Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival & National Arts Festival
Freshlyground, formed in 2002, has become as central to South African identity as Mrs Ball’s chutney! One of the most acclaimed and successful groups to emerge from South Africa in the past two decades, the band blends infectious kwela with musical traditions from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, adding elements of pop, jazz, blues and indie rock. They have toured the world and recorded seven albums, including a collaborative song with pop superstar Shakira that was broadcast to over a billion people during the closing ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
With traditional musical elements combined with cutting edge contemporary grooves they remind us not to lose our past, while finding our place in our modern global surroundings.
Voice: Zolani Mahola
Saxophone, flute, keys: Simon Attwell
Guitar: Julio Sigauque, Christian Bakalanga
Bass: Josh Hawks
Drums: Peter Cohen
Photos by Jonx Pillemer