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FreshlygroundLocation: Based in Cape Town
Freshlyground formed in early 2002, and is made up talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Fronted by the 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 complimented by guitarist Julio Sigauque and Simon Attwell (flute, mbira, sax, harmonica and Ableton). Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave an infectious musical magic.
In 2003 Freshlyground launched their debut album, “Jika Jika” under their own Freeground Records label, cementing the band as one of South Africa’s most successful young acts.
Freshlyground’s second studio album, “Nomvula,” was recorded in 2004. Sony BMG Africa signed the band and released “Nomvula.” The single Doo Be Doo found instant success across radio stations, becoming the most played song in South Africa in 2005. The singles “I’d Like,” “Zithande,” “Things Have Changed” and the title track of the album “Nomvula,” followed “Doo Be Doo’s” success.
The album sold over 300 000 units in South Africa alone, earning it multi-platinum status. The success and broad appeal of the band was celebrated in November 2006 when Freshlyground won the MTV Europe Award in the category Best African Act.
“Ma Cheri,” the band’s third studio album, released in 2007, followed “Nomvula.” “Ma Cheri” sold multi platinum in South Africa and the single Pot Belly became another major crossover success.
In 2009 Freshlyground completed four sold out tours in Europe and toured China, the United States of America and Canada for the first time, making the band one of a handful of South African acts to find international success across multiple continents.
Freshlyground released the gold selling album “Radio Africa” in 2010. The band’s forth studio album broadcast their unique sound to the rest of the continent and the world.
During the same year the band was selected to co-perform in the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Entitled “Waka Waka - This Time For Africa” the song was featured on “Listen Up: The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album™,” and is a collaboration with Colombian superstar, Shakira.
Freshlyground performed “Waka Waka” live at the 2010 FIFA Kickoff Concert and at the World Cup closing ceremony in Johannesburg that was broadcast to over a billion people worldwide. “Waka Waka” has sold well over 3 million singles and reached number #1 on charts worldwide. The song is the most successful anthem in the history of the FIFA World Cup and has introduced Freshlyground and their music to a multitude of new fans across the globe.
The band went back into studio in 2012 to record their fifth studio album, “Take Me To The Dance,” with award winning studio engineer Dave Langemann and Grammy Award winning producer Steve Berlin.
In 2013 the band released Take me To The Dance in the United States on the Word of Mouth label, this was followed by a US tour that included a show at the prestigious New York venue, The Apollo. The release of the album was immediately followed by a rave review on the popular NPR show, All Things Considered and topped the US iTunes World Music chart.
In June that year, on a visit to South Africa during a speech at the University of Cape Town, President Barack Obama cited Freshlyground as an example of what South Africa has given the world.
Awards & Distinctions
- SAMA AWARD – Album of the Year , Freshlyground for Ma Cheri, May 2008
- SAMA AWARD - Best Duo/Group Freshlyground for Ma Cheri, May 2008
- SAMA AWARD - Best Adult Contemporary English Album for Ma Cheri, May 2008
- SAMA AWARD - Best Engineer for Ma Cheri, May 2008
- MTV EUROPE AWARD – Best African Act Freshlyground, November 2006
- METRO FM AWARD- Best Group, November 2007
- METRO FM AWARD- Best Album, November 2007
- METRO FM AWARD- Best African Pop Album, November 2007
- METRO FM AWARD- Best African Pop Album, November 2005
- CHANNEL O AWARD – Best African Band Freshlyground, 2008
- O MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS NIGERIA – African Video of the Year for Pot Belly, April 2008
- GOOD HOPE FM SA – Best performing Group Freshlyground, September 2008
- SAMA AWARD - Best Adult Contemporary English Album for Radio Africa, May 2011
- SAMA AWARD - Best Engineer for Radio Africa, May 2011
International Noteworthy Performances
- Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, Canada, June 2015
- Rochester Jazz Festival, Rochester, USA, June 2015
- Ottowa Jazz Festival, Ottowa, Canada, June 2015
- Vancouver Jazz Festival, Vancouver, Canada, June 2015
- San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Francisco, USA, June 2015
- FEMUA Festival, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire April 2015
- Monte Carlo Jazz Festival, Monte Carlo, Monaco, July 2014
- Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2014
- Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2014
- Apollo Theatre, Africa Now Festival, New York City, USA, March 2013
- Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, Canada, July 2011
- International Quebec Summer Festival, Quebec, Canada, July 2011
- Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver, Canada, July 2011
- Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT, USA, June 2011
- Central Park SummerStage, New York City, USA, June 2011
- Luanda Jazz Festival, Luanda, Angola, July 2010
- Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland, July 2010
- Festival Hammemet, Tunis, Tunisia, July 2010
- Rio Loco Festival, Toulouse, France, June 2010
- Africa Festival, Wurzburg, Germany, May 2010
- World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, January 2010
- Jazz Music Festival, Shanghai, The Republic of China, October 2009
- Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA, July 2009
- Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, Brooklyn, NY, USA, July 2009
- Festival Nuits D’ Afrique, Montreal, Canada, July 2009
- Hague Jazz Festival, The Netherlands, May 2009
- Rome Auditorium, Rome, Italy, November 2008
- AVO Sessions, Basel, Switzerland, November 2008
- Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom, November 2008
- Theatre Royal Carre, The Netherlands, September 2008
- Toast Festival, Kensington, United Kingdom, September 2008
- Arrezzowave Festival, Livorno, Italy, July 2008
- Zeltival, Karlsruhe, Germany, July 2008
- Kultursummer Festival, Oldenburg, Germany, July 2008
- Salisbury Festival, United Kingdom, June 2008
- Roots in Ooster Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2008
- Lugano Festival De Jazz, Mendrisio, Switzerland, June 2008
- Mawazine Festival, Rabat, Morocco, May 2008
- Spring Festival, Cairo, Egypt, May 2008
- Harare International Festival, Harare, Zimbabwe, May 2008
- Lagos International Jazz Festival, Lagos, Nigeria, April 2008
- Maputo International Jazz Festival, Maputo, Mozambique, April 2008
- Jazz Café, London, United Kingdom, July 2006
- FIFA World Cup Handover Ceremony, Berlin, Germany, June 2006
- Branderburger Tor FIFA 04 Event, Berlin, Germany, June 2006
- Cannes Film Festival, NFVF, Cannes, France, May 2006
- Aichi Expo, Nagoya, Japan, March 2005
- Pukkelpop Festival, Belgium, August, 2005 Berlin, Germany 2004
South African Noteworthy Performances
- Nelson Mandela Foundation Gala, Johannesburg, July 2010
- FIFA World Cup Final Closing Ceremony, Johannesburg, July 2010
- FIFA Kickoff Concert, Johannesburg, June 2010
- FIFA World Cup 2010 Final Draw, Cape Town, December 2009
- HIV /AIDS World Awareness Conference, Durban, April 2009
- Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Cape Town, April 2009
- Chris Burger Charity Fundraising Concert, Cape Town, August 2008
- 46664 Nelson Mandela HIV Fund, Johannesburg, December 2007
- Desmond Tutu HIV-Foundation Benefit Concert, with Vusi Mahlasela, September 2000 and July 2006 with Sipho Hotstix
- Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, July 2005
- 10 Years of Democracy Closing Celebration, Athlone Stadium, Cape Town, February 2005
- Reconciliation Day Festival, Cape Town, December 2004
- Spier Arts Summer Season, collaboration with Oliver Mtukudzi and Mahube, Stellenbosch, December 2004
- Olympic Torch Ceremony, Grand Parade, Cape Town, June 2004
- Celebration of 10 years of Democracy, Green Market Square, Cape Town, February 2004
- ZOLANI MAHOLA - LEAD VOCALS
- JOSH HAWKS - BASS GUITAR, VOCALS
- SIMON ATTWELL - FLUTE, MBIRA, HARMONICA, SAXOPHONE
- JULIO SIGAUQUE - ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC GUITAR
- PETER COHEN - DRUMS
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