Bio

Teaching Experience:

I’ve been teaching guitar privately since 1992. I taught music theory & ear training at Damelin (previously Allenby Campus dept of contemporary music) for 9 years and I compiled the syllabuses for those subjects. I also taught harmony, arranging, ensemble, improvisation, guitar, ear training at Reddam House Music Academy. I teach and arrange for the Afro-Jazz ensemble at Pridwin Preparatory School. The group won a trophy for best ensemble at the Eisteddfod held in Johannesburg, 2013.

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Playing Experience:

As a freelance guitarist I’ve worked with many musicians & bands including: Izio Gross (Brazilian Pianist), Mike Makhalemele, Gito Baloi, Wessel Van Rensburg, Howard Belling, Kelly Petlane, Zvi Belling, Chris Tokalon, Jo Blu, Absolute Zero, Kathy Raven, Marcus Wyatt, Graeme Currie, Carlo Mombelli, Christopher Luke, Abbey Artico, Kerry Hiles, Lynne Poulson, Kevin Davidson, Edith Klugh, Dan Selsick, Clifford Cooper, Ziza Mhlongo, Chris Chameleon, Melanie Lowe, Philip De Villiers, Elvis Blue, Kutlwano Masoto and many others.

I’ve also performed at many high profile corporate events and theatre productions including: “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Summer Holiday”, “Feeling Groovy”, “Motown Gold”, “Frankly Speaking”, “Boogie Nights”, “Aladdin”, “The Rocky Horror Show”and a number of Barnyard Theatre shows. I played in the successful South African run of Disney’s acclaimed production of “The Lion King” and was the guitarist in the house band for the Nigerian T.V series “Don’t forget the lyrics”.

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 Recordings, compositions & productions:

I’ve composed, arranged & recorded music for various theatrical productions and artists and composed music for many radio/Television commercials (clients include: Fanta, Channel “O”, Energade, Compaq, Sowetan, SABC, Amstel), co-written, recorded & produced children’s albums in the “Goggatjie” series (AKA Records) and  a series of African children’s albums in the “African Treehouse” range.

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Awards & nominations:

6 SAMA nominations (2 in 2009, 2, 2010, 2 in 2011)
SAMA winner for the CD African Numbers in the category “Best kids’ CD 2011”

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