Ernie Smith

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Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival

Ernie Smith’s guitar playing is synonymous with fine craftsmanship and for over two decades his contemporary jazz and urban music – a seamless integration of jazz, African and R&B references – has appealed to music lovers with a wide range of tastes, garnering him numerous South African music awards.

His uniquely contemporary style has been welcomed by audiences across Africa and the USA and the aim of his playing, as Smith puts it, is to “spawn a culture that represents the free spirit of music that celebrates life and the willingness to share”.

Voice, guitar: Ernie Smith
Keyboard: Curt Petrus (keyboard)
Bass: Alvin Hendricks
Drums: Marlin Green
Voice: Thembinkosi Manqele




  1. jlcommunications11 6 July 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Ernie’s music is timeless. It is local yet global. It infuses a spiritual awakening with that unique sound of his guitar and voice. He is a legend and his range of songs showcases his star quality. Tonight’s performance was typical of Ernie, energetic, pure African and smooth. He should be welcomed back next year

  2. gaynorfourie 6 July 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Loved the show

  3. ZukiswaButhelezi 8 July 2019 at 8:07 am

    Music spoke to my heart, thanks Ernie for a great performance. Of course would’ve loved it to be a little bit longer….. Thank you

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