Based: Cape Town
Blake Hellaby is a young emerging artist in South Africa, making a name for himself across many musical genres.
He graduated from the esteemed University of Cape Town with a BMus Performance in 2014.
Blake has performed with local artists such as McCoy Mrubata, Frank Paco, Mark Fransman, Ian Smith, Buddy Wells, John Hassan, Nono Nkoane, Adelia Douw and the Delft Big Band.
In 2013 he produced, mixed and mastered his band’s, ‘Under The Influence’, first EP ‘Hindsight’, which was signed to the Chicago based record label and radio station ‘Chicago House FM’. Of the 5 songs released, 2 made it onto the Heart 104.9fm top 10.
Blake was selected to be part of the Standard Bank National Youth Band, The Standard Bank Schools’ Big Band, and The Miagi Youth Orchestra.
He has performed at The Oslo Jazz Festival, The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Jo’burg Joy of Jazz Festival, The Grahamstown Jazz Festival, The Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin, Jazz on The Rocks – Titties Baai. He has also toured Burgundy, France with The Delft Big Band.