All Stars

All Stars

Based: Johannesburg

This vibrant violin & keys duo creates the ultimate fun and memorable vibe with their love for modern pop, funk and local hits. With a selection of their favourite covers, Naomi Tagg & Matthias Bakker create the ultimate feel-good vibe by blending skillful musicianship with catchy South African remixes.  

Signed to Ossia Records, they regularly release new material, keeping their repertoire fresh and current. This vibrant and trendy act can be found rocking the stage at a party or festival, or entertaining diverse audiences at high-end corporate functions and product launches.

All Stars have a wide range of repertoire and their performance range from laid-back jazzy lounge sets to getting the party started with their trendy covers. They perform as a duo or as a full band with LEDs – a unique and stunning new band and Africa’s first LED party band!

 

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African Essence

African Essence

Based: Johannesburg

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

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

Kabelo Motlhomi is a constant performer; whether it is in an orchestra, solo artist, session/recording artist or collaboration with other artists. He prides himself in his professionalism, dedication and high standard of performance. He regularly performs with all the major orchestras in Johannesburg like the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Johannesburg Music Initiative and occasionally gets invited to play with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in Durban.

As a freelance musician and recording artist he has worked or collaborated with Bra Hugh Masekela at the Market theatre in 2010 “Songs of Migration” and Sibongile Khumalo celebrating 20 years of enriching the country with her music. To add to long list of artists are Tshepo Mngoma and Gloria Bosman, Bala Brothers, Judith Sephuma and Zahara, Swazi Dlamini, Black coffee, Kent, Khuli Chana, HHP, Kwesta and many others.

As a soloist and concertmaster Kabelo has toured Europe and the United States with Buskaid.  The Biggest highlight in his career was in 2013 when he was asked to play at the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom held in Johannesburg.

Kabelo Motlhomi plays on a 1772 Sebastian Kloz Violin and Yamaha SV-250 Electric Violin. His main focus this year will be doing more work as a soloist and establishing himself as a jazz violinist.

Mostly does African themed based and other smooth jazz elements.

 

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Cristina Rodrigues

Cristina Rodrigues

Based: Johannesburg

When it comes to elegance and versatility, Cristina Rodrigues, delivers on key every time. A compilation of electric violin and vocals, Cristina has the ability to diversify her performances for the desired occasion.

Cross-instrumentalist, Cristina Rodrigues is a soloist and collaborator. From laid-back summer afternoon cocktails to glitz-and-glamour ensembles; to corporate unravels and wedding day favourites, Cristina effortlessly floats her vocals – and her electric violin – between sets. Her musical crossover is dubbed as captivating and her audience often marvels at her unique talent as ‘vocalist-violinist’.

Cristina shares the limelight with authentic performances that engage with her crowd. She keeps the atmosphere relaxed and enjoyable, for both the conservative and confident.  As a result, Cristina’s reputation as an interactive performer hits all the high notes when it comes to ratings.

Cristina Rodrigues offers a variety of performance packages that include cross-over performances; solo performances and collaborative ensembles that are celebrating an increase in demand: THE GIRLS; CAFÉ LATTE; AERIAL SPECTACULAR; VIP LIVING CARPET and the ever-popular STARLIGHT. Each package comprises of talented and experienced musicians that hail from a range of musical backgrounds, lighting up the stage and the hearts of the evening.

 

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Carol Thorns – Cellist

Carol Thorns – Cellist

Based: Cape Town

South Africa’s leading electric cellist, Carol Thorns has been performing locally and internationally for over a decade. Armed with her striking red cello, she has won fans in India, Dubai and the UK. She was awarded a 4-star rating for her audio-visual show ‘Red Cello Electrified’ at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world.

Her popular solo cello album Fireflies In The Rain was nominated for Best Instrumental Album 2010 at the South African Music Awards.

 

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Urban Strings

Urban Strings

Based: Johannesburg

 

Officially formed at the end of 2014, Urban Strings is made up of twelve talented and diverse musicians from South Africa. Fronted by vocalist, violinist and multi-disciplinary creative Larah Eksteen, the diverse ensemble exudes a distinctive sound which paints an authentic ambiance in live performances.

Brought together by their musical disciplines, the pool of talented professional electric and acoustic string section respectively features violinists, viola players, cellists, double bassists, an electric harpist, pianist and guitarist.

Setting the standard high, Urban Strings made their debut on the stage of South African Idols Season 10, performing on three live episodes alongside winner Vincent Bones, Donald Moatshe, DJ Tiro and the Top 10 contestants.

The bold composition and versatility of the ensemble is depicted by Urban Strings’ glam electronica act. The act is described as a fusion of electro, live strings, neo-jazz and down tempo grooves and appeals to lovers of music right across the board.

Far from the traditional form of a string collective, Urban Strings have taken a refreshing approach by pushing boundaries musically as evident in past collaborations with the likes of some South African artists namely: ProVerb, RJ Benjamin, and Reason.

It is safe to say that Urban Strings are paving a way to a new South African sound. They have fashioned the winning combination of successfully mixing genres and giving a new perspective to a string infused sound.

Not being strangers to the stage, Urban Strings are open to performing at corporate events, launches, private functions, music festivals, weddings and markets.

 

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Palm Strings Duo

Palm Strings Duo

Based: Cape Town

Mike Hoole and Titia Blake, resident musicians in the departure lounge at Rovos Rail, have been delighting everyone with their music since they teemed up in 1997. They are on the preferred suppliers list of every major Hotel in the Western Cape.

Using a battery powered PA they are adaptable and can play in remote places such as a rocky outcrop in Bushman’s Kloof, a secluded beach along the West Coast, a yacht moored outside Clifton beach…as well as intimate venues such as the Fynbos Gardens at the 12 Apostles Hotel or the private dining room on top of the Westin Grand.

They are adept at creating the right atmosphere to suit the occasion.

Palm Strings Duo offer a full range of sound equipment which include both standard and battery powered PA systems. The enormous benefit of this being that all ceremonies have the flexibility of being conducted anywhere!

The Palm Strings Duo has become associated with weddings throughout the Western Cape. Titia and Michael have been playing together for many years & have a wealth of information to share with you.

 

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