11 musicians bring African Rhythm to Stellenbosch

African Rhythm will be performing at Gallery University Stellenbosch tomorrow, Thursday September 21.

Tomorrow, Thursday September 21, Gallery University Stellenbosch (GUS) will host the young and groovy mega-band African Rhythm, in a free concert, and after the performance, the musicians will engage in an open conversation with the audience.

African Rhythm was born a few years ago, when a group of 11 young musicians who all sang and played music instruments, each struck a chord together.

“What began as jam sessions, busking in the streets of Johannesburg and a YouTube video that went viral, turned into a youth band that got recognition from various media platforms” recall the band members.

They promise: “Our music is fresh, soulful, music change the usual run of mill rappers and Dj’s who currently dominates the music scene. We play real instruments and we play them well”.

Their instruments include djembe drums, bongo drums, marimba, shakers and horns.

The band was featured in CNN’s African Voices in 2016 as “Africa’s hottest, new musicians on a mission to make their audience feel the beat”. African Rhythm featured in dozens of festivals, and will be in Western Cape for Afro Fest.

This event is the third in The Stellies Jazz Experiment series. The series is an initiative of GUS, supported by Alliance Française Stellenbosch – exploring the possibility of turning the white cube into a pop-up live music club.

The series previously hosted successful performances by South African musicians Vuma Levin, Madisini and Found at Sea.

Curator of GUS, Valeria Geselev, says: “We wish to construct an inclusive and inspiring public space in Stellenbosch, making space for creative social happenings. We want to keep it steady and free, and are reaching out to potential partners who want to support culture in the area, such as Alliance Française Stellenbosch who support the upcoming performance.”

GUS Gallery University Stellenbosch is based on the corner of Dorp and Bird streets, Stellenbosch.

Contact Valeria at 071 550 1427 or email gus@sun.ac.za for more information.