Over the past seven years, and across three acclaimed albums, it’s become increasingly hard to pinpoint just one reason why Freshlyground is so universally adored.
Everywhere they go, Freshlyground is a sensation. In South Africa, audiences of every race cram in to see them. Old people get up and dance. Hip black teenagers sing to their lyrics. White kids emulate their moves. The very presence of this band in South Africa is a promise of a harmonious future.
Every radio station in the country is playing their music. Through it all, the guys have maintained their sense of individual identity. Through it all they’ve kept their focus and their desire to play what reflects their uniqueness, themselves.
Freshlyground formed 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 complemented by guitarist Julio Sigauque, keyboardist (& some time dancer!) Aron Turest-Swartz, Simon Attwell (flute, mbira, sax and harmonica) and violinist Kyla Rose Smith. Although all hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band weave.
Freshlyground is coming to Ballito on Sunday June 11th for the second in the Marriott Ballito Beats concert series. Don’t miss it – tickets are available now on www.webtickets.co.za