Based: Cape Town
Patrick O`Shea Guitar/Vocals & Maurice Paliaga Bass/Vocals
These two crazy, fun-loving, rockers play The One and Only Hotel`s New Years Eve soiree to much acclaim!! One of their career highlights was being selected to back international 90’s star Haddaway ( famous hit : ” what is love baby don’t hurt me” ) . These two can regularly be found playing a flaming rock blues set at some of the Cape`s most die hard music rooms. If you`re wondering where you recognize Maurice and his chops from, he is bassist of The Dirty Skirts who has shared stages with Oasis, Snow Patrol, Evanescence & Billy Talent, played venues in the USA, UK & United Emirates and won a SAMA for best alternative rock album for 2012. Patrick was a founding member of Sudan during the 90`s.
kisangwa “Junior” Mbouta Drums/Vocals
This incredibly talented charismatic young musician brings an incredible spine and vibrance to the band with his drumming. Born in the DRC, Junior is the consummate drummer, producer and a prolific English/Congolese/French vocalist with a vocal sound likened most often to Seal. He`s played with some heavyweights across Africa including, Koffi olomide(DRC), Kool(DRC), Jolino(DRC/switzerland), Afro fiesta, Azania, Hassan’adas, Jimmy Dludlu, Judith sephuma, New bridge, Claire Phillips, Vivian jones(Jamaica), IQULAH(jamaica).
Mark M.Goliath Keyboards/Synth
This seasoned, fiery veteran has remained uncharacteristically elusive in light of his illustrious and diverse CV, having played for just about every royal family, corporation, and played with some of the biggest stars in music. He`s a pianist, music producer, keys & synth wizard who`s produced several award winning artists and performed in the corporate, concert, club, theatre, studio, festival, television, jazz, funk, r&b, rock, soul, gospel, scene the world over. Countries he`s toured include, the US, Germany, Holland, UK, UAE, China, Africa, etc.
On the list of gigs he`s played/musicians he`s played with, are, North Sea Jazz Fest, SA Jazz Fest, Shakatak, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Dludlu, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Judith Sephuma, Sibonghile, and many more. Among his recent corporate clients are The City of Cape Town & Johannesburg, Vodacom, CellC, MTN, Truworths, Toyota INTL, Old Mutual, The Protea Group, SABS, ETV, MWEB, CocaCola, GoodhopeFM, SAA, ANC, British Airways, Redbull, Cape Grace among others. He`s renowned for his unique sound, intensity and diversity … Mark`s solo and music production abilities are nothing short of Legendary, he`s also the keyboardist responsible for some of the finest rhythm sections the country has seen.
Nash Reed Songwriter / Lead Vocalist
A song stylist who`s made multi-genre music around the world for many years. A few of her achievements/accolades/experiences are Writing and recording her critically acclaimed, unreleased rock album in 2003
*The 2010 SAMA nomination for her debut release Mercurial.
*An extensive 15 year touring career around the world ..especially the past 10years spent living and performing mostly in Osaka & Tokyo Japan.
*VH1 USA Adult Contemporary Songwriter of the year award recipient.
*Published articles as the only non Japanese critic of the work of acclaimed respected Japanese theatre director, Asari Keita for the Andrew Lloyd Weber Rice Company.
*Formal continued study at Berkleemusic Boston USA.
Having travelled, lived and performed around the world including cities in South Africa, China, Japan, Indonesia, UAE, Thailand, Italy, France, Switzerland, etc. over the past ten years, she`s performed with, and for some incredible people from every kind of joint… “Who was in the audience ..or sharing the stage?” Our beloved Tata Madiba Nelson Mandela, His Royal Highness King Hussein of Jordan, Prince Albert of Monaco, The Duke of Kent, The Crown prince & princess of Malaysia, Michael Schumacher, Montoya, A1circuit Dubai, The Crown Princess of Brunai. Musicians include, Frank Paco, Kevin Gibson, Lucas Khumalo, Mark M. Goliath, Musa Manzini, Prime Circle, C-Base Collective, Stevie Wonder, Neyo, Craig David, Eric Benet, Randy Crawford, Rus Nerwich, Dave Ledbetter, Andrew Lilley, Proverb, Paolo Gomez (Brazil), Tony Paco, Jeff Curry (USA), Dennis Fraser (Germany), Phillip Young (Boston USA), James Schoffield, Buddy Wells, Simon Cosgrove (UK), Chris Silverstein, Hiroshi Tanaka, Fumitaka Tomizawa, Pat Glynn, Shingo Yamaguchi, Dave Ridgeway, Allou April, Kaleb James, Donald Jackson (Chicago USA), Greg Luttrell, Tony Hall among others.
Speed plays classic Motown, Funk, Rock and Pop Hits from the eighties to present day, Expect : Michael Jackson, Cielo Green, Dire Straits , Level 42, David Bowie, Bob Marley , Santana, Seal and all the great bands that were and are! Speed covers all these bands in their own unique way, guaranteed to get any party going. But if you want a soft first set that’s no problem too.