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