Artists 2013

Artists who will be appearing this year (so far... check this page often!).

Samantha Peo Edith Klug Cameron Bruce Véronique Lalouette
Caroline du Preez John Fresk & Barbora Tellinger Daniel Irving
Lumkile & Thandie Metro 4 Ntsikelelo
     
Dave Shell      

 

Samantha Peo
Sam is one of the most successful musical theatre and corporate theatre entertainers in the country. She has appeared in all the major theatres across South Africa, worked with outstanding local and international directors, won awards, worked with the top orchestras in the country, appeared in concerts in South Africa and abroad, acted in local television dramas, sung for statesmen, dignitaries and celebrities, performed in countless corporate events and product launches, can be seen in local television adverts and heard in many jingles on radio. Visit Sam's website at www.samanthapeo.com
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Edith Klug
One of South Africa's most prominent jazz singers, Edith Klug performs with many of the country's leading artists. She regularly works in different formats, such as guitar duo, trio or quartet and has performed at music festivals such as the Standard Bank's Joy of Jazz and is regularly booked for high profile corporate functions. Edith is a well-known and respected vocal teacher and currently teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand and Redhill School, as well as privately from her vocal school in Orchards. Visit her website at www.edithklug.co.za
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Cameron Bruce
South African audiences first came to know the then 17-year old Cameron Bruce with his stirring version of the John Mayer classic, The Hurt, in his audition for Idols 2009.This mind-blowing performance ensured a certain path of success within the competition, where he worked his way up the ranks into the top six. Now 21, and nearly three years after the reality show, Cameron with his smooth vocal style, skilful guitar work and his own striking lyrics, is set to become one of the country's leading artists by far. Spending valuable time over the last couple of years working on his vocal, guitar and song-writing crafts, and deriving his inspiration from the likes of John Mayer and James Morrison, Cameron has defined his own unique style of pop with tinges of blues. His debut album was released in March 2012. Cameron's website is at www.cameronbruce.co.za.
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Véronique Lalouette
Born into a talented family, with a father renowned as possibly the best bass player this side of the dateline, Véronique has been singing professionally since Grade 8. Véronique made it into the top 3 in Idols, and per the judges, she has without question, the purest voice ever to grace the Idols stage. Her CD, As I Am, was launched one year after Idols and her career is on the rise. She's sung for a prince, and toured Taiwan with the extravaganza, Las Vegas Fantasy. With a firm grounding in jazz performance art, Véronique is very popular on the corporate circuit for beautiful laid-back jazz. She performs on her own, with the Denny Lalouette jazz band, or accompanied by a pianist. Her website is www.veronique.co.za.
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Caroline du Preez
Caroline du Preez was born in Cape Town and is one half of a pair of twins - both girls. She comes from a musical family - her father, a captain of a ship, is also musically inclined and her brothers (all four of them) are professional musicians. Her twin sister, though, is not musically inclined. Caroline grew up in Walvis Bay, where she started singing at the age of three. The family moved to East London when Caroline was nine years old. She entered several talent competitions - most of which she won! By the time she was 11 years old, Caroline had already recorded her first LP with famed South African musical director, Dan Hill, and she went on to record several hit records and win many awards. Caroline has appeared in cabaret throughout South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Maseru, Namibia and Zimbabwe. She has performed at most Southern Sun resorts and literally hundreds of holiday resorts throughout the country. Caroline has shared the stage with nearly every local act going and is the only artist in South Africa that has managed, to date, to make a living solely from her singing. For more information about Caroline, visit her website at www.carolinedupreez.co.za
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John Fresk & Barbora Tellinger
We are privileged to have our very own Grammy-nominated John Fresk on piano, and the fabulously talented Barbora Tellinger performing together at this year's Arts Festival. Classically trained, but with popular, jazz and rock experience and sensibilities, American pianist John Fresk's career spans 25 years of professional performance with such performers as Bobby McFerrin and Chick Korea. Barbora Tellinger has been in the music industry for 25 years, appearing on stages, in studios and in musicals throughout southern Africa. Barbora says she has waited for years for a pianist like John and their chemistry and repertoire is charming, moving and unforgettable. Their websites are: www.johnfresk.com and www.barboratellinger.com.
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Daniel Irving
Daniel Irving is a first year student at the National School of the Arts, studying contemporary music, guitar and voice. Daniel first showed an interest in music at the age of 11 and was the lead singer in his own band. Daniel then turned his attention towards guitar, teaching himself by going onto YouTube. Realising at this young age that if he wanted to make his future in music, he would have to study more seriously, he applied for a place at the National School of the Arts, auditioned and was accepted! Daniel performs covers as well as his own compositions.
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Lumkile & Thandie
Born and bred in different townships of Newcastle and Port Elizabeth, and influenced by the ghetto lifestyle of Johannesburg, Lumkile and Thandie bring excitement with their well-mingled voices which have influences of world-renowned artists. Their performances range from love ballads to traditional jazz, contemporary jazz and gospel. Tipped to be the next “Caiphus and Leta”, their quest for stardom and world relevance has just begun and they surely will take the industry by storm.
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Metro 4
They're upmarket, multi-talented and professional! Their music is a fresh take on familiar favourites and communicates straight to the soul, with wide appeal to diverse audiences. From pop to swing, and rock to jazz, they cover contemporary hits from artists such as Michael Bublé and James Blunt, as well as long-lost classics from the likes of Billy Joel, Sting, Elton John, Queen, the BeeGees and The Beatles. All 100% live - no backing tracks. We are honored to have them perform at the Arts Festival of Southern Africa!
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Ntsikelelo
Ntsikelelo started writing poetry in Junior Secondary school where people called him ‘Imgongi,’ which means ‘poet.’ Ntsikelelo says he was fascinated to have such a title. Since then, Ntsikelelo has performed for presidential functions, weddings, municipal events and his poems have been played on SABC radio. He also came number one in the Cultural Performance Diplomatic Fair, hosted by the Dept.of International Relations in 2012. Ntsikelelo says, “I enjoy reciting my works in front of an audience that is proud of their identity.”
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Dave Shell
“I played drum for our school cadet band way back when, and after leaving school, some friends and I did parties and stuff with a band which we cobbled together over week ends. I sang Rock and Roll and we just had a good time. I was just the singer then and never played the guitar. Years later, I managed to get my hands on a cheap guitar and, inspired by Des Lindberg and friends at the old Troubadour coffee bar, I started strumming. Lately, I have been trying to get my head around some music theory because I can see that with knowledge of how music goes together, one appreciates it more and more. I love to play at the Arts Festival because the crowd is really great - no matter one’s level of skill, you always get an ovation. These days, when anyone asks me what I would do if I were to start my life again (ha, ha), then I say that I’d be a musician!”
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...and more waiting in the wings for final confirmation, including some great acts! Watch this space daily.

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