The Rudimentals 

Time 15:00 ___ 18:00

De Waal Park

I saw an ad in the Cape Ads which read “Ska band looking for a vocalist”,” says charismatic front-man Tehobo (Teboes) Maidza, , who having performed alongside his Harare home-boys Mbira, musical legend Andy Brown and Afro-jazz man Oliver Mtukudzi, in his youth, thought to himself “I’m up for this” Having charmed and cajoled Duane Heydenreich (drums), Ettienne Harris (guitar) and Barry Clausen (bass) into also believing he was indeed “up for this “ they formed the core of The Rudimentals. Recognizing the need for a powerful horn sound, the band was led to Simon Bates (saxophone), Jody Engelbrecht (trumpet), and Ross McDonald (trombone), all of whom were students at the UCT College of Music at the time.

Then the band was joined by philosopher-keyboard player Dirk Meerkotte as well as the legendary extraordinary mensch of a man – Doc Mike Levy a renowned Medical Sea Point Practitioner and surfer who has played professionally for more than 30 years with the likes of Louis R and the Jive, Percy Sledge, and Zayne Adams, to name but a few. The latest addition to the band was bassist Errol Strachan, (AKA Bong), a former SA freestyle skateboard champion!. There are 12 or so members of THE RUDIMENTALS, or there was at the last count, plus visiting S A international Artists guesting with this unique ensemble of extraordinary gifted musicians all of whom just love to make music.

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Despite having been around for just over a year (began 2012), South African band Grassy Spark have played such festivals as Synergy Live (main stage), Up The Creek (river stage), Rocking The Daisies and Splashy Fen (main stage). Not bad for a band fresh out the blocks. The band fuses elements of Reggae, Ska, Rock, Latin, Old-school R&B and more creating a modern and refreshing, foot-stompin’, spine jigglin’ sound. Grassy Spark seeks to inject new life into the once mighty SA Ska scene. Grassy Spark recorded and released their debut offering “The Virtual Kids” on the 21st September, from their bedrooms. They wrote, recorded, mixed and captured their live sound It was then mastered by Simon Ratcliffe at Sound and Motion Studios before being released onto the World Wide Web for free, receiving over 1000 downloads in their first week.


Brent is an award winning writer, actor and comedian. He has worked extensively in TV, film and Theatre. His most recent TV credits include roles in ‘Tali’s Wedding Diary’(Showmax), ‘Those who Can’t’(SABC) and ‘Jamilla and Alladin’(CBBC). Brent has also acted in a number of Fugard Theatre productions including award winning ‘A Steady Rain’, alongside Nicholas Pauling, ‘The Father’ alongside Marius Wyers and Louis Viljoen’s play The Kingmakers. In 2012 Brent wrote and acted in ‘Bench’, a Fleur Du Cap nominated script, in which he appeared alongside Adrian Collins. Brent also wrote ‘Witnesses’ which won the Fleur Du Cap for best direction award for Mathew Wilde in 2005

Together with BenchFilms; Brent co-produced, wrote and appeared in the 2015 SAFTA winning short film ‘Picture Perfect Heist’. The team are currently developing a funded feature film of the same name. Brent wrote, directed and acted in a short film called ‘The Agency’ which made the top three at the Schnit film festival

Brent has used his comedic talents to direct successful shows for comedians such as Nik Rabinowitz, Siv Ngesi, Gaetan Schmit, Stuart Taylor and many more. Brent is a regular feature at the Cape Town Comedy Club and has worked alongside comedians like John Kurt Schoonraadt, Mel Miller and Trevor Noah. Brent is also currently directing Siv Ngesi’s new stand up show for the Baxter called SIV-ILIZED

He regularly uses his skills in the corporate world where he presents workshops on story, communication and presentation skills


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