AFRICA ENTSHA WERE DISCOVERED BUSKING IN THE PARTS OF JOHANNESBURGH RARELY VISITED.A BLESSING FOR ALL.AS SOWETO ENTSHA THEY WERE CAPTURED IN THE LIMELIGHT IN 2010 PERFORMING AT WORLD CUP OPENING CEREMONY.THE FOLLOWING YEAR THEY WERE VOWING AUDIENCES IN FRANCE,CUBA AND EDINBURGH FRINGE SCOOPING “THE BEST PERFORMANCE AT THE FRINGE AWARD”.SINCE THEN THE GROUP HAVE DECIDING TO CHANGE THEIR NAME TO AFRICA ENTSHA(NEW AFRICA IN “ZULU LANGUAGE”),WISHING TO FLY THE AFRICAN FLAG AND REPRESENT THEIR CONTINENT AS A WHOLE.
AFRICA ENTSHA’S PERFORMANCES IS FROM SOUTH AFRICAN ORAL TRADITION,SUNG ACCAPELLA IN GOSPEL STYLE.AT THE VERY HEART OF THEIR SHOWS ARE ZULU SONGS,FULL OF RYTHM,STYLE AND SPIRIT.FROM THE VERY MOMENTS OF THEIR UNIQUE ALL SINGING ALL DANCING PERFORMANCES.AFRICA ENTSHA COMPLETELY CAPTIVATE,BY THE END AUDIENCES ARE LEFT BREATHLESS,OFTEN DEEPLY MOVED.
2012 SHOW CONCEPT
TONIGHT Africa Entsha celebrate the fusion of traditional and contemporary African music and dance with popular western style.
The traditional clap and tap music, heard in South African apostolic churches, mixes with western do wop,hip hop and R&B.Whilst traditional Gumboot dancing, from the mines, Zulu dancing from Kwa Zulu Natal,Tswana dancing from Botswana are to be found alongside the famous township street dance Sepantsula.
Strong African rythms,breathtaking movement and amazing harmonies; you will be dazzled and moved, sure to end up dancing in the aisles!
“SOWETO ENTSHA”,a smart click a cappella four-piece who reached a global audience last year performing at the at the World Cup Opening Ceremony, are distinct from the other African music shows that have stormed The Fringe in recent years in that they freely blend western pop elements of the male vocal harmony tradition into their performance, making for a diverse set withdraws on the vibrancy of 1950’s doo-wop,the all-singing, all-dancing presentation of the 1960’s soul groups and the more saccharine tendencies of the modern R&B outfits as much as the soft ,healing invocations and exhilarating spirit of their own tribal cultures.
In any case, their four singing is simply exquisite. Some context regarding their repertoire would have been nice though. If their English languages songs are any barometer, “Soweto Entsha” are big on heart swelling messages of solidarity and spirituality.”
FIONA SHEPHERED,THE SCOTMAN ,Aug 2011
We have had the privilege of working with “Africa Entsha” over past six weeks accompanying them on many performances such as Night and Day Cafe(Manchester),The International Eisteddfod Music Festival (Wales) & The Llangollen Fringe Festival(Wales),as well as performances at many schools, churches and even night clubs! All who have met them, young and old have been touched their talent and personalities. As well as being a world music and gospel phenomenon, they truly are a pop sensation.
DAMON HORRIL, Pollen8 Productions, July2012
In a music market saturated with cloned bubblegum pop and industry-peddled garbage, AFRICA ENTSHA are welcome breath of fresh air. It’s difficult to encapsulate just how ridiculously joyful you are likely to feel when you hear them sing their live a cappella numbers...you can’t bottle this stuff. Writing about their homeland, blessings and feeling good in general, their music is infectious in the loveliest way possible. Using their voices to mimic percussion and bass is utterly incredible and their harmonies are so tight, you can’t help but laugh at the sheer brilliance of it all. These boys are going to be massive. Stop reading this review and go and see yourself. Absolutely first class.”
Steph Jones, Manchester Radio Online, July 2012
AS SOWETO ENTSHA
(CASINO DE PARIS)FRANCE 2008 MARCH 10-30 JUNE
(CASINO DE PARIS)FRANCE 10-APRIL-10MAY 2010
(ELKAH STADIUM FAN PARK)2010 10 JUNE WORLD CUP SOUTH-AFRICA
(EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL )2011 03-29 AUGUST 2011
(CASINO DE PARIS)02-14 FEBRUARY 2012 FRANCE
AS AFRICA ENTSHA
(MIDDLEWICH FOLK AND BOAT FESTIVAL)14,15 & 16 JUNE 2012 ,HEADLINE ACT
(GODIVA FESTIVAL) 01 JULY 2012 COVENTRY WALES(HEADLINE ACT)
(SOLSTICE FESTIVAL)20 JUNE 2012 TREGARTH,WALES
(LIFT OFF FESTIVAL) 01 JULY 2012 NORTHWICH, ENGLAND
(EISTEDDFOD INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL)6th JULY 2012 Llangllonen WALES
(NIGHT AND DAY CAFE)7th JULY MANCHESTER
(WINSFORD ACADEMY AWARD CEREMONY) 19th JULY 2012
(Llangollen FRINGE FESTIVAL) TOWN HALL 21st JULY 2012 WALES
(Llangollen FRINGE FESTIVAL) VALLEY CRUCIS ABBEY 22nd JULY 2012 WALES
(St GILES PARISH CHURCH) 28 JULY 2012 WREXHAM WALES
(EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL)3-27 AUGUST 2012 SCOTLAND
(BBC PINK TENT FESTIVAL)26 AUGUST 2012 SCOTLAND
(PARAOLYMPICS FAN PARK)QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL SOUTH BANK CENTER LONDON 29 AUG-9SEPT
(GLASS HOUSE BLACK HISTORY FESTIVAL)CEFN MAWR ,WALES 8 SEPTEMBER 2012
(BRITISH ARTS COUNCIL NEW OFFICE BUILDING LAUNCH) 12 SEPTEMBER 2012 MANCHESTER
(St CHADS CHURCH)15 SEPTEMBER 2012 WINSFORD,CHESHIRE
(STAFFORD ARTS FESTIVAL)STAFFORD,ENGLAND 15th JULY 2012
(TRIGON JAZZ FESTIVAL)19 SEPTEMBER MOLDOVA CHISINAU (HEADLINE ACT)
(ETHNO JAZZ FESTIVAL)20-24 SEPTEMBER 2012 URAINE ,KIEV & ODDESSY(HEADLINE ACT)
(WINDSOR FRINGE FESTIVAL)28 SEPTEMBER 2012 WINDSOR ENGLAND
(St Margaret’s CHURCH)29 SEPTEMBER MANCHESTER
(LANCASTER THEATRE)01 OCTOBER 2012 LANCASTER ,ENGLAND
(CONQUEST THEATRE)06 OCTOBER 2012 HEREFORDSHIRE,ENGLAND
(AFRICA VIBES FESTIVAL) 01 OCTOBER 2012 DUKES THEATRE,LANCASTER
FRANK HENNESSY (BBC RADIO WALES)6th JULY 2012
MANCHESTER RADIO ONLINE ,18th JULY 2012
STAFFORD RADIO 14th JULY 2012
2010 Spirit Of The Fringe(Edinburgh Fringe) ,Edinburgh(Scotland)
2011 Festival Of Peace and Spirituality(Best Performers of 2011) ,Edinburgh(Scotland)
2011 Trigon Jazz Festival(Best Vocal Group) Ukraine(Kiev)
2011 Windsor Fringe(Best Performers) Windsor ,(England)