea Dondolo
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Andrea studied Human Movement Studies at the University of the Western Cape, then shifted to Drama and Performance at the New Africa Theatre Association. Her experience ranges from theatre to storytelling to television and film. She has worked at the Cape Town Theatre Lab in Woodstock as the Youth co-ordinator. She is skilled as a storyteller, performer, Imbongi and beadwork artist. Andrea is a co-director of The Mothertongue Project. Productions with the Project to date include co-creating and performing in “Unkulunkulu the Sovereign One”, conceptualising and co-creating “Beading My Soul” and co-creating and performing in “Indawo Yamaphupha - The Space of Dreams”. Andrea recently participated in the 2003 V-Day performance. She was recently was engaged in filming “Stokvel”, a new television sitcom for SABC2




Annie Coetzee
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Annie Coetzee is currently one of South Africas leading Speakers on Self-Empowerment and passionately speaks the truth about this ever-important and evergreen subject of Human Development. Her reputation and feedback about outstanding Presentations have now created an International Platform for her. She is representing South Africa in July 2006 at yet another International Conference - this time in France - on the subject of RE-INVENT yourself consistently. Feedback about her presentations include phrases such as: Shes dynamite. The way she lights up a room is contagious. Her presentations are enlightening, informative and very entertaining. Her energy is real and she imparts this with style and confidence AND humour! She knows her subject and this puts her in front of the rest! She is the Director of Creative Brain Management, a Company that specializes in training on Human Intelligence. Annie gained excellent training experience, both nationally and internationally - and her absorbing interest in matters of the mind, body and spirit has influenced a number of medical and scientific experts to assist her with advice and the follow-up of her case studies. This dimension of her work has added enormous VALUE and accuracy to her presentations. Annie has left her position as a Personality Development Researcher and Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch in 1986 when she became one of the Founder Members of the Creativity Foundation of South Africa. Her training is based on developing the WHOLE person and her writings (including five self-empowerment books) are endorsed by a number of recognized brain, heart and orthopaedic Surgeons. Her team of Mentors wholeheartedly endorses her unique philosophy that self-empowerment is NOT just about developing the BRAIN. The body consists of other parts and intelligences that ALSO need the right information and training to stay alert and stay AHEAD. Her trailblazing research on growing older without growing OLD is making headlines in certain circles and causing many over 50s to return to the workplace with more creativity, more energy and a healthier body! She is not just an expert on the subject of Developing the individual as a whole - she is also a Professional Toastmaster (ATM-GOLD) who has excellent experience in dealing with audience demands and feedback. With a number of awards behind her name, including Communicator of the Year (2004) she is quickly becoming one of SAs most capable and popular Inspirational Speakers. Annie is a regular voice on national radio, a prolific writer of articles and has appeared on National TV in SA and other countries due to her role and style as Key-Note Speaker during National and International Conferences. She has been described as a True Visionary and Revolutionary Trainer. Her latest book, The POWER of a Creative LIfe! - launched in September 2005 is aimed at the busy corporate person and is already making a definite STATEMENT in the ever-competitive field of self-empowerment.




Bernard Goosen
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Bernie was born with cerebral palsy, which affects the motor part of the brain. He is classified as a quadriplegic as all four of his limbs are affected. “Bern”, as he is affectionately known to his many friends, chose not to live the life his doctors said he would, to be stuck with, but broke out of his severely restrictive disability and continues to reach staggering heights. Quite literally; Bern is the 1st wheelchair- bound quadriplegic to have reached the highest point in Africa: Kilimanjaro - pushing himself all the way! He is a man who will not be stopped by obstacles and adversity, and he is constantly setting himself new goals and challenges. He breaks boundaries every day, and when you listen to him as takes you through his amazing journeys, you too will be inspired to change your outlook on life and set new boundaries for yourself. Bern believes that with the right outlook, ANYTHING can be achieved. “ LIFE IS 10% OF WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, AND 90% OF WHAT YOU DO ABOUT IT” “People often ask me how I keep myself positive and all I can think of is that when I am negative and feel that I don’t have the strength to keep fighting, I realize that if I give up I won’t achieve the goals that I have set for myself because the ultimate responsibility for achieving these goals, is mine. Although in the beginning I felt as if I was banging my head against walls, I have now realized that by setting smaller, more short term gaols, it has not only made it more rewarding but I have realized that to keep it up is becoming a habit. It is now very difficult for me to be negative and I have also realized that if you are negative, it has a negative influence on every one around you. The most important saying that I have ever come across is, “Life is ten percent what happens to you, and ninety percent what you do about it” and hopefully through sharing my experiences, hardships as well as triumphs to schools, companies and other organisations I can prove that all circumstances can be overcome with a positive attitude.” Bern was the first physically disabled Rotary Exchange Student in the world and spent a year in America. As an Ambassador he travelled through 35 States in America, doing presentations and talks on South Africa, in particular to schools, colleges, various business organisations and Rotary Clubs. In 1998 he had the urge to travel Europe. He travelled from day to day, not necessarily having a schedule or even places to stay. Although he realized the difficulties of what he wanted to do as well as the many possible risks of a disabled person travelling alone, it filled him with a great sense of excitement. He returned home after 9 months, having travelled through Europe and the U.S doing motivational talks to corporates, schools and other organizations. Bern drove hard at qualifying in the financial field and worked his way up to hold the position of Group Financial Controller for a listed IT company. At 29 years old, Bern has achieved much to be proud of. You have to take the time to sit and listen to the full extent of the experiences behind each of the mammoth achievements to truly appreciate what he has done. To list just a few: the first wheelchair exchange student, the degree, the drivers licence, the bungee jumping, the tubing behind a boat, the success in his career, and how about being the 1st wheelchair bound quadriplegic to reach to the highest point in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro – Uhuru Point – pushing himself all the way! In June 2005, Bernie returns to Mount Kilimanjaro to repeat his amazing accomplishment. This “climb” will be documented by a team from MNET’s Top Magazine and Actuality Programme Carte Blanche. “Everyone’s problems are important to them, and through my experience of overcoming obstacles I have been able to help people develop plans to achieve their goals.”




Beth-Ann Galvin
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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THE POWER OF POSITIVE IMAGING To develop a polished and credible image takes more than a gut feel. It requires identifying all the major criteria, which encompass Image (both internal and external) and them tailoring these criteria to fit and enhance our role. Fact: People dont buy products and services; they buy the person who represents those products or services. Fact: In business people, especially women, are assessed primarily by the image they project. Fact: People who present an appropriate image feel more confident and earn more for their companies and for themselves. PROGRAMME CONTENT External Image: Establishing a personal style which compliments the organisations image As we are an extension of our company we need to develop a style, which suits us as well as enhancing the image of our organisation - demonstrating professionalism and credibility. Complimenting your body shape Identifying and selecting clothes that enhance strong points and camouflage flaws. Make colour work for you Colour has an important psychological effect. A better understanding of this offers powerful advantages. The business wardrobe Many guidelines and one or two rules! Internal Image: Verbal vs. Non-Verbal communications Non-verbal behavior often speaks louder than words - Elements of body language are explored to ensure that a congruent message is communicated. The Inner You A poor self-image can be one of the major barriers preventing someone from achieving total success. Guidelines are given to develop and project a positive sense of self-worth.




Bo Moseneke
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Born and raised in the town of Pretoria, Bo was introduced to showbiz at an early age. Acting on stage from the age of 10 at the city halls around Jo`burg and Pretoria with his mother as director. The bug of television bit when he stood in for a sick presenter in the kids show “Kideo” for a month and moved on from there. With a career in pro-am tennis since 1996-2001 and well travelled around the world, he has a charming personality and ability to communicate with any audience. It was for this reason and his all round sports knowledge that the Sports Program Woza Weekend used him for 3years as presenter and insert director. Because of his wide knowledge in sports as well as his public speaking capabilities, he has been used by numerous companies to conduct their corporate functions and events. Bo also has found himself a promising future at SUPERSPORT, where he presents many sports across the board and host SportsTalk on a Monday Night with Darren Scott. As well as specialist Sports Reporter on Metro FM on Mondays and Fridays on The All Access Breakfast Show. Bo’s enthusiasm and lively personality is guaranteed to make your next function one never to be forgotten. Bo’s distinctive, unique voiceover is definitely one for any voiceover required.




Bonsai Shongwe
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Bonsai is a top music producer and has written and recorded much of the music that young South Africans dance to every weekend. Making it big in one of the World’s toughest industries, Bonsai believes that by applying a number of simple principles made the difference between his success and what could have been failure. This dynamic man is now also one of the countries most popular up and coming inspirational speakers. Combining his musical and singing talent with his powerful messages, Bonsai’s winning principles can reach people at all level in the organization. Seeing himself more as a “friend” than a professional speaker Bonsai tells stories and shares examples that everyone can apply towards their own success and self-fulfilment. Bonsai says “although we may not have been given equal opportunities, each one of us is born with an advantage – that advantage is our uniqueness!”




Brett Bowes
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Brett Bowes’ early business experience was in the multinational fast-moving consumer goods environment where he held positions from Product Manager to Chief Executive for various local subsidiaries of Unilever, L’Oreal and Hoechst. He has a B Comm and an MBA and has won several awards for his marketing ability. He is CEO of Terra Nova, a business that specialises in the formulation, communication, implementation and measurement of strategy in large corporates. It was this work applied to the national brand “South Africa” that identified the gap between widely held negative perceptions of South Africa’s progress on the one hand, and on the other the growing evidence that the country has made remarkable and largely unrecognised progress since 1994. The book “SOUTH AFRICA – The Good News” has been widely acclaimed. It is often used along with an industrial theatre production, a video, a smaller pocket book and posters to launch corporate “Good News” programmes.




Audience Interactive Drumming
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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During August our inter-active drummers had the Shanghai World Expo 2010 audiences enthralled as they taught the Moms, Dads and kiddies the raw energy that comes from the rhythm and beat of the African Djembe drum! And, once the excited guests had grasped the technique, others within the audience were handed brightly coloured Boom Whackers, while those remaining were taught to sing catchy African songs, including the popular FIFA Waka Waka! The end result brought a sea of happy smiling and laughing faces, amidst a cacophony of delightful, rhythmic beat and sound!

Undoubtedly the highlight of Africa Square during the latter portion of Shanghai’s fantastic Expo




Audience Interactive Gumboot Dancing
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Gumboot dancing is a hallmark of traditional South African culture, with its core characteristic of boots hitting the ground and heels clicking. This powerful method has been brought to boardrooms, conferences and a variety of functions locally as well as festivals, internationally!

What happens on the day? The team arrives approximately an hour before the starting time in order to set up, and set out the boots (various sizes) for the participants. As the participants approach, they are met with stomping, slapping, clapping and singing.
The team starts off with an energized gumboot performance. Dressed in coloured overalls and vests, our performers slap their hands and clap their feet together in an energizing performance of intricate rhythmic patterns. This is followed by a warm-up where everyone is taught very simple gumboot routines. As the facilitation progresses, these routines are placed together to form an interweaving dance. Before you know it, the group will be dancing together. Interactive gumboot dancing unleashes energy to any audience and any event. We provide each person with a pair of gumboots. Our team will teach your group basic dance routines, and within a few minutes the group will be grooving and stomping together.






King Chaka
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Having an African themed function?

Add a degree of authenticity to your African experience by having your function officially sanctified met by the historic king himself!

A formal meet and greet as your guests arrive at the function.
A formal introduction to the company CEO or most senior member of the occasion
including a traditional African beer sharing and group welcoming ceremony.
Traditional praise singing – he sings with a rich baritone voice, in his native Nguni language in which he praises and blesses the company, product, motor vehicle, event or award winner/s (in the client’s language choice) with good tidings.

Adding substance to the above, King Chaka’s appearance can be enhanced with the optional inclusion of his personal Induna/ drummer.

Add African authenticity and fun to your event with an official welcome – from the heart of the African bush!





Panflute Player
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Introducing the soothing sounds of the tubular panflute – a unique instrument, seldom heard in South Africa and expertly presented by maestro busker Victus Samela who developed his musical talents as a busking youngster in the streets of his hometown Soweto. However, striving to better himself as an instrumentalist Victus, scraping his hard earned pennies together purchased a second hand pennywhistle and has since become a sought after musician in African theatre productions countrywide. Victus presents panflute or pennywhistle wither as a solo busker or accompanied by piano – an expertly blended combination!





Township Pantsula Dancers
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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During the late 1950’s and the 1960’s the youth of South Africas townships - Soweto, Meadowlands, Tsekane and many others, had become exposed to such modern devices as transistor radios which quickly made them aware of music trends throughout the townships.

Ghetto blasters, (as they became known) became prized possessions that loudly amplified such dance routines as the Kwela, Marabi, Jive and upbeat African Jazz! This new music was indeed food for hungry imaginations – a music that commanded attention and respect...that evoked the human body to wriggle, writhe and jerk every limb into a rhythm never before seen!

Just back from the jam packed arenas of Shanghai, China our Pantsula dancers have put a brand new spin on this dynamic, traditional form of Township dancing. Masters in the art of body comedy, their hilarious on-stage antics, agile (almost rubberised) bodies, vibrant dance routines, crisp new costumes and throbbing Kwela music tracks not only had their Shanghai audiences in stitches…ensuring the guys a host of pending bookings for the Chinese market during 2011! And to boot, they’re a bunch of unaffected, nice jovial guys who will go out of their way to ensure the success of your event!

A winner for both local and international audiences!





African Praise Singers
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Televised internationally at Nelson Mandela’s historic inauguration ceremony in 1994 and again at Thabo Mbeki’s own special occasion, traditional African praise singers have become extremely popular at corporate conferences, product launches and incentive meetings where, pre-briefed on the company product, event or celebrated personality they proceed, with traditional ceremonial ‘ishoba’ sticks to chant and sing classical ceremonial praises calling on divine blessings, frequently repeating the subjects name.

An excellent, albeit unusual form of fun entertainment ideally presented at group arrivals, airport or other farewells or upon the commencement of ceremonies or awards. Available in either tribal outfit or smart, traditional attire. Singing in Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho.




Roving musicians
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Yet another item frequently booked by Hands On clients with briefs requiring inexpensive ambient music at group registrations, tea-breaks, laid back dinners and especially popular at pre-dinner drinks.
Available as solo acts or in a number of appropriate duo combinations including saxophone and guitar, saxophone and pennywhistle, saxophone, flute, harp etc.




Sangoma Ritual
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Featuring our team of two Sangomas and a drummer who, amidst the throwing of bones and ritual stones select members of the audience, identified by the pointing of tradition ‘ishoba’ sticks, and proceed to make positive ‘predictions’ for the future – spoken through the Nguni language but translated into English by the younger member.

All players are presented in traditional Sangoma head beads with arms and legs made up with white ash and traditional markings – the face of the senior remains masked thus adding an element of ‘mystique’ to the presentation.




Soweto Gospel Choir
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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You saw and heard their amazing talents on Carte Blanche, and now Hands On takes great pride in availing the finest choral talents in South Africa for your client functions and events!

Following astounding international success, a performance at Carnegie Hall that was sold out 6 months in advance and a phenomenal US tour, Soweto Gospel Choir finally came home to debut Voices From Heaven on the South African stage in July 2005.
In their Voices From Heaven and Blessed concerts, Soweto Gospel Choir perform inspirational programmes that include traditional and popular African and international gospel and contemporary Standards, with songs ranging from gospel hits Vuma, Modimo and Tshepa Thapelo to the South African classics Paradise Road, Asimbonanga and African Dream, as well as international spirituals Amazing Grace, Oh Happy Day and music by Otis Redding and Jimmy Cliff— a remarkable repertoire that guarantees instant recognition from all areas of the globe!

Expect earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, a capella numbers as well as accompaniment by an exciting 4 piece band and percussion section. Add to this, energetic dancing and vibrant, colourful costumes, and the mix is awesome. This young dynamic choir performs both traditional and contemporary music, adding its own unique feel and interpretation to both. The choir performs in 6 of South Africa’s 11 official languages.






Traditional Adult Choirs
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Hands On are proud to present a selection of highly talented, elegantly lively 30 – 50 piece gospel choirs, boasting a selection of the finest voices available - most of them from their hometown Soweto. Together they present exceptionally versatile repertoires of songs ranging from popular internationally known standards (in the vein of Miriam Makeba’s ‘the Click song’ and ‘Meadowlands’) through the up-tempo sounds of ‘Wimoweh’ (the lion sleeps tonight) to the moving “Shosholoza’ – all performed in perfectly blended African harmonies.

An ideal form of classic African entertainment at airport arrivals, group registrations, pre-dinner drinks. Ambient dinners or farewell ceremonies.






Venda Snake Dance
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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Yet another fun-filled inter-activity with the audience who, during the routine (which is routed in and around the guests tables), are inclined to ‘join the dancing snake’ – much in the same context as the old ‘locomotion’.

An optional extra to either tribal or marimba shows.




Jason Hartman
Idols (Johannesburg)
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29-Year old Jason Hartman hails from KwaZulu Natal but moved to Jozi where he presently resides. He is one of the fouding directors of Men of the Trees, an International Society of the Planting and protection of Trees and also creates sustainable food gardens.

Jason has played and entertained for over the past ten years both nationally and internationally. He started his career back in 1996 playing in a young three-piece rock band called Triad. The band played in and around Kwa Zulu Natal focusing on most rock classics. Jason started a new band with his brother and father, Scott Hartman on Drums and Sam Hartman on rhythm guitar and vocals. The band went by the name Samson Show Band and played extensively throughout South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Jason currently heads up the entire Men of Trees line up. He entered SA Idols in 2009 and has been one of the best all round performers to enter this competition ever!

He is ready to take the country by storm and has, over and above playing solo, 2 other products to provide:

Men of Trees - Acoustic Duo:

Men of Trees are an acoustic band focused on delivering top quality live music entertainment to both the public and private sector alike. The band usually performs as an acoustic duo comprised of two acoustic guitars and two vocals. Men of Trees prides itself in providing music to all age groups, that is not only professional but is also completely live, without the use of conventional backing tracks. The bands roots stem right back to the 60’s with songs performed by artists such as Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Beatles to The Doors, right up to the present, with artists such as Seal, Dave Mathews Band and Counting Crows. With their acoustic sound and impeccable harmonies, Men of Trees are sure to take the listener on a journey that will not only touch the heart but also the soul.

Men of Trees - Four piece rock band:

Men of Trees four piece rock band, is a versatile outfit comprising of four top class musicians. The band consists of two guitar and vocals, bass and drums. The band performs a variety of rock classics stemming from the sixties to the present. Performing songs from the likes of Dire Straits, Mike and the Mechanics, Credence Clear Water Revival and Eric Clapton. The bands repertoire is extensive as they are able to entertain age groups both young and old. The band prides itself in state of the art equipment that is both compact and athletically pleasing to the eye.




Belly dancers
Theme Dancers (Johannesburg)
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Our professional troupe of belly dancers, are incomparable to ensure that you are provided with the finest in Middle Eastern Entertainment. Our performers are magnificently groomed – dressed in costumes that are of highest standards imported from Egypt. Our performers are polite, well mannered and each performer lends her own unique skill to the performance to give your show that special touch. Our dancers will certainly exceed your expectation and provide you with an unforgettable dance experience.




Mediterranean Ensemble
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Polish violinist Henry Domagala, who sports his comprehensive training at Poland’s esteemed Wroclaw Music Academy (where he completed his Masters degree), is one of those instantly ‘likeable’ musicians who virtually lives for both his instrument and his client! At the age of 24 Henry, having established his reputation within Classical circles across Poland was invited to join the revered Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he was able to share his talents with audiences across the globe…Germany, The Soviet Union, Holland, France, Norway Italy and Denmark being regular booking venues for the popular ensemble. His reputation preceding him, it wasn’t long before Henry was offered a position in South Africa’s National Philharmonic Orchestra – an offer he and his family simply could not refuse! Indeed, with his wealth of experience it wasn’t long before Henry was lured by to the fairest Cape by the management of Cape Town’s Philharmonic Orchestra – a position which he holds to this day! Apart from the CPO, Henry performs extensively with smaller groups and has graced stages at, inter alia the Windhoek and Oudtshoorn Festivals, and concerts at Stellenbosch, Muizenberg, Barrydale, Bellville, Hermanus and, of course the mother city! Available either as a solo violinist or with his duo, Mediterranean Ensemble (which includes well known accordionist Stanislaw Anguelou) Henry is not to be missed for those sophisticated evening functions!




Violin Tenors
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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Violin Tenors is a group of three classically trained singers and a Violinist, and it is based in Gauteng. Khotso Tshekeletsa, Rheinaldt Moagi, Dikgang Mantoro and Bernard Madumo of the Violin Tenors are no strangers performing a world of classical repertoire. Violin Tenors was formed with the intention of bringing quality performances to the South African, international and corporate world audiences . They perform a repertoire of great South African classics, Jazz , Classical songs, Musicals and Opera arias. Violin Tenors is a new era group, with the Violin as part of the vocal line, the group brings a unique sound with wonderful rich voices and harmonies of the singers Kgotso, Rheinaldt and Dikgang . A unique performance of the Violin Tenors is complemented by a choreography of the South African rhythmic feeling from the heart and soul.




Fire Dancer - Amanda Van der Walt
Theme Dancers (Johannesburg)
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I was born in Pretoria in 1982. After matriculating in 2000 I went Traveling in Europe where I discovered fire dancing, befriending an international circus-group. I spent the next 2 years training intensively and falling in love with fire. After returning to South-Africa in 2003, I joined a fire dancing group and started my professional Fire dancing career, performing at various private and corporate functions, some of which include: 5fm extreme sports event in 2004, Rustlers Valley music festival in Free State, 2003, and Recess Night club in Pretoria, New Years 2003/2004. In 2004 I started performing as a freelance fire dancer and performed at various weddings, Corporate and Private Functions, Clubs, Festivals, Restaurants and Art Galleries. Some of these events include: Various events for Pitt Productions 2004-2008, Oppikoppi festival in Northam (Limpopo) 2005/2006, Africa Burns festival in Karoo 2007, Alien Safari in Stellenbosh 2007, Drumming Circle in Pretoria 2007, Cape Quarter New years Party in Cape Town 2007/2008, Co-Fu Restaurant And Cocktail Bar in Centurion (Pretoria) 2008, Private functions for ‘Get it’ magazine in 2008. Kyk Art Gallery exhibition opening in Sunnyside (Pretoria) 2008 and Private Function for the Creative Director of Radio heads in Johannesburg. I am also a very dedicated artist and finished studying Fine arts in at the TUT in 2006 and has been a full time artist since. I have exhibited at various Art Galleries: Kyk Gallery, Liezle meintjies gallery, Platform on 18th gallery and Chapman’s Art Emporium. I was a finalist in the Ekhuruleni National fine arts awards and was accepted into the National Association of Fine Arts.




Liezel van der Westhuizen
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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Liezel is a new face to South African television audiences but she has been working in the homegrown entertainment industry for a long period. This 28-year-old’s most recent position has been handling several accounts for a leading publicity company. It’s no surprise that Liezel is so at ease when talking to an audience: this Pretoria raised-girl has a Masters Degree in Communication Management from the University of Pretoria and, since 2000, has been a member of Toastmasters International, having received her Advanced Toastmaster Bronze certificate in 2005. “I’ve always loved speaking in public and conveying my point of view to a broad audience,” Liezel says of her Toastmaster experience. In fact so committed is she to the benefits of this form of communication that for three years she taught public speaking and communication as a volunteer. “I’m passionate about young South Africans being able to stand up and speak, confidently and with knowledge, about the issues that move them,” Liezel says simply. And in addition to her Toastmasters experience, Liezel is a recognised voiceover artist, having done an array of television and radio voiceover work.




Brandon October - Walk the Talk
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Growing up on the Cape Flats in Mitchells Plain Brandon knows all about hardship but he overcame lifes challenges and ultimately became the successful man he is today. As a young boy I would look up at the stars and dream about the life I wanted for myself, but I knew that dreaming was only one part of the journey, remembers Brandon. I needed to map out my future and then systematically do the things that would make my dreams a reality. So many people have no idea of where their lives are headed, and without the proper guidance and support, their dreams will never be realised.

Brandon’s talks focus on one’s attitude and their choices in everyday life. His message encompasses: accountability, personal responsibility, choices, character, acceptance, selflessness, and can be tailored to your theme with advance notice.

Brandon gets personal about his own life: his challenges with his sense of self-worth, failing at relationships, and ultimately how he overcame his challenges and obstacles to make him the man he is today.




Mackenzie Blue
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Mackenzie Blue is not your average rock cover band.

As a professional 5-piece entertainment rock band, they are dedicated to playing great music and having fun while doing it! Their repertoire is chosen from hits spanning the past four decades, covering Old School Rock, Easy Listening as well as many great Party numbers too.

The band is animated in their performance and always ensures that their audience experiences the party vibe that only a professional live show can produce.

Travelling with their own professional sound system, Mackenzie Blue delivers crystal-clear audio, entertaining audiences in both indoor and smaller outdoor venues.

The band plays a wide selection of songs, making them the perfect fit for any type of occasion.




Cole: The James Bond Golden Hits Tribute
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Looking the part of a glamorous bond girl, international songstress, Colé van Dais performs The James Bond Golden hits tribute. Singing the theme songs of the James Bond films through the ages, Colé will take you to the movies with hit songs such as Golden Eye, For Your Eyes Only, Diamonds Are Forever and more ..... An accomplished singer and TV presenter, Colé has also achieved international recognition as a musical theatre actress with lead roles and performances in England, Scotland, South Africa, the Mediterranean and Scottish Isles. With experience in live performance and singing all music genres, Colé was trained in Rock, pop and soul singing at City lit college in London, by top vocal coach Carol Grimes. This 50 minute performance can be booked solo or with dancers. Book now for The James Bond Golden hits tribute with songs originally performed by artists such as Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow and Sheena Easton, to name a few. Ladies are encouraged to dress as bond girls accompanied by their special agent 007




Jae
Function Bands and Entertainers (Durban)
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JAE is whats known in music industry parlance as a breakout artist. Her stunning debut solo single Missing you had, in just two weeks, been play-listed on over 60 radio stations countrywide, achieving numerous number one placings over a diverse range of radio categories. “Missing You became one of the biggest musical events of 2002/3. In Jaes hometown of KZN, the regions premier radio station East Coast Radio, placed Missing You at a phenomenal no 4 on their Top 100 Songs for 2002. This was the only South African song in the Top 20. Also featuring the funky single Its Over, the Missing You EP has gone on to bestow upon Jae the enviable distinction of being the first South African RandB Artiste to achieve platinum sales status in her country. The success of Missing You remains - in the annals of the South African Music Industry - an extraordinary and awesome achievement. To prove that she was not a one hit wonder, she followed up with three other hit singles off her debut album, viz: “It’s Over, I Love You and Falling”. In 2004 /2005 Jae’ success continued with the release of the radio singles “I Found Love” and Jaelousy”, resulting in her having no less than 6 national radio hits in the last 4 years. Jaes package of a gifted vocal talent, world class songwriting ability, stunning, sensuous good looks, explosive stage presence, as well as a level headed, proactive and realistic attitude to her life and career is guaranteed to bring her abounding and sustained international acclaim.




Mel Jones
Comedians (Cape Town)
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Born and raised in Cape Town and a proud resident of Mitchell’s Plain, Mel Jones describes herself as the favourite of three siblings. A product of the Cape Comedy Collectives Comedy Lab workshops, Melanie burst into the limelight with her unique confidence and sexy style. This single mother brings her perspective as a ‘young’ Capetonian woman looking in vain for Mr Right to the stage to the great amusement and enlightenment of all. She was fondly received at the Spier Amphitheatre only 6 short weeks after doing her very first open mic slot at the Cape Comedy Club. Since then, you may have seen her on SABC3s Comedy Showcase, the Phat Joe show and there’s a strong possibility that you may have read about her in various magazines (not the ‘bikini’ mags – the girly ones). Her shows, Doing It for the Money and Still Doing It with Tracy Klass has been a big Cape Town hit, as has her presence on 94.5 Kfm since 2003. It was her stage performance that led her to radio when, while being interviewed on the station, she was asked to join the team. Lets be honest. If theyd told me Id need to get up at 4am every day, I may have thought twice.” She giggles. Mels made it her mission to bring laughter, smiles and warmth to as many people as possible. Her philosophy on life: Youve got to laugh at it.




Mel Jones
Comperes and Emcees (Cape Town)
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Born and raised in Cape Town and a proud resident of Mitchell’s Plain, Mel Jones describes herself as the favourite of three siblings. A product of the Cape Comedy Collectives Comedy Lab workshops, Melanie burst into the limelight with her unique confidence and sexy style. This single mother brings her perspective as a ‘young’ Capetonian woman looking in vain for Mr Right to the stage to the great amusement and enlightenment of all. She was fondly received at the Spier Amphitheatre only 6 short weeks after doing her very first open mic slot at the Cape Comedy Club. Since then, you may have seen her on SABC3s Comedy Showcase, the Phat Joe show and there’s a strong possibility that you may have read about her in various magazines (not the ‘bikini’ mags – the girly ones). Her shows, Doing It for the Money and Still Doing It with Tracy Klass has been a big Cape Town hit, as has her presence on 94.5 Kfm since 2003. It was her stage performance that led her to radio when, while being interviewed on the station, she was asked to join the team. Lets be honest. If theyd told me Id need to get up at 4am every day, I may have thought twice.” She giggles. Mels made it her mission to bring laughter, smiles and warmth to as many people as possible. Her philosophy on life: Youve got to laugh at it.




Ilan Smith
Corporate Illusionists (Johannesburg)
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In high demand as an entertainer for social events and corporate functions, Ilan Smith has wowed crowds in the United States, England, Israel and South Africa. Hes injected excitement into private parties; mystery into corporate events; surprise into television. Mentored by two of South Africa’s magical greats, George Moss and Graham Kirk, Ilan is also a member of three magic clubs, including the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) and the South African Inner Circle of Magic. Specialising in jaw-dropping illusions of the mind and breathtaking sleight of hand, Ilan’s unique combination of enchantment and humour make his every performance a magical masterpiece. And although he’s entertained professionally since the age of 16, Ilan’s still learning: constantly exploring the intricacies of global magic and infusing his shows with the best workable magic of international standard out there. Ilan recently returned from the World Championship of Magic held in Sweden by the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM – the International Federation of Magic Societies).




Tim Modise
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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Tim Modise has been involved in Broadcasting since 1980 having worked in various capacities on various radio stations. He is currently the Chairman of the Proudly South African Campaign - a position he was appointed to in July 2001. He hosted his own morning talk program on SA Fm Radio until November 2002 and from 13 January 2003 he has been the host of a simulcast talk programme on Radio 702 and Cape Talk called the Tim Modise Network. Mr Modise is also co-presenter for the actuality programme Carte Blanche on M-Net, which he joined in January 2003. Apart from this role he also does a lot of public appearances, which include MC work and public speaking. Tim can also speak various African languages.




Ursula Chikane
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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Well-known and well-loved TV and radio personality Ursula Chikane is the perfect choice for any function requiring an MC with energy, charisma and sophistication.

Ursula has been the center of attention at many functions including Absa relay challenge; Standard Delta; Red Bull Flugthag day; Launch of V.W. Millionth vehicle produced in S.A. and 4 Years presidential sports awards – On the Presidents request
Known and recognized as one of Top Billing’s most dynamic presenters Ursula (or ‘Brown Sugar’ as she is affectionately known) can also be heard on 5FM every Saturday with the Fanta World Chart Show. Her bubbly face is also instantly associated to the ever-popular `MTN Gladiators` where she excelled as co-presenter!

This fun-loving, vibey and professional young lady is a great hit as an MC at corporate and public functions around the country.




Ballyhoo
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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BALLYHOO – Originated out of Ireland and as defined in the dictionary means “exaggerated publicity”, and in retrospect, it certainly seems ironic that such a name should have been given to such a talented band – yet it is as ironic that they have achieved as much as they have – without exaggerated publicity. BALLYHOO is a name synonymous with success in the South African music industry. Who can forget the smash hit “Man On The Moon” – the song that took them to the top of the charts in 1981, and is still going strong.

Looking back at some of their hit songs such as “Air Incident, Rock ‘n Roll Party, Mama Microphone and Don’t you Go Walking”, to mention but a few, we experience Rock played with such style, grace and panache. And one fact remains unchallenged – collectively Ballyhoo possess a wealth of experience, which forms the foundation of one of the most dedicated and determined groups around today.

Ever since the band’s emergence in the late 70’s, there seems to have been an additional degree of appeal and rapport, whenever they perform – resulting in an unprecedented reaction to their music from people of literally all ages. They play a wide selection of music to suite every occasion, with songs ranging from the 60’s through to Current Hits, and of course Original material. And of course they are Irish, so they do performances for Irish Theme Nights such as St Patrick’s and Beer Festivals where the music genre is Irish Traditional and Party sing-a-alongs.

Ballyhoo has travelled extensively throughout Africa, Europe and Asia, performing for Private and Corporate Functions, Festivals and Party’s. One of their recent trips was to Singapore where they performed at the Annual Gala Awards for an International Company. A most spectacular event, that in turn got them an invitation to perform in Australia.

By maintaining the highest standard of professionalism, they thrive on achieving the ultimate in musical entertainment for their audience. Visually Ballyhoo has always been exciting, and their supreme performance cannot be ignored… It is no wonder, that they are still a most sought-after act for exceptional entertainment!




Adrenalin
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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This highly versatile dance and function band has been playing the Cape circuit for many years, firmly cementing their popularity along the way! Amongst them, the band six members amassed some 35 years of performing experience, all having played with numerous top bands on the South African circuit. Initially kicking off as a sixties party band, the band has expanded their vast repertoire to cater for the many international Incentive visitors by incorporating numerous styles of popular music, ranging from Latin to Salsa, Blues to current hit paraders, Rock to Jazz, Soul to Disco and Reggae to Waltz – indeed the band are able to present your client with practically any style of popular music!

Band members include Derek Marks on bass guitar and lead vocals, Dave Evans on drums and vocals, Angie on lead vocals, Mike Pregnolato on lead guitar and lead vocals, Rael Yudelman on keyboards, guitar and lead vocals and Tim Yarlnold on keyboards.

Should a smaller band be required, Adrenalin also avail themselves as the three piece ATM.






Sans of Time
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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A wise man once said, “Music speaks louder than words” and never has a statement rung so true as for the above artists. Whilst individually diverse, they unite and light up the stage with a feast of songs that is most aptly described as haunting and vibrant. Few musicians/bands have managed to get the delicate combination of talent and business correct. Sans of Time, through a fine balance of technical skill and meeting nothing less than world class service-level standards, have managed to achieve a sustained level of extreme client satisfaction over a number of years. The secret to their success has very definitely been a triangular combination of their technical obsession with musical quality with regards to sound and tone, their ability to deal with people in a highly professional way due to exposure to the corporate environment both locally and internationally, and raw talent. This band has found its niche in the music fraternity by producing music, which is both appealing and familiar to audiences from any corner of the globe. They specialize in crowd-diversity, which transcends racial, religious, cultural and international boundaries. With Jazzy routes and a dance band routine that features amongst others, a Latino flair ranging from the fifties and sixties to modern day, combined with haunting, bluesy ballads during early evening dinner, is guaranteed to set the scene for ultimate listening pleasure.




Voodoo Child
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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The true origins of Voodoo Child as a band can actually be traced to years before the first jam session in 2004. The reason for this is the fact that there were already existing friendships between individual members, meaning that working together was enjoyable, not just bearable. It took about five minutes for everyone in the band to realise that there was enormous “rocking-out” potential within the as-yet unnamed band, and the five-piece were already gig hunting before they had even had their first rehearsal. That first gig, in the popular Johannesburg live venue BackIIBasix, was the birth of a live band that has canvassed the country steadily, building a support-base for their music. The band quickly got onto the Johannesburg touring circuit. The initial hard work paid off when they recorded their first single, “Plain Jane”. The track caught the attention of tour promoters and they were soon billed alongside Arno Carstens and Dawnay for a New Year’s Eve Concert at the Sun City Superbowl in 2005 The band started performing more and more of their own material, and then recorded their second single, “Taboo”. This, yet again, catapulted the band onto the live circuit performing at festivals around the country. 2007 saw Voodoo Child working even harder than before to complete the transition from talented cover band to a full-fledged original act. With a brand-new recording and management deal in place, they’ve had the honour of starting the year off on a high with Julio Garcia’s The Cover album for 94.7fm (Highveld Stereo) with their take on the Beatles’ Come Together.




Kunjani
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Simpiwe Matole founded this Jazz group from world-renowned South African band Amampondo, from Langa Cape Town. This group formed three years ago playing in various clubs, wine estates and dinner venues around Cape Town. This group’s style ranges from African fusion to the more traditional African Jazz, and can be accompanied by female vocalist should this be required. The groups very talented musicians boast a wide repertoire to suit all occasions e.g. weddings, corporate gala evenings, tour incentive guests as well as cocktail parties to name but a few. They are a definite must. The band’s greatest event was performing at the Nelson Mandela’s personal Art Exhibition on Robben Island on 07 February 2003 alongside Amampondo. This private affair was for 200 invitees only, many who came from afar to meet and greet the ex South African president.




Late Final
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Late Final, one of Cape Town’s premier function bands boasting players with many years of professional experience in the industry currently operates as a 7 piece unit – adding additional players of equal stature as and when the need arises. As a live act Late Final draw from a wide selection of musical styles ranging from jazz, RandB, rock and roll, blues, rock and top 40 material, delivering a superb a performance tailored in accordance with the client’s specific requirements. Regarded as a major player in the corporate function and event arenas the band have developed an excellent reputation with clients, across the country ensuring their continued bookings at high profile events ranging from the Sun Cities Million Dollar Golf Tournament to Durban’s July Handicap!




Leigh Erasmus
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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An innovative and versatile musician with a unique vocal quality and exceptional guitar sound, Leigh Erasmus is a guitarist, singer, composer and producer of note. Leigh recently released her first CD, which features some of the countries top singers and musicians, including the dynamic vocalist/percussionist Glenn Robertson, multi- instrumentalist Mark Fransman and the brilliant, fiery and original saxophonist Moriera Chonguica. Her music incorporates jazz, blues, latin, gospel and the flavours of Africa . Leigh plays solo, or in duo, trio, quartet and full band format, and has been featured at the U.C.T Jazz Festival.




Masala
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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MASALA IS AN ENERGETIC AND DYNAMIC DANCE BAND WITH AN AFRICAN FLAVOUR.THEIR REPERTOIRE COVERS VARIOUS MUSIC FROM ALL OVER AFRICA AS WELL AS WELL KNOWN REGGAE, LATIN, POP, SOUL WITH EVEN A BIT OF ROCK, RandB and FUNK THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE….SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.

THEY ARE AN IDEAL BAND FOR ANY FUNCTION - OFFICE PARTIES, WEDDINGS, CONFERENCES, AND DEFINITELY FOR THE TOURIST/INCENTIVE MARKET.

VIBRANT, FUN AND PROFESSIONAL, THIS BAND IS MADE UP OF AN EXPERIENCED GROUP OF MUSOS WITH A WIDE RANGE OF AGES AND BACKGROUNDS, WHO WHEN MIXED TOGETHER MAKE UP A SPICY, COOKING, HOT MASALA!!





Methapo Sounds
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Methapo Sounds, an afro-fusion band led by multi-instrumentalist Mosoeu Ketlele, fuses African traditional instruments (mbira’s, lesiba, makhoyane, ixhana, sekgankuza, setorotoro, and many others) and western instruments (piano, bass, and lead guitar, congas and drums), to create a very unique sound which could be described as truly South African. Significant past performances include African parliaments; Moyo restaurant regularly; Johannesburg zoo; Masakeng beer festival; Kagiso jazz club




La Fiesta
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Christina Chesilev was born in Tulcea, Romania and received her musical education in Bucharest. She represented Romania in the International Festival “Ethno 2002”, and had a micro concert in the “Falun Folkmusic Festival” in Sweden. Other performance achievements include participating in radio shows on classical music (or jazz) themes in Belgian and Romania, and being a member of the “Muntenia Philharmonic” in 2006. Cristina has performed with numerous well-known Classical and Jazz artists in Europe, and toured Romania playing the violin with the band “Mike and The Blue Spirits” playing American blues, also collaborating in recording a CD with the group. Cristina relocated to Cape Town during March 2007, and has since performed at various corporate and private functions in the Western Cape and Gauteng. She joined the all-female electric crossover band STERLING EQ in July, with whom she has performed at many high profile corporate functions in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Andre van Vuuren has performed with the internationally renowned Cape Tango Ensemble and regularly does session-work as accordion player. Also an accomplished pianist, Andre regularly plays in venues in and around the Cape, such as the Arabella Sheraton and Mount Nelson. As a duo, the pair started collaborating shortly after Christinas arrival in South Africa. Since their formation, they have played many highly successful corporate functions, most notably for Distel Pty Ltd., and a regular appearance at Willowbridge Lifestyle Shopping Centre.




The Cape Tango Ensemble
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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The Cape Town Tango Ensemble specializes in Argentinean Tango ranging from the old fashioned Classical Tango style from the first half of 20th century up to the Tango “Nuevo”, started and developed by the famous Argentinean composer and Bandoneon virtuoso Astor Piazzolla. Their latest ideas explore the mixing between African Rhythms and sounds with the “Tango Nuevo” style. Hence is the name of their album “Tango in Africa ”. The Ensemble was started by Stanislav Anguelov in 1996 as an Accordion and Piano Duo with intention to perform this music at concerts. During the year 2000 the Double Bass was added and since 2001 the Violin became as important as all other instruments to shape the perfect combination for Tango. Their latest addition was an African drum, which demonstrates once again the African roots of the Tango.




Intsholo
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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INTSHOLO is the sound of a new nation- a sound of two groups night and day apart, but when they come together, it is like nothing the world has heard before! INTSHOLO comprises five former members of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, who have teamed up with the renowned African marimba group, Phambili to form a visual and aural representation of the emerging South Africa. Intsholo, or beautiful sounds in Xhosa, represents a successful combining of forces resulting in the most refreshing new sound on the market. Having performed extensively throughout South Africa, Intsholo has begun to break into the international market with recent performances at the Olympics in Atlanta, as well as at a music festival in Norway. Though Intsholo has performed extensively throughout South Africa, they have just begun to break into the international market with recent performances at the Olympics in Atlanta and at a South African music festival in Norway. Note what has been said about Intsholo in recent concerts in Norway; “... The intensity of the players was irresistible! It became a lesson in musical communication, and on the stage were white and black performers, a visible proof of the spirit of cooperation, and a reminder that the real and original has a power to overcome.” Astenposten, Sunday, August 11, 1996. Your options – 2 Piece: One wind player (brass/sax/flute), one Marimba 3 Piece: One wind, marimba, percussion. 4 Piece: Two wind, marimba, percussion 5-Piece: add female vocals with additional percussion.




Hannepoot and the Biggish Band
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Expect to hear some lekker new arrangements of South African jazz classics (tunes by Errol Dyers, Zakes Nkosi, Dollar Brand, Chris McGregor, Hugh Masekela, etc) as well as some great originals composed for us by Merton Barrow, David Ledbetter, Douglas Armstrong, Hanepoot van Tonder and others. The music includes traditional South African goema and mbaqanga tunes, as well as regular big band swing ... and even a tango!




Afro Fiesta
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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In the wake of trials and tribulations, it is up to a person to work towards self-empowerment, using every God-given talent that he/she has been blessed with. This is the philosophy that Mermans Kenkosenki and his 7-piece band, Afro- Fiesta, have adopted as an integral part of their lives as musicians. This popular Afro-Jazz / reggae fusion band have been headlining many Cape Town music festivals, and is a strong drawcard at local Afro-Jazz clubs, but they had humble beginnings... In 1988, at age 19 and still at school in the Congolese town of Kinshasa , Mermans secretly began playing the guitar. He would practice every day in hiding, not wanting his parents to find out. In those days being a musician was frowned upon and considered a career for people with no direction. It was this negative sentiment that eventually forced him to run away from home, in order to pursue his first love. His journey took him from the Congo to Angola where he hoped his fortunes would change for the better. In Angola he taught himself to play the drums and joined a struggling reggae band. In 1995, Mermans met a young man known as Big Sammy in Luanda , where he was bass guitar player in a band called Attraction 2000, and they became close friends. The two decided to relocate to South Africa as they felt there would be more opportunities for them as musicians. Sammy arrived in South Africa first and soon joined a group called the Young Bakuba Band, later paying for an airticket for Mermans to join him. Mermans says that this act of generosity changed the direction of his life and showed to him that musicians do look out for each other. On his arrival in South Africa in 1998, Mermans joined the Young Bakuba Band as a drummer and bass guitar player, alternating between the two roles. After a year in the band he found that his independence and musical style were being limited and he branched out on his own as a solo artist in 1999. He was soon in demand, doing solo gigs at various Cape Town venues including Dizzys Jazz Café and the legendary Café Camissa on Kloof Street . Shortly after this he decided that he preferred a band set-up and formed a new group which he called the Brothers Band , comprising his long time friend MC on congas and guitar and Jibriel Omonga as singer and percussionist. The new millennium brought more changes for the band with Papi (Felix Garemua) joining as lead guitarist, Alfredo as bassist, Junior as drummer and Christian on keyboards. The band soon became a drawcard at various venues around Cape Town including Mama Afrika, Chapmans Peak Hotel, Kennedys Cigar Lounge, Africa Junction, Marcos African Restaurant, and appeared at the Jazzathon 2004. In 2004 the band signed a deal with Mohamed Fall of Vibrations Studio. Mermans decided to add a few more faces to his talented core of musicians and Chibo, Tentino, Mavakala, Bova and Jason joined the group. He now had a group of master musicians oozing talent and enthusiasm. He renamed the group Afro-Fiesta, to reflect the many countries and cultures of the band members and after many hours of hard work in the studio, creating a great album, full of potential hits in songs like Matinda, Tandiswa and Bolingo. The songs are a fusion of various styles incorporating Makossa, hints of Latino and Afro-jazz, making this a truly unforgettable recording. This self-titled debut album was released late 2005.




Afrotropica Steel Band
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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AfroTropica is the professional performing steel band attached to the Cape Town Steelband Project. The band ranges from a duo to a ten-piece depending on the occasion and venue size. Always colorfully turned out, they play a vibrant repertoire of African, Caribbean and Jazz tunes and are especially popular for providing an appropriate music mix for Beach parties, Island themes and the like. The instrumentation comprises predominately the familiar Island sound of the steelpan, which originated on the island of Trinidad in the 1940s, and is further augmented with vibey percussion instruments or, if required a drumkit. On occasion one of the lead pan players, also joins in on guitar. The band is ideally suited for creating a festive atmosphere at anything from a small cocktail party to a wedding or corporate event.




Breakfast Included
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Cape Town ’s busiest Jazz Band - the success these four young Musicians (All have either UCT Bachelors or Masters degree in Jazz) have achieved is remarkable – over 500 live performances and counting since their debut at the ’99 UCT Jazz Festival. Their success and popularity lies in their unique approach – Breakfast Included are young, good looking, and an exciting ensemble to watch – bucking the trend of the Jazz world with their energetic and inspiring live performances, and captivating a whole new audience of new, younger Jazz listeners.

Couple all these traits with excellent music and you are onto a winner- proven once again when the judges selected them as Winners of ‘Best Jazz Band in the Western Cape ’ two years running in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition.
The band, which has produced one highly successful CD, with their second CD also being released this year, are fast becoming Cape Towns most sought after ‘Function and Wedding Band’ – adding that special something to the proceedings, when ‘style’, ‘visual impact’ and the ‘best in music’ is desired. The quartet has a huge repertoire ranging from all Jazz favourites to Latin, African and more contemporary fare, tailored to each particular event.
They have performed at most of the Cape’s top venues – more notably – Arrabella, Mount Nelson, The Cape Grace, The Table Bay Hotel, Spier, La Vendome, Erinvale, Vergelegen, Boschendal, Groot Constantia, BMW Pavillion, Nederburg, Willowbrook Lodge, Riebeeck Valley Hotel, Tokara, Rotunda, La Couronne, 12 Apostles Hotel, Brandwaght, The Range, Lanzerac, Laborie, Neethlingshof, Devon Valley Hotel, The Commodore Hotel, Hazendal, Waterkloof Estate, Winchester Mansions Hotel, JC Le Roux, Ashanti, Uitsig, River Café, Kleindasbosch , The Cullinan Hotel, The Castle as well as many others.
Breakfast Included performs as a quartet or a Quintet(addition of a great Female jazz vocalist).




The Newz Band
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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The Newz Band have travelled extensively throughout the Middle East since 1996, working successfully in the Sofitel and Hilton group of hotels. We were support band to The Gipsy Kings during their tour of Egypt in 2000, performing at night in the Sinai Desert. The Newz are Paul, guitars and vocals, frontman with a nasty sense of humour. Esmeralda, drummer and lead vocals, is a sassy Spaniard with a powerful voice, the likes of Anastacia, Tina Turner and Amy Winehouse. Alex plays electric and double bass, coaxing slaps, pops and mellow sounds out of these two instruments. Does some dangerous harmonies too. They have a very visual act and like to give their show a Cape Town feel. Thoroughly entertaining, and a great big ol’ sound!




Angela Kerrison
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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One of Cape Towns brightest young opera stars, Angela Kerrison is a soprano who hails from Botswana. She completed her Performers Diploma in Opera and is currently part of the Cape Town Opera Studio for Young Up-and-Coming Singers. She continues to take her vocal instruction from Sarita Stern. She has appeared at the Cape Town City Hall in performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria in 1999 and in David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus in 2000. In 2003 she will be performing works at the City Hall including, John Rutter’s Requiem, Schubert’s E Major Mass, and Haydn’s Harmonie Messe. She recently performed the lead role in the Cape Town production of Verdis La Traviata, to high acclaim. Her repertoire of performed operas include; The Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel 1998, Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore 1999, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote 2000, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica 2000, all performed at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. During 2001 she performed Mimi in Puccini’s La boheme, at the Artscape Theatre. 2002 she performed Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Papagena in Mozart’s in Die Zauberflote, at Spier Summer Arts Festival. November 2002 she performed Leila in Cape Town Operas premiere performance of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers. In the 2003 Spier Summer Arts Festival she portrayed Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. For the 2004 Spier Summer Arts Festival Angela is working with the composer Thomas Rajna on his adaptation of the South African playwright, Athol Fugard’s play Valley Song. At the end of 2002 Angela was awarded the Best Up-and-Coming Young Singer by the Friends of Cape Town Opera for her roles of Belinda and Papagena at the Spier Summer Arts Festival. Later this year Angela will be performing the role of Despina from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and understudying the role of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust, at the Cape Town Opera House. Angela regularly performs for music societies and schools, and her greatest enjoyment is performing in front of an audience. She has appeared on the front page of the Johannesburg STAR singing DIDO AND AENEAS with Sibongile Mngoma, and has been extremely favourably reviewed by critics trhoughout.




Anjulie de Vos
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Anjulie de Vos is a classically trained cellist and received her B.Mus – degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2001. She completed her studies under Magdalena Roux (University of Stellenbosch), Anmari van der Westhuizen (University of Stellenbosch) and Andreas Pozlberger (Bruckner Konservatorium Linz, Austria). While still studying she performed regularly with the Cape Town Philhamonic Orchestra, Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic and St Georges Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed and recorded with famous artists such as Stef Bos, Koos Kombuis, Valiant Swart, Louis Mahlanga, Heinz Winkler and the Springbok Nudegirls. Today Anjulie performs on a regular basis and teaches music at Somerset College and privately. Anjulie was also one of the founding members of the popular cosmopolitan quintet, Zamar, in which she played cello and stick bass up to December 2006. She also composed many of the songs played and sung by Zamar. Anjulie now works as freelance cellist / bassist.




CODA
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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CODA is just so hot right now... You simply cannot think about having a party without at least trying to sign them up for the evenings entertainment... CODA is the citys most in-demand band, Bianca Coleman, Cape Argus

One of the country’s best loved and busiest bands, CODA combines Classical electric strings and Afro-jazz sax with exhilarating beats and sumptuous vocals, putting to music the multiplicity and allure of South Africa.

CODA’s wholly unique and distinctive sound has captivated audiences both locally and internationally and has gained immediate popularity amongst an astonishingly broad range of audiences – their diversity has resulted in a new style of South African music that appeals to audiences from Soweto to Paarl, from Gugulethu to Bloemfontein and from Dubai to the Seychelles
CODA has entertained some of the country’s most eminent celebrities, business people and politicians, and their music has been known to get some of South Africa’s leading figures on the dance floor. CODA performed at FW de Klerk’s 70th birthday and was requested, personally, by Desmond Tutu to perform at his own 75th birthday event.

During the 2010 World Cup their soccer song ‘Blow Your Vuvuzela’ was celebrated as the unofficial anthem of the 2010 World Cup and CODA’s dancers were taught thousands of fans the Diski Dance.

CODA rocked 30 000 guests at the SABC New Year party 2007 and has featured at South Africa’s premier events including Women of The Year, J and B Met, Durban July, Amphi 5, Best of Cape Town Awards, Miss South Africa etc.

CODA was a finalist in the 2008 Best of Cape Town Awards under the category ‘Performing Artists’ alongside FreshlyGround, and was nominated as one of the country’s top five bands in the 2006 Top Billing/Lifestyle Awards.

The group has performed at numerous high profile events and international events, including concerts (Jazzathon, Jazz on the Rocks, Home For All, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Woman of the Year, Nederburg Concert Series, Paul Cluver Forest Amphitheatre), fashion shows (Cape Town Fashion Week, Durban Fashion Week), sports events (JandB; Met, Durban July) launch parties and government events. Internationally CODA has performed in the Seychelles (New Year 2006, October 2010), Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls (March 2006) and Dubai (May 2007, April 2008) and were featured at the Sun City Superbowl for Miss SA 2010.

Coda is Zami Mdingi (vocals), Galina Juritz (electric violin), Carol Thorns (electric cello) and Judy Brown (sax). The girls are joined on occasion by DJ’s Simon Sibanda and Erefaan Pearce.






Carina Bruwer
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Cape Town’s multi award-winning flautist Carina Bruwer performs a variety of musical styles from Classical to Jazz. Audiences love her vibrant stage-personality, while she stuns them with virtuosity and vigor and glamour! Carina appeared as soloist with both the Cape and KZN Philharmonic orchestras and performs regularly as soloist and with various groups/bands in and around Cape Town. Ideal for events calling for ambience and sheer, energetic sophistication!




The Rockets
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Quality + Versatility + Energy + Professionalism = The Rockets An excellent function band that caters for all, The Rockets offer one or more of the following - All styles of Top 40 party hits from the 1960’s to the current chart-toppers; Easy listening music; A tribute to Motown. The Rockets have supported and/or backed many international artists, including The Spice Girls, Luther Vandross, Wet Wet Wet, Usher, Billy Ocean, The Manhattans, Atlantic Starr and Imagination The band has performed at virtually every prestigious venue in South Africa including the Sun City Superbowl and most large stadiums including a performance to over 100000 people at the massive “Concert in the Park” event. Need we say more…?




Shanty
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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The four-piece band SHANTY has been performing together for many years, and is established as one of the main exponents of folk music in Cape Town, and the leading performers of traditional Irish music. The name Shanty is derived from the Irish gaelic sean-tigh, mean old house. Early Irish immigrants to America (like the Kennedys) lived in the old parts of towns such as Boston , and so became known as shanty-dwellers. They provide a huge range of musical entertainment - Irish,English and Scottish songs and tunes. Australian, American folk-rock and dance. Original compositions, humour, sea shanties With all the members taking part vocally and playing a wide range of mainly traditional Irish instruments, their emphasis is on happy and accessible songs that appeal to all ages and cultures. Among the functions SHANTY has helped to make a success of include: The Community Chest Carnival in the Emerald Isle tent annually since 1990. Kirstenbosch Twilight concerts; Josephine Mill functions; The Argus Cycle Tour. Waterfront concerts; The SA Museum Whale-Well shows; Cape Sun conferences. Groot Constantia and Baxter Theatre events; numerous product launches, parties, weddings, fund raisers for schools, Rotary, Lions etc, restaurant and pub gigs.




Virtual Jazz Reality
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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VJR boasts the ability to maintain the same level of excellence in various musical genre. The bands jazz repertoire covers all styles ranging from light cocktail jazz to cutting edge virtouostic original compositions. Their versatility in the fields of commercial dance music, has given them credibility as the most sought after entertainment band for Private and Corporate functions. It is in this field that the true diversity of VJR can be seen. Whether it be light Classical, Ballroom, Rock n Roll, RandB. Disco or African music, the group has the ability in incorporate various artists to satisfy the need of the event. The band also boasts a huge selection of Latin/Salsa, Smooth jazz, Acid Jazz, RandB, Soul, Hip Hop, Soul Blues, Funk and Fusion, African Jazz - all the musicians sing lead and harmony vocals in various languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Xhosa, Zulu and a few other African languages.




Zamar
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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ZAMAR was founded in the heart of Stellenbosch when energetic young musicians from across the country (and the world…), equally passionate about their music, came together to create a style which is both traditional and cosmopolitan.

Consisting of 5 highly talented and skilled male and female musicians, Zamar, which means ‘to celebrate with the plucking of strings,’ was meant to be a runaway success. This vibrant group is Veronica (violin), Lyuda (vocal and accordion), Danica (djembe and percussion), Ignatius (bass) and Brian (vocal and guitar).

Their program includes: Hungarian Rhapsodies, Ukrainian Folk Melodies, South American Tango’s, Irish Folk Music, Traditional African Songs, Contemporary Classics and much more. During their performance they take you on a tour around the world, visiting many different countries, and you will experience everything from Gypsy to Jazz!




Albert Horne
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Albert Horne, a former pupil of Francois du Toit, has been playing piano since the age of 6 and started accompanying soon afterwards. Since then he has acted as accompanist and vocal coach to numerous singers in and around Cape Town . He has also been musical director and accompanist for schools’ productions such as Fiddler on the Roof, Grease and My Fair Lady. Albert is currently full-time vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for Cape Town Opera. He has received numerous trophies and medals at Eisteddfods for solo piano playing and accompanying and was also awarded the trophy for the best all-rounder at the Cape Afrikaans Eisteddfod for six consecutive years. He matriculated in 1998 from Hermanus High School , obtaining an A-aggregate. Early in 1999 he was accompanist for the Hermanus Pro Musica Choir on their tour of the United Kingdom . For the remainder of that year he was appointed as repetiteur and accompanist for the UCT Opera School , acting as solo accompanist for several concerts, recitals, master classes and lecture weeks, as well as rehearsal pianist for various full-length operas, directed by Prof. Angelo Gobatto. He has also acted as repetiteur and rehearsal pianist for Spier and Oude Libertas, for productions such as Carmen, Mozartissimo and Strauss, Strings and Strudel and Glamour!; as well as for the musical HONK! for Artscape. He also works ad-hoc for Cape Town Opera, where he accompanies various concerts, auditions and school tours, more recently with Porgy and Bess, which toured to 20 schools in the Western Cape . He has furthermore conceived and accompanied various cabarets with Aviva Pelham and Zanne Stapelberg. Equally at home in both the classical and jazz genre, Albert is regularly seen on stages in and around the Western Cape and has recently returned from Malaysia where he accompanied various Three Sopranos concerts for the Kuala Lumpur Opera Festival. He is currently studying towards his BMus Honours (Accompaniment) at UCT. Albert has acted as arranger and conductor for various international orchestras, including the Queen Elizabeth II Orchestra and the Amsterdam Big Band Orchestra. He is also the chorus master and conductor for CAOS (Cape Town Operatic Society).




Amadeus Ensemble
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Amadeus provides atmosphere, charm and elegance to your special occasions. Whether an evening with popular lively Gypsey tunes or romantic classical favourites – music from Amadeus always comes from the heart! Instrument combinations include duo, trio, quartet, and quintet – all tailored to suit your budget. Musical for that special occasion!




Amanda Tiffin
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Zimbabwean-born, Amanda studied jazz at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1999 with a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance And Jazz Composition. She received the degree with distinction. She has made her name in Cape Town, South Africa as a versatile vocalist and pianist, performing any number of styles from jazz to rock. Amanda is also making waves as a songwriter, and released her debut album Who Am I? in 2005. Amanda has successfully produced a number of solo shows, to critical acclaim. She most recently produced, and performed in Piano In My Pocket , which received rave reviews and played to capacity houses. She has performed in, and musically directed her own show Im Every Woman – a tribute to Female Vocalists of the 20th Century , and the Jazz tribute shows Ultimate and Ultimate Two . Amanda is also a founder member and leader of all-female jazz vocal group Mamavox, currently making waves on the Cape Town music scene. Amanda has appeared in various musical productions, such as the Abrahamse/Lingenfelder productions ABBAish/ABBAtoir, Discovery/Discovery Much, and Solid Gold Jukebox - Live!




Andrew McDonald
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Andrew McDonald grew up in a musical family, turning to the piano as his instrument of choice. He was tutored by his grandfather, Keith Jewell, from a young age, and later continued with private tuition studying classical piano with the talented John Bailey. For the past few years though, Andrew has engrossed himself in the genre of jazz, further developing his skill and passion for the piano under the guidance of the renowned Trevor Ray Parker. At the age of 20, Andrew’s repertoire is extensive and diverse. Standards such as “When I Fall In Love” and “Moon River” are intermingled with songs as distinctive as John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Contemporary versions of unforgettable songs such as “Manhattan” and “I Wish You Love” are contrasted with old favourites like “Around The World.” All of these unmistakable songs, and many more, are played as background music in a unique and memorable style.




Piper James
Soloists (Cape Town)
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James A. McGowan has over 30 year’s Exemplary Bagpiping experience as a Piper and Pipe Major in both the British Army and British Police Service respectively. His musical career began in 1978 at the Guards Depot (Scots Guards) piping school in Pirbright, Surrey, England, under the direction of Pipe Major Lyndon Ingram, Scots Guards. He then moved to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards where he was taught by Pipe Major’s Jimmy Johnston and Kevin Frazer. As a member of the Drums and Pipes he took part in many Royal and Ceremonial events both in the United Kingdom and abroad including: West Germany, The United States of America, Belize in Central America, Canada and Australia. He then attended at the Ancient Piping School (Army School of Piping) in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland where he was taught by Pipe Major Gavin Stoddard, the British Army’s Senior Piper. On completion of his Senior Pipers course he became the resident piping instructor at the Guards Depot (Scots Guards) piping school teaching out of the very same classroom at the very same school that he was first taught. On the 18th of August 1990 and in recognition of James’s dedication and loyalty towards British Army Bagpiping he was honoured by his then, new Pipe Major at the Guards Piping School, Pipe Major Jimmy Riddel, Scots Guards, by becoming the only Irish Guard in history to ever be the Lone Piper at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. At the end of 1990 James retired from the British Army becoming a Police Constable working for the West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire police Services. During this period he became the Pipe Major to the City of Bradford Drums and Pipes and the personal Piper to the Lord Mayor and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire. He again travelled extensively piping in the United States, France, and Belgium. In 2005 James retired from the United Kingdom moving to South Africa where he has now settled. He has since established himself as South Africa’s only Royal Bagpiper offering his services to the general public as a full time professional piper. He pipes for the Cape Town, South African Field Artillery Company Drums and Pipes as a Pipe Sergeant and is the Honorary Piper to the Chavonnes Cannon Battery Museum at the Waterfront in Cape Town. James is without doubt, a truly ‘International Piper’.




Velocity
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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Velocity is a dynamic duo consisting of two female instrumentalists: Ilse-Louise Herholdt on saxophone, flute and/or bass guitar and Adri Naude-Scholtz on violin. The duo plays a wide variety of music, ranging from light classical to pop, blues and jazz. The group is versatile and has an extensive repertoire, however, specific requests or styles can be incorporated if notified in advance. Both Ilse-Louise and Adri are professional performers with a wide experience in musical theatre, classical orchestras and working with different jazz and pop bands. Velocity can incorporate vocalists and/or other instrumentalists as required. This unique blend of saxophone etc and violin promises a delightful and highly entertaining feature to any function.




Girls behaving badly
Function Bands and Entertainers (Durban)
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Shelly MacLean, Marion Loudon, Janna Ramos-Violante and Elizabeth Perkins are all well known for their individual work as vocalists, actresses and dancers. Now their combined talents bring Durban “Girls Behaving Badly” These four gorgeous girls turn up the heat with this fast paced look at all the ‘naughty girls’ in music, from Diana Ross to Britney, Amy and Madonna. Its cheeky, its fun, and with stylish choreography and stunning costumes these ‘not so naughty’ girls are sure to have you up on your feet as they belt out hits from, Pussycat Dolls Gwen Stefani and Tina Turner and even include oldies from Connie Francis and Nancy Sinatra. This fun cabaret is a powerhouse of talent. Durban will rock as these good girls let their hair down and pay tribute to some of the world’s legendry ‘Bad Girls’ of the music industry. A rollercoaster of hits from the 1950’s to the present day is sure to appeal to all ages. So dress up and get down to “Girls Behaving Badly”




Duck and Dive
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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Presenting a wide and varied repertoire of really great music, the ‘Duck and Dive’ duo have carved their niche with the likes of Sun City, the O’Hagans group, Royal Swazi Sun, Fish River Sun, Mpequeni resort and a host of other sought after venues, presenting their special brand of music to scores of corporate clients along the way! More recently the duo have performed at fund raising evenings for Reach for a Dream, Border Cricket Board, the hosting of American style auctions as well as hosting various other types of fund raising events. They are currently performing in Buffalo Bills at Graceland, Stormers in Trichardt, Emperors Gauteng, Lugogo Sun, Swaziland as well as the prestigious “Phakalane Golf Estate” in Botswana. And would you believe, the name “Duck and Dive “ originated in Swaziland where the band’s followers pronounced Doug as “duck” and Dave as “dive” and simply changed the band’s name accordingly!




Duck, Dive and Bones
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Presenting a wide and varied repertoire of really great music, the ‘Duck,Dive and Bones’ trio have carved their niche with the likes of Sun City, the O’Hagans group, Royal Swazi Sun, Fish River Sun, Mpequeni resort and a host of other sought after venues, presenting their special brand of music to scores of corporate clients along the way! More recently the duo have performed at fund raising evenings for Reach for a Dream, Border Cricket Board, the hosting of American style auctions as well as hosting various other types of fund raising events. They are currently performing in Buffalo Bills at Graceland, Stormers in Trichardt, Emperors Gauteng, Lugogo Sun, Swaziland as well as the prestigious “Phakalane Golf Estate” in Botswana. And would you believe, the name “Duck,Dive and Bones“ originated in Swaziland where the band’s followers pronounced Doug as “duck” and Dave as “dive” and Bones...well, need we explain, simply changed the band’s name accordingly! One of Hands Ons finest and most varied trios!




Sound Image
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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The Sound Image band is one of Cape Towns most popular function bands. Headed by guitarist Gary Deacon, the five-piece consists of keyboard, Sax / Clarinet / Penny Whistle, Guitar / Bass Guitar, Drums and Vocals, and could be joined by an additional front vocalist to form a six-piece. Gary works with Cape Towns finest: Andrew Ford from VJR (on keyboard), vocalists Jeff Weiner (ex Jonny Cooper Big Band) and Denay Willie (exceptional female vocalist who has performed in many overseas countries including Japan), Willie van Zyl on saxes, clarinet, and penny whistle, and Ian Alexander on drums/vocals.

The band has an extensive repertoire to suite all musical tastes, including practically all styles of sophisticated music - Swing, Dixieland, Latino, Traditional, Rock and Roll and Contemporary Popular Songs from the 60 ’s to the present. (See repertoire below.) Whilst the group can provide quiet sophisticated background music during dinner, they are also able to change to dance format when required. Swing and Sinatra styles have become another speciality of this highly regarded band, due to the growing demand for these styles in Cape Town.




Tuxedo
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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As one of Cape Town’s busiest and liveliest bands Tuxedo’s success is simple: ”give the guests what they want to hear!” So if you are in a romantic mood for light jazz, need a nostalgic trip down memory lane or want to boogie to the latest chart toppers, then Tuxedo must be your choice of band. Tuxedo’s success is based on their tried and trusted “Its party time formula, so whilst they may not play every latest chart topper, you will instantly recognize just about every song that they perform, presented with their own irresistible beat and sound – guaranteeing that your guests will soon be up and dancing. All band members share the vocal spotlight with strong brilliant harmonies evident throughout.




The Mix
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Here’s an extremely versatile band that know exactly how to set the mood for any function, from cocktail parties to corporate splashes, launches to rip-roaring party bashes! The Mix is recommended by many top venues around the country e.g. The Hyatt, Ambassador Hotel and Suites, The Mount Nelson and Hilton Hotels etc. Available from duo to any larger size, The Mix supplement their own extremely high standards by employing only top flight, professional musicians and singers to form larger acts. The band, which have notched up a myriad of international touring experience offer their audiences a wide range of popular musical styles including Oldies, Jazz Classics, Top 40 Pop Music, RandB, African and World Music as well as a dashing of Spanish, Italian, French and Brazilian/Latin American Music. Relax and enjoy a hassle-free evening with THE MIX!




The Mike Campbell Big Band
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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The real ‘big band’ sound with an up-to-date repertoire to suit any function. The band’s line-up includes the members of Cape Town’s ‘Razzmatazz’ who form the nucleus of this 18-piece power unit, comprising Cape Towns leading professional musicians. Unique to South Africa, this group plays all the big band favourites from the classic swing era, as well as a strong contemporary dance repertoire with powerful big band arrangements. The band also plays a variety of different styles for dancing or listening, from Latin to Afro / jazz and disco and authentic ballroom and 1930s-style dance music on request. Conducted and presented by Mike Campbell the band can work with several top local singers and back international cabaret show acts. A group of top players presenting an array of all jazz styles from authentic Dixieland up to modern fusion, latin and contemporary music for background listening or featured entertainment. Either of the line-ups can include vocals and can indeed feature one or more of a number of well-known singers on request.




Alter-Irving
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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2 guitars, 2 incredible voices, 2 big personalities and years of people pleasing experience have made ALTER-IRVING one of the finest acts in this country.

Cindy Alter and Stewart Irving have achieved considerable success; both in bands and as solo performers, and have now combined their awe-inspiring talents to form ALTER-IRVING.

Cindy first achieved global success as the lead singer in Clout whose hit singles Substitute and Save Me achieved Top 3 success all over Europe. Stewart enjoyed considerable acclaim as the lead vocalist of Ballyhoo as well as topping local charts with his solo hits Superstar and Heart Of Stone. Their combined record sales are in excess 12ml worldwide.

Determined not to become “just another pub duo”, they have eschewed the use of backing tracks for their performances, instead relying on their vocal talents, gift for harmonisation and guitar playing skills.

“We were determined not to go down the road of using computer generated backing tracks because we wanted something more organic”, says Stewart.

“To be true to ourselves and keep it honest we chose to perform acoustically”, adds Cindy. “It has meant working hard to keep our guitar playing up to the high standard that we demand of ourselves”.

ALTER-IRVING play a wide range of covers, along with their solo hits as well as new songs they are in the process of recording for a forthcoming album.

ALTER-IRVING is an act that delivers a flawless performance, proving that technology isn’t everything and that audiences prefer the real deal. Their commitment and passion to their craft is not readily found except in artists of the highest calibre. Which ALTER-IRVING certainly is? Alter Irving have expanded the band to include Leon Shaw of Mean Mr Mustard on drums and Arno West one of the country’s sought after session musicians on bass, the combination is pure magic.





Zomari Classical Duo
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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1997 to begin his studies in London, James won first prize in the South African National Guitar Competition. Since then James has played to audiences throughout South Africa, Europe, the United States and the Middle East. His repertoire encompasses a wide range of music, from traditional classical to his own arrangements of Spanish and South American popular music. He has appeared on radio and television broadcasts worldwide and has recorded for Britains’ Classic FM, Channel 4 and the SABC. He also spent two years in Doha, in the Arabian state of Qatar, where he was the guitar teacher at an International Music Centre. James teaches at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, and at the University of Cape Town. He made his debut performance with the Cape Phiharmonic as the soloist in Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez in November 2004. Bridget Rennie-Salonen was the Solo Principal Flute of the former Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in which capacity she was the recipient of the Ben and Faye Carklin Award for Artistic Excellence. She is a unique flautist with a rich experience in music performance and education. A well known soloist and chamber musician, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and the Post-graduate Diploma in Performance (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Performer’s Licentiate from the Royal Schools of Music. She studied with Eva Tamassy, Beat Wenger, and Lucien Grujon, and has had masterclasses with William Bennett, Susan Milan, Shigenori Kudo, and Peter-Lukas Graf. As a student at UCT she was placed on the Dean’s Merit List for academic excellence, and while completing the Performance Diploma, was a finalist in the Oude Meester Music Prize competition. In the course of her career, Bridget has performed as soloist with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (Capab), the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Town Baroque Ensemble, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (an acclaimed performance of Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1), and most recently with the new Cape Philharmonic. Bridget, who has extensive teaching experience at all levels, teaches at the University of Cape Town, and at the Beau Soleil Music Centre. As one of South Africa’s leading exponents of the flute, she is frequently invited to act as adjudicator or external examiner.




Sterling EQ
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Known for changing the face of instrumental music in South Africa and beyond with their extraordinary fusion of virtuosity and fresh beats, Sterling EQ boasts four successful releases, over 600 live performances since 2008, and thousands of followers worldwide. The SAMA Award-winning instrumental pop group is made up of electric flautist Carina Bruwer, electric violinist Eriel Huang and electric cellist Ariella Caira – three Classically trained virtuosos with dozens of awards, degrees and distinctions between them, who share a passion for the latest beats and pop music trends.

The all-woman supergroup performs more than 120 shows per year, touring their albums, playing at SA’s most coveted events, sharing stages with global music icons, and enjoying extensive media coverage across all mainstream media. They have performed in 10 countries and for live audiences of up to 40,000, and on live broadcasts to millions of global television viewers.

Career highlights include winning an SA Music Award in 2011 (becoming only the 2nd all-girl band in a decade to do so), signing a major record deal with EMI South Africa in 2011, performing across 9 countries at top events like the SAMA Awards Show, the FIFA Congress Opening Ceremony and Official World Cup Banquet (2010), the World Travel Awards in India, Dubai, Durban and Johannesburg, SA Idols 2011 (guest artist), the IPL 2009 Opening Matches and the Cape Town Stadium launch and numerous private and corporate parties, events and showcases; as well as collaborating with the likes of Boney M, Dave van Vuuren and Loyiso Bala, and sharing stages with artists such as Snow Patrol, Carole Samaha and Lira.

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Sterling EQ will perform a selection of songs from their four acclaimed releases - Nova, Sterling Speel Afrikaans, the SAMA-winning Sterling EQ Live in Concert and their latest offering Pulse - showcasing the group’s collective virtuosity and musicality through an energetic and fun-filled visual show. The repertoire includes original material, as well as edgy remixes and unique instrumental arrangements of well-known melodies from across the ages – from the most famous Classical melodies, Irish, Latin, Bollywood and South African hits; all of which incorporate some of the latest beats and instrumental techniques.




Solid Brass Quintet
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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The Solid Brass Quintet, comprising the principal players of the Cape Town Philharmonic, began in 1986 and has since then evolved into South Africas foremost brass ensemble. Featured throughout the country on a regular basis, SBQ has also performed internationally in Taiwan, Norway and the USA. The SBQ performs concerts, as well as provides lecture demonstrations, television appearances and music for all functions. Their virtuosity and versatility make them one of the most sought after ensembles in South Africa. SBQ has been important in the Genesis Project, a community based education project designed to teach the teacher and, thus, to encourage the development of self-sustaining music projects in areas unaccustomed to this advantage.




Simply Smooth
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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Simply Smooth is a function band from the Winelands, playing a variety of styles including Jazz, covers, Cabaret, Marimba, Ghoema, Rock, RandB... They have performed at venues such as the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel, Mount Nelson Hotel, Tuynhuys, Cape Grace Hotel, Cellars Hohenort, Cape Town International Convention Center (Marimba Restaurant), Green Dolphin Restaurant, VandA Waterfront and the Arabella Sheraton Hotel. The band is also very proud to have had performed in front of former president Nelson Mandela. The quartet consists of Ephron on sax / keyboard, Carl Van Rensburg on vocals and drums, Wesley Rustin on bass, Lorna Maralack on keyboard and Natalie on vocals. They have performed at various high profile functions, including the SAA Wine Awards (since 2000), as well as events for BMW, Hyundai, Parliament, etc.




3 Tons of Fun
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Cape Town)
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3 Tons of Fun have emerged over the last 5 years as one of Cape Town’s most loved all-female groups. They are in great demand on the corporate circuit throughout South Africa and have performed at functions for top companies including amongst others Standard Bank, Ernst and Young, BOE, Sanlam, Transnet, Bidvest, Pick n Pay and Ericsson as well as at many prestigious events at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel, Kelvin Grove, and at Evita Bezuidenhout’s 80th birthday party in 2005.

3 Tons of Fun were invited to perform at SABC3’s 3Talk Conference early in 2006 and at the Woman of the Year function in July of that year. Their first international engagement was in Thailand in September 2006 to entertain Pick n Pay franchisees from all over the world in their annual Conference. Since then they have travelled to Switzerland, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia and Namibia as well as wowing audiences throughout South Africa and perform regularly at conferences at Sun City. They were the performers who wowed the audience at a Gala Dinner at the closing of the World Orchid Society Conference in Cape Town in September 2007. 3 Tons of Fun sang the acceptance speech for John Vlismas at the 2007 SA Comedy Awards.

They were also privileged to be part of some of South Africa’s top performers to perform at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Cape Town in December 2007. Most recently they have performed at the Loerie Awards 2008 and are due to perform at the Huisgenoot/YOU Skouspel in October 2008.




Almost Famous
Function Bands and Entertainers (Cape Town)
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‘ALMOST FAMOUS’ is a funky, dynamic, slick and extremely well polished professional 5-piece outfit from Cape Town. Their diverse and well thought out repertoire is currently creating quite a stir in the Western Cape’s corporate market. The bands motto ‘let us entertain you’ stands true when you watch and ‘party’ to this fun loving and energetic act exploding into action.

‘ALMOST FAMOUS’ focuses exclusively on performing at corporate functions product launches, conferences and special functions including weddings and birthday parties. Their chemistry and presence on stage is unstoppable and comes alive as they take their audiences down memory lane performing all the well-known party hits from past to present. With a very versatile repertoire consisting of songs from the 60’s, 70’s 80’s 90’s as well as some current hits there is something for everyone to enjoy.

All the musicians that make up ‘ALMOST FAMOUS’ have many years of experience in the music industry and are dedicated to their art form and love entertaining their clients with a very ‘tight’ and visually vibrant show. The band always has fun on stage and their passion for interacting with their audiences is always evident as they embark on a musical journey through time, which always tends to leave the pumped up crowds chanting for more!

Almost Famous has been in existence now for over 8 years and have played to over 120 Note Worthy Corporates both locally, nationally and internationally. The band was recently invited to perform for a New Years Eve celebration event at the Carlton Ritz Hotel in Dubai, and has also performed for the King of Swaziland. They also performed on a Roof Top on the CAPE TOWN STADIUM FAN WALK for fans on their way to the U2 Concert. 2014 will see the band travelling and performing at more international functions as they have been invited to perform in the UK, Namibia and Canada.

The band comprises of Lisa MYNX Hugo and Elaine Fourie on lead vocals, Sean Dunn on Bass, Charles Knighton Pullin on lead guitars and Sean STYX Nunan on drums.
The powerful vocal duo of Lisa and Elaine have tremendous charisma and style and they have a great vibe, which audiences relate too, and they both project an incredible energy on stage and also have a massive repertoire.
The Sean’s and Charles provide the driving rhythm section for the band. All three are extremely seasoned musicians on their instruments and it shines through.
Sean’s impeccable timing and energetic drumming combined with Charles’ melodic solos and fiery guitar riffs together with Sean’s solid bass grooves and the band’s powerful backtracks complete this ‘in your face’ star studded line up.







Shirley Sutherland
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Cape Town)
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After graduating from UCT with a Performers Diploma in Music singing under Sarita Stern, Shirley returned to Gauteng and completed her National Higher Diploma in Opera (Cum Laude) at the Pretoria Technikon Opera School under the tutelage of Eric Muller and performed the roles of Pamina in Mozart’s “Zauberflote” and Hanna in Lehar’s “Die Lustige Witwe”. Shirley has sung the part of Gabriel in Haydn’s Oratorio “The Creation” and sung in Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. She performed as a member of Mimi Coertze’s ‘The Black Tie Ensemble’ group at The State Theatre in Pretoria. Since joining Cape Town Opera as a member of The Cape Town Opera Studio, she has understudied Morgana in Handel’s “Alcina” and Adele in “Die Fledermaus”. She continues to direct and perform in One Act Operas and Educational Programmes for schools in the Cape area, having directed and performed the roles of Madame Mademoiselle Warblewell in Mozart’s “The Impresario” and Lucy in Menotti’s “The Telephone”. She has always been active in musicals and has played the role of Meg in “Brigadoon”, Julie in “The Carousel”, Mabel in “The Pirates of Penzance” and Roxie in “ Chicago ” for which she received the Cape Times Award for the best leading lady in a musical.




Diski Dancers
Theme Dancers (Johannesburg)
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South Africa is a country with rhythm at its heart. As our excitement at hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ grows, our feet begin to move and our bodies begin to bend to a unique beat. We call it Diski dance fever and it’s taking the nation by storm.

Spearheaded by SA Tourism, the Diski dance was initially created for an international television advertisement aimed at highlighting South Africa’s readiness to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. It is loosely based on South Africans’ unique style of soccer moves. From its first performance, the dance captured the imagination of the nation who has embraced it as the official dance for the tournament.

The Diski dance is made up of 5 key moves: the Juggle or Teka (juggling the ball from left to right), the Header (bouncing the ball on the head), Table Mountain (flattening the back to keep the ball behind the head), Trepa (a word used to describe flicking the ball from behind the neck, over the head and onto the foot) and the Bridge or Brija (passing the ball over the left foot with the right foot and back again).

When you put all these steps together, you get a dance that epitomizes the country’s sense of fun, as well as its diversity. It’s not surprising that spontaneous bouts of 2010 dance fever have been reported at parties, conferences, sporting events and school functions throughout South Africa. The dance has also made an impact on the global stage, debuting on CNN International, BBC World News, National Geographic, Eurosport and Sky News Sport.




Pieter Tredoux
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Cape Town)
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Pieter Tredoux, a student of the highly acclaimed opera star, Nellie du Toit, is a charming and popular baritone specializing in lighter genres. These include French cabaret like Piaf and Brel; Golden Oldies (music from the 1920’s – 1970’s) and popular numbers from musicals and films. For the most part of 2004 he sang the role of Monsieur Andre in the South African production of Andrew Lloyd Webbers world-famous musical The Phantom of the Opera. Pieter obtained his BA (with Music) degree from the University of Stellenbosch where he specialised in solo singing. He won numerous awards and bursaries and also performed the title role in the Puccini opera, Gianni Schicchi, under the direction of award winning Christine Crouse. He was recently awarded a special prize for his performance during the Mimi Coertze Masterclasses and Concert in Stellenbosch. Pieter performs regularly at various functions and soirees, at venues ranging from intimate lounge settings to concert stages. His connection with the fashion industry (he runs his own company m a t e r i a l i s t i c, and has been involved with the Cape model industry as model and stylist) makes him a perfect choice if you need an entertaining performance with the image to fit!




Lisa Bauer
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Cape Town)
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Lisa Bauer grew up in Johannesburg, but moved to Stellenbosch to study Classical piano and violin in 1998. In 2002 she switched to B.Mus (Jazz Performance) in vocals and drum set at the University of Cape Town . Lisa has performed as a vocalist with various jazz outfits, including jazz vocal group Track Five, who perform regularly with the Jonny Cooper Orchestra. She also performs and writes for Souled, a vocal collaboration with vocalist, Melanie Scholtz and Mamavox(a four-piece all-women Vocal Group) She is available to work as a session singer and specialises in Classic Latin and Swing Jazz. Lisa works regularly as a duo with Bruce Muirhead (Guitar), and they could easily become a Trio, Quartet or Quintet, depending on the occasion. The Lisa Bauer and Bruce Muirhead Duo have been playing for over three years for private functions, corporate events for companies such as Rover and Bell Roberts Art Gallery.




Jacques Lagesse
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Jacques Lagesse is an entertainer with a velvet-lined voice, accompanied by the mellow tones of the acoustic and jazz guitars. Apart from the soft percussive rhythm machine, all music is played entirely live. A minimal set-up space is required.

Jacques has incorporated a cabaret set featuring music from the Big Band Swing era, which is done to backing tracks. His repertoire consists mainly of popular brands of Laid-back Jazz Standards and Evergreen Romantic Ballads. With his classic dress sense, one is reminded of Sinatra in his hey- day.

Born from Mauritian stock, Jacques has a strong flair for Latin rhythms and has included many Bossa Nova and Samba tunes to his expansive repertoire. He enjoyed a contract in Dubai where he performed to a cosmopolitan audience at a few of the major hotels. Jacques continues to record the Music of Yester-years and some original songs in his own studio – music that he feels should be shared with all ages….

Apart from performing at up-market company functions around the country with his full complement of music and PA equipment, he has the ability to perform without any power source.

Jacques has a transmitter/receiver for his voice and guitar should he be required to roam around a large room, still creating an “unplugged” feel………………..

Appropriate background music is played between sets, including dance material, should he be required to do so.

Jacques is available as a solo artist, duo or trio…the composition of members will depend entirely on the client.




Overtone
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Cape Town)
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OVERTONE South Africa’s fantastic, versatile funky and happening Voice Band are set to tour South Africa- to coincide with their new album release. OVERTONE is a group of seven young performers ranging from ages 20-25. They are a vocal band, this means that all their music is recorded and performed live without the use of instruments. Performing in their own productions, music festivals, private functions and many corporate events their shows not only appeal to the eye but also to the ear. Their concerts are well attended successes – most recently they have been seen at Lusitoland, InnieBos and shortly, Aaardklop. They are also favourites on the corporate circuit. Their repertoire is current, diverse in styles ranging from Adult Contemporary to Pop Rock, Reggae to RandB. They have two Albums released and played on National and Regional Radio Stations. Breaking traditional acappella boundaries with their musical wit and vocal arrangements they are set to breathe in new life and spirit into the South African music industry !!




Jason Greer
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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“A natural charm with undeniable charisma” – Simon Parker, Speakers Inc.

Jason is an accomplished MC, TV presenter, actor and voice artist, well respected in his industry. His strong, vibrant presence and reputable voice have kept him busy over the past decade.

Jason currently co-hosts the eNCA show Tech Report (DSTV channel 403) and has presented a number of other successful shows, including Top Travel and the award-winning All Access. He has appeared in numerous TV commercials and corporate videos, and his voice is a regular across the SABC channels.

His notable resume of clients has allowed Jason to acquire great experience, which he brings to every event, delivering perfectly every time, be it casual or corporate.

and#61656; Vastly Experienced
and#61656; Composed under pressure
and#61656; Industry Respected
and#61656; Above and beyond both in preparation and service delivery

Noteworthy Clients Presenting Work
• Miss Earth • All Access – M-Net Presenter
• Standard Bank • M-Net movies show host
• Mercedes Benz AMG • SABC 3 Continuity Presenter
• Sun International • The Loot - DSTV Presenter
• Monte Casino • JandB Met Presenter
• Investec • Nedbank in-house TV host
• Nestle • 94.7 Highveld Stereo
And more…


“Thank you for doing an excellent job of MC at the launch of the Johannesburg International Motor Show. You really saved the day” – Meg Houghton, SA Shows

“Your prowess and charisma are electrifying and you make the stage come alive” – Zandile Ndlovu, Noah Orphans

“…a wonderful job done at the Standard Bank Women’s Day Forum” – Shereen Knox, Omage

SERVICES OFFERED: Award Ceremonies / Fashion Shows / Exhibitions / Family Days / Game Shows / Golf Days /
Ladies Nights / Product Launches / Quiz Evenings / Road Shows / Team Building






Elana Afrika
Comperes and Emcees (Cape Town)
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After almost 10 years in Johannesburg, Elana Afrika is back in Cape Town. Or rather, firmly between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Known for her sense of adventure and fun, Elana accepted an offer from 94.5KFM radio last year and is now getting into the swing of ‘dual living’: “I have a home in Johannesburg and am currently house-hunting in Cape Town.” I love radio and am very happy doing 12 to 3 pm weekdays.

This vivacious charmer is also always ready for a night out and will now be seen at both Johannesburg and Cape Town’s big events. But there is more to her than meets the eye: this celebrity golfer enjoys the sport so much she is about to go pro and has her eye on the 2012 Gary Player Invitational. She is currently hard at work on her game - swing, drive, long walks on the green... it’s a tough life!

Then there is Handheld, by Elana Afrika, an online show about style interactive reports from events, experiences and music happenings. Handheld is fast paced, vibey, intentionally shot on handheld devices and an alternative to blogging! Elana has been stealthily dropping segments of her ‘tester’ broadcasts on the internet.

In demand as an MC, Presenter and celebrity golfer, Elana has a degree in drama and performing arts from Stellenbosch University and started her broadcast career as presenter for Kyknet, M-Net Africa, Topcar on Supersport, and a young adult show called Jip on Kyknet.

Elana supports two charities: MaAfrika Tikkun: “I love the way MaAfrika Tikkun is focused on changing children’s lives... empowering them to become proud, productive citizens.” Then there is the Chrysalis Foundation which offers life skills courses to girls aged 14 to 18, who have been physically and mentally traumatised and are vulnerable in their community.






Graeme Richards
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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From live on television to live on stage, as a presenter, actor and all round communicator, Graeme Richards has achieved success on just about every entertainment platform. Standing out most recently his current position as the anchor of Sunrise, E-TV’s flagship breakfast show, running week days from 06h00-08h00, along with long term stints as a continuity presenter on SABC1 and SABC3, taking the role of Lt Alex Danner in the American Action/ Sci-Fi film Starship Troopers: Marauders and international commercials for the massive brands of Sun International, Nokia, VW and Coke. Hosting his first Miss SA pageant in front of 12.5 million viewers at the age 19, Graeme has worked as a presenter, writer and creative consultant on 3 Miss South Africa Pageants, 2 Miss SA Teen pageants and the first ever ground-breaking Duku-Duku awards, amongst a list of well over 100 live performances on stage. Outside of the public profile, yet still linked to the strength of his personal brand, Graeme is one of 4 founding members and the Creative Director of one of the industry’s truly maverick On-Line Video Production, Advertising and Broadcast pioneers, VHP-Productions.




Lawrence Hilton
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Cape Town)
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With his team’s award winning comic scriptwriting abilities, professional attitude and versatility, they are more than willing to come to the party and take the funny business seriously!! Lawrence Hilton – whose credits include the highly acclaimed Spar campaign, has a growing reputation as one of South Africa’s most versatile entertainers and conference emcees. Lawrence Hilton – whose credits include the highly acclaimed Spar campaign, has a growing reputation as one of South Africa’s most versatile entertainers and conference emcees. His show combines comedy, song and hilarious impressions in a stylish manner which guarantees success at the many prestigious events at which he performs and officiates. With his team’s award winning comic scriptwriting abilities, professional attitude and versatility, they are more than willing to come to the party and take the funny business seriously!!




Mahendra Raghunath
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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Voted by readers of People Magazine as South Africa’s best Dressed Man on TV... Mahendra is the TV NEWS ANCHOR and PRODUCER for SABC News. With a Bachelor of Arts degree (majors in English and Speech and Drama), Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Speech and Drama under his belt, he is currently completing a Master of Arts degree in Drama. Much of Mahendra’s work experience has been in the areas of Television and Radio Broadcasting, Drama and Theatre, and Education and Training. He has lectured at a variety of educational institutions…University of Durban-Westville, University of Natal, Vista University (Soweto), Rand College of Education, M L Sultan Technikon, and Cato Manor Technical College, and is the Author of a series of academic publications. He is the co-author (with Prof. Dennis Schauffer) on a series of twenty profiles on Black African Dramatists in Southern Africa, the culmination of four years of research in the African sub-continent. Added to this impressive body of work, Mahendra has also managed a University Research Project, “Black African Dramatists in Southern Africa”. He’s written and presented papers at national and international conferences; taken the time to convene a museum exhibition and conferences; and managed a Youth development project, as the Regional Facilitator (KwaZulu-Natal) of the Telkom Social Upliftment Programme (TELTEK). No stranger to the corporate circuit, he has also facilitated Media training workshops and is often requested to act as Master of Ceremonies (MC) for numerous corporate functions, as well as live local and international shows.




Neal Robertson
Instrumentalists (Johannesburg)
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I was born and raised in Durban. As a child my passion was to play the piano and organ and would often spend evenings playing the piano or organ together with my dad on banjo. Entering talent competitions, I was ‘discovered’ and offered a job playing in a resident band at a Durban Hotel playing for functions such as wedding receptions, dances and parties that I did throughout my high school years. After school and the army I returned to play in a full-time professional band, playing six nights a week at a top seafood restaurant playing dinner dance music. After a few years I was persuaded to get a ‘real’ job, but continued to play music in various fields, in a more part-time capacity. In more recent years I have returned to professional or ‘full-time’ music, playing at the ‘3 Ships’ restaurant, the Grace Hotel, the Mount Grace, Longmeadow Piano Lounge the Johannesburg Country Club and various other venues and functions. I am currently playing ‘lounge music’ on the piano at the Rosebank Hotel and the Mount Grace on a regular basis. I also play for a variety of functions in solo or group work for private and corporate functions. I am available to play as a ’one man band’ simulating a piano, bass and drums trio using a digital piano and keyboard plus vocals. I mainly feature styles of popular piano standards, jazz and Latin.




La and Vera
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Cape Town)
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South Africas Chicest Couple La and Vera seen here backstage at the Watkins Valeur 2005 Annual Awards. La ( Lawrence Hilton) and Vera ( Deon Bisschoff) acted as comedy hosts and speciality entertainers to tumultuous applause and laughter. La and Vera have appeared with great success as comedy hosts and entertainers at many corporate events. As conference and launch Master and Mistress of Ceremonies they are unbeatable when it comes to keeping guests and delegates entertained with good clean humour and sharp attention to programme and decorum. They are able to adapt their show to suit the event and will assist with concept development and scripting. La and Vera have acted as MCs, conference hosts, entertainers, quiz masters and corporate chatshow hosts at many events for some of SAs top companies and come highly recommended. They are both talented entertainers whose stand-up, sketches, impressions and song will have your audiences in stitches. Uplifting and hilarious La and Vera have been described as a breath of fresh air with their unique and professional approach. Letters of recommendation available on request . For more info please see the rest of this newsletter. La and Vera are pleased to announce .......... ANYTHING! Bookings now open nationwide!




Melanie Lowe
Idols (Johannesburg)
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Melanie Lowe, Jhb based singer/songwriter, performs constantly around SA, at concerts, corporate functions, music festivals, fundraisers, schools, theatres, various live music venues and charity events to name a few, since coming 3rd in the first South African Idols. She was an opening act for the Durban Westlife concert and supported Belgian artist, Sarah Bettens (ex Ks choice) on a countrywide tour, along with Stealing Love Jones. She was also the support act for the sell-out Katie Meluas South African tour in September 2008. Melanie is also a regular performer with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra (who have arranged several of her original compositions for the orchestra to accompany her with)

Melanies show is quite versatile. Her love for singing jazz and blues means she will happily include jazz into any show she does. She performs with her guitarist, or her pianist, or with a few musicians doing an unplugged set of her original songs. She also offers shows with an extremely talented band of musicians. (Melanie plus drums, bass, keyboard and guitar)

Drawing directly from her own life experiences, Melanies songs are soul-barring, emotionally driven and often heart-rending songs that draw you in, to such an extent, that you begin to experience the emotion with which she sings them, yourself. Melanie’s debut album Yesterday’s Diary has sold over 12 700 units, and she has two new CD’s out, a 12 track English album called Unspoken Truth and a 5 track Afrikaans single called As. All tracks on these CDs have been written and composed by Melanie. Three music videos have been filmed for TV. Melanie’s songs are played on major radio stations throughout SA with her latest single, Sweetest of Rhymes, reaching number one around the country in the last 2 months. Sweetest of Rhymes was chosen as the official song for SABC2s womens month feature.




Bianca le Grange
Idols (Johannesburg)
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This sassy, sexy and gorgeous singer, pianist, violinist and actress, is a vivacious Virgo with a warm, friendly smile, and a personality that lights up a room. Her middle name is “Joy” and it is an apt description for Bianca’s happy, passionate and outgoing nature.

She is an accomplished musician who completed her schooling at The National School of the Arts, where she studied both classical and contemporary music. As a young girl, Bianca did ballet, modern and Spanish dancing. After matric, Bianca toured the country as well as Namibia and Botswana, doing salvation work for the needy.

Even if you’re a born entertainer oozing talent and training, all the brilliance and experience in the world is of little worth if nobody knows about it. Bianca’s music career was formed around a lifelong focus on entertainment, including long-term and dedicated training. But it was boosted to the big time by the mixed blessings of reality TV when she appeared on the talent search, Idols (SA).

She now runs her own business, appears frequently in popular musical theatre, guest presents on television and actively supports young talent with her social responsibility projects. In addition to committed training and mass media exposure, Bianca’s trick to making it as a musician extends to versatility. She applies her acting, singing and song writing skills to a variety of lucrative roles – corporate gigs, session recording, musicals, television appearances




Brian Jude
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Dr. Brian Jude heads up his own consultancy, specialising in the areas of: inter-personal skills, communication, organisational behaviour and stress management. He also heads up an emergency medical rescue organisation, and is actively involved in Emergency Medicine. Brian holds Masters and PhD. degrees, majoring in industrial psychology and has been involved in the fields of training and communication for 27 years. He is considered to be one of South Africas leading experts on the subject of BODY LANGUAGE. A look at Brians client list is like looking at the Whos Who of commerce and industry. Pick n Pay, Transnet, Rennies, Sasol, Dunlop, S A Breweries and Tupperware are just some of the companies that have benefited from his training programmes. Brian has conducted training programmes across the length and breadth of Southern Africa, and in many countries around the world, including strangely enough, Japan. He has appeared frequently on National television, and radio, and has written, produced and directed 64 training videos on various subjects, and published 6 books. Obviously a family man, Brian has been married for 33 years, and has two sons, and five daughters.




Bruce Fordyce
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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A highly regarded speaker and entertaining MC, Bruce Fordyce has some of the most famous legs in the country and for over ten 15 years, those legs have been the core around which Bruce has been addressing and motivating individuals and companies. As the legendary athlete, or businessman or entrepreneur, Bruce’s charisma and humour has become his trademark, as have his talks. If there was ever a will to win, Bruce Fordyce is one of this country’s best examples. Having claimed the Comrades crown no less than nine times, not to mention his other International achievements, Bruce’s never-say-die message is certain to help your delegates reach their potential, not only as individuals, but more importantly, as part of a team. This is an inspiring, often humour-based talk. “Bruce Fordyce is an accomplished speaker, I found him easy to brief. His speech was spot on for the type of audience. He was particularly good at reading his audience and then interacting with them. He related his own life experiences and achievements very well to the audience, something many accomplished speakers we have used before are not able to master” - Teresa Jenkins, CEO – Litha Communications Another fascinating side to the amazing individual is his “Origins Centre” at Wits University. – a novel venue with the oldest lessons and sights you will ever get to share.




Bruce Walsh
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Bruce began his career as a teacher in 1976. He worked both in his hometown of Durban and in Johannesburg until 1981. Bruce then studied Industrial Psychology, graduating with a degree in 1984. He joined Standard Bank in 1989 in the Psychological Assessment Department. He later moved into general Human Resources with a post graduate diploma, spending time in Swaziland and Johannesburg, before moving to Cape Town in 1997 as the Provincial Human Resources Manager. On 25 August 1998, Bruce met some colleagues at the Planet Hollywood restaurant at Cape Town’s famous V and A Waterfront. Unbeknown to Bruce and his friends, a pipe bomb had been taped to the foot rail of the bar – exactly where they were standing – and it had been set to go off at that moment. Two of Bruce’s colleagues lost their lives. Bruce was severely injured and in a coma for several days. When Bruce first woke up in hospital, he had no idea that he had lost both of his legs in the blast - and so he got up! Although he has fallen many times, including that day – Bruce has decided to triumph over his trauma. Bruce had a long road to recovery but he persevered through all the difficulties. He has not only learnt to walk again, but also to run – a passion of his before the bomb-blast. Bruce took ill-health retirement from Standard Bank in June of 1999 and now has a successful Human Resources consultancy based in George. Bruce counts Standard Bank, SASBO and WP Cancer Association as some of his clients. He offers half day, full day or two-day workshops which can be tailor-made for each client, drawing on his experience in the Human Resources field as well as his experience of the bomb-blast. Bruce is also an inspirational speaker – sharing of his ordeal in detail with others and of how we all choose to be either Winners or Losers in life. He covers his recovery on four levels – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. He can talk from 15 minutes to an hour and can include time for questions if desired. Bruce inspires audiences to turn adversity into triumph through the sharing of his own remarkable story, and in showing them how any problem in life can be solved through the power of choice. Those who hear Bruce realise that we can all choose to be winners rather than be losers in our lives – Bruce himself is a true winner!




Buhle Dlamini
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS Cutting edge organisations pay employees according to their contribution and reward when employees go the extra mile. Inflation-based, across the board increases for all staff is an old school paradigm. A performance-based system will be designed to meet the organisation’s specific needs. Further, comprehensive training to all stakeholders on the philosophy of performance management and how to use the system is inclusive. LABOUR RELATIONS These workshops would include training employees on how to use the Grievance procedure, what a Disciplinary procedure is and how to chair a Disciplinary Hearing. Further, workshops around the Labour legislation can also be presented. These would include Finding your way around the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, The Equity Act and the Labour Legislation Act. Again, these workshops would be tailored to the clients’ specific needs.




Cherie Eilertsen
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Cherie Eilertsen is not only a dynamic presenter, but also the new breed of entrepreneur and business person that is rocking the roots of businesses. She is the kind of speaker that all delegates want to hear. She looks the part and plays the part of a highly successful business person and she delivers fast paced, content packed presentations. Cherie delivers presentations that jolt the very foundations of your brain and your body – they make you think and re-think everything you are doing in terms of your business and how you are gaining and maintaining your client base. Her presentations are not for the weak at heart or those who are on a gravy train to nothing. If you take your business and your bottom line seriously – then you should be listening to her presentations – they are roller coaster rides of frightening facts and figures on retrenchment and downsizing, coupled with enlightening and innovative ideas on how to make sure you don’t join these growing ranks of unfortunates. Former TV presenter, and founder of Cherie Estates (Real Estate) she worked under contract for Nedcor for five years as an external consultant, and at Standard Bank for two years as a professional speaker and trainer, addressing over 60 000 delegates during this period. Cherie is also the author of a 248 page marketing book, Turbo Charge your Selling Power and is at present compiling a book, showcasing prominent sales people. She has produced 16 marketing videos and a set of 12 audio cassettes. Cherie launched a training club for sales people in 1993 and the subscription grew to an amazing membership of 3000. Having put all 180 of their top managers through her year long Managers Training Academy, a leading organisation commented: ‘Any company who demands the best and expects outstanding results, will find no better trainer than Cherie. She is loyal, empathetic, intuitive and a person of high moral values.’ Cherie delivers beyond expectation and believes that economic value is to be found in ones ability to differentiate, innovate and constantly add value. Cutting edge insights and results driven approach in: Entrepreneurial Skills and Strategies; Managers Training Academy; Sales Training Academy; Globally Competitive Leadership; Future Focus; Motivational Presentations; Customised Training Programs




Christo Nel
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Christo is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading specialists on leadership, change and organizational competitiveness. He is the Managing Director of the Graduate Institute of Management and Technology. A powerful speaker, at conferences and seminars he is consistently given top ratings. He is in the process of researching and writing a new book, The Competitive Quest: New Economy Leadership Challenges for South Africa. Also, Christo is co-author of internationally published book and best seller, The Age of Participation. He has published several dozen articles in both South African and international magazines and journals.




Clem Sunter
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Clem Sunter was born in Suffolk, England in 1944 and was educated at Winchester College. He went to Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics before joining Charter Consolidated as a management trainee in 1966. In 1971 he moved to Lusaka in Zambia to work for Anglo American Corporation Central Africa. From there he was transferred in 1973 to the Head Office of Anglo American Corporation of South Africa in Johannesburg. He was Chairman of Anglo American Property Services and Chairman of the Gold and Uranium Division from 1990 to 1996. He is now Chairman of the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund. He has also been Head of the Scenario Planning Function and is well known for his “High Road” and “Low Road” Scenarios for South Africa in the mid 1980’s. In early 2001 “The Mind of a Fox”, co-authored with Chantell Ilbury, was released. The book anticipated a major terrorist strike on a western city before the September 11th tragedy in New York. The book has sold over 40,000 copies. His latest publication, co-authored with Wayne Visser, is entitled “Beyond Reasonable Greed : Why Sustainable Business Is A Much Better Idea!”




Corrie Campbell
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Corrie Campbell – postmaster of the Nuga Moya Post Office - has learned, through years of hard experience, how unthreatening and refreshing CHANGE can be. His MISSION is to spread this message wide and far in his guise as a Corporate Communications Expert. His VISION is to disseminate his acquired knowledge to all his fellow South Africans. (Only Corrie calls it inseminating the information). In the course of his highly entertaining presentation he demonstrates a remarkable talent as a raconteur, who unwittingly displays all the recognisable human foibles and fears, which so many people have in common with him. Corrie Campbell’s appeal as the common man is limitless. In laughing partly with him and partly at his recognizable foibles, there is scope for a real connection with audiences, as we struggle with the inevitable and sometimes radical changes necessitated by transformation.




Dan Retief
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Dan Retief has established himself as one of South Africa’s pre-eminent sportswriters after starting his career on the Diamond Fields Advertiser in Kimberley in 1970. Having quickly established himself as one of the real talents to enter the profession he rose through the ranks quickly, covering major tours and becoming sports editor of the Cape Times before embarking on a spell in the world of corporate public relations. He did not loose touch with sports journalism, however, and for 10 years wrote an award-winning column for the Financial Mail before being head-hunted for the Sunday Times by Edward Griffiths in 1991. His return to newspapers coincided with South African sports re-emergence from isolation and Dan’s work for the Sunday Times established him as arguably the country’s leading sports writer; specializing in rugby and golf. Dan was named SAB Sportswriter of the year for 1992, 1995 and 1997 – the first and only writer to win the award three times. In 2000 Dan was approached to join Supersport as the name writer on the Internet Site and also to perform certain functions for the television station. With newspaper standards slipping it was an excellent opportunity to move into electronic media. Dan is South African correspondent for Rugby World magazine as well as the Australian Rugby Review. He writes regularly for foreign papers such as the Daily Telegraph, The Time, The Sydney Morning Herald amongst others. In Golf he writes for a number of publications and anchored Supersports historic complete Afrikaans broadcast of the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge. Dan is South Africa’s representative on the World Golf Hall of Fames voting Panel. Dan has gathered a treasure love of humorous anecdotes in a long career travelling with, and reporting on, the tours of the springboks. Rugby is his forte but he also enjoys a high profile in golf as a personal friend of the like of Gary Player, Nick Price and Ernie Els. As arguably SA’s leading sports journalist he is an authorative and sincere speaker with a ready sense of humour. Dan is ideal as an after dinner speaker at sports or corporate functions, corporate golf days and as a master of ceremonies.




Daniel Silke
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Daniel Silke is one of South Africas foremost political analysts, lecturers and commentators. He also specializes in the study of the effects of Globalization on the economic and political systems of the world and lectures widely to international audiences.
He has served both as a Member of Parliament in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and as a Councillor in the Cape Town City Council.
He is in demand, as a guest speaker across the globe and may be commissioned for articles, reports, guest lectures and interviews on South African and Global issues.

Silkes Seminar Series now offers international companies and institutions the chance to participate in a series of lectures and Seminars on the debate around Globalization and its effect on the political and social fabric of the World.

Mr. Silkes lecture on Globalization offers corporates and middle management a very informed insight into its meaning and its implication for the world. This has application for all businesses and could be a useful item on any conference or corporate agenda. In his lecture he explains the term, explains how it affects the politics, society and economics of the entire world and he also explores the very controversial debate at the G8 meeting in Switzerland.

Daniel’s newest topic is “Tracking the Future - The top 10 trends that will transform the Globe over the next 20 years – and longer!” Do you know the future of the World? Get ready for a thrilling ride! Political Analyst and Futurist, Daniel Silke, presents a compelling and challenging new analysis of the top ten trends that will transform the world over the next two decades. Silke identifies 10 key areas of dramatic change that will affect all our lives – as individuals, in society or in the business environment. Some of these changes are already here – and many more are coming at a ferocious speed. Are you or your business ready to understand this and adapt? This Keynote Presentation will identify and explain these changes in an all-encompassing talk - fully illustrated and not to be missed. It is designed to inform and entertain – and no two lectures are ever the same. Nor will be your thought patterns after this one!





Darren Scott
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Not long ago, Darren Scott popped up whenever you switched on Supersport. He would either anchor live from a rugby match or more often be involved in studio banter with rugby legend Naas Botha. Scott still presents Boots and All, compulsive viewing for anybody interested in rugby. He is also busy informing the sports mad nation through his own company Just Plain Media, which produces a variety of sports footage for television, as well as being an active media agency for Radio. Scott’s boy-next-door image has served him well from his early days at Capital Radio (1984) to his first sports talk show on 702 radio (1995) to the “Just Plain Show”, which Darren hosted daily on 5fm from 15h00 - 19h00. Darren has since left 5fm as various different projects and happenings await him on as well as off air on the horizons of the East Coast. “I don’t have a radio voice or persona, or a television voice for that matter”, he once said. “What you see is what you get. It’s the same person on air or off air” Darren Scott is ideal for any appearances, whether it be MC ing, Guest Speaking, partaking in QandA’s, DJing or merely making an appearance and mingling at any function throughout the country. Darren guest speaks and attends various events throughout the country on a regular basis - with his past experience, inspiring stories and brilliant sense of humour he is no doubt The person to make your next function one huge Success.




David Crawford
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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GIVE YOUR TEAM A FLIGHT THAT THEY WILL NOT FORGET Soaring with the Eagles – an enviro-business presentation that is a first in South Africa – a live presentation with some of Southern Africa’s most majestic eagles. David Crawford delivers a strategic message linking sustainable business without negatively impacting on our future environment. A powerful, dramatic, motivating and visual presentation which delivers a strategic and holistic approach towards sustainable continuity in business ensuring customer service and delighting customers through passionate people. It provides a strategy for organisations dealing with current Southern African business challenges and the lessons we can learn developing value systems towards sustainable development from the most majestic of the Lords’ creatures.




David Fabricius
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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David’s mission is to empower organizations and individuals worldwide to significantly enhance their performance capability, competitive advantage, intellectual capital, wealth and qualify of life. His daily quest to is help others to live in harmony with their highest purpose and potential. David’s purpose is to carve your needs, to facilitate and accelerate your organizational and personal success. David focuses on the character, work and service ethics to cultivate world-class cultures in organizations and communities. David is a powerful, captivating and streetwise trainer, facilitator and speaker. He is a nationally recognized and sought-after authority on Human Potential, the Psychology of Change and Achievement Motivation. He is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and author of numerous books and booklets on Business, Finance, Wisdom, Human Technology and Transformation. David’s books are well endorsed by multi-millionaire businessmen and accomplished medical specialists. David is a dynamic catalyst in the market place who annually stimulates the sale of millions of rands worth of goods and services. As a speaker he is well-known for his “extraordinarily practical”, “profit-increasing”, “pulse-racing” and blood-chilling true” presentations. David has been invited to address meetings such as Rotary International Now Generations Conference (Oct 1996) and The Junior Chamber’s National Convention (Oct 1996). David is committed to caring service and to making a profound and positive difference.




David Graham
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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DAVID GRAHAM is a highly acclaimed independent speaker and trainer, who brings vast local experience in both presentation skills and managerial know-how to his lively and entertaining deliveries. In 1988 David pioneered and developed a Call Centre for a major financial institution and as Chairman of the Teleservicing/Telemarketing Unit of the SA Direct Marketing Association he witnessed the birth of the Call Centre industry in this country. David runs a two day Frontline Skills Development Workshop, focussing on Motivation, Customer Service, Change, Time Management, Telephone Technique, Teamwork, and Stress Management. David has been called Mr Enthusiasm Himself - A Big Man With A Big Heart and he is known as The Speaker People Listen To. Davids core addresses and workshops are guaranteed to make a lasting impact and add value and inspiration to your next event. Davids keynote addresses range from 20 - 90 minutes and he facilitates workshops for up to two days subject to the clients requirements.




Dr David Molapo
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Dr David Molapo is a foremost Management Consultant, Educationalist and renowned Motivational Speaker. Using a fine combination of humour, an incredible stage presence and his personal life experiences, David has a unique ability to mesmerize any audience with his message of hope. In August 1994 David became a finalist for the Junior Chamber International Award of Ten Outstanding Young People of the World and in 1995 appeared on the Who’s Who of Southern Africa. Between 1996 – 1999 Dr Molapo was Chairman of the Billy Graham Ministry in South Africa and during that period headed the All Africa Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. David is no stranger to Corporate South Africa. He held various directorships with companies such as Dimension Data, Imperial Logistics, South African Airways, SAFIC and Excellerate Holdings. Currently he is the Chairman of five companies that he co-owns with his wife Mamikie Molapo, namely : I Can Holdings, Katanga Holdings, Sisonke Printers, Mabidi Tyre Services and Filtration Solutions. David’s work in the community earned him the highest Rotary International Award in 2002– the Paul Harris Award. That same year David received the African Bank Award for Exceptional Contribution to the South African Community. In 2003 the Gauteng Association of Local Authorities (GALA) bestowed upon him the Bridge Builder Award. David is also the author of the books I Can Counsel, Ten Exciting Keys to Success and If You Are Not Growing You Are Dying. Invite David to challenge, inspire and change your life.




Dawne Murray
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Dawne Murray is the Owner and Managing Director of Image Works. She has returned to South Africa after living and working in Europe and the UK for seven years. Whilst living abroad Dawne specialised in presenting seminars and workshops to individuals, groups and companies on personal image and personal presentation skills. Dawne gained most of her training and experience in the UK and in America, but started out in the beauty industry as a model at the age of sixteen. Her modelling paid for her university studies where she qualified for a BA Social Sciences degree with sociology and psychology as my majors. She has also had extensive experience as a public speaker in the USA, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Scandinavian countries on topics as diverse as skin care, cosmetics, image, communication skills, personal presentation, human relations skills, leadership development and business motivation. Her experience in the Direct Selling industry leads to regular guest speaker presentations to companies such as Sportron, Jean Guthrie Cosmetics, In Vogue, Hilda’s Secret Collection, etc. Dawne is starting to receive some media coverage as an image consultant – she has been interviewed as an image consultant on Another Life with Nataniël, and she has been featured on “Lebone – Women on the Move”, as well as has recently been approached by an Afrikaans womens magazine for an article on image and personal presentation. On top of this, Dawne has been a regular guest speaker at Hoogland Hydro. She has done a number of workshops for SAA, teaching trainee flight attendants on all aspects of image, personal presentation and public relations skills. She has also done an introductory workshop for a group of male executives from Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank, and is currently negotiating with them the details of an ongoing executive training programme.




Denis Becket
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Denis is probably best known as the presenter of Beckett’s Trek on SABC TV 3. At Conferences and seminars some of his popular topics are “Trekking in the Real South Africa”, “State of the Nation”, “State of the Media” and “What’s In the Pot at the End of the Rainbow”. Denis is an admired commentator on current affairs and has had editorial and management posts on The Star, The Rand Daily Mail, The Voice and Frontline Magazine. Denis’ presentation style is a wonderful mixture of both “lay back” and dynamic – informative and entertaining!




Deshun Deysel
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Teacher, athlete, entrepreneur and mountaineer, Deshun Deysel is best known as a member of the first South African Everest Expedition. Although controversy and tragedy surrounded the expedition, Deshun became a role model for what can be achieved if you are committed to your goals. Although Deshun did not reach the summit of Mount Everest, she achieved a height of some 6,500 metres, a feat that only a handful of people from Africa can claim. Deshun has a teacher’s diploma from The Rand College of Education, Johannesburg. She spent two years with the “I Can” Foundation where her main focus was on youth development and community related projects. Deshun has addressed audiences in South Africa some parts of Africa and the United States. She is currently a business performance consultant for The Pacific Institute, where her personal philosophies on “thinking about our thinking” are applied on a strategic level. Deshun was a recipient of the prestigious FOYSA, Four Outstanding Young South Africans, award in 1997. She also received recognition as an “Outstanding Woman” in 1996 by The ANC Woman’s League. In June 2003 Deshun was a member of the second SA Expedition to Mt. Everest. Unfortunately, due to dangerous climbing conditions and the on set of hazardous weather and poor visibility, the team had to make the difficult decision, only 400 metres from the summit, to turn back to the safety of base camp. With this second attempt, Deshun was able to better her first attempt by 1700m – by climbing to 8200m!




Francois Wolfhaardt
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Francois Wolfaardt has a track record of some thirty years in the thoroughbred horse racing industry and during that time has functioned as a photo-finish judge, racing commentator, a publicist, radio and TV presenter, racing editor, columnist for numerous newspapers around the country, marketing and Public Relations Consultant for the racing clubs on the highveld and, until recently, he was resposible for the media advertising for the Highveld Racing Authority. In September 1992 Francois inherited an Estate Agency in the North Eastern suburbs of Johannesburg, wrote his Estate Agent’s Board Examination and is now the principal agent for the company. USELESS INFORMATION Subsequent to the sinking of the “Oceanis”, he became an expert in interpreting Greek evacuation orders and is equally adept at lip-reading Uli Schmidt! Francois belongs to several clubs, the most notable being Diners Club. He is the recipient of the coveted C.W.T. Award which he received a record 15 consecutive years (CWT is the award that goes to the Country’s Worst Tipster!) Francois Wolfaardt is an extremely popular MC and After Dinner Speaker due to his contagious sense of humour and endless repertoire of ‘above the belt’ jokes. Francois has performed Master of Ceremony duties at some of the most prestigious sporting and corporate events in South Africa and has never failed to get his audience rolling in the aisles with laughter. Titles of a couple of his After Dinner Presentations are as follows: Never Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth; How to be a Loser Without Trying.




Africa - Going Green
African Folklore Performers (Johannesburg)
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It had to come...fortunately for mankind most of the world are reviewing their thinking and breaking bad old habits, many totally consumed with the all important concept of re-cycling and in so doing, doing their bit to saved our planet! Pessimists would say it’s too late while the masses, world leaders alike, believe that our populations need to constructively address this vital issue...now!

Our ‘Africa – Going Green’ performance serves as a gentle reminder to your and our audiences - local and international! Our players provide an energetic 30 minute performance playing nothing other than basic instrumentation created from scraps, foraged from refuse heaps and dustbins...sticks, old paint tins, rusted dirtbins, chains, bottles, cans and broom sticks while their green boots and helmets serve to re-enforce the message!

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DJ Milkshake
DJs (Johannesburg)
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Soweto-born DJ Milkshake aka Kagiso Milkshake has become a household name on Jozi’s entertainment scene.

All because he is mixing it up on a multicultural level and providing party goers all-round great entertainment – although his specialty is hip hop and RandB, he is known to spice it up by taking great tunes from music across all genres, making him popular with music lovers and party animals from all walks of life. “Yes, my genres are hip hop and RandB, but I am inspired by music genres across the board. Mixing it up allows me to play at almost any type of gig and that excites me. My ultimate dream is to play live in front of a global audience,” he says.

With his extensive knowledge in computers and gadgets, this diverse DJ is quite the techno-head, and it’s this skill that gives him the extra edge when it comes to seamlessly mixing various genres of music with total ease.

DJ Milkshake’s career began when he helped create the WITS DJ’s Society, where he quickly became one of the Campus’ favourite DJs when it came to playing at events and at some of Jozi’s more exciting inner-city night clubs. During this period he gained a huge amount of knowledge and experience while working alongside big name DJs, the likes of Ready-D and DJ Fresh, to name but a few. DJ Fresh says, “if you need to get a party started, then Milkshake is your man.

He is a permanent guest (one of only a handful) on my radio show coz he really brings it. Whether commercial or straight up keeping it real Hip hop, Milkshake never lets up.” DJ Milkshake can be seen playing at some of the country’s leading social events and he has appeared on a number of radio and television shows over the last five years. His passion for music cultivated by his ambition to be the hottest entertainer on the block is what drives him to continue to perform at such a high level, successfully – “DJing is my passion outside of everything else,” he states.

Coupled with his dynamic personality and all-round flexibility, he is not only known to stir things up on the party scene but is also about to ride the wave of stardom. Whatever the flavour, DJ Milkshake is the new name to drop.




Michael Lowman
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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In the age of the ironic and the cool, musicians who mean what they say are a rare commodity. Fighting the good fight in this regard is Durban-born Michael Lowman, EMI Music SA’s latest signing, who has been winning the attention of people in high places on both sides of the pond, based on the strength and authenticity of his songs alone.

“I don’t think that there’s enough of this kind of music anymore,” says the performer. “I don’t think there’s enough of the singer-songwriter whose sincere, with no gimmicks, just a story. I wrote all these songs myself and they all mean something very special to me. It’s all just brutal honesty and a guitar.”

Having lost his dad at an early age, and being raised in a house of women, Lowman picked up the guitar around the age of 17 and began writing songs shortly thereafter. Fast forward a few years – while living in Durban Michael started posting videos of himself performing his songs on YouTube. These soon caught the eye of Los Angeles record exec Scott Austin (formerly of Maverick/Warner Bros and Capitol Records). As the head of independent label, Authentik Artists, Austin was focused on recording emerging artists and securing film and TV placements for their songs, and was immediately captivated by Lowman’s sound. On his own steam, the young singer-songwriter made his way over to the states and set about recording his first EP. “It was produced by Mark Needham, who, along with Will Brierre, is actually mixing my debut record, set for release this year,” says Lowman, “He’s worked with incredible musos, such as Fleetwood Mac, Chris Isaak and The Killers.”

The EP earned Lowman a slew of high-profile TV placements, including spots on the Kardashians’ show Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, but a VISA complication sent the young performer headed back to South African shores. This all-too-brief brush with glory could have proved a devastating blow to his career and might have left his loyal Stateside following distraught. Instead, to the delight of local listeners, it put him on the radar of EMI Music SA, who are renowned believers in underdogs and diamonds in the rough. The label is thrilled to announce that Michael Lowman’s debut album, Crayon Boxes, is set for release in June 2013.

He hopes that the record will serve as a showcase of the various directions he’s excited to explore. “I’ve always thought that the mark of a good debut album is how well it maps out all possible roads and avenues for that artist’s career in the future,” explains Lowman. “Mine jumps genres – I’m the Jack of all Trades and the master of none! There’s some folky stuff, some straight-up radio pop, there’s a slow 6/8 blues track where I can indulge in guitar solos… As a general theme, I’d say this album is full of my self-discovery. It’s a springboard.”

Filled with stories about love, loss, doubt and introspection, the album is both textured and accessible, drawing on blues, soul and pop to create one of the most exciting new sounds to emerge from South Africa this year.

On his fearless honesty, Lowman explains, “I need this outlet for catharsis. I don’t have the sort of personality where I would go out and be aggressively boisterous and blow off steam that way – I just go to my room and write songs. I always have, it’s my release.”





Jeannie D
Comperes and Emcees (Cape Town)
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The famous Arabian tale goes something like this………Aladdin rubbed the lamp three times, out popped a ‘Genie’ and granted him three wishes. In today’s story, Cape Town’s very own Jeannie D is granting her own wishes and certainly making them come true. The sky is the limit for this girl…

Born and bred in Johannesburg, Jeannie knew from a young age that performing was her forte. As soon as she turned 12, she auditioned at The National School of the Arts (drama) and honed her acting and vocal skills.

She successfully managed to secure a number of lead roles in several theatre productions and a variety of commercials, such as in-flight videos and as a poster girl for SAA. At 18 she enrolled at RAU where she studied a BA in Communications, joined the campus radio station – Rau Radio – and managed to win the Miss Rau competition in 2002, all in a short period of time.

Looking for a new challenge, Jeannie packed her bags and relocated to the Mother City. With acting and radio experience under her belt, she happened to be in the right place at the right time when Good Hope FM was looking for new talent. Jeannie started off on the weekend graveyard shift as well as a daytime newsreader and within two months was given one of the top shows in radio – The Jeannie D Show.

She has fulfilled her dream by working in two of her favourite mediums. She is best known as the husky sensual voice on Good Hope FM whereby the city had the opportunity to tune into an energetic show every Monday to Friday for four hours, from 6pm to 10pm. She left in September 2006 to pursue her television career full time. Jeannie quickly established herself as a lead presenter on Top Billing and her tasks included travelling the world and interviewing top celebrities such as Bono and Leonardo Di Caprio. Jeannie’s infectious personality and girl next door looks then lead to her starring alongside local hunk Janez Vermeiren in the very popular Top Travel. The show proved to be so popular that it was syndicated worldwide and then went on to be rated as the best new show on the Travel Channel. The cherry on top of a phenomenally successful year was when the show was picked up by the Wealth Channel in America where Jeannie regularly entertained 8-10 million Americans per episode with her light-hearted vivacious personality.

Jeannie has been regularly voted South Africa’s favourite personality and is once again featured in the FHM Top 100 Beauties of the World. Never one to rest on her laurels, Jeannie has successfully launched her own clothing line to critical acclaim from the nation’s foremost fashion experts.

These experiences have resulted in Jeannie being an ideal MC for local and international clients who are looking to add that “little bit extra” to their event.




Gary the Only
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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If you tried them all and still looking for the motivational speaker-sales trainer who can fill in all those gaps left to be filled? Then GARY is the one for you! He will not waste your time with one size fits all type classic and old fashioned, temporary motivational talks and sales tricks and tactics to pressurise and scare your customers. But, instead, he will bring out the best in your team, coaching them into using their best qualities for the results you always wanted them to achieve. Try him! He is the trainer your competition never wanted you to meet! There are thousands of sales training programs in the world. Some work some fail! After all, what makes people buy? Did you know people make buying decisions within the first 17 seconds after their exposure to services and products (Subconsciously!)? Have you ever thought that you could be selling more, if you did not have traditional sales training? Gary’s topics include: SALES SUCCESS MOTIVATION INSPIRATION MENTORSHIP LIFE SKILLS FINANCIAL SUCCESS TEAM BUILDING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS / ETC.




Gavin Sharples
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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GAVIN SHARPLES – A TRULY PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER

With over 19 years on the speaking circuit and thousands of conferences, GAVIN “the action man” SHARPLES has worked on large and small platforms both locally as well as internationally. You will be dealing with an experienced and professional keynote speaker.

Gavin Sharples has been called: a maverick, crazy, mad, intense, outspoken, creative, nice guy, not normal, naughty and passionate.

He is SA’s biggest, busiest, most sought after platform speaker (undisputed fact), and regarded as one of the Big 3.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
He will always provide a “take-home” message that can be used to get results immediately. Having run his own companies and worked with hundreds of corporate clients, he delivers meaningful, pertinent messages and can pick up on the points of the other speakers on the agenda, build on those points and create a theme thereby giving more value to the whole event.

Gavin is about change, innovation and doing things differently. Whether motivating sales people, administrative staff, managers, supervisors, or senior executives Gavin only speaks of three things - he calls it the simple ABC success formula.

Action, Beliefs and Consciousness - put another way Action, Rethinking Your Thinking and Awareness. Only by changing our activities and our actions will change occur.

Results can only be obtained by massive amounts of positive action. Action is brought about by our beliefs and our thoughts.
Only be rethinking our thinking will we be able to act differently.
Unless we are aware of our thoughts and actions and how they affect our results, nothing will change!

EVENT EM-CEE

Let Gavin Sharples be your emcee for your event or function. He has a unique way of being able to summarise the content or message of all the speakers and then package it into a mind-blowing wind-up at the end of the event.

Gavin can deliver 3 types of emcee:

Straight / serious - no frills, just formal linking speakers, events and holding an event together.
Outrageous - take the micky out of speakers and run a relaxed, fun evening.
Including keynote - he can break an action presentation into bits so after every speaker a constructive message is delivered in his fun, irreverent way.




Gaynor Young
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Gaynor Young’s horrifying accident on December 9th 1989 sent shock waves around the country, as news of her terrifying five-storey offstage fall while understudying the lead role in a production, was released. Gaynor is 50% blind, has been left partially spastic and brain damaged, with only 2% hearing in one ear and no peripheral vision. But with grit, determination (what she calls sheer stubbornness) and faith, she has survived these devastating odds. Now, 11 years after the accident, having recently completed and published her book “My Plunge to Fame”, Gaynor fulfils a promise she made to herself, appearing once more on stage, this time to tell her incredible and heart-warming story. Gaynor’s story is one of hope. She will make you laugh through your tears. She will move you and inspire you with the infinite courage of the human spirit. She will change your life.




Douglas Kruger
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Who is Douglas Kruger? Douglas is the current Southern African Champion of Public Speaking. …and he’s only 21 years of age! Competing against people with up to 30 years more life experience than him, Douglas proved his metal against the 8 nations comprising Southern Africa. He then went on to win 2nd place in the recent Toastmasters International World Championships of Public Speaking, Los Angeles, California. He is the youngest person ever to have represented Southern Africa in this competition. What experience does he have? Douglas has spoken for companies like ABSA (Communication Champions Rally, June 2001), and the Anglo-Easyspeakers’ Division of Anglo American. He performed a promotional speech at Westgate’s Ster-Kinekor and presented a training seminar on service excellence for the staff of three branches of Golden West tyre fitting centre (December 2000). He has spoken before a forum of professors at Unisa, as well as the Faculty of Engineering at the Vaal Triangle Technikon (January 2002). So confident was Clem Sunter (Chairman, Anglo American Chairman’s Fund) of Douglas’s abilities, that he granted a sponsorship of living expenses to help Douglas during his World Championships effort in American (August 2001). Douglas received further sponsorship from Cresta Shopping Centre and Pierre Cardin Outfitters SA. He has worked as a narrator for Tape Aids for the Blind, hosts a show on Horizon Stereo, and is a current member of Florida Toastmasters and Golden Gavel elite speakers’ club. With a pleasant rapport and entertaining style, Doug has a knack for capturing audiences. His winning techniques and skillful delivery will ensure that any group is inspired to strive for peak performance.




Gcina Mhlope
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Gcina is South Africas best known storyteller. Storytelling has become a popular business media at conferences and seminars and Gcina is a master at creating stories to complement business and conference themes. Story messages can vary from teamwork and commitment to managing change and planning. Give Gcina your topic and she will create the story. Gcina enjoys international recognition as a poet, playwright, actress, short story writer and storyteller. Storytelling has taken Gcina to all corners of the World and she is a favourite choice for visiting overseas conference delegates. Give your next function a “touch of Africa” by inviting Gcina to weave her magic on you! STORIES GIVE US GUIDANCE. From the beginning of time man has used the art of storytelling to share information and now it has become one of the hottest mediums for getting a message across to an audience. South Africa’s best know storyteller Gcina Mhlophe-Becker maintains storytelling is the information technology of yesteryear. “For as long as there have been people in the world, there have been stories - long before all the great respectable sciences were known to us. Stories pass on wisdom gathered through the ages – truths that stand their ground, enrich our lives and give us guidance.” The valuable advantage about stories is that they teach in a manner that is non-threatening, low key and is accessible to everyone. After a business brief, Gcina then creates her stories around the company’s needs. The stories message can vary from teamwork and commitment to dealing with complacency and negativity.




Gcobani Bobo
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Gcobani Bobo fulfilled his early career promise during the 2001 Vodacom and Currie Cups with his call-up to the SA A side for the end-of-year tour - justification for a successful season. ‘Bobs’ started his career on the side of the scrum in Cape Town where his excellent form for Rondebosch Boys High resulted in his selection as the first black captain of any national team when he was chosen to lead the SA under-17 and then SA under-19 teams. South Africas first Rastafarian professional rugby player has made a name for himself over the past two seasons as a creative inside centre and physical defender. Gcobani is a natural leader and was the first black captain of any South African national team when he led the Under-17 and Under-19 sides in the mid-nineties, captaining the latter at the FIRA tournament in France in 1998. He scored a hat trick on his Vodacom Super 12 debut against the Bulls in 2002 and was expected to be in the frame for Springbok selection in 2002 but a serious knee injury in round three of the competition forced him out for the rest of the season. He has made a steady climb through all the national age group levels and a full Springbok cap is the only missing accolade in his impressive CV.




Douw Kruger
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Since his childhood, Douw has had an intense interest in Nature. At the young age of seven he accompanied his father on safaris in Africa. Successfully completed his studies in Nature Conservation, he chose a career, where he specialised in Bush Survival Training in Southern Africa. As a qualified Professional Hunter, Douw led and undertook numerous safaris. He is familiar with places like the Zambezi Valley (Zimbabwe), Luangwa Valley (Zambia) and went as far north as Sweden. His passion for Nature led him to awesome places. These include the Iguassu Waterfalls and Amazon Jungle in Brazil; Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens in Mauritius; the world’s biggest volcanic crater, Karthala, on Grande Comore and the Grand Canyon. Douw has a special feeling for animals. That is proved by the fact that he is also a trained Farrier and Veterinary orderly. Douw is also known for his wildlife related articles in various magazines and participation in competitions or television programmes of similar subjects. Douw believes that by discovering the uniqueness of other species, we might discover our own potential and uniqueness! To find answers on many of our questions, we must go back to our basis – Nature!




Graeme Codrington
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Graeme studied a BComm at WITS, while doing Chartered Accountancy articles with KPMG. He majored in Accounts and Information Systems, and was involved at KPMG in automating their audit processes. He left KPMG in 1993 to join an entrepreneurial start-up company, which was revolutionising computer training at the start of the e-commerce era. At Ambassador Training, he was involved in high-end computer training (including applications for financial environments), and the development of IT systems. He has studied towards his MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions developer, in VB, VBA and SQL) and was a qualified MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer). While doing articles and solutions development, Graeme became interested in understanding the so-called generation gap - why young people found it so easy to enter the new economy and handle technology, while experienced adults could not - and why adults were sceptical, cynical and even hostile. In order to gain some theoretical insights, Graeme turned to the academic study of young people and human interactions. He completed a Bachelor of Theology (Arts) degree (cum laude from University of Zululand), a Licentiate (Honours) (Youth) (cum laude from BTC Southern Africa), and a Masters in Youth Work/Sociology (cum laude MDiac, from UNISA). Graeme founded The EDGE Consulting in 1998 - a consultancy based on his research into multi-generational interaction, and has gone on to co-found TomorrowToday.biz a leading strategy and futurist consultancy, with offices in South Africa, USA and England. In early 2005, he will complete his PhD in Business Administration (DBA), with majors in leadership, future studies and international strategy consulting (Rushmore University). He works in a wide range of industries as a consultant, presenter and futurist. He personally presents to about 100,000 people a year, and is a prolific writer. He does this with his business partners, working in their frame-working consultancy. Graeme is the co-author of two best-selling books, Mind the Gap (2004) and Mind Over Money (2002), both published by Penguin. He is a prolific writer of articles, and has been published in many magazines and journals, and has a number of websites and biogs. He recently won the award for Best First Time Presenter at the SA Market Research Association (SAMRA) annual convention, for his paper on Generational Marketing and Advertising Literacy. Graeme has a particular passion for the next generations. He is a recognised, international expert on Generation X and Generation Y, and multi-generational interaction. He consults to a wide range of organizations, helping them to learn from their Bright Young Things, understand, retain and get the most out of them, plan for leadership succession, and market to their Gen X and Y customers. He also helps young people maximize their impact on the world. Graeme is on the Executives of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry (IASYM) and the South African Centre for Youth and Family Ministry. He is a member of the Institute of Directors (SA), The National Speakers Association of South Africa, and an affiliate member of the International Federation of Professional Speakers, a member of MENSA, an associate member of the South African Market Research Association (SAMRA), and a member of the World Futures Society, the South African Futures Society, the South African Youth Workers Association (SAYWA) and the Society for Practical Theology in South Africa. Graeme has been married to Jane since 1991, and has two daughters, Amy and Hannah. They live in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, in Gauteng, South Africa.




Gerhard de Lange
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Many a presentation has been delivered using wildlife as an analogy, but none has ever approached the subject from such an important and relevant angle as this! Dominating our territory in the same way that Lions do and protecting our markets from international competition must be a priority for all South African companies. Gerhard de Lange had been involved in conservation for the past ten years and is well known to visitors of the Pilanesberg National Park. As former Head Ranger at Mabula, Bakubung, Kwa-Maritane and Tshukudu Game Lodges, he has accompanied thousands of conference delegates and overseas guests on educational wildlife activities. During 1993, the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board introduced 19 free-ranging lions into the Pilanesberg National Park. Fascinated with them, Gerhard made it his hobby to follow them and learn more about their behaviour. This he did, day and night, for four years and the lessons he learned regarding the skills, tactics and techniques used by these lions to protect their territory proved invaluable. Over and above formulating a presentation about pride male behaviour from which business could learn, he has also written a book on his experiences. The most profound observation was that the primary objective of a Pride Male is to protect his territory at all costs - an objective that all local companies should be seriously considering, bearing in mind not only the influx, but the onslaught of international competition into our local markets. In this spellbinding analogy, Gerhard describes how the 19 lions, which were relocated into the Pilanesberg National Park, split into three prides and carved out their own territories. He describes in detail the lengths the pride males had to go to to protect their territory and the continuous battles they had to endure with younger, more agile male lions attempting to invade that territory. The story is not only fascinating, but holds valuable lessons for business people at all levels. Lions protect their territory at all costs - even if it means fighting to the death, and if SA companies do not formulate competitive strategies in the face of the international competition pouring into this country, they may find themselves being ousted by the competition, as happened to a couple of lions in this situation. If your company is operating in a competitive environment, this one hour slide-based presentation, full of interesting analogies and stories, would prove to be extremely interesting.




Dr James Robertson
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HOW TO DEVELOP BUSINESS STRATEGIES THAT WORK Many people use the word “strategy”, but few understand what it really means. The presentation will define strategy on the basis of the definitions given by a number of world authorities on the subject. It will then outline the essential principles of defining strategy as a means of developing competitive advantage in the market place which will lead to improved growth, increased profitability and increased market share. A simple approach to analyzing options and formulation solutions will be outlined. Achieving effective, sustainable competitive advantage and profitable, decisive corporate operation through unique, differentiated and effective application of Information Technology and Strategy. Founded on solid engineering principles and disciplines. Overcoming the factors that give rise to the 90% failure rate of I.T. and Strategic Planning




Hein Wagner
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Hein was born blind. He went to Worcester School for the Blind (Pioneer school) from the age of four. He matriculated in 1990. Hein’s achievements include Marathon running; Western Province colours for athletics; Completed the Cape to Rio Yacht Race 1993; A player for the South African Blind cricket team that won the World Cup in India during the inaugural Blind Cricket World Cup final in 1998. For a number of years Hein has been actively involved in assisting a number of related organisations, for and of the blind, assisting wherever he can with marketing and fundraising activities. He is currently the National PRO for the South African Guidedog Association in a voluntary capacity. Hein began his career as a switchboard operator; he has however continuously endeavored to develop his potential. He has from an early age had a variety of interests and during his teenage years, whilst still at school, he started to experiment and educate himself in the areas of computer technology and radio communications. Hein has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and has for many years assisted first time computer users including both sighted and un-sighted to purchase and install their personal computer systems with software and hardware configuration. Hein currently works for Thawte Consulting (the internet security company that made Mark Shuttleworth, the youngster from Durbanville, a billionaire) as an IT consultant. Hein is currently undertaking his MBA through the Open University of London on a part time bases. He is an energetic young man, who by example motivates people to recognise their personal limitations and to exploit their true potential in spite of these limitations. How can Hein’s services help your organization? Hein has over the past 4 years been invited to do some motivational speaking to a variety of audiences. He has yet again been able to rise to this new challenge with a level of enthusiasm that is evident in the increasing amount of recognition, which his appreciative audiences have awarded him. “A laugh a day keeps the shrink away!” His talks range from between 15 and 60 minutes depending on the request and they cover a range of topics, which include: Motivating others to overcome their personal challenges through hard work, perseverance and a belief in themselves, through a story telling approach, which is largely based on his own experiences. I don’t only talk the talk I’ve been walking it for more than 30 years!” Technology, the global trends and how it allows for ALL people to participate and contribute equally in society and the world economy. Special focus is given to the evolution of Adaptive Technology, the Internet, information accessibility and the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees in the exploitation of technology to promote inclusiveness. He has a story to tell which is humorous, serious, motivating and generally challenges the normal paradigms of society. Hein adapts his talks to suit the audience i.e. children, adults, community organisations, fund raising activities, corporate functions, etc.




Ian Thomas
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Ian Thomas is an economics graduate with more than ten years experience guiding and educating people through Southern Africas wild places. This background has given him an understanding of business and nature and how the two can complement and benefit each other. Ian spent eight years at Londolozi Game Reserve and went on to open his own company as a business consultant and public speaker. He has consulted to many major corporations and has appeared as a guest speaker in Germany, France, England, Belgium, Holland and the USA. Ian delivers fascinating presentations on Teambuilding, using wonderful slides illustrating the life and habits of the Lion Pride and how they benefit from high productivity due to teamwork. Using this unique method of relating business to wildlife scenarios, Ian also covers subjects such as Adapting to Change and Strategy for Survival.




Iona Minton
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Currently, Iona is a financial journalist and the communications director for Financial Fitness College . She writes for The Smart Investor, Mens Health, Edgars Club, Clicks Club, Star Line Entrepreneur, Cosmo, Elle, Femina and many other publications. She also does research and scriptwriting for the “Money” series on SABC 3. The subject of womens finance is particularly close to her heart and presented many talks and workshops on the subject. Iona explains her mission in this way: “Our objective is to explode the myth that only hard work and good luck will make you wealthy” Iona is a Financial Journalist and a Financial Education consultant. She specialises in teaching individuals and corporations’ money management and investment skills. She writes for many leading publications and is a popular speaker and trainer on all aspects of money management and investing. She is hired by large corporations and conference companies to speak on topics regarding investment and money management. She was the resident financial expert on the SABC TV programme 3Talk for two years and regularly appears as a guest on many financial programmes. Iona presented the “Financial Tip of the Day” on Radio 702 with Gareth Cliff for over two years, and has been a regular guest on Metro FM, Kaya, 5fm and Cape Talk. She is a regular expert on eTV’s Great Expectations and currently the financial expert on eTV’s 20Something. Iona is the Author of the books ‘Financial Fitness for Women” and the “Property Game” which were best sellers. She is also the personal Finances Editor on iafrica.com, South Africa’s leading Internet Portal. Iona has been addressing corporations on the subject of money management and investing for 10 years and has consistently been rated as a top speaker and trainer. She has recently launched an innovative product called The Money Toolkit that helps South Africans get their Financial Affairs in order.




Jeanette Schoultz
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Jeanette Schoultz is the founder and sole proprietor of Self-Defense Education; an organization she formed in 1982 to offer her unique style of training for men, women and children who are the potential victims of violent crime. Her methods are founded on her wide-ranging experience in the social sciences, international police work, her specially adapted martial art skills and a warm caring nature. Jeanette is a well respected and most enjoyable conference speaker, broadcaster and teacher at her numerous classes and workshops. She has developed a very successful range of presentations for young people and frequently appears at schools around the country. She is now a very young 60, a mother of four children and a grandmother to five. Her ambition is to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from her work and to engage in her loves of travel, theatre and meeting people from all walks of life.




Justin Cohen
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Justin is a high energy speaker and a favourite for corporate conferences. He is the author of two best sellers Create Your Self and Natural Ecstasy. He produced and presented his SABC 3 television talk show, Invent Your Self, where he interviewed some of the world’s foremost experts on success. A leading authority on personal development, with an honours degree in Psychology, Justin mixes a special blend of inspiration and insight along with plenty of fun and humour.




Ken Annandale
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With over 15 years experience in business, motivation and leadership training, my participation will make a substantial contribution to mindsets, methodologies and the manner in which individuals perform. Focussed on either personal growth or leadership practices, the presentation is delivered as either a KEYNOTE ADDRESS, a WORKSHOP or an INTERACTIVE TEAM BUILDING intervention, depending on your needs. Your event outcome and our further discussions will determine which method and approach would best suit the group. Either way, the presentation will be customised to improve performance, refresh and inspire your delegates. It could take the form of short punchy speaker driven sessions interspersed with a wide variety of dynamic team games, ranging from entertaining classroom exercises, to physical outdoor activities, to the more challenging “de-limiting adventures”. These sessions can be integrated with the universal elements of communication, problem solving, mutual understanding, trust, respect, partnerships, responsibility and accountability. The take-home value is enormous! I can provide you with a more detailed outline of the customised presentation or workshop in due course of the very popular personal growth presentation “Movers, Shakers, Moaners and Groaners”. To enhance the ongoing effect of this session, I strongly suggest that a copy of my book “Movers, Shakers, Moaners and Groaners” be given to each delegate. Other performance-orientated presentations and seminars include “Discover The Fire Within – Firewalk” “The Laws Of Leadership”, “Sizzling Selling Skills”, “Presentations Plus” and “Who Is Your Customer Sleeping With Now?” Clients include Standard Bank, Nedbank, First National Bank, ABSA Bank, Transnet, Mondi, SA Mint, Telkom, Iscor, Radio Highveld, Liberty Life, Mondi Paper, Nampak, Unilever and Illovo Sugar.




Khanyi Dhlomo
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In 1994, when Khanyi Dhlomo was given the job of True Love editor at the age of 22, circulation for the magazine was below 70,000 a month. Now Khanyi is 30, and the running circulation on True Love for the first five months of 2003 came in at 139, 147. These figures have been achieved in a magazine sector where most other titles have remained static or declined. More importantly, these figures have been achieved because Khanyi has given voice to a dynamic generation of black women who, prior to 1994, had no coherent print vehicle in which their aspirations were reflected. Khanyi’s natural grace, intelligence and intuition were viewed by millions in her former role as television news anchor. Khanyi became the first black evening newsreader on SABC’s TV1 in 1993, and her interviews with prominent politicians, including former South African President Nelson Mandela and former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings, bear testimony to her natural ability to work in any media field. She left the public broadcaster last year to expand True Love into Southern Africa and focus on her Lifestyle Centre, which is linked to the publication and conducts readers workshops and empowerment sessions for women. Khanyi has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Communications and Industrial Psychology from the University of South Africa. She has also completed an Executive Course in Media Management through the University of Stellenbosch Business School, and in 2001 was voted Alumnus of the Year by the latter. “It is evident that Khanyi’s media career has only just begun,” says True Love publisher Samantha Sneddon. “Equally evident is that her future is destined to be one accompanied by constant reference to her unique sense of style and very special understanding of the local media environment.” In 1994, when Khanyi Dhlomo was given the job of True Love editor at the age of 22, circulation for the magazine was below 70,000 a month. Now Khanyi is 30, and the running circulation on True Love for the first five months of 2003 came in at 139, 147. These figures have been achieved in a magazine sector where most other titles have remained static or declined. More importantly, these figures have been achieved because Khanyi has given voice to a dynamic generation of black women who, prior to 1994, had no coherent print vehicle in which their aspirations were reflected. Khanyi’s natural grace, intelligence and intuition were viewed by millions in her former role as television news anchor. Khanyi became the first black evening newsreader on SABC’s TV1 in 1993, and her interviews with prominent politicians, including former South African President Nelson Mandela and former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings, bear testimony to her natural ability to work in any media field. She left the public broadcaster last year to expand True Love into Southern Africa and focus on her Lifestyle Centre, which is linked to the publication and conducts readers workshops and empowerment sessions for women. Khanyi has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Communications and Industrial Psychology from the University of South Africa. She has also completed an Executive Course in Media Management through the University of Stellenbosch Business School, and in 2001 was voted Alumnus of the Year by the latter. “It is evident that Khanyi’s media career has only just begun,” says True Love publisher Samantha Sneddon. “Equally evident is that her future is destined to be one accompanied by constant reference to her unique sense of style and very special understanding of the local media environment.”




Dr John Tibane
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Dr John Tibane is a leadership and health consultant as well as a professional speaker. He holds a BA in Medicine and Surgery, and is a diplomat of Business Management and Executive Development. In 1997 Dr Tibane founded his business (Tibane Consultants) on the basis of bettering the lives of his fellow men. He derives his company structure from the results of: Knowledge, from seven years medical school; Understanding, from seven years medical practice; and Wisdom from Business Management and consulting. It is John’s firm belief that everyone has the power to be a leader, and that is why he makes it his personal mission in life to spot and develop everyone’s ‘built-in Leadership.’ John is especially able to identify; motivate; inspire and increase leaders, enabling them to grow and prosper. John is no stranger when it comes to television and radio programmes. Every week, John runs a leadership programme that airs on Radio Pulpit. He also has many audiotapes on various, positive and motivational topics. John is the author of ‘True Dreams Do Come True”, which is a must for all positive thinkers. Currently John enjoys the presidency of Tibane Consulting Services, and the Organization ‘Leaders Led to Lead’. He is also the MD of the I CAN Foundation. John speaks on many subjects, one of them being the importance of ‘Human Capital’ in today’s companies and how you should view your employees as assets and not liabilities. John also tailors his workshops and presentations according to the client’s specifications and circumstances.




Kobus Wiese
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KOBUS WIESE, shot to stardom while playing for the World Cup winning Springboks in 1995. His brilliant play at that time was due to the vast amount of experience he gained whilst playing for Boland, Western Transvaal and Gauteng. He also toured internationally with the Springboks to Australia, New Zealand, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, England and many more countries between 1993 and 1995. Although a fearsome presence on the field, Kobus Wiese is a sought-after Master of Ceremony and public speaker who uses his experiences on the field to demonstrate how motivation and team spirit are essential to success of any kind.




Leon Louw
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Leon Louw is a well-known South African personality who, for over a generation, has been active in diverse aspects of public life. He is credited with having had a significant impact on the course of events in South Africa , especially regarding the extensive economic reforms that have taken place during the past two decades. He has received numerous international awards, and, with his wife, Frances Kendall, has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Presently he is the Executive Director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF) and of the Law Review Project. Mr Louw co-authored South Africa: The Solution and Let the People Govern – both of which had a significant impact on the constitutional process. SA: The Solution has been republished in various countries, including the USA and Canada , as After Apartheid, the Solution for the South Africa . Many of the authors specific proposals for the post-apartheid constitution have been incorporated in South Africa s new constitution, despite having been almost uniformly dismissed at the time of publication. Mr Louw has spoken and lectured in 30 countries, and has been a guest speaker for many of the worlds most prestigious organisations




Lovemore Mbigi
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Lovemore Mbigi, is widely recognized as an exciting and creative thinker, strategising in the areas of managing transformation in Southern Africa. His challenging views on management issues in Africa have been passionately expressed as a business executive director, lecturer, writer, speaker and consultant. He has been subject to numerous newspaper and magazine articles locally and abroad. Mbigi has also been a guest on numerous radio and TV programmes including Agenda and Good Morning South Africa. He has done pioneering work in conflict resolution, transformation and strategic management as well as work-class competitiveness. His work is primarily centered on strategic management, human resource management, empowerment, managing transformation in transitional situations in Africa. He is an Executive Director and founder of Rainmaker Management Consultancy (RMC). For many years RMC has assisted corporations and public sector institutions in developing management systems and skills required to transform themselves into high performance, value-driven institutions. He holds an MBA Degree from Northeastern University, Boston USA, as well as another Masters Degree in Management and a Social Science Degree both from the University of Zimbabwe. He lectures at several graduate business schools including Wits Business School and UNISA School of Business Leadership. He has published extensively on African Management issues. He is the author of a number of best selling books Ubuntu: The Spirit of African Transformation Management and Ubuntu: The African Dream in Management.




Majakathata Mokoena
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Majakathata Mokoena, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Director. Mr Mokoena joined Seyalemoya / Afrozone Telecomms in December 1998 on a full-time basis, and was named corporate controller and Chief Financial Officer in January 1999. Before that he was a distant member of the Afrozone Holdings’ team since he was concentrating his efforts on the affairs of his own company, The Mohudi Group. Mr Mokoena’s corporate experience includes work for IBM Corporate Headquarters in New York in the capacity of Business Planner for the Business Development and Finance Department; also as a Business Planner for the Asia/Pacific Group in Japan. Before returning to the US to study for an MBA at Harvard Business School, Mr Mokoena had worked as a consultant in the computer industry, and later joined the Business Planning team at Nippon Electrical Corporation (NEC), reporting to the CEO. He later served as Consultant in the Operations Management Division of Arthur D. Little – a management consulting firm – in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before entering business school in 1992. Upon return to South Africa, from which he was exiled due to his leadership role in the June 16, 1976 student uprisings, Mr Mokoena was appointed Manager in the Corporate Banking Division of First National Bank, responsible for new business development. He later joined Citibank, South Africa in the Capital Markets Division and later the Corporate Finance Division of Standard Corporate Merchant Bank. Mr Mokoena graduated from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science. He received an MA in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School Of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC in 1986. Although an independent Investment Banker, Mr Mokoena is devoting his time to the cellular phone license bid.




Marianne Thamm
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Marianne entered the “best selling” ranks with two books she ghost-wrote, rape survivor Alison’s “I Have Life” (50 000 sales) and freed Jolo hostages Callie and Monique Strydom’s, “Shooting the Moon” (10 000 sold). She is an award-winning columnist for the local woman’s magazine Fair Lady. She is also a regular contributor to the Belgian daily, De Standaard Over and above this she has produced a documentary with Cliff Bestall for the BBC’s “Correspondent” series and has a regular radio column on Cape Talk. This year she published two new works “Mental Floss”, a collection of Fair Lady Columns and “How to Be A South African” an irreverent cultural guide for tourists In her more than 25 years as a writer and journalist working in South Africa and abroad Marianne has gained a reputation for her witty but uncompromising view of the world. She has been a guest on a variety of radio and television shows including SAFM’s popular Patricia’s People with Patricia Glynn. Marianne featured as a stand-up comic on Pieter-Dirk Uys’s talkshow “Tannie Evita Talks To” screened on e-tv and made a guest appearance on Marc Lottering’s SABC3 comedy show, “Marc Lottering and Friends”. She was also one of several South African women to perform in Eve Ensler’s controversial “Vagina Monologues” which took place at a gala event in Gauteng in 2002. In her presentations Marianne talks about on of two topics: How to survive the global village and still feel sane. (A look at media, entertainment, politics and current affairs and how these all affect our mental health) OR South Africa our time has come (The rest of the world is now experiencing what we as South Africans have been living with most of our lives. While crime, poverty and violence spreads through American and Europe we’re starting to deal with it. Through her work Marianne has come into contact with almost anyone who’s anyone in the South African political, media and entertainment industry. From actor Michael Caine to musician Karen Zoid, from deputy-speaker Baleka Kgotsitsile-Mbete to veteran singer Thembi Mtshali she’s met them all. Marianne is an afro-optimist who believes that South Africa and the African continent have much to teach the world




Mark Berger
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MARK BERGER is a highly-acclaimed speaker, workshop and seminar instructor and MC. Mark attended his first personal development seminar at age 12, and started his first business at 20. After working and travelling extensively in the USA, Great Britain and Europe, he returned to South Africa in 1987. During the next few years, he established an enviable track record as an innovative entrepreneur, marketer and salesman by launching three unique companies. Each one produced new, exciting products: Frozfrut – With Real fruit Chunks: sold over 2 million frozen fruit delights, earning Mark a “MOVER “ accolade in Cosmopolitan magazine. Drawcard Storage Systems: innovative cardboard furniture which was featured on the covers of the Sunday Times and House and Leisure Magazines. Metalo - The Art of Steel: World class steel designs including the shopfitting of 6 TOP VandA Waterfront stores plus the restaurant at the BMW Imax Theatre. All 3 grew into highly successful companies and he was able to sell each one for substantial capital gain. In addition to his speaking and training career, Mark is also is a founding partner in a specialised Business Solutions Software house. Mark knows that companies dont succeed or fail – people do. The privilege of working with companies from a broad cross section of industry allows him to crystallise the key issues facing corporations, teams and individuals in our rapidly changing world.




Michael Jackson
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Michael Jackson has carved out his reputation as one of the today’s foremost business-to-business speakers and MC’s; this most sought-after of professional speakers presents “The Challenge of Change” in a memorable presentation and his new offering, “The Changing Face of Retail” is a real ‘eye-opener’. Encompassing a motivational and dynamic view of the business world, his keynote presentations use selected examples of business excellence to highlight best practices and individual tales of success. Designed for people in business, it clearly explains what every business is facing in its day-to-day scenarios, and does so in a way which surprises, delights and entertains. Over the last fifteen years Michael has worked with dozens of the world’s leading companies, and through his presentations on their behalf, has addressed audiences across the globe, ranging from factory workers to Heads of State. Once acclaimed by former President Nelson Mandela as “a national treasure”, Michael has an uncanny ability to connect with his audiences at a personal level. With over twenty years of business experience in both England and South Africa, his communication and marketing expertise has been applied by such clients as Microsoft, Nike, Compaq, Virgin Atlantic Airways, HP and British Telecom, amongst many others. Michael is the owner of a specialist forensic marketing consultancy and on the media front, he is a television presenter on DStv’s The Home Channel and edits or writes for five magazines. He is an active member of the European Professional Speakers’ Association, and a board member of the National Speakers’ Association of SA.




Mike Schussler
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South Africa is busy with one of the biggest economic transformations of modern history. No it’s not about the transformation from Apartheid government to a democratic government. Nor is it about black economic advancement, simply put, it’s the transformation to a real market economy. Perhaps this transformation could be called a “normalisation” of the South African economy. Or lets just call it a de-distortion of the economy. The South African economy was full of subsidies and tax breaks to achieve various goals such as “resettlement” of people to the “homelands”. Subsidies as a percentage of GDP were less than Europe today but distorted the economy nonetheless. While one of the main features of this transformation is an overall decline in employment that has rarely happened anywhere else in the world. Another feature has been an export success while taking away export and general subsidies. Furthermore government finances often ran deficits in excess of 4% to 5%. More Productive Labour South Africa’s labour market has seen one of the best productivity growth rates over the last decade in the world. Meanwhile our labour cost per hour has seen the fastest fall in the world that the US department of Labour tracks. (see graph). This has contributed to lower inflation Lower Inflation Even with the Rand’s fall inflation will remain below 10% for the yearly average. This will be the 9th year of inflation being below 10% on average per year. This leads to Cheaper Money Long term interest rates have declined to new levels. This is a structural change that will change the cost of funding new business as well as expansion Government comes to the Party SA Government debt is falling as well as the fact that the deficit is one of the lowest in the world today. Latest government figures indicate that the deficit will be around 1,5%. The Export Boom In 2001 SA exports grew at the second fastest rate around. Moreover industrial exports are growing even faster. Services exports are doing very well too. Tourism, computer services and even aircraft maintenance are new fast growing export sectors. Industrial Production From Nov 2001 to April 2002 SA industrial production was always amongst the top five countries that the economist tracks. Even while slowing down over that few months are manufacturing sector is growing faster than the average OECD country. While the world economy is slowing again the falling Rand is protecting our export performance and currently we are the world’s third fastest growing exporter in dollar terms. This incredible performance is combining with lower interest rates that is keeping the South African economy growing at 2% plus which would leave our growth rate at better than the world average for the first time in 21 years. (The last time this happened was in 1980 on the back of a higher gold price). Financial Markets With PE rations in South Africa still low at around 11 while the American Average are still around 26. That means that SA share prices are really one of the few countries around where there is still lots of value and just as investors took time to notice that value does in fact play a role in American shares they may still take sometime to notices SA shares relative value.




Morne du Plessis
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Morné du Plessis is the owner and director of Sports Plan (Pty) Ltd. A company primarily engaged in the development and establishment of sports and service facilities. Among its achievements, is the establishment and management of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Cape Town, as well as the establishment and project co-ordination of the Boehringer Ingelheim Lung Institute in Cape Town. Morné du Plessis is Chairman of the S.A.I.L. Sports Brands Division, non-Executive Chairman of Body iQ, a Member of the World Sports Academy and Director of Western Province Rugby Football Union and Villagers. He spent many years in the sports goods industry in South Africa, in particular in the establishment and marketing in South Africa of well known footwear brands – Olympic, Adidas and Patrick. He was born in Vereeniging on October 21, 1949, matriculated in 1966 and completed his national service at the Naval Gymnasium in Saldanha Bay. He attended the University of Stellenbosch between 1968 and 1972, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, majoring in Industrial Psychology. Probably better known for his national and international rugby career that spanned more than ten years. Picked as a Springbok in 1971. In 1975, he was appointed Springbok captain. He retired from rugby in 1980. In 1995, he officially re-entered the international rugby arena as Manager of the South African national rugby team, which won the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He retired as Springbok Manager in August 1996. He is the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Chris Burger / Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, a fund established 20 years ago to provide financial assistance to rugby players who have sustained serious rugby injuries. Morné also serves on the Board of Trustees of the John Passmore Trust (a trust which is involved in the promotion of sport in the townships of Cape Town). Morné is also the Patron of the Legunye Rugby Club.




Muzi Kuzwayo
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Muzi Kuzwayo is the author of the best-selling book Marketing Through Mud and Dust and is a leading voice on communications with the emerging markets in Southern Africa. His extensive research into Africa has revealed many reasons behind the success and failure of business organizations, their brands and products. Past failures are deeply rooted in history and culture, leading to the way people feel about themselves and the companies for which they work. But Muzi is confident that there is a positive solution. By tapping into local talent and using African wisdom, the right values and business ethos can be created to enhance shareholder value. Muzis second and soon to be released book “There is a Pantsula in the Board Room” looks at Brand Building in “Modern” South African and also addresses Marketing, Leadership and People Development issues.




Natalie du Toit
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South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, whose left leg was amputated below the knee in 2001, has gone on to compete against - and often beat - able-bodied swimmers at the highest level. Her achievements at international events for athletes with disability are outstanding enough. She won five gold medals and silver at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, followed up with three gold’s at the 2005 Paralympics World Cup in Manchester, and holds disability world records for the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley. Perhaps her greatest achievement, however, has been bridging the gap between able-bodied and disabled athletes. At the 2003 All-Africa Games, competing against able-bodied swimmers, Du Toit won gold in the 800 meters freestyle. At the Afro-Asian Games in the same year, up against able-bodied swimmers once more, she took silver in the 800 meters freestyle and bronze in the 400 meters freestyle. In the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, 18 years old at the time, she qualified for the 800 metres freestyle final - the first time in history that an athlete with disability had qualified for the final of an able-bodied event. She also won gold in the multi-disability 50m and 100m freestyle, both in world record time. At the closing of the Manchester Games, she was presented with the first David Dixon award for the Outstanding Athlete of the Games - a unanimous choice ahead of Australias Ian Thorpe, who won six gold and one silver medals and set a world record in the 400 meters freestyle. Her courage and achievements were acknowledged with a nomination for the Oscars of sport, the 2004 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with Disability award, along with Canadian athlete Earle Connor, Nigerian athlete Vitalis Lanshima, Alpine skier Ronny Persson, German cyclist Michael Teuber and British Dressage World Champion Nicola Tustain. Outside of competitive sport, Du Toits passion lies with genetics. She is studying genetics and physiology at the University of Cape Town, and told Disability World that she saw herself one day actually going into a lab and working with diseases and viruses. And trying to find cures, trying to find the causes of diseases, the genetic side of things.




Dr Platzhund
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Dr Platzhund was born in Johannesburg on 18 November 1950. He qualified at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Ondersterpoort in 1973 where he also received the Pfizer Clinical Prize for the best final year student on veterinary clinics. Dr Platzhund has been in private veterinary practice since 1974 and has taken a special interest in animal behaviour since qualifying. He currently deals with behaviour referrals as part of practice service. He has been involved in the organisation of regional, national and international veterinary congresses, a highlight being the 1994 World Small Animal Veterinary Congress where he delivered a scientific paper in the Veterinary Ethology Programme. Dr Platzhund was honourary chairman of the Sandton SPCA for 10 years and has been on the committee of the Human/Animal Contact Study Group since its inauguration on 14 February 1984. He is currently chairman of this organisation, representing South Africa on the IAHAIO (International Association of Human/Animal Interaction Organisations.) Having served on several committees for the South African Veterinary Association, it was the chairmanship of the Public Relations Committee that influenced Dr Platzhund’s life the most. Representing the veterinary profession on PR led to many newspaper articles and numerous radio and TV interviews. After starting off as the Capitol Vet on Capitol Radio he moved to Radio 702 in 1980 when canine aggression was the hottest news and several internationally renowned animal behaviourists visited this country. He is the first vet in the country to have hosted his own radio and TV programme. ‘Platzy’ was the first to promote the concept of puppy socialisation classes on television and started a South African Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants in 1994. In 1995 Dr Platzhund was awarded the Boswell Prize by the SA Veterinary Association for service to the profession. Dr Platzhund had a weekly column in the Sunday Times Magazine for 18 months and now hosts a TV series on the wonderful world of animals, the Creature Feature on SABC 2. Dr Platzhund spends most of his spare time in the bush, observing and learning all about the aspects of nature.




Elliot Schwartz
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Elliot Schwartz is a leading resource in helping companies develop and implement more competitive business, marketing and innovation strategies. More than just a consultant, Elliot is an active facilitator and driver of his clients’ success stories. The projects he takes on are multidimensional and varied. Currently they include the repositioning and successful turn around of a faltering division of a leading insurance company, the development and ongoing implementation of the business model that has built one of the country’s leading steel wholesalers in a few short years, and helping define the strategy behind the impending launch of an educational television network. Elliot has truly unique experience as a consultant, an entrepreneur and a leader and manager of businesses. An American, with a BA and an MBA, both from the University of Chicago, Elliot began his career with the famous US department store chain, Bloomingdales. Elliot subsequently joined the international management consulting Kurt Salmon Associates, where his clients included chemical giant Du Pont, apparel icon Levi Straus and the US Department of Commerce. It was a strategy assignment for Truworths that first brought Elliot to South Africa in the late 1970’s. On the successful completion of that project, Truworths retained Elliot for two years to head its marketing department and guide the implementation of the strategy he developed. Subsequent to the merger with Woolworths, Elliot’s contract was extended to develop a strategy for that retailer as well.




Frances Kendall
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Author, business woman, dynamic international speaker and Nobel Peace Prize nominee in 1989, 1991 and 1992 - Frances Kendall can lay claim to all of these titles ... and more! Her writing career began in 1983 with Super Parents Super Children which was published in South Africa, the USA, Mexico, Brazil and the Netherlands and chalked up sales of over 50 000 copies world-wide. In 1986 she started her own publishing business Amagi Books and co-authored South Africa: The Solution with her husband Leon Louw. The Solution is the top political best seller in South Africas history. It received favourable reviews in The Wall Street Journal, Time and The Economist and sold over 70 000 copies in this country alone. The Solution was followed by two more political books, Let the People Govern in 1989 and The Heart of the Nation in 1991. Her fifth book, The Sex-Y Factor, which throws new light on the differences between men and women, was published in 1993. In 1994 Frances campaigned in the national elections as leader of the newly formed Federal Party. In July this year the Federal Party joined up with the Democratic Party, and Frances was elected as councillor in the Greater Johannesburg TMC and the Eastern substructure. Frances is a top public speaker whos audiences around the world include The World Without War Council, the Commonwealth Club and the National Press Club in Washington DC. Her work promoting individual liberty has been recognised by two international awards - the Freedom Torch Award in Stockholm in 1986 and the Benelux Libertarian Award in the Netherlands in 1989. Author, part-time politician, publisher, wife, and mother of three beautiful daughters, Justine, Camilla and Kate - our speaker today, Frances Kendall.




Neil Andrews
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Born in England, married with 2 children. Neil schooled in Cape Town, and after completing a BA degree and subsequent teachers degree at UCT, he performed his national service in Pretoria (basics) as a senior Tour Guide at The Castle, Cape Town. Post army he returned to his work in horse racing before relocating in Johannesburg to join M-Net in 1991. 1991 – Employed by M-Net, as the programme Manager and Senior Anchor for IGN (International Gaming Network). In this capacity Neil researched, developed and subsequently launched Sports Betting in South Africa, performing the role of front man for Superbet’s television sportsbetting chat show “The Ruling Price” (now evolved into “Super Saturday”). Neil freelances and consults on demand, He is currently contracted to Supersport, broadcasting mostly live rugby and cricket, anchoring live games and specialist shows such as On the Ball and Boots and All. His flagship programme remains “Super Saturday”. Through his anchoring of this top rated variety show, Neil recently was awarded with an SAB Award for Sports caster of the year! Neil’s brilliant sense of humour and interesting stories will definitely keep audiences and clients entertained as well as add value to any function.




Oscar Pistorius
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Oscar Pistorius is fast becoming known as the fastest thing on no legs! A double amputee, the 20-year-old Oscar,He is also the world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres sprint in his category. His determination to be considered as an athlete who happens to run on Flex-Foot carbon-fiber blades from the knee down, means that as well as defending his 200m Paralympic title in Beijing in 2008, Oscar also plans to take part in the Olympics alongside able-bodied athletes as a kind of warm-up for the main event. And following the inaugural Visa Paralympic World Cup in Manchester from May 12-15, Oscar will become the first Paralympic athlete to appear in an IAAF Grand Prix by running in the 400m in Helsinki in June. Oscar was only 11 months old when his parents reluctantly agreed to have his limbs amputated below the knee. Born without the fibula in both legs, Oscar says he never really knew anything different. It was in January 2004 that Oscar shattered his right knee on the rugby field and was first introduced to athletics at the University of Pretoria. Eight months later he was racing alongside Marlon Shirley and Brian Frasure at the Athens Paralympics, taking the world by athletics world by storm when he took the silver medal behind Shirley in the 100m and later won gold in the 200m, breaking the world record with a time of 21.97 seconds.




Niyati Evers
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Niyati Evers has extensive experience in facilitating personal transformation; teambuilding; interpersonal skills; creativity and innovation; multicultural integration; stress management programmes Niyati has worked with a vast variety of people, from senior managers to artists. She practiced as a therapist for 11 years, giving consultations to individuals and couples. Setting up her own training institute in Amsterdam, Niyati delivered ongoing programmes and weekend retreats in The Art of Creative Living for 10 years. She became known for her unconventional, humorous and dynamic no-nonsense approach to personal and group transformation. Niyati grew up in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. When she was 16 years old, she obtained a sponsorship to finish the last two years of high school at the United World College of the Atlantic (Atlantic College, ’82 – ‘84) in Wales. After her matric (International Baccalaureate), Niyati returned to Amsterdam and studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. After moving to Cape Town, South Africa, in 1998, she worked as a consultant for the South African branch of a Dutch Business School. In this capacity she designed, delivered and managed Skills Development Programmes aimed at developing middle managers. Niyati has now moved on to set up her own training company, called Leela. Niyati’s passion is to facilitate processes that allow for great leadership and innovative potential to flourish. She holds the title of Chief Perspectives Explorer. Niyati works in association with Christo Nel. She is currently involved in a mutual long-term project with Christo around leadership development for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.




Paul du Toit
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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In 2008 Paul du Toit became Africa’s first Certified Speaking Professional in 24 years. An acclaimed business speaker, coach and authority on business presentations, his book Even You Can Present with Confidence was published for the first time that year. He speaks in Southern Africa and international on Mindset Shift pertaining to Sales, Service and Inspiration. Paul is the recipient of 6 consecutive International Quality Award awarded during his financial services career. He is Managing Director of the Congruence Group specialising in Presentation Skills and Service which he founded in 1995. Having served as President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa in 2005/6, and he has been invited to speak at numerous international speaker conventions, a sought after honour among the speaking fraternity. As his many local and international clients will testify, Paul reveals how to achieve extraordinary results through people, and how to implement changed attitudes for increased productivity. His humorous, entertaining and engaging presentation style and rare story telling ability have kept his audiences riveted during his talks over the past decade.




Victor Vermuelen
Speakers (Johannesburg)
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Victor Vermeulen was a rising star in South African sport until his accident … He had played South African Schools Soccer and at fifteen had been invited to play for Cosmos; he had reached final trials of rugby’s Craven Week in both Standard Nine and Matric; he had played four years of Transvaal School Cricket, three years of S.A. Schools Cricket. It was during these three years that he broke Graeme Pollock’s record of 175 not out at that level. He went on to play in the Transvaal Under 24 team, Transvaal B, and then Transvaal A. Victor even played at Lords, the historical home of cricket with Hansie Cronjé, Shaun Pollock and Darryl Cullinan. Anton Ferreira even went so far as to describe him as the best up and coming young player in the country. Then, at nineteen, tragedy struck. Victor dived into a swimming pool and broke his neck. Today, paralysed him from the neck down, he shares with audiences around the country his story of tragedy, hope and inspiration. He has spoken to dozens of schools, has recently appeared on the Felicia Mabuza-Suttle show, addressed the Multi Rand Forum (South Africa’s largest financial services conference, for which he received a standing ovation) in October last year, spoken to Old Mutual, Fedsure and Standard Bank delegates. And above all of these appearances, he has taken up painting with his mouth and coaches Gauteng cricket with Peter Stringer and at the Helpmekaar High School. At 34 years old, Victor is a shining light of inspiration to all of us.




The Crowson Quartet
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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The distinguished South African cellist ANMARI VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, an Honours cum laude graduate of the University of Stellenbosch who is known throughout the country for her acclaimed concerto performances, also obtained the Grosses Konzertdiplom at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, working with Heidi Litschauer and Maria Kliegel respectively. She also has Performers and Teachers Diplomas from the University of South Africa to her credit. During the period of her residence in Austria from 1988 to 1996 she appeared as concerto soloist and chamber musician in various ensembles, particularly the noted Koehne String Quartet, with which she still performs occasionally. She also recorded several Compact Discs, one of which was especially commended by the Austrian Magazine for New Music. Now a cello lecturer at UCT, director and conductor of the UCT String Ensemble, and member of the Crowson String Quartet, which she founded, Anmari is the dedicatee of a Sonata for Solo Cello by Hubert du Plessis, and a Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Roelof Temmingh, in recognition of her talent and excellence. Yugoslavian-born SRDJAN CUCA began violin lessons in his native country at the age of seven, and continued them with Alan Solomon when his family immigrated to South Africa in 1975. That same year he was a member of the Betty Pack Youth Orchestra that toured Israel . A Bachelor of Music graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he was leader of the University Orchestra, Srdjan, an avid chamber musician who is a founder member of the Crowson String Quartet, was invited to participate in the 2nd Chamber Music Festival at Mount Grace where he had the opportunity of working alongside South Africas leading musicians, including the late Lamar Crowson. Srdjan joined the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra in 1991 and, within three years, during which time he obtained a Performers Diploma from UCT, he was appointed Associate Leader. He was also Associate Concertmaster of the former Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. For the past eight years he has been a member of the teaching staff at the Beau Soleil Music Centre in Kenilworth . PIET DE BEER, a performance diploma graduate of the University of Stellenbosch where he studied under Professor Jack de Wet, is also the holder of a teachers diploma from UNISA. After he had taught for a while at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, Piet was awarded an international scholarship by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Britain and spent two years at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow , where he obtained a Master of Music degree in Performance. During this period of study abroad with the noted teacher Simon Fischer, he frequently appeared as concertmaster of, and, on occasion, soloist with the Academys orchestra. He also worked as an ad hoc musician in the Scottish National Orchestra. Back in South Africa he freelanced for a time with the former CAPAB Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Town Sinfonietta before becoming a member of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestras first violin section when it was inaugurated at the beginning of 2001. Educated at both the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town , LEO LUYENDIJK has been a principal violist of the South African National Youth Orchestra and of the University of Stellenbosch String Ensemble . A student of Eric Rycroft, Jürgen Schwietering and Ronald Masin, also attending various masterclasses overseas, he was, as a student, selected to appear as soloist in one of the annual Youth Music Festivals in which the former CAPAB (now Artscape) highlighted young South African music talent. During his twelve years as Head of Music at the Diocesan College Preparatory School (Bishops), Leo excelled as a music educator, many of his pupils winning scholarships for study both locally and abroad. Although he now earns his living working with computers for a leading Cape Town-based consulting group, he enjoys an active chamber music career, both in live performance and recordings, and had the pleasure of working alongside the late Lamar Crowson in the acclaimed Brahms Cycle organised by the renowned pianist in 1992. Jurgen Schwietering and Ronald Masin, also attending various masterclasses overseas, he was, as a student, selected to appear as soloist in one of the annual Youth Music Festivals in which the former CAPAB (now Artscape) highlighted young South African music talent. During his twelve years as Head of Music at the Diocesan College Preparatory School (Bishops), Leo excelled as a music educator, many of his pupils winning scholarships for study both locally and abroad. Although he now earns his living working with computers for a leading Cape Town-based consulting group, he enjoys an active chamber music career, both in live performance and recordings, and had the pleasure of working alongside the late Lamar Crowson in the acclaimed Brahms Cycle organised by the renowned pianist in 1992.




David Poole
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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David Poole is an experienced tenor and soprano Saxophonist with 17 years of performing behind him already at the age of 29. He has performed at many weddings and corporate functions as a Solo Saxophonist (most recently for Dunhill’s Gourmet evenings) and with his current Jazz Band breakfast Included. He specializes in Jazz and performs all the well known and well loved Jazz standards like Take 5, Summertime, When I fall in love, and many many more in the same vein. He also performs as a duo (Sax and Double bass or Sax and Piano) or a trio (Sax, Double Bass and Piano). If you are after the sultry sounds of the saxophone, then Daves your man. His sound pays homage to all the old masters of the saxophone like Stan Getz and Dexter Gordon.




Duo Dolce
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Carina Bruwer (flute) and Roelien Grobbelaar (harp) started performing together as students at the Conservatory of Music at the Universtiy of Stellenbosch in 2000. They have since performed as Duo Dolce at various concerts, sophisticated corporate and private functions, and weddings. The combination of flute and harp is the image of Classic style and elegance, with a sound most graceful and refined. A real treat for any stylish event!




Hungarian Trio
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Cape Towns most sought-after instrumental ensemble, professionally trained in Central Europe, excels at creating an elegantly convivial atmosphere with romance and excitement. Besides beautiful light classical background music, they offer superb entertainment, with music ranging from the relaxing and soothing to the vibrant and upbeat. Strolling musicians, if required, will charmingly serenade your guests Hungarian-style. The group’s extensive repertoire can be adapted to suit your client’s requirements and occasion, however large or small. For weddings, they offer inspiring music for the ceremony and delightful entertainment for the pre-drinks and reception. And later, put on your dancing shoes for their upbeat dance music with full rhythm backing, amplification etc.




Jane Theron
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Jane Theron is a professional harpist, who trained at UCT. Jane Theron (BA Music, LRSM) graduated from the College of Music, UCT and took up the position as Principal Harpist in PACT Orchestra in 1969. At present she takes an active role in the musical life of Cape Town as an orchestral, chamber, solo and choral harpist. She teaches at the Conservatoire, University of Stellenbosch, and at the Hugo Lambrecht Music Centre. She is co-founder and Chairman of The Cape Harp Society. At present she free-lances - orchestral, chamber music, solo and choral work, besides providing music for bridal and banqueting functions. Her repertoire covers everything from classical, through to light classical, such as Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber, a touch of pop and also a brush of Blues. She is definitely the cherry on top for any splendid event.




Playing with Fire
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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The Playing with Fire Trio (Clarinet / Saxophone, Accordion and Violin or Double Bass) is an extremely popular and versatile ensemble, specializing in wild folk and Klezmer music, continental music (French cafe, Italian Neopolitans and Viennese Waltzes), steamy and sensuous Tangos from Argentina and the mellow Clarinet music of swing Jazz supreme Benny Goodman, as well as light Classical Music. With their very distinctive Eastern European sound, the trio is especially suitable for weddings (specifically also Jewish ceremonies), and festive events requiring something different. They are able to stroll while playing, and always makes a memorable impression wherever they perform.




Serenade Sax Trio
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Serenade Sax Trio plays a wide selection of music – from mellow, romantic, jazzy music through to the more serious classical style. Formed out of a request for non-classical music, the trio of saxophone, guitar and cello is ideal for creating the right atmosphere at your function, whether it’s corporate, personal or a wedding. Members of the trio are professional musicians with many years experience playing together at both concerts and functions in the Cape. They provide a personal service which includes helping you select music best suited to your needs.




Serenade String Quartet
Classical Strings and Keys (Cape Town)
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Serenade String Quartet, led by professional orchestral /concert cellist Cheryl de Havilland perform outstanding music from their extensive repertoire for any function, whether its corporate, personal or a wedding. With 12 years experience playing at concerts and functions, using only professional concert/orchestral musicians, Cheryl provides personalised service, which includes helping you select music best suited to your needs. Standard groups available are String Quartet (optional flute), Sax Trio (sax/clarinet, guitar,cello), Duo (violin/cello,flute/cello) indeed - many diverse instrumentation groupings can be arranged to suit your occasion!




One Dog One Bite
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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This two piece cover band consists of Chris on vocals and saxophone and Bronwyn on guitar and vocals. They cover English and Afrikaans music stretching from the 60’s to 2008, and their repertoire include songs such as Grace Kelly, Loslappie, Video killed the radio star, Soos Bloed . One Dog One Bite can also work as a three piece band which then includes an extra guitarist/vocalist.




Alter-Irving
One Man Bands and Duos (Johannesburg)
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2 guitars, 2 incredible voices, 2 big personalities and years of people pleasing experience have made ALTER-IRVING one of the finest acts in this country.

Cindy Alter and Stewart Irving have achieved considerable success; both in bands and as solo performers, and have now combined their awe-inspiring talents to form ALTER-IRVING.

Cindy first achieved global success as the lead singer in Clout whose hit singles Substitute and Save Me achieved Top 3 success all over Europe. Stewart enjoyed considerable acclaim as the lead vocalist of Ballyhoo as well as topping local charts with his solo hits Superstar and Heart Of Stone. Their combined record sales are in excess 12ml worldwide.

Determined not to become “just another pub duo”, they have eschewed the use of backing tracks for their performances, instead relying on their vocal talents, gift for harmonisation and guitar playing skills.

“We were determined not to go down the road of using computer generated backing tracks because we wanted something more organic”, says Stewart.

“To be true to ourselves and keep it honest we chose to perform acoustically”, adds Cindy. “It has meant working hard to keep our guitar playing up to the high standard that we demand of ourselves”.

ALTER-IRVING play a wide range of covers, along with their solo hits as well as new songs they are in the process of recording for a forthcoming album.

ALTER-IRVING is an act that delivers a flawless performance, proving that technology isn’t everything and that audiences prefer the real deal. Their commitment and passion to their craft is not readily found except in artists of the highest calibre. Which ALTER-IRVING certainly is? Alter Irving have expanded the band to include Leon Shaw of Mean Mr Mustard on drums and Arno West one of the country’s sought after session musicians on bass, the combination is pure magic.





Fun Casino Evening
Speciality (Johannesburg)
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OK ... youve decided to bring a bit of Las Vegas to your next event…a great choice!! Your guests will have a great experience theyll remember fondly for a long time to come. Now…on to the planning part. Just a few QandAs to get you started. How does it Work? To start, our staff arrive a few hours prior to the event to set up all the table games and accessories for the evening event. The croupiers for the evening arrive a half an hour prior to the opening. Of course, all our dealers are properly attired with black shoes, black slacks/skirts, white tuxedo shirts with cuffs and black bow ties. How do I begin Gambling? The personnel are positioned at the front (ballroom, house foyer, etc…) where they hand out funny-money to each player in attendance. Traditionally, each player receives approximately 1500 worth of funny-money. Minimum bets at the tables range from 5 to 100. Players may then proceed to any gaming table where they can exchange their money for gaming chips. Vegas Nights provides gaming chips of varying design and denominations. For a nominal cost, we can personalise the funny money with either a company logo or a picture of the CEO. Chip values are printed on the chips and read 5, 50, 100, 500. What if I dont know how to play a specific game? Our staff are professionally trained on all table games and are eager to teach the novice gambler the rules of the game(s). Our professional staff encourage each person in attendance to participate regardless of their knowledge of the games. What happens at the end of the evening? Usually, the host arranges to have prizes awarded at the end of the evening. There are many ways that we can assist you with the close out process. Prizes can however be awarded for: * The player who takes the most chances * The player who plays with the most flair * The player who is first to loose all his money




Craig Mischief
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Craig Mischief was born in Port Elizabeth and as far back as he can remember he took part in every variety show and talent contest that came his way. At School he took music as a subject and after leaving school, packed his bags and left for Johannesburg to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional entertainer. Initially a three-piece comedy band called “WHITE MISCHIEF” was formed, with Craig as the front man. After a very successful run in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, Craig decided about nine years ago that a solo career as a stand-up comedian was the ultimate dream. One of his proudest moments, was being part of a fundraiser for 13 year old heart-transplant patient Candice Krummek, who has since had a successful operation and is enjoying life in London, and has much to thank Craig for. His largest audience to date was at the Port Elizabeth Splash Festival where Craig performed successfully before a baying capacity crowd of 75 000 in 1997.




Craig Mischief
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Cape Town)
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Craig Mischief was born in Port Elizabeth and as far back as he can remember he took part in every variety show and talent contest that came his way. At School he took music as a subject and after leaving school, packed his bags and left for Johannesburg to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional entertainer. Initially a three-piece comedy band called “WHITE MISCHIEF” was formed, with Craig as the front man. After a very successful run in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, Craig decided about nine years ago that a solo career as a stand-up comedian was the ultimate dream. One of his proudest moments, was being part of a fundraiser for 13 year old heart-transplant patient Candice Krummek, who has since had a successful operation and is enjoying life in London, and has much to thank Craig for. His largest audience to date was at the Port Elizabeth Splash Festival where Craig performed successfully before a baying capacity crowd of 75 000 in 1997.




Danny K
Celebrity Bands (Johannesburg)
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Since the release of his debut solo album in 2000, Danny K has become one of South Africas most versatile and accomplished recording artists, unleashing a slew of chart toping hits. He has had the ability to cross all social and cultural barriers becoming a true superstar and household name in South Africa.

After graduating from Wits and Wits Business School with 2 degrees, Danny decided to follow his passion and enter the music industry. Since then his career has been nothing short of spectacular and has included an appearance on the legendary Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago. Other guests on the day included Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Josh Groban and John Travolta!




Aggrey Lonake
Comedians (Johannesburg)
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Aggrey Lonake is a talented mimic who entertains his audiences with brilliant impersonations of many well-known people including Mr Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Eugene Terreblanche, FW de Klerk, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and many others.

Aggrey has performed at Conferences, Seminars, Business Breakfasts and Dinners, in South Africa and abroad, delighting his audiences as he smoothly moves from one character to the next.

In 1994 Aggrey won the ATandT and ICS Outstanding Youth Worker of the Year Award.

An accomplished actor, Aggreys range stretches from Shakespeare to satire. He has performed in many places including Grahamstown and Los Angeles.

Aggreys skill as a Master of Ceremonies makes him a popular choice at any event.

Some previous performances include -
In February 2000 and again in 2001 Aggrey performed at Black History Month in Inglewood, Los Angeles.
In July 2000 he performed at July 4th Celebrations at The River Bible Institute of the USA.
In August 2000, Aggrey gave a solo performance at the Golden Ladies Club in Glen Austin, USA.





Loyiso Gola
Comedians (Johannesburg)
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Loyiso Gola is a most unusual phenomenon: a comic without role models and thus a completely fresh and unique voice to speak for his generation. He is something of a comedy prodigy. He turned up in late 2000 with no previous exposure to stand-up, only a gut feeling that it was something he could do well. Though he looked more like a basketball player, he soon proved he was a comedic slam dunk.

Loyiso made his TV debut on the Saturday night SABC3 show Comedy Showcase, and has also performed at Artscape and the Baxter Theatre. His style is disarmingly frank, but dont be mistaken into thinking hes naive: his observations on todays youth pack hidden punches that can take your breath away.

Loyiso greatly impressed the crowds at the CCCs fabulous festive celebration FROLIC! at the huge Spier Amphitheatre over two weeks in December 2001, as well as at the Mother Citys favourite street party, the Obs Festival, where he rocked several thousand people packed into Lower Main Road, alongside Brasse Vannie Kaap and Moodphase 5ive.




Kagiso Lediga
Comedians (Johannesburg)
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Kagiso Lediga ventured into comedy while studying at the University of Cape Town 9 years ago and over the ensuing years set about establishing himself as one of South Africa’s top comedians. Not only is now lauded amongst the best comedians in the country with an impressive body of work behind him but is also now celebrated as one of South Africa’s pioneering and most recognizable black comedians

His talent and ability can easily be confirmed by an exhaustive trail of achievements and accolades. Testament of this is the fact that he has graced the stages of all the biggest comedy events in South Africa including the most prestigious one in the Cape Town International Comedy Festival ( 100000 people over 3 weeks ) where he won the People’s Choice Award in the company of acclaimed comedians from all over the world. Other comedy events he has performed at are Laugh Out Loud, Comedy Blackout, Kingsize Heavyweight Comedy Jams, Blacks Only, Freshest Comedy Festival, Pure Monate Comedy Jam, Let Durban Laugh Festival….the list is endless. He has also entertained corporate crowds all over the country with his refreshingly intelligent and thought provoking brand of comedy, a list boasting a wide spectrum of companies from various sectors of the economy. His talents can be further confirmed by the fact that he has performed successfully overseas as well, performing at the internationally renowned Edinburgh Comedy Festival as well as in the famous comedy clubs of New York and Toronto. He is in line to perform at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2007. His ability to adapt his material according to his audiences but leave them in raptures has always been a strong feature of his repertoire wherever he performs.




Nik Rabinowitz
Comedians (Cape Town)
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Fresh from a Business Science degree at the University of Cape Town, Nik Rabinowitz burst onto the SA comedy scene just over four years ago in dramatic fashion as his alter ego, Zimbabwean raconteur and donkey rustler Jabulani Ndlovu. Since then his presence has expanded rapidly, presenting SABC 1’s Coca-Cola Mega millions Game show for two seasons running and featuring in M-Web’s popular big black box commercials. In June 2005 Nik appeared at Cape Towns International Funny Festival at the Baxter, and subsequently made his way to the UK for stand-up gigs in London and at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His first solo show, the acclaimed Life and Times of Klasie Kakpraat was a highlight of 2005. From whacky stand-up comic to high profile MC, Nik has performed for more than 40 different companies and government departments across Southern Africa. He has also starred in over 20 local and international TV commercials, and recorded numerous radio voiceovers. With an impressive grasp of multiple languages and cultures, and a great flair for characterization, Nik Rabinowitz has established himself as an outstanding South African entertainer.




Bills Buskers
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Bill’s Buskers is a dynamic Dixieland band comprising five experienced musicians with many years standing in South Africa’s music industry. The players are smartly attired in red and white uniforms and are adaptable to any venue, either in or outdoors. The band boasts a well-rehearsed repertoire of lively Dixieland and light Jazz arrangements designed to provide the guests with a continual flow of ‘happy’ sounds. Musical entertainers in the true sense the line-up comprise clarinet, trombone, trumpet, bass and banjo. These highly experienced artists guarantee to turn any event into a lively and happy occasion. An added advantage to your Bill’s Buskers booking is the fact that they do not require electricity or a bandstand. They can either stand or rove the venue between tables, even leading patrons in a train-like manner around the venue. They are well suited to poolside functions, group arrivals/farewells, garden weddings etc. They perform at restaurants, weddings, Christmas parties, product launches, company events and other special occasions.




Capricorn
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Capricorn is undoubtedly one of the most versatile bands in South Africa today, playing the largest and most varied repertoire anyone could wish for. From the 40’s to the latest hits, from Latino to the latest hits released by European, British, American and local artists; Capricorn caters for all ages, nationalities and themes.

Multilingual front man, Jean-Francois Martinelli, is a subtle “party maker”, who ensures that a good time is had by all. Having been employed by Sol Kerzner for many years, the band has performed at many of the top venues and corporate events in South Africa and abroad. Their reliability and ability to adapt to any audience has made them “first choice” with the country’s top hotels, entertainment venues, and event organisers. They are regularly asked to travel to major centres to perform gala award evenings, weddings, birthday parties, launches and other events.

A major advantage of the band is their ability to retain the appropriate sound volume, having perfected the art of entertaining the dancers, whilst allowing the rest of the guests to talk comfortably. They are also known for their very few and short breaks during which background music is provided. At company functions, they can create whatever mood is desired and include “crossover music”, the latest Kwaito hits and other types of African music over and above the mainstream styles they cover.

Whether performing as a duo or a five piece or anything in between, they field the country’s top musicians and entertainers (early booking is advisable to ensure availability.) This multilingual group performs in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German Lingala, Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Greek, Indian, Russian, and more exotic languages!

Performances for weddings / Bar Mitzvahs - Having performed at countless weddings, Capricorn is your recipe for success when it comes to wedding entertainment! The artist embraces the fact that no two weddings are the same, and work closely with the couple to achieve the optimal set list and entertainment concept for their Big Day. For Jewish weddings and Bar/Bat-Mitzvahs, the band has a vast selection of Horas and other Jewish music.




Cest la Vie
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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In French, “C’est La Vie” means “That’s Life”. In real life, “C’est La Vie” is the combination of two names – Christine Mansour and Vincent Du Chenne – a sophisticated duo combining 40 years of solid music experience with sexy, sassy, exuberance and extra-ordinary vocal talent.

Christine Mansour - A spirited individual, who believes in the power of perseverance. If Christine were a cup of coffee, she’d be a rhythmic blend of Espresso, Arabica and Cocoa Velvet mixed with a cheeky shot of Grappa. Christine’s vocal talents have taken her across the world, to exotic destinations like Spain, Croatia, Greece, Egypt - to name but a few. Her passion for people and travel has developed her ability to perform in 11 different languages. These include English, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Turkish, Moroccan, Neapolitan and German. She is that addictive aroma that steams from your cup of coffee and just when you think you’ve had enough…you’ll request another.

Vincent Du Chenne - A vocalist, keyboardist and recording artiste with 40 years experience. Has performed, recorded, produced and accompanied most of South Africa’s top artists. An exceptional musician with an unbelievable ear for sound and the uncanny knack of being able to “read” the audience. Has performed in just about every venue worth mentioning in Sub-Saharan Africa. An astute businessman in his own right, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience combined with musical talent.


C’est La Vie has a repertoire of a sophisticated blend of music ranging from the sixties, smooth Jazz by Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Barry White Al Jarreau, George Benson, Ballads, RandB, Rock and Modern Contemporary Dance/Pop. The target and principle focus is the sophisticated adult contemporary market. Over the years we have performed at numerous corporate functions, major product launches, live shows and up-market clubs. Venues include The Palace Hotel - Sun City, The Sun City Hotel, Casino and Convention Centre, Sun City Super Bowl, Monte Casino, Carnival City Casino, Royal Swazi Sun Hotel and Casino, Royal Livingstone Hotel – Victoria Falls, The Back ‘O the Moon – Gold Reef City, Indaba Hotel, Arabella – Western Cape, Mount Nelson Hotel – Cape Town, to name but a few.

We Specialize In And Cater For: Corporate functions; Product Launches; Gala Dinners and Events; Awards Functions; Theme Evenings and Cabaret-Style Extravaganza’s.


Ad-hoc performers like Dancers, African Dancers, Solo Artists, Comedians and the like can be recruited in to suit individual client’s preferences and/or theme requirements. A group can be booked in any format from a duo, trio, Live Band to a full show group. Suitable to cater for any gala dinner, awards ceremony, dance, party, and/or continuous 45 minute to an hour entertainment extravaganza.


With the use of state of the art equipment and sound, we deliver a musical experience to be remembered!





Kurt Schoonraad
Comedians (Cape Town)
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Describing himself as Mitchells Plain, born and fled Kurt Schoonraad was first spotted at the October 1999 Smirnoff Comedy Festival, and within a mere six months he was headlining at the Cape Comedy Club. Unique in his presentation style, Kurt bases much of his material on recollections of his own upbringing. Internationally, he featured on the front cover of the New York Times and in a BBC World Service documentary on SA comedy! Kurt has also appeared on a 5fm Heavyweight Comedy Jam, headlined the CCCs sell-out Cracking Christmas Comedy show at Artscape and their full houses at the Hermanus Whale Festival 2001. Kurt, a man of a thousand faces and a hundred silly voices is a natural comedian headed for national fame - if you missed him on Barry Hiltons SABC3 show Funny You Should Say That in April 2001, on Comedy Showcase or on the front cover of the Cape Review magazine in May last year, you would have been hard pushed to miss him on the incredibly popular “Going Nowhere Slowly” travel show on SABC3.




The Dimpie Tshabalala Trio
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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A versatile mix of muic, The Dimpie Tshabalala trio plays an interesting mix on African Jazz and International Jazz standards, laced with the splendours of the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Waltz, Samba and Afro-Cuban rhythms. As well experienced musicians (all read music scores) the band can back practically any well known singer, and have worked extensively with the likes of Abigail Kubeka and Themba Mtshali. The band performs at corporate functions, parties, weddings and clubs. Dimpie sings and plays the keys, Archie plays bass and Abe plays drums. They can be augmented into a four or five piece which would include saxophone and guitar. A versatile mix of muic, The Dimpie Tshabalala trio plays an interesting mix on African Jazz and International Jazz standards, laced with the splendours of the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Waltz, Samba and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The band performs at corporate functions, parties, weddings and clubs. Dimpie sings and plays the keys, Archie plays bass and Abe plays drums. They can be augmented into a four or five piece which would include saxophone and guitar.




Eurosound
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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This unique and highly versatile dance band presents their audiences with an excellent variety of music, ranging across…... Popular Italian standards through well known continental hits, including: Ballroom-waltz, tango, foxtrot etc Latin American – mambo, salsa, samba, Cha-cha, Rumba, Bequine Modern, contemporary chart toppers.




Zinzile Zungu
Comperes and Emcees (Johannesburg)
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Zinzile Zungu was born and bred in the beautiful city of Durban. She showed a keen interest in the television industry from a very early age and participated a lot in theatrical productions and musical theatres during her childhood days and teens. She holds a BA in Dramatic arts which she has obtained from The African Film and Drama Academy. Zinzi then went on to study Public Relations and successfully completed and graduated with a diploma in PR Management! In 2005 she landed the lead role of Nomzamo (playing in our sister channel), playing the title role! she is also an ambassodor for a organazation called key changers




Full Circle
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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The band that plays a full spectrum of music, whatever you require, with a repertoire that stretches from the early 1900’s through the 30’s, ‘Charleston’, 40’s, ‘Glen Miller’ and the ‘Big Band’ ‘Swing’ era, 50’s ‘bee-bop’ and ‘Rock and Roll’ – ‘Elvis’, 60’s ‘Twist’ and ‘Beatles’ – ‘Beach Boys’ – ‘Shadows’, 70’s ‘Rock’ and ‘Disco’, 80’s ‘Reggae’ and ‘New Wave’, 90’s and into the new millennium, Latin American, Dance sport / Ballroom, Country, Blues, Jazz, or whatever else you like, Full Circle will tailor make their act to suit your occasion. They can adapt to suit any theme (e.g. French, Greek, Beach party, Rock and Roll, 60’s, etc) The band has performed at all the major venues in and around South Africa and can travel to any venue you require. Full Circle supply their own sound system for small and large functions and also hire out sound systems for functions from the smallest up to thousands.




Havana Gas
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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The perfect choice of music for your special day.

Havana Gas features Storme on vocals, sax and bass and Doug on guitar and vocals. With a HUGE repertoire of everything from cool dinner music to current dance hits, Havana Gas rocks the party!

The band has performed in Singapore, Dubai, Tanzania and most recently in Switzerland. They are firm favourites at top venues in South Africa. The regular Duo package consists of solo sax and vocals for cocktails, background music on CD for an hour or so when your guests enter the room, followed by four hours of live music from Havana Gas (Storme and Doug), followed by a DJ Services for an hour at the end. Thats at least 6 hours for the function – plus an opening hour from Storme on solo sax!

If you need a larger band, make your selection from our pool of talented musicians - up to a 5-piece band.

Your timeline might look something like this -
17h00 to 18h00 Storme on sax/vocals for pre-dinner drinks
18h00 to 19h00 Welcome and starters – with background music on CD.
19h00 to 23h00 Full band - Cool music during dinner then its party party!
23h00 to 00h00 DJ Doogie

For weddings we can also provide music for the ceremony!

“Just want to say a huge thank you - it was an incredible night. You guys as always were brilliant.”CandJ
“You guys were awesome! You made our party a huge success! - LandC
“We had an amazing time at our wedding and you created the exact atmosphere and vibe that we wanted. Our guests raved about you too. So thank you so much for making our day so special and one we will never forget.” - A and C

Havana Gas can add other musicians to the line-up: you choose (subject to availability)

Shereen Smith (keyboards/vocals/sax)
David Klassen (vocals/drums/percussion)
Rob Watson (drums/percussion)
Lee-Roy Sauls (drums/percussion/vocals)
Bruce Wallace (drums)
Colin Delight (vocals/sax)
Nonbuleleo Maqetuka (vocals)






Hullaballoo
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Ideal for all types of functions where a great atmosphere, wide range of good music and really good entertainment is required! The talented lads from Hullaballoo also deliver quick-witted side splitting comedy, dress up impersonations, sing-a-longs and party games. The duo is dedicated to enhancing any event with their music, fun skits, jokes and mirth, all in a good, clean, professional manner that is appealing to all groups, tastes and types.




Light Years
Dance and Variety Bands (Johannesburg)
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Light years represent the cutting-edge of musical excellence in the contemporary South African music arena. The band are not merely a service, but a special brand of service excellence whose sole aim is to make your event a truly memorable one by providing you with the very best entertainment currently available. This truly world-class group specializes in Smooth Jazz, both Modern and African. It also features a mainstream jazz, fusion, Latin / Afro-Cuban and dance repertoire capable of exceeding the demands of any event, function or concert environment. As professional working musicians, the band is sensitive to the needs of every individual client and will go out of their way to make your event a resounding success by providing you with the most appropriate entertainment that is commensurate with your particular budget. Not only does the group’s repertoire cover a large range of contemporary, dance and party music, but Light Years is also particularly adept at handling background music of a more “complimentary” nature, where volume, and ambience are a prime consideration. The repertoire includes the great American Standards of yesteryear, as well as modern jazz and Afro-Latin themes and is capable of satisfying all tastes and ages. The versatility and musicianship of this group is evident from the musical excellence that they display in any style of music.




Abigail Kubeka
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Abigail Kubeka is a singer, songwriter, musical arranger and actress. Her career started in 1957 when, at the age of 16, Miriam Makeba, having taken notice of her talent, invited her to join her. Skylarks ensemble, which at that time also comprised the legendary,Letta Mbulu and Mary Rabotaba. She was awarded the Woman of our Time Award in 1986.

At the tender age of sixteen, Abigail Kubeka was discovered by Mamma Africa, Miriam Makeba when she joined female singing group, The Skylarks. Abigail understudied her in the acclaimed King Kong Musical. She then toured with the cast throughout Europe for several months. Her first single was released in 1981 in Europe and Nigeria and Abigail had received the award for Woman of Our Time in 1986.

In 1992, Abigail had performed in the first Miss World Pageant at Sun City and 3 years later performed for Queen Elizabeth II during her South African visit.

Amongst her many accomplishments, Abigail has also performed at the All Africa Games in 1999. Performing throughout the continent of Africa, Europe and Asia, she has appeared with big names such as Sarah Vaughn, Eartha Kitt, Monk Montgomery and Percy Sledge as well as the Jazz Professors. Abigail is an acclaimed film and theatre actress having worked with top Theatre Directors from South Africa.


Abigail is regarded as one of South Africa’s greatest talents, who took the worlds of film, stage and cabaret by storm. The experience she gained from training overseas put her in great demand on her return to South Africa. She performed in all the top venues in and around Johannesburg and landed herself leading roles in eight films, including cameos in five local and four international movies.

Abigail still lives in Soweto, and her three children (all in their twenties) keep returning to her cosy home for their mother’s comfort. In 1986 Abigail, with 83 other South African women, were awarded the “A Woman of our Time” accolade. She was once again honoured as one of South Africa’s top 10 beautiful and inspirational woman achievers in the Rapport / City Press Prestige 2000 Award in the year 2000.






Agos Moahi
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)
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Here’s a talented young man who has more than paid his dues to achieve the status that he so deserves – indeed, Agos is one of the finest male Opera singers available in South Africa! Born in the Orange Fee State city of Welkom Agos matriculated at Teto Secondary School, later embarking on a singing career at the Pretoria Technicon School for Opera under the supervision of voice trainer Eric Muller. Such was the young man’s talent that he soon landed a number of Operatic roles including the likes of “Dialogue of the Carmelites”, “The marriage of Figaro”, “Fidelio” and further leading roles including Beppo in “Rita”, “Rodolfo” in La Boheme and Alfred in “Die Fledermaus”. In mid 1994 Agos signed to the Pact Opera Chorus where, later he was awarded both the SAA Prize for “Most Promising Young Artist” and the prestigious Opera Foundation Prize. Agos features as one of Gauteng’s ‘Three tenors’, and has performed numerous soirees at the Roodepoort City Opera as well as the Presidential Guest House (with the South African Police Band). Corporate and Government engagements include The Nedbank Proms, post budget dinner organised by the Merchant Bank for the Mr Trevor Manuel, Minister of Finance, The Mandela Children’s Fund and The Alan Paton Awards (at the Park Hyatt). One of the greatest highlights in the career of Agos Moahi is undoubtedly the standing ovation he received from former President Nelson Mandela at the Community Builder of the Year awards in 1999. While Agos presents many cabaret styled performances as a solo artist, his show is also available with the inclusion of additional artists including the likes of Cape Town’s Bongiwe Mapasa – a young lass with credentials equal to those of Agos!




Anne Power
Cabaret and Solo Singers (Johannesburg)