South Africa’s Freshlyground will perform at the Jazz Café on 19th and 20th July 2014.
The band was selected to co-perform in the Official Song for the 2010 World Cup. Entitled “Waka Waka – This Time For Africa” the song is featured on “Listen Up: The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album™,” and is a collaboration with Colombian superstar, Shakira.
Freshlyground performed “Waka Waka” live at the 2010 FIFA Kickoff Concert and the Word Cup Final game between Spain and the Netherlands. To date “Waka Waka” has sold well over three million singles and reached number #1 on several charts worldwide. The song is the most successful anthem in the history of the FIFA World Cup and has introduced Freshlyground and their music to a host of new fans across the globe.
Freshlyground was formed in early 2002, and is made up of seven talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success.
The experienced rhythm section of Peter Cohen (drums) & Josh Hawks (bass) is complimented by guitarist Julio Sigauque, keyboardist Seredeal Scheepers, Simon Attwell (flute, mbira, sax and harmonica) and violinist Kyla Rose Smith. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.
In 2009 Freshlyground did four sold out tours in Europe. They also toured for the first time in China, the United States of America and Canada, making the band one of a handful of South African acts to have a successful and sustainable career both internationally and at home.
On both nights Freshlyground will be supported by Haiki, an Ethiopian singer and songwriter who uses the guitar to express a rootsy, soulful style.
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