Based: Cape Town
Known for changing the face of instrumental music in South Africa and beyond with their extraordinary fusion of virtuosity and fresh beats, Sterling EQ boasts four successful releases, over 700 live performances since 2007, and tens of thousands of followers worldwide. The SAMA Award-winning instrumental pop group is made up of electric flautist Carina Bruwer, electric violinist Eriel Huang and electric cellist Ariella Caira – three Classically trained virtuosos with dozens of awards, degrees and distinctions between them, who share a passion for the latest beats and pop music trends.
The all-woman supergroup performs more than 120 shows per year, touring their albums, playing at SA’s most coveted events, sharing stages with global music icons, and enjoying extensive media coverage across all mainstream media. They have performed in 10 countries and for live audiences of up to 40,000, and on live broadcasts to millions of global television viewers.
Career highlights include winning an SA Music Award in 2011 (becoming only the 2nd all-girl band in a decade to do so), signing a major record deal with EMI South Africa in 2011, performing at top events like the SAMA Awards Show, the FIFA Congress Opening Ceremony and Official World Cup Banquet (2010), the World Travel Awards in India, Dubai, Durban and Johannesburg, SA Idols 2011 (guest artist), the IPL 2009 Opening Matches and the Cape Town Stadium launch and numerous private and corporate parties, events and showcases. Other memorable career moments include collaborating with the likes of Boney M, Dave van Vuuren and Loyiso Bala; sharing stages with artists such as Snow Patrol, Carole Samaha and Lira, and performing in front of celebrities like Elton John, Liz Hurley, Annie Lennox, Lance Armstrong and Dr Robert Rey, amongst others.
Further international recognition include playlisting on international satellite channel CMusic TV, being chosen by The Guardian (UK) as one of its “Musical Movers and Shakers” from across the Globe in its “March Best Music from Around the Map”, and song submissions from top international songwriters and instrumental music producers, including Tony Hiller and the celebrated Mike Batt.
RELEASES Sterling EQ’s latest album, PULSE, was released in August 2012 under the EMI label. The band had previously released 2 studio albums as an Indie – Sterling Speel Afrikaans in 2010 and Nova in 2009 – as well as a live DVD, Sterling EQ Live in Concert (2010). All three releases were nominated for SAMA’s (and Sterling Speel Afrikaans for a Tempo Award), with the Live DVD clinching the coveted award in 2011.