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Bands - Jazz


AFROMIX was founded with the aim of encouraging originality among musicians consequently enhancing the development of a music industry In the Eastern Cape by focusing on discovering, nurturing and showcasing old and new talent simultaneously creating work for musicians.

Afromix made a name for itself when supporting the internationally renowned Andy Narrel from the USA in his Nelson Mandela Bay’s performance during his South African Tour. This band has also featured and played with Mccoy Mrubata, supported Gloria Bosman, Paul Humner and Don Laka just to mention a few. Impressing and exciting audiences with their approach to the afro-jazz style of music and professionalism in their presentation, Afromix has received wonderful responses and reviews from all of their concerts from Tsitsikama Conference Centre at The Boardwalk to The Annual African Jazz Train Festival. They were recently invited to appear in Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

Tha band was co-founded by Musa Mavundla and the late Errol Cuddumbey, who also co-directed the music. Both audiences and musicians have already chosen from the band’s repertoire songs like “Baz’buyisa,” “Just 4 U” and Mr. F as their favourites. Their debut album, which is enjoying air play from local radio stations and selling well, was released in mid-June 2007

Musa Mavundla, a self-taught actor, trumpeter, composer, arranger, musical director and producer, has worked with Abigail Kubeka, Victor Mashibini, Vuyisile Bojana, Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Sipo Gumede, Blondie and Papa Makhene, Cheek To Cheek, Supafrika, Mara Louw and Louis and The Jive and was also invited to Johannesburg to arrange vocals and conduct voices for a 13 episode production of gospel music for SABC TV.

On his return to PE in 1989, he co-founded the first record label in the Eastern Cape through which he discovered and recorded Loyiso Bala and Phinda Mtya just to mention a few. It was during this period that he started encouraging originality and directing focus on African music among the musicians. His credits are;

• The regional winner and national finalist IN THE GILBEY’S MUSIC FOR AFRICA CONTEST 1990
• Nominee for Artes Award on Best Performance of Light African Music in 1991
• Winner of Artes Award on Best Performance of Light African Music in 1992
• Winner of an Evening Post Award for The Best Professional Supporting Actor 1993
• He co-wrote the choral theme for the Nelson Mandela Metropole

The late Erroll Cuddumbey, a prolific composer and arranger, performed with Paul Petersen, Taliep Petersen, Robbie Jansen, Feya Faku, Mike Makhalimele, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Spencer Mbadi, Esther Miller, Barry van Zyl, Dudley Tito, Graham Beyer, Jack Mompley, Willie Halberstad, Don Tshomela and many others.

As a composer/arranger he co-wrote the choral theme for the Nelson Mandela Metropole, composed and arranged the score for a local musical named South End and composed most of the material for a CD production called “Out of the shacks,” which was a Swedish/Port Elizabeth collaboration.

Contact Details:

Province: Eastern Cape

City: Port Elizabeth

Category: Bands - Jazz

Contact Person: Musa Mavundla   

Telephone: 041 - 408 4520   

Mobile: 082 - 371 4073



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