ARTE VIVA MUSIC  |  Abavuki

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ABAVUKI

South Africa  |  Afro-Fusion / World

PROFILE

Abavuki are an Afro-Fusion World Music Ensemble from Langa, Cape Town, who celebrated their 20th anniversary in December 2021.   Their popular music style sees traditional African instruments (drums, percussion & marimbas) overlaid with brass (trumpet / saxophone / trombone) and vocals to create their unique, vibrant & contemporary Mzansi sound, firmly based on African music principles & influenced by kwaito, jazz and Latin American rhythms.  

 

Their live performances have been described as “absolutely incredible”, “riveting” and “ an incredible rhythmic sound storm”.

 

Abavuki are internationally loved and have played their vivacious upbeat grooves in 13 countries to date, including the Netherlands, Germany, Algeria, Germany and China.  They have performed for crowds of up to 40 000 people, and their connection to rhythm, joy and life resonates easily across cultures to bring people together and get everyone dancing!

*New Album and World Tour in 2023/2024!

LISTEN / STREAM

"Abavuki are the most energetic band I have ever seen... they weave traditional African rhythms and melodies into a contemporary format which is highly accessible to a wide audience. Their high-energy style of music is uplifting and very danceable."
 
Davy Sims, Media Producer & ex-BBC Editor

Lathitha (2021)

Lathitha (2021)
Lathitha (2021)

Lathitha (2021)

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Lobola (2021)

Lobola (2021)

05:38
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Mereko (2021)

Mereko (2021)

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Abavuki in Concert #Roadto20 - Global Livestream & Physical Concert, 2021

  • Opening of the Cape Epic Race, SA, 2020

  • Bazique Festival, SA, 2019

  • Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak, Malaysia, 2017

  • Ethno Port, Poznan, Poland, 2015

  • Respect Festival, Prague, Czech Rep, 2015

  • Oerol, Terschelling, the Netherlands, 2015

  • Houtfestival, Haarlem,
    the Netherlands, 2015

  • Fusion-Festival, Larz, Germany, 2015

  • Afrikafestival, Hertme,
    the Netherlands, 2015

  • Zomer van Antwerpen, Belgium, 2015

  • Colours of Ostrava, Czech Rep, 2015

  • Okarina Etno Festival, Bled, Slovenia, 2015

  • Festival der Kulturen, Augsburg,
    Germany, 2015

  • Folk Holidays, Náměšť nad Oslavou,
    Czech Republic, 2015

  • Bardentreffen, Nürnberg, Germany, 2015

DISCOGRAPHY

  • One Summer in Europe (2015)

  • Decade (2012)

  • Africa got Soul (2009)

  • Live in China (2006)

  • African Rhythms (2004)

  • Upcoming:

  • New Album Release & 20th Anniversary Tour (2023-24) 

PREVIOUS INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES

Algeria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia & Sweden

BAND LINE UP & PERFORMANCE FORMATS

  • Sabu Jiyana - marimbas, mbira, percussion & vocals

  • Kim Masala - marimbas, percussion & vocals

  • Thando Sishuba - trumpet & vocals

  • Ndima Makubalo - percussion & vocals

  • Bongani Ngesi - marimbas, percussion & vocals

  • and guests.

 

Performance format options: 

6 - 8 piece band

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20 year Anniversary International Live Stream Concert - 2021

  • Winner of IMEXSA Export of
    the Year - 2015

  • Selected & Performed at Womex - 2014