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Label: Blue Pie Productions

Artists Genre: Urban

The new millennium saw the beginnings of a musical force to be reckoned with – Afro- Soul!

This dynamic group was formed in 2000 and comprises 8 musicians from various areas around the Western Cape, including Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Belhar and the Boland Towns of Worcester and Montagu.

The individuals were brought together by their passion for music and singing and many of them started singing at an early age, in school and church choirs.

Nasuis Mgada, founder and leader of the band, is no newcomer to the world of music. His passion for music has led to him filling many successful roles such as Musical Director of Fezeka High School Choir from 1990-1996, Best Music Conductor in 1992 and 1994, President of the Western Cape Music Association for High Schools from 1990-1999, Music Director of Simamele Choir during 2003 and Board Member of the Stars FPR Africa (An organisation promoting youth development and young voices in South Africa.)

Sammy De Jager joined Nasius in the group in 2000 as bassist and songwriter and shares Nasius’s love of music. He soon became player/manager for the group having previous experience in a similar role. Sammy teaches various instruments including guitar, bass, piano and drums.

The year 2003 brought an important addition to the group in Divi Dodla. A born singer, he started performing in public at the age of 13 in a group called the Glory Singers Community Choir. Soon thereafter he soon became Zwelethemba Community Choir’s tenor soloist. In 1990 Divi met up with Nasius, who taught him to play the guitar. No stranger to the recording studio and musical directing, Divi has used his talents on many musical projects and he is now Afro- Soul’s songwriter, lead vocalist and is the bands musical co-director.

Jacques Canstable started playing the guitar at the age of 4, but switched to drums at age 11, joining Afro-Soul in early 2005. He, like the other band members has much experience in the music industry, having being involved in many projects and performing with the likes of Hotep Galeta, Gito Baloi, Robbie Jenson, Jimmy Dludlu, Rene Mclean, Alvin and Errol Dyers and Judith Sephuma. With a Preparatory Certificate in Music, from the University of Cape Town’s College of Music, he went onto pursue a Bachelors degree in Music, but due to financial constraints he had to stop studying. That did not stop him from doing what he loved most, with this project in tow Jacques has a bright musical future ahead of him.

This band would not be complete without the 4 vocalists: Nontobeko Pasiya, Nolitha Dlwathi, Nokhanyo Ntshona and Ayanda Nqumashe. As it is said, “Birds of a feather… “ These four ladies bring unbelievable talent and energy to the band with successful musical careers of their own and accomplishments that include university musical and opera studies, performances in various stage productions, champions in Soprano Solo Arias, participation in the Shell Road to Fame Talent search and performances in various promotions and corporate events.

What more can be said about a band that together make world class spiritual and socially uplifting music, except that it needs to be recorded! With 15 original songs but no financial backing, a recording seemed an impossible dream. Luck was at hand though, it was late 2005 that they met Mohamed Fall of Vibrations Recording Studio, who was very impressed with the bands musical ability and enthusiasm and agreed to fund and record an album for them.

The musical style of the group is a beautiful combination of African indigenous Mbaqanga, Afro-Jazz fusion and Soul and this is where the name Afro- Soul originates.

The members of Afro-Soul are finally living out their dream, in their own words
“They are here to help people realize that there is hope after all - YOU JUST HAVE TO DREAM BIG”.

Look out for their sizzling album…………….

Afro Soul are a Blue Pie Productions and Vibration Studio artist. They are available at all leading digital retailers on the planet.

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