Summarised Artist biographies.
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz (US)
Known as “probably the most dangerous drummer alive”, Chris Dave has been around the world and back, playing for and recording with some of music’s most established and iconic artists including: Adele, Maxwell, D’Angelo, Beyoncé , Kenny Garrett, Terrence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Donald Brown, MF Doom, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Me’shell N’Degeocello and Lalah HathawayMint Condition (Janet Jackson World Tour), Michelle Williams, Dianne Reeves, Sa Ra, Geri Allen, Yolanda Adams, Soulful Symphony, Reginald Veal and more.Chris Dave eccentric approach to the drum set and his ability to adapt to any musical setting, makes him one of the most in-demand drummers of his generation - whether jazz, hip-hop or R&B. His open interpretations of rhythm and his ability to conform to each musical setting differently have led to many new opportunities and platforms for Chris Dave to show his evolution to the world. Recent projects include his contribution as the featured drummer on Adele’s Grammy nominated album 21 and Maxwell’s Grammy winning album BLACKsummers’ night.
Nephew and child prodigy of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Rakesh Chuarasia is an accomplished flautist in his own right. Chaurasia plays the simple yet extremely challenging instrument, the Bansuri (bamboo flute) with virtuoso acclaim. Blending tradition with his own personal and unique signature has seen him receive numerous awards and accolades, invitations to perform in Festivals around the world including joining Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Joshua Redman.Rakesh's most recent venture is his fusion band Rakesh Chaurasia and Friends (RAF) which creates music that appeals to the young without sacrificing the essence of classical music. Rakesh Chaurasia is accompanied by Gino Banks (Drums), Satyajit Talwalkar (Tabla), Sheldon D’Silva (Bass Guitar), Sanjoy Das (Guitar) and Sangeet Haldipur (Keyboard/ Vocalist & Composer).
The once Texan, now New York-based quasi-collective has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience. The convergence of musicians from white and black America, which occurred while the band was in its adolescence, has naturally established a system of balance that instantly draws listeners to the music- raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation. Snarky Puppy is a three-headed creature: first, and most obviously- an original music ensemble. Second- a production team and session band for individual artists. Third, and probably most importantly- Snarky Puppy is a group of musicians enthusiastically committed to music education and community outreach.
Dubbed, an ‘ancestral jazz-rock god’, Philip Tabane is one of South Africa's longest-running and most respected and innovative jazz guitarists and band leaders, as well as a mentor to those who have been part of his percussion-based backing band Malombo. Active since the early sixties, he has toured internationally but remains based in his home country. He is the recipient of the South Africa Music Awards (SAMA) Lifetime Achievement Prize and in 1998 was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Philosophy of Music from the University of Venda. He defined the Malombo style of music and is still going strong and pulling the crowds as his musical influence continues to cross generations and cultures.
The band of five is making waves on the South African music scene. Crossing all cultural and musical boundaries, The Muffinz is the real deal – all members playing their instruments and all singing - blending soulful mastery with a fresh new take that is raw and honest in its appeal, combining many musical genres into one effortless unique sound. Formed officially in 2010 after winning a competition at Cool Runnings in Mellville, they went on to sign a record deal in April 2011, recoding their debut album at Jazzworx Studios and releasing to critical acclaim in May 2012. Wherever this talented quintet play they draw the crowds and build on their following. The CTIJF will be no exception.
His roots and his tone are from Senegal, but Moh Dediouf is of another generation. His music beats to the rhythm of a wanderer, fed by encounters and the quest for new horizons. This journey started some thirty years ago, in a family house where traditional African rhythms mingled with the musical mastery of Marvin Gaye and James Brown. From this fertile mix flourished an unstoppable creative passion which was tempered with Moh’s move to France for his studies which expanded his musical universe. His lyrics speak of an African reality without clichés, while his unique sound fluctuates between blues and ballads. Dediouf is daring in his influences but never loses direction. Lyrics in French, English and Wolof testify to collaborations with dozens of French, Africa, Arab, Swiss, and American artists. From his wide-ranging musical influences he’s cultivated a global approach that extracts the essence of each artistic horizon he encounters. Singer, drummer, percussionist, Moh has worked in many musical combinations (soul acoustic trios, jazz groups, etc.). He colours Western music with African hues and sings English songs in Wolof, drawing on his roots and memories of music from his childhood. He released his first solo album, self-produced, in 2007. Acclaimed in the industry, it won first prize for the song “Adouana” in the World Music Category of the US International Songwriting Competition, beating out 15,000 competitors from 100 countries. Songs in French, Wolof and English link Africa and the rest of the world. As an artist and human being, this connection is his philosophy for confronting society’s ills. The symbol of a new movement, African Artists for the Next Generation, Moh-Dediouf always surrounds himself with European and African artists to forge pathways between Africa and the rest of the world. For Moh, it’s through his music that the real Africa will burst onto the world stage.
Andreya Triana is an experimental and self-taught singer and songwriter originally hailing from South East London. Her music is of the moody soul variety while her husky voice is reminiscent of Lauryn Hill and Cassandra Wilson. At 17 she started doing an open-mike night at a local music venue where the owner introduced her to a collective of musicians, with whom she formed a group called Bootis. While studying for a degree in music technology in Leeds, Andreya decided to re-form Bootis with new members and a new multi-genre sound. Soon, her love of improvisation would birth her Freeflo Sessions -- a one-woman show using a sampler to loop vocals, percussive sounds, and beats, live. She toured extensively with her Freeflo Sessions, and as a result of the creative strength she displayed in the show she was selected in 2006, to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy in Australia, where she further developed her style for improvisation and secured links with some of the best producers and musicians on the music scene at that time. Multiple collaborations ensued daily at the Academy, notably "Tea Leaf Dancers," a collaboration with hip-hop producer Flying Lotus (released on Warp Records), which caught the attention of Ninja Tune stalwart Simon Green, also known as Bonobo. He featured her on his Black Sands album and then offered to produce her first full-length effort, Lost Where I Belong. The 2010 debut was a well-received set of smoky ballads and well-produced mid-tempo soul, all with a distinctive retro feel.
Mi Casa is a South African multi-award nominated and winning urban jazz band that fuses deep house and soul into their unique and instantly recognizable rhythmic sound. Consisting of : Dr Duda (producer and DJ), JSomething (songwriter, vocalist and guitarist) and Mo-T (trumpeter), the trio have amped up the airwaves across the country and are fast gaining international traction with two of their tracks ‘Heavenly Sent’ and ‘La Vida’ being remixed by Charles Webster and AtJazz respectively. They are one of the most in-demand bands in South Africa