MUSICAL MAGIC @ KZN LEARNING CLAN
We are so very blessed to have some of our Kzn community musicians entertaining us at our 2019 gathering
The Name On The Drum” is an alternative rock, folk and indie band that focuses on playing original music but they also insert a variety of covers into their live shows. Ranging their sound from full electric to simple acoustics, "The Name On The Drum" uses all the tools at their disposal to create a unique blend of honest, thought provoking song-writing with absorbing musical performances.
With influences that include, Rise Against, Bob Dylan, Frightened Rabbit, The National, Angus & Julia Stone and Gregory Alan Isakov, their song writing also creates awareness of current world issues.
When the band was formed in 2011 the plan was to have a different 'name on the drum' at each performance, now they simply go by "The Name On The Drum" or "TNOTD".
Current performing members are brothers Ben and Nat Bruzas. Who, in July 2019 released their independently recorded and produced second EP "Souvenirs".
They are based in Hillcrest and have played extensively around KZN, as well as touring Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.
"TNOTD" has also performed at various Music Festivals, Splashy Fen (2017), Lube & Tube (2019), Pecanwood Oktoberfest (2016), Ales For Tails(2016,2017,2018), Frothing Beats (2018) Imbumba Fiesta (2018), Roseway Waldorf’s Musical Moonlight Market and Organic Market, Monteseel Music Fest (2015,2016,2017) and Outland Festival (2016).
Avikar Singh born and raised in Newcastle, South Africa is one of the very few keepers of Santoor Music.
Avikar, former law student now turned banker, has learnt from industry greats such as Keeran Eshwarlall, and performed locally with his musical career spanning to a decade.
His versatility in both instrumental and vocal allows audiences to be drawn deeply into Indian Culture through its ancient and purist forms.
The Indian santoor instrument is a trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer, and a variation of the Iranian Santur. It is a traditional instrument in Jammu and Kashmir, and dates back to ancient times. In ancient Sanskrit texts, the santoor instrument was called Shanta Tantri Veena, which translates to a 100 stringed Veena.
Avikar aims to take listeners on a sound journey which includes ancient mystic Raags and Bhajans which truly encapsulate the essence of Indian Culture and music whilst playing popular instruments such as Harmonium, and introducing Santoor into his performance as a treat for listeners.
Divyog Panchoo - on Tabla
Divyog has been playing Tabla (Indian drum) from the age of 4. He has been completed 16 years of training under the auspices of the Sangeet Vidya Music School of South Africa, his Guru Mr A Beejan.
His spent most of his music career serving his community in Avoca, Durban North, and very recently became a freelance musician and performed with a range of local and international musicians.
In 2013, he made it to the Semi-finals of South Africa's Got Talent. A platform who was opened up to him by friends who knew that his talent had to have been showcased at a higher level...
Ever since, his musical career has taken an upward swing and he has had the honour of performing on various grand platforms...
He remains humble in his demeanor as a musician and stresses that, ".. We are all on a journey of learning through this universal language of music and together we create magic..."
Nickeel Ramkissoon - vocalist
Nickeel, born and raised in Durban, South Africa is multitalented vocalist and has creatively displayed his talents in music since childhood.
He is currently an aspiring student within the Drisha Music Academy obtaining invaluable knowledge in the art of traditional Hindustani classical music under the greatly respected Guruji Monali Shome. Recently Nickeel has been mesmerizing audiences in live performances that hold true to his ability to captivate and inspire.
Determined to achieve his musical ambitions one melody at a time , Nickeel strives to develop his vocal ability to reach greater audiences and be recognized as a true South African Indian performer in most genres.
Building on and developing the gifts she was born with, Shomon studied Opera at the Sahmyook University, Seoul, South Korea, and has recently spent a year at the Berkley School of Music in Boston, USA.
"I have realised that my gift in life is my relationship with music and, after being coaxed into performing, it has been a rollercoaster ride of opportunities, performances, collaborations, blessings, abundance and self-discovery."
Performing only her own original compositions is a brave move for anyone in the music industry. Her non-commercial, yet deeply moving lyrics and melodies have been described by the media and fellow musicians as meaningful, nourishing, igniting all the senses, unique, unpredictable, beautiful, necessary and magical.
Shomon and music are synonymous - she doesn't just play the piano, as her fingers caress the keyboard, she transports her audience into another dimension, usually with goosebumps! Her voice is Shomon's most powerful instrument, transforming her from a gentle healing angel into a powerful and raunchy 'rock chick' in the space of a few bars.
Shomon's lyrics reflect and reveal the reality of her own personal journey through life, with her observations, feelings and emotions laid bare, allowing her audience to recognise and embrace many things within themselves. It is not so much a performance, but rather an awesome experience, for both the artist and her audience.
Dawn Melanie Morey is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, composer and guitarist, born in Kwa Zulu Natal.
Raised with a strong connection to the place of her birth, as well as her ancestral Scottish, Irish and Germanic roots.
Her music today is original (passionately so), an infusion of our stories from 'here to now', with something ancient and tribal, that makes you feel connected to story's from 'there and then'.
A unique and magical mix of Celtic Folk, Gypsy Jazz and Maskandi, chunky rhythm guitar, haunting finger pricked melodies and vibrant vocals.
A schooled keyboard player, Oscar from Deep Heat has evolved into a guitar-playing singer-songwriter on the KZN scene, graduating from pubs and clubs to White Mountain last year and more recently at Splashy Fen.
Having shared the stage with the likes of good friends Rowan Stuart, Steve Fataar, Paul Arthur and Brian Finch, amongst others, Oscar performs with his own authentic brand of humour and passion, singing warm inspiring songs of the heart, and truth, and finding one`s way in life.
Oscar mixes his original compositions with classic popular hits from Bob Dylan to the Bee Gees, Van Morrison, and more..
With his unique finger-plucking style, and strong voice, it is always a pleasure to have him onstage, projecting his energy and "Deep Heat" to the audience, and adding his percussion and beats behind others.
Naren Sumair - on Box drum and percussion.
Naren has creatively displayed his talents in music since childhood. Born and raised in Newcastle South Africa, he holds a wealth of creative skill on many percussion based instruments.
He spent most of his music career serving his religious organization, the Ramakrishna Centre Newcastle.
Recently Naren was introduced into the world of “Cajon” to which he’s progressively mastering his abilities one percussive note at a time.
Naren believes much like Beethoven that “music can change the world”. He remains humble and blessed with opportunity and strives to accomplish great musical achievements through journeys such as KZN learning clan.