In association with Concerts SA, Black South Easter is blowing through Southern Africa this winter, uplifting and revitalising souls with their authentic musical blend of progressive Afro-fusion.
This Capetonian quartet fuses elements of rocking reggae, with funk, blues, jazz and world dance. With infectious grooves and soaring melodies, the band’s live shows generate a powerful energy that transports their audience from the calm to the heart of the storm.
Black South Easter released their first full length album In Waves in 2012. Since then they have received extensive airplay on radio and on SABC 3 with two music videos, Indoda and Waves, and will present a collection of new and old compositions on this tour.
They have toured South Africa regularly for the past years and take pleasure in bringing diverse people together with energetic live performances.
“We have toured parts of Southern Africa before, but this time around we are really looking forward to playing in places we have never been before and bringing diverse people together with our energetic live performances, with some old tracks and some brand new ones,” says lead singer Nhoza Sitsholwana.
Formed in 2010, Black South Easter are a four piece band who play original South African soul music with elements of rocking reggae, funk, blue jazz and world dance. With infectious grooves and soaring melodies, the band’s live shows generate a powerful energy that transports their audience from the calm to the heart of the storm.
Black South Easter’s sound is based on the diversity of its members. Vocalist Nhoza comes from a family of vocalists in the rural Eastern Cape and at the age of 17 launched her career as a backing vocalist for Simphiwe Dana. Her powerful voice incorporates rich blues tones with elements of traditional African soul music.
Bassist Jimi Curve brings a pulsating groove to the outfit and has been a stalwart on the live music scene for the past 15 years, playing with a host of well-known, respected artists including Steve Newman and Arno Carstens.
Mozambican drummer Jerry Mbowa delivers a seasoned palette of Pan-African beats to the music and has toured extensively with the likes of The Sons of Selassie, amongst others. Guitarist Dan Boshoff uses unusual tunings and progressions to bring an original colour to the songs and is one of the founding members.
The band will be joined on this tour by trombonist Alex Page who has toured with Australian roots reggae band KingTide amongst others.
Black South Easter Southern Africa Tour is supported by the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism administered by Concerts SA which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway.
Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, the project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.
Check the band out here:
- Friday, June 24 at 8pm: Inhambane – Buena Vista, Av. Da Independencia. No cover charge. Bookings: +258 84 7849059.
- Saturday, June 25 at 8 pm: Vilanculos – Casbah @ Casa Cabana, 3 Beach Road, North Beach, Vilanculos. No cover charge. Bookings: +258 84 707 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friday, July 1 at 8 pm: Tofo – Tofo Mar Hotel, Praia do Tofo, Inhambane. No cover charge. Bookings: +258 823932545
- Sunday, July 3 at 2 pm: Neptune’s Lodge & Beach Bar, Barra Beach, Inhambane. No cover charge. Bookings: +258 84 054 email@example.com
- Friday, July 8 at 9 pm: Matola – Café Jazz Spoon. Bookings: +258 82 484 0880
- Sunday, July 10 at 6 pm: Maputo – Ambient’s Bar. Bookings: +258 84 806 8395