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Barry Hilton

Barry Hilton

Based: Cape Town

Thirty years of touring, six children, two ex-wives, a new wife, five DVDS, two movies, Vegas, Cleese, Connolly, Monkhouse, millions of air miles and a Lifetime Achiever statue on his mantelpiece…. If Barry Hilton isn’t the quintessential South African comedy giant, no one is.

Forged in the fire of the global comedy circuit from London to Hong Kong, this versatile and dynamic comedy icon works the room with magnetic charm and infectious ease. His deft timing and tap-dancing mind leave any crowd thrilled that they came, regardless of their own background.

After what can only be described as one of the most successful careers in South African stand-up history, Hilton shows no sign of slowing down.

In 2013 he became the first South African to perform at the prestigious Harrah’s Improv in Las Vegas.

2014 saw the “cousin”, as he is known to a whole nation, do a tour of the UK, open the Hong Kong 2014 Comedy Festival, and slot in some thumping gigs in Singapore and Macau. He more than impressed the famously critical crowd in London’s Clapham Grand and his hilarious performances in Dubai saw him shortlisted alongside John Cleese for the Best Comedy Act in Dubai’s Timeout Nightlife Awards 2013. Not bad for a former electrician who just couldn’t help himself from seeing the funny side.

Given the huge scale of his achievements and punishing schedule, Hilton doesn’t seem to age, instead his life experience just provides more fuel for his unique world-view. This seasoned raconteur recently shot the lights out with a sold-out 4200-seat arena show – something no other local comic has ever achieved.

In true Barry fashion, he followed that up with a phenomenal sold-out two-hour performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Hilton describes this performance as a career highlight, while ex-patriot South Africans and Australians alike gave rave reviews, including the accolades: “Stellar…” “… first class” and “thoroughly entertaining…”

With sets that are never vulgar, malicious nor mean of spirit, but always funny – Barry is known to several generations as a gentleman comic and a master craftsman with flawless timing, an unpredictable hairline and a gaze that doesn’t miss a thing.

His genuinely funny bones, his uncanny ability to gauge a crowd, his firm stance on working clean, and his unflinching work ethic make Barry Hilton an institution that has stood the testament of time and continues to impress as he breaks new ground and makes ‘em laugh all over the world.

 

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Triple Treasure Band

Triple Treasure Band

Based: Johannesburg

Triple Treasure is a very versatile corporate function and party band, consisting of some of South Africa’s top musicians and vocalists. The band features   female vocalist, Minisaa  Pat,  who started singing at  the tender age of fourteen. She was also the youngest choir mistress in her native country and she has trained and coached several choirs and groups in the past.

Kingsley Kalu (more popularly known as Carlos) is probably one of Africa’s most celebrated guitarist / vocalist / composer. He started music at the age of 17 and specializes in drums, bass guitar as well as keyboards. He has performed with many well-known acts and is currently the band leader of the Triple Treasure.

Triple Treasure Band cover all genres of music, Jazz, Reggae, Pop, Commercial, Afro Jazz, Soul etc and perform at various music festivals and venues around the country like Soweto Festival of Light (Dec 2013), Indaba Bridal Expo,  Moyo Melrose Arch, Acoustic Cafe, News Cafe, Morning Star Hotel etc.

 

 

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Organic Lounge

Organic Lounge

Based: Johannesburg

Pushing the boundaries of background music Organic Lounge combines top Café del Mar style DJ’s and South Africa’s leading musicians in jazz improvisation to create a unique musical experience for every event. Keeping the sound contemporary, they fuse together elements of bossa, swing, chill out, electronica, Latin and minimal house skilfully mixed by the DJ and complimented by live jazz.

Introducing trumpet, sax, percussion, keys and even vocals into the mix, you can choose the perfect combination of musicians for any event. The whole effect is visually and aurally stunning without being too intrusive. For bigger and more impact you can have more than one musician and additional lighting. Organic Lounge is perfect for cocktail functions, parties, dinners and corporate receptions where a classy and contemporary background atmosphere is required without intruding on the function.

Organic Lounge performed 5 shows for the opening of the Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa in Dubai and have shared the stage with top South African DJ’s and bands (most recently Mi Casa and Euphonik). They have performed at top South African venues including Montecasino, Emperors Palace, Taboo Night club, Birchwood Hotel, Mondovino, Fashion TV Cafe, Sun City, Sandton Convention Centre, Westcliff hotel. Notable highlights include the MTN Radio awards, Telemundo International Channel launch at Movida, Africa Polo cup, iPhoneographySA Exhibition and events for BMW, SABS, Coca Cola, UNISA to name a few.

These musicians in their individual capacities have also performed and held residencies in popular venues worldwide from London to Dubai, Australia, Germany and more. They have represented South Africa at a number of cultural awards and have performed at Jazz Festivals including North Sea Jazz Festival, (Netherlands), New Orleans (USA), Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (South Africa), Cape Town International Jazz Festival and The Cape Town Jazzathon. They have also collaborated with many of South Africa’s most respected artists – Themba Mkhize, Sibongile Khumalo, Hugh Masekhela, Khunle, Vusi Khumalo, Judith Siphuma, Danny K, and top DJ’s, to name a few.

 

 

 

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BadWolf

BadWolf

Based: Johannesburg

BadWolf is a fresh 5 piece band from Johannesburg created purely to rearrange top 40 and other highly recognizable songs with a hip, groove based approach.

BadWolf takes everything from Etta James’ classic “At Last” to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and everything in between.

BadWolf hosts some of South Africa’s young stars. Hannah Foster has created a name for herself as one of the most talented vocalists, Cameron Bruce, Idols finalist in 2009 as well as guitarist for 80’s superstar, Jennifer Rush. Together with Justin Badenhorst (Drummer for Elvis Blue) and Benjamin Jephta (renowned SA Bassist) holding down the rhythm, each song is sure to be tight and groovy.

The cherry on top is their fantastic Trumpet player, Neil Engel, who adds a touch of elegance and class of BadWolf’s sound.

All round BadWolf is a great band for any event, function or wedding with their constantly updated repertoire and having the versatility of 2 vocalists they are sure to make your event!

 

 

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