Abavuki is a group of young musicians from Langa, a township near Cape Town in South Africa. The name "Abavuki" which means "Wake up, early birds!" refers not only to their youth, but also to their philosophy of seizing the moment and getting things done for themselves. They developed love for music at a young age and started playing with various groups.
Towards the end of 2001, they came together and began creating their unique brand of African Jazz. Using marimbas, percussion, brass instruments and even an operatic trained voice, weaving traditional African rhythms and melodies into a contemporary format, which is highly danceable and almost latin American in feel.
In 2010 Lisa Bauer released her debut jazz vocal album entitled Lisa Bauer Quartet Finding A New Way. The album received excellent reviews both locally and internationally and features top South African Jazz musicians Andre Petersen (piano), Chantal Willie (bass), Kesivan Naidoo (drums) as well as guests Mark Fransman (saxophones) & Maxim Starcke (guitar). The recording was influenced by her musical experiences in New York and San Francisco as well as her love for the South African landscape. The inclusion of the beautiful piano and voice duet rendition of Miriam Makeba's Ntjilo Ntjilo was inspired by the legacy of Mama Africa and is complemented by Bauer's original compositions and selected standards. In 2011, Finding A New Way was nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA) in the category of "best traditional jazz album". Another highlight in 2011 was the Lisa Bauer Quartet (and guests) performance on the Moses Molelekwa stage as a featured artist at the 12th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival to a full crowd.
Bauer’s composition De Ja Blues was selected for the 12th Annual CTIJF compilation CD alongside international artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Simphiwe Dana, Patricia Barber, Wayne Shorter, Cindy Blackman and Earth Wind and Fire who also performed at the festival. Bauer is currently completing her new single A Life That’s Lead, for release later in 2013 and working on pre-production for her 2nd full length album, as well as appearing in several Finding A New Way shows at venues such as The Forge and The Mahogany Room jazz club.
Mpumi has now been performing as a solo artist for ten years. She has travelled the world, performing alongside Khadja Nin, Shakira, Ismaël Lô and Richard Bona in European Festivals, and as backing vocalist for Vivian Jones (UK), Judy Boucher and many others.
From 2005 – 2007 Mpumi lived in Spain where she worked in musical cabaret. In 2010 she toured Europe for 3 months as a backing singer with the EJ von Lyrik band and appeared at various festivals in France and Switzerland.
In January 2011 she performed as a solo artist at the Festival in the Desert (Festival au Desert) in Mali, West Africa. She was, in fact, the first South African artist to perform at the festival.
In 2013 she was chosen to be the ambassador for the SAEP Arts Outreach Programme, which gives young people living in poverty the opportunity to develop confidence and creativity through arts education. Mpumi has joined the Afro-Rock band, Isongo Music Project as the lead vocalist.
Mpumi has now finally recorded her debut album, NDIYABULELA (which means THANK YOU in isiXhosa). In 2012 she promoted and performed in Festin Vocal for woman in Benin (West Africa) she is still continued promoting her album.
MPUMI SIZANI is inspired by her faith and her love of African music.
South African soprano Magdalene Minnaar has entertained audiences across the globe with her versatile voice and enigmatic stage resence, evident in her acclaimed performances of the emale lead in the international touring production Showboat and The Phantom of the Opera.
A recent Kyk-net Fiesta and Fleur du Cap nominee and SAMA winner, Magdalene has won numerous awards and prizes including the Mimi Coertse Bursary Competition (winner), the UNISA Voice Competition (song prize) and Kanna Award as part of the South African Sopranos (Best Classical Production). After receiving her Honours degree in Music with distinction from the College of Music at the University of Cape Town, she was accepted into the prestigious Cape Town Opera Studio where she performed and studied nearly 20 roles, including Gilda (Rigoletto), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and understudy of the Queen of the Night in William Kentridge's celebrated version of The Magic Flute. Since completing her two years at the Studio, highlights include performing as soloist at the opening of the Cape Town Stadium with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Cock and the 20Tenors, as well as the annual RMB Starlight Classics, Last Night of the Proms, Sean Bovim’s spectacular tribute show Queen at the Ballet and Deon Opperman’s multi-media oratorio Die Skepping.
In 2009 she was awarded a WBHO bursary for overseas study, which lead her to the New York Opera Studio where she furthered her studies. Hailed a “musical rebel” by the press, she has collaborated widely across genres, working with internationally acclaimed producers and musicians, including an operatic electronic collaboration with her brother Louis, entitled MiNNAAR. Magdalene recently sang the role of Emily Hobhouse in Nicola Hankeom’s award winning site-specific production, Land van Skedels, as well as the lead role in Cape Town Opera’s touring musical, Showboat.
In 2010 Magdalene started a production company, Biblioteek Music Productions, which provides a platform for performers, composers and designers to collaborate on theatrical music productions,with the aim to create more work for classical musicians and to grow new audiences. These projects include the acclaimed Vuurvoël and Waansin which have been nominated for many awards including a Kanna award (Best Debut Production), WoordTROfees award (Best Classical Production), KykNet Fiesta award (Best Classical Performance for Magdalene) and Aardklop Aartvark award for “Ground-breaking work”. Apart from starting two new concert series promoting a younger classical audience, it is with Biblioteek that Magdalene has also made her directing debut in 2011, following her lifetime passion of creating beautiful and inspiring theatre.
He is best known for his ‘Wheelies’ video clip on YouTube that has been circulating the globe. He freelances around the country, one of his best known shows being one-man show ‘Roots’. He was voted first runner-up at the 2003 Soul Sprite Comedy FESTIVAL in Sandton. He also appeared in the very successful stand-up show ‘Three Dicks and a Chick’ at the Grahamstown Festival during the same year.
This versatile artist has played many theatres around the world, including Cape Comedy Collective (2000) On Broadway (2005); The Labia Theatre (2006); Obz Café (2006); Comedy Store London (2006); JOSEPHStone Theatre (2007); Westridge Civic Centre (2008); Baran`s Theatre Restaurant (2008); [email protected] Pavilion (2009); Baxter Theatre (2010); Theatre in the Muze (2011) and the Drum Theatre, Australia (2011) Auckland, New Zealand (2011)Wayne can be seen in the popular ‘Ali Barber’ Show on M-Net and SABC. McKay also competed and won a cooking competition on the BBC cooking Programme ‘Off the Menu’ with Ainsley Harriot.
Wayne is currently a member of Character Castings and has appeared in many local and international advertisements. He is also currently writing a show for television titled ‘Cape Town Mosaic’.
Wayne’s voice can be heard on various radio SPOTS and his speciality is comedy character voices and off-beat roles. During 2006 he was the voice of the quirky ‘Whacker’ phone prankster on the popular Heart 104.9fm afternoon drive show. He also assists radio stations with outside broadcastings for numerous events. Wayne also lends his voice to various radio stations including KFM, Bush Radio and Radio Helderberg. These radios honed Wayne’s talents to create ads for major corporate clients. He also currently broadcasts a show titled ‘Laid back Thursdays’ 20:00 -22:00 on Bush Radio 89.5 FM.
Wayne has played the role of master of ceremonies for many events, from corporate year-end functions, INCENTIVE awards, gala evenings, weddings, golf days or corporate product launches. Wayne’s has worked for many corporate companies like Pick ‘n Pay, SAB, Metropolitan, Old Mutual, The City of Cape Town, Shoprite, Nissan, The Foschini Group, FNB, Oudemeester and a most Government Departments. Wayne is also a fully qualified Events Co-ordinator with a background in Marketing and Events. He runs his own Events Company, ‘Wayne McKay Events Management’. With the abovementioned experience Wayne organises events like his live shows, as well as the some of the ones mentioned above. He has a large database of Business and social contacts to draw on for clients who want to organise networking functions and product launches.