Based:Cape Town

The Little Giants was established in 1999 by local jazz icons, Ezra Ngcukana and George Werner, at the request of organisers of the annual Jazzathon festival. They needed a township youth band to perform South African standards at their 2000 event. The performance was received with such great response from the audience that it was decided to continue with the project.

This group’s repertoire of African standards, jazz standards, fusion and original material has wowed the crowds wherever they have played. The combination of traditional rhythms and a solid brass section has provided this group with a biggish band sound that is not often found in community projects of this nature.

Their first big event, after the 2000 Jazzathon, was as an open act for the “African Piano” event, which featured Bheki Mseleku and Mervyn Africa, at the Baxter Theatre in 2000. From there onwards, demand for the group arose