Based: Cape Town
Black South Easter formed in early 2010 and is made up of an eclectic mix of five diverse and experienced musicians. Fronted by the silken-voiced Nhoza Sitsholwana, the band’s performances are a mix of up-beat dance rhythms which get people on their feet and rocking soul with a distinctive South African flavour. The experienced rhythm section of Jimi Curve (bass) and Jerry Mbowa (drums) is complimented by guitarist Dan Boshoff and Vaughn Tromp on saxophone. The band member’s passion for their music is reflected in every energetic performance and their cool vibe is contagious.
Black South Easter takes their name from the uplifting and revitalizing winds that blow across the Cape Peninsula and their music reflects this. Their unique and original progressive afro-fusion sound mixes the best of local flavours including afro-rock, soul, dance and reggae. With infectious grooves and soaring melodies the band captivates and moves their audiences in a typically South African celebration.
Since forming, the band has been incredibly hard at work getting their music heard across the country and building a solid fan base. They’ve just completed a nationwide tour to promote their debut album ‘In Waves’.
Silken-voiced Nhoza Sitsholwana started her career at 17, singing backup for Simphiwe Dana. Now 25, she has become an accomplished vocalist and performer. Nhoza hails from King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape. She comes from a family of female vocalists and, from a very young age, was raised in the tradition of the church choir.
Bass Guitar, Producer
Veteran musician, Jimi Curve, plays bass guitar and is the band’s producer. Originally from Port Elizabeth, he studied music at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Over the last 15 years Jimi has played in the influential PE trio ‘Chakra Tickle’, founded the Jack Mantis Band, supported Sepultura on their South African tour in 2005 and has also performed with the likes of Blunt, Arno Carstens, Ard Mathews, Dan Patlansky, Steve Newman and Robbie Jansen.
Guitarist, Dan Boshoff, is originally from the Garden Route. He has developed his own unique style of playing which is based on the fusion of the classic and world music he admires. Incorporated into this, are Southern African influences ranging from Steve Newman and Tony Cox to John Selolwane , the rock sounds of Theo Crous and dub of Tiago Paulo.
Drummer Jerry Mbowa, hails from Maputo, Mozambique. Jerry has been touring locally and internationally for the past 20 years. He was in the hit show ‘Diamonds in the Dust’ and has been on stage with musicians of the calibre of McCoy Mrubata and Winston Mankunku. Jerry brings a fantastic fusion of rhythms to the music as he mixes subtle African rhythms with rock and funk patterns.
Vaughn Tromp, the band’s saxophonist, has been touring the world extensively over the past few years. He has played with Lucky Dube and Gito Baloi, among others, and is originally from Johannesburg. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, his talents also include playing guitar and piano. Vaughn brings a deep and soulful voice to the bands’ sound and puts the experience gained playing on many stages worldwide into every performance.