Based: Johannesburg

Shortstraw are an indie rock band from Johannesburg South Africa.
With their simple melodies and catchy rhythms, Shortstraw has taken the greatest of pleasure in performing at the most prominent live music venues and festivals in South Africa. After 2014 took the band outside South Africa, Shortstraw continue to bring their uniquely South African “Indie-Bele” sound to the rest of the world.
Here comes a little bragging for those needing to see some credentials. Shortstraw is super proud to have so far seen three singles from the 2013 sophomore album Good Morning, Sunshine placed with in the top 5 of the 5FM Top40 countdown, the country’s biggest chart show.

Shortstraw won BEST INDIE at the 2013 MK Awards for the music video for One Long Day, and at the 2014 MK Awards picked up BEST ALBUM for Good Morning, Sunshineand BEST VIDEO for Waterworks. Shortstraw was nominated for BEST ALTERNATIVE at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards. In 2015, the band’s latest album Youthlessdebuted at #1 on the South African iTunes Chart.

Shortstraw has also had the incredible opportunity to have toured with a number of great international bands both in South Africa and abroad, including The Kooks (UK), The Jungle Giants (AUS), Bombay Bicycle Club (UK), Last Dinosaurs (AUS), and the Dune Rats (AUS).