Based: Cape Town
Roxy Grooves is a Cape Town-based function band, comprising of a handful of the city’s finest musicians:
Monique Roxanne Hellenberg (Vocals), Yohan Chun (Keyboard & Vocals), Francois Botha (Bass & Vocals) and Kevin Gibson (Drumkit)
Their repertoire ranges from Jazz Standards (eg. “My Baby Just Cares For Me” by Nina Simone), Power Ballads (eg. “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston) and Neo-Soul (eg. “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar) to Pop (eg. “Halo” byBeyonce & “Cheap Thrills” by Sia), Evergreen Classics (eg. “Over The Rainbow”) & even your favourite animated movie theme songs (eg. “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana!)
MONIQUE ROXANNE HELLENBERG – Lead Singer
SAMRO Award-Winning Singer & Jazz Singing Lecturer (UCT), Monique Hellenberg (BMus – Jazz – UCT) has just recently returned from International 5-Star Hotel Residency performances in China, Thailand & Bahrain .Her diamond-quality voice is probably best-recognized in SA NuJazz Group, Goldfish’s, first Number 1 Hit, “This Is How It Goes” as well as “The Voice SA Competition 2017”. Having studied a variety of styles of music all over the world in the formats of: Cuban Music Summer School, Tuscan Musical Theatre Project, Bobby McFerrin’s “Circlesongs”Course & Cape Town School Of Songwriting, Monique is a versatile singer, masterfully yet seamlessly meandering from genre to genre.She has recently released her Debut E.P., “Finally Free”, as well as new single collaboration with “Coloured Black” called, “Keep Walking”. Her music is available on popular digital platforms including Apple Music, Spotify & YouTube).
YOHAN CHUN – Keyboard Player / Singer
Yohan Chun is a South Korean Pianist, Vocalist & Multi-Instrumentalist, comfortable working in many different styles & is well-known in the Classical, Jazz, Popular, Opera & Musical Theatre Circuits. She has toured Asia playing keyboards in an International Production of “The Sound of Music” & was also chosen to attend a Piano Symposium in Freiburg, Germany where she had received Masterclasses from renowned International Pianists. She has played as a Soloist in venues such as, the Baxter Concert Hall & Artscape, as well as the Durban & Cape Town City Halls. Yohan has a BMus (Honours in Performance – UCT) & was the Winner of the FMR Bursary Competition & the Grahamstown National Music Competition.
FRANCOIS BOTHA – Double Bassist / Singer
Francois Botha is a Double Bassist, Pianist & Vocalist, active in the Classical & Jazz Music Scenes. While pursuing his career as a solo artist he is also an experienced accompanist & collaborator & has worked with some of the finest artists in the country & abroad, including Andrea Bocelli & Stephen Hough. He has toured Asia with International productions such as “The Sound of Music” & “Phantom of the Opera” & has performed in venues such as The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as well as the Philharmonie & Konzerthaus in Berlin. Francois has a BMus (Honours in Performance – UCT) & was the Winner of the FMR Bursary Competition & the National Ensemble Competition.
KEVIN GIBSON – Drummer
Kevin Gibson was born in Durban & began performing as a drummer with local musicians from the age of 13. He studied at the University of Natal with Darius Brubeck, Berkley College of Music & North Florida University. He taught drums at UCT for 4 years after moving to Cape Town in 1991, where he currently resides. He has performed & recorded with numerous local & visiting musicians, including Johnny Clegg, Winston Mankunku, David Kramer, Johnny Fourie & Herb Ellis. Kevin has worked in Europe, Russia, USA, Cuba, UK, Canada and North Africa & is able to cover a wide spectrum of musical styles & genres.