FRESHLYGROUND @ Jazz Cafe

  • May 4, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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FRESHLYGROUND

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Freshlyground formed in early 2002, and is made up of seven talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. The experienced rhythm section of Peter Cohen (drums) & Josh Hawks (bass) is complimented by guitarist Julio Sigauque, keyboardist Seredeal Scheepers, Simon Attwell (flute, mbira, sax and harmonica) and violinist Kyla Rose Smith. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.


In 2003 Freshlyground launched their debut album, Jika Jika under their own Freeground Records label, the immediate success of which firmly cemented the band as one of South Africa’s most successful young acts.


Freshlyground released their second studio album Nomvula in July 2004. Nomvula was recorded and produced by JB Arthur and Sibusiso Victor Masondo. The album sparked interest from Sony BMG Africa, who signed the band and released Nomvula in September that year. Radio quickly picked up on the single ‘Doo Be Doo’ and the catchy song went on to become a crossover favorite amongst a diverse spread of stations and their listeners. ‘Doo Be Doo’ was the most played song in South Africa in 2005. The major success of ‘Doo Be Doo’ was followed by the singles ‘I’d Like’, ‘Zithande’, ‘Things Have Changed’ and the title track of the album ‘Nomvula’.
The album sold[masked] units in South Africa alone- earning it multi-platinum status. The success and broad appeal of the band was celebrated in November 2006 when Freshlyground won the MTV Europe Award in the category Best African Act. The award placed the band firmly on the international music map and earned them further recognition on home soil as significant South African cultural exports.

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The success of Nomvula was followed by that of Ma Cheri - Freshlyground’s third studio album, released in September 2007. The album’s release was followed by a major South African tour attended by over[masked] people across four cities. The tour was produced by Freshlyground and supported by Volkswagen South Africa. The tour successfully raised the performance and production standards of local touring, putting the band on par with international acts in terms of production scale and value. Ma Cheri sold multi platinum in South Africa and the single Pot Belly became another major crossover success.


In 2009 Freshlyground did 4 sold out tours in Europe. They also toured for the first time in China, the United States of America and Canada, making the band one of a handful of South African acts to have a successful and sustainable career both internationally and at home.


Now, with their already GOLD fourth studio album, ‘Radio Africa’, Freshlyground is preparing to broadcast their unique sound, a sound that has turned the seven-piece into one of South Africa’s most treasured acts, to the rest of the continent and the world. While putting the finishing touches to ‘Radio Africa’ in New York in February this year the band was selected to co-perform in the Official Song for the 2010 World Cup.


Entitled ‘ Waka Waka- This Time For Africa” the song is featured on “Listen Up: The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album™,” and is a collaboration with Colombian superstar, Shakira.
Freshlyground performed Waka Waka live at the FIFA Kickoff Concert and the Word Cup Final game between Spain and the Netherlands which broadcast to over a billion people world wide. To date ‘Waka Waka’ has sold well over 3 million singles and reached number #1 on several charts worldwide. The song is the most successful anthem in the history of the FIFA World Cup and has introduced Freshlyground and their music to a host of new fans across the globe.

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  • Maria

    Fantastic! Really enjoyed it!

    May 5, 2013

  • Nana

    Fantastic energetic show!

    May 5, 2013

  • Nana

    Fantastic energetic show!

    May 5, 2013

  • Dario

    Hi all sorry about that but can't make it, wish you great fun & see you soon!

    May 4, 2013

  • shebup

    Sorry unable to make this. Double booked. Looks fab. Look forward to the reviews.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, It seems that tickets are sold out for tonight. There are still tickets for tomorrow night, so I am going to check it out on Sunday night instead. If anyone would like to meet up on the Sunday, please feel free to send me a text -[masked]

    May 4, 2013

  • William B.

    Man, this looks really cool. Does anyone have any advice on getting tickets this late?

    May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      William, did you end up getting your ticket at customer service? I am wondering if I should try that too...

      May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone has a spare ticket, please give me a call on[masked] and I will happily take it off your hands!

    May 3, 2013

  • Nana

    There are a few tickets still available. Click here http://bit.ly/120gR5e

    May 2, 2013

  • Nozi

    Hi All,

    Looking forward to meeting everyone.
    Are we meeting up beforehand, maybe somewhere at the venue or a nearby cafe/pub/bar? I don't know the area well so can't suggest a place but if anyone is interested in meeting up then maybe we can organise something.

    Cheers,
    N

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will buy tix closer to the day of the event!

    April 15, 2013

  • Vela

    Just checked on Ticketmaster. Tickets are £22.50 (£20 for tix + £2.50 booking fees), and for the general admission/downstairs standing area. Tables are extra from what I've gathered. Nana - please will you confirm that we're to get the general admission/downstairs standing tickets, and then meet up ahead and head there together?

    April 14, 2013

    • Nana

      Yes that's correct. Get the general admission tickets.

      April 14, 2013

  • íris

    hello!!i would like seeing the concert,when is exactly and how much is it? :( !!

    April 1, 2013

  • Maz

    Maybe

    April 1, 2013

  • Tori m.

    doo be doo! :)

    March 16, 2013

  • shebup

    I would love to attend this event. Are there plans to meet up before hand?

    March 10, 2013

    • Nana

      We could meet up beforehand. Do you have any suggestions?

      March 11, 2013

    • shebup

      I was thinking more on the day.. Prior to event starting?, They have a few cafe's near the Jazz Cafe?

      March 11, 2013

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