Abbott & Crabb

Abbott & Crabb

Based: Johannesburg

An Oke from Springs and a Bloke from London, Henry Crabb and Dave Abbott!!!

Well it started in 1977 when they met for the first time at Cairngorme Caravan Park near Springs where Henry’s Band, ”Eternal Now” was doing an afternoon show, the drummer had invited Dave along for a jam. Dave plugged into Henry’s amp, not a thing guitarist let other guitarists do usually, but then Henry’s a nice guy :-), and so a friendship started. Between Dave’s work in the Hotel business and Henry’s work as an Engineering rep they would get together in the afternoons and at weekends and play just for the fun of it. After a while they both realised they just wanted to play music and not “Hotel” or “Rep” it. They went for an audition with Maurice Fresco who got them their first pro gig at the “Rebel Inn” in Benoni on 1st of November 1978 (Thanks Maurice). The hotel manager at the time needed a name to advertise, so he christened them “Abbott and Crabb”.

……and a Loooonnnng journey started!

If you’ve lived in South Africa, and you don’t know ABBOTT & CRABB…we wonder where you’ve been hiding. A Pommie and an Oke from Springs who have managed to survive and prosper through 25 years
on the SA entertainment scene Dave (Abbott) and Henry (Crabb)’s unique blend of comedy and music has had audiences laughing and singing from Cape Town to Lusaka, Johannesburg to Swakopmund Durban to….well just about anywhere there are people (and in some places where there aren’t any).

Most people get a bit of a shock to find that they can actually PLAY their instruments,,, and rather well at that, they both sing and their music ranges from Bluegrass (Dave’s an adept fiddle player and Henry’s handy on the banjo) to rock (they both play guitar), Dave is a fine guitar player who has featured on many other artists albums while Henry’s an expert at….well just plain silly!!!!

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African Time Band

African Time Band

Based: Johannesburg.

Organizing a function for a multi-cultural audience of all ages?

Need a sophisticated, fun, vibrant dance band that can play everything from the Forties to the Naughties, as well as a great selection of contemporary African music?

You’re in Luck!

African Time is the newest, funkiest, hippest sound to hit the scene. Storme and Doug Campbell from “Havana Gas” merge their talents with such great musicians as Shereen Smith (keyboards/sax/vocals), Nombulelo Maqetuka (vocals), David Klassen (drums/vocals), Rob Watson (drums) and Colin Delight (vocals/sax).

African Time takes you on a musical journey through Africa, playing songs from different countries in different languages by artistes like Youssou n’Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Manu di Bango, Khadja Nin, Ismael Lo and Richard Bona. And you’ll hear a great selection of homegrown hits by Judith Sephuma, Hugh Masekela, Mandoza, Rebecca, Ringo, Brenda Fassie, Ernie Smith, Miriam Makeba and Mango Groove.

The perfect choice for your function –the best of African music, the best of pop,

AFRICAN TIME ~ the BEST of ALL WORLDS

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Arno Carstens

Arno Carstens

Based: Johannesburg.

During his career as the lead singer of The Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno Carstens has released 10 studio albums and had 20 top ten singles. He has won 5 South African Music Awards and shared the stage with legends of the music world including U2, The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller, The Police, Simple Minds, INXS and REM.

Arno has toured extensively in SA, UK, Europe and USA, headlined every major South African festival and performed at some of the most legendary international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling.

2012 will be Arno’s most creative year yet. He is currently working on his 4th solo album scheduled for release in the 2nd quarter of 2012 and will also host his first ever art exhibition. It will run at The Lovell Gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town, from the 1st March to 13th April 2012.

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The Black Ties

The Black Ties

Based: Cape Town

When three of South Africa’s premier entertainers came together to start something new, a little magic happened along the way…

Ladies and Gentlemen, we’d like you to meet The Black Ties, starring Lloyd Jansen, Keeno Lee and Chad Saaiman. Entertaining, mischievous, charming, witty and above all fun, The Black Ties are the ultimate cover band taking you on a music journey through the music of Stevie Wonder, Fran Sinatra, Michael Buble, Lionel Ritchie, to the likes of Daft Punk, Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams and so much more!

With one of the most diverse cover band repertoires, The Black Ties can perform any genre and music style to cater to your event. Styled to perfection and always dressed to the nines, The Black Ties add class and finesse to the stage. With your great venue and a live band or backing track option to provide the music, an evening with The Black Ties promises to be a night filled with fun and entertainment for all. With a penchant for old world charm and an eye for contemporary trends, The Black Ties bring the best of both worlds to your stage or dance floor.

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Blu BamBoo

Blu BamBoo

Based: Johannesburg.

Blu BamBoo is a band unequalled in the South African music industry for its professionalism, versatility, presentation and musicianship.

The group incorporates the renowned talents of Chanelle Davids (vocals), Nigel Morkel (Vocals), Brendan Ross (Alto Sax, Vocals & Keyboards), Denny Lalouette (Bass), Marlon Witbooi (Drums) and Sydney Mavundla (Trumpet).

Blu BamBoo features the most extensive repertoire of music available with styles ranging from current Pop/Dance to Smooth Jazz & Latin, Disco, Rock & Roll and R&B as well as South African Jazz and Kwaito. Additionally, the band is frequently booked as a stand-alone backing ensemble for top-flight artists and concert events.

The experience and expertise the band possesses within its ranks guarantee that whatever the requirements for your event or function, this band will meet and exceed your expectations. Blu BamBoo truly boasts some of the very best professionals in the business and represents the cutting edge in great music for every occasion.

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