Band Biographies

Bernice Boikanyo

Bernice Boikanyo is a Drummer, Composer, Producer and Arranger.  He studied piano at Fuba Music and received his music diploma (Drums) at Funda Music College.  Bernice obtained his diploma in Music Business at Phakamani Music Industry Institute and is currently studying Mercantile Law.  He released his debut album “My Soul” under his own label Boikanyo Music Productions.  He has worked with many artists including Ringo, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Ken Philmore, Ladiesmith Black Mambazo, The Bloemfontein Philharmonic Orchestra and Mcoy Mrubata.  Bernice was also was part of the Closing Ceremony for the 2012 London Paralympics.

 

 

Amaeshi Ikechi

Amaeshi Ikechi was born on the 18th of December 1984 in Lagos Nigeria. He started playing bass guitar at the age of 13 while trying out other instruments such as percussions and drums.   Since the beginning of his music career Amaeshi has worked and recorded with a variety of artists and genres of music ranging from Gospel to African, Pop as well as Jazz. Artists he has worked with include: Miriam Makeba, Selaelo Selota, Zamajobe , Malaika, Malatji, Olufemi , Stix Hojeng, Simphiwe Dana, Zonke, Lira , Judith Sephuma ,Della Tamin , Kunle Odutayo , Jolonta Durno , Mpumi Dlamini and Themba Mkhize.

 

 

Lloyd Mbele

Lloyd Toto Mbele studied at The University of Witwatersrand (WITS) and went on to work with various artists & quartets, including The Soweto String Quartet, Sipho Mabuse, Ladysmith Black Mabazo, Ringo Madlingozi, Abigail Kubheka, Judith Sephuma, Danny K, Khaya Mahlangu and RJ Benjamin.  He also produced the song “Muvhango” for Glen Lewis which was nominated for four Kora Awards. Toto has also played at the “Women’s Festival” at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

 

El Hadj

El Hadj is a highly skilled percussionist from Senegal. His professional career took off in

1998 whereby he was commissioned to perform in Australia and spent the following five years on the Australian continent before coming to South Africa.

He has worked with many of South Africa’s prominent musicians and singers including the likes of Simphiwe Dana, Zamajobe and Themba Mkhize. He is currently part of a

community drumming project and performs regularly with fellow musician Della Tamin.

 

Khumo Kganyago

Khumo Kganyago is a South African musician, songwriter, arranger, producer & teacher.

His professional career began in the year 2000 as a guitarist/singer performing a unique style of Afro Jazz, ranging from Contemporary Jazz, South African Jazz, and indigenous South African music all infused with gentle singing. Mentored by the likes of Selaelo Selota and schooled at the FUBA school of the arts, he is one of SA’s most respected guitarists. Performing with his own band the Khumo Kganyago Group, he is also part of the band that back’s the singer Zonke as well as playing guitar for Della Tamin’s band. He has performed at many

prominent festivals such as Standard Bank’s Joy of Jazz Festival, and backed leading singers such as the likes of Lira, Camagwini, Tu Nokwe amongst others through several different televised productions. Additional artists that Khumo has worked with include Siphokhazi, Wanda Baloi, Deborah Fraser, Vicky Vilakazi and many more.

Khumo has been involved as a music tutor/lecturer from as early as 2003 and is currently teaching music at South West Gauteng College in Soweto Dobsonville as well as working as a session guitarist for live performances and studio recordings.

 

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