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Swing City Musicians
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Location:
Johannesburg South Africa
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English
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What is “SWING CITY”? - Swing City was borne of the love of swing music from three of South Africa’s most loved artists. A harmless side comment from one musician to another ended up in a serious discussion about producing a three piece singing group, backed by a full jazz orchestra and band, celebrating their love of jazz, swing and blues, but adding a modern day twist to the genre.

Swing City consists of Lonehill Estate’s Nathan Ro, whose love for swing music has always engrossed the pop/ rock singer’s iPod; Graeme Watkins, whose background in music and theatre started as a swing singer long before his success on Idols or in his indie rock band “The Graeme Watkins Project”; and Loyiso Bala, whose classically trained background in music saw the singer as part of the TZKee  crew, the Bala brothers in classical song and in the pop world in his own successful career.

The three singers, already friends, jokingly commented what fun it would be to start a swing band. It would be years later, that they took the idea seriously, got into a rehearsal space with their friends from Figure of 8 productions and Swing City was born!

2014 Was a fresh start with Swing City teaming up with 7 time Naledi Nominee, and 3 time winner Bryan Schimmel as music director.
Watch this space for their first “Swingle” under his direction of “In the Mood”.

GRAEME WATKINS
Graeme Watkins has always been involved with theatre, drama and music. After completing a Theatre and Performance degree at UCT,
he followed a career in music where he formed a Swing trio called “It’s a Swing Thing”. Graeme took a chance by entering Idols, and ended up the runner up in the annual talent search. The Graeme Watkins Project”, have since gone on to produce “Corridors of the mind” and have had several chart topping hits, 2 SAMA nomination, a YOU Spectacular and MKTV nomination and performed at the prestigious MuseXpo in Hollywood in 2012.
In an individual capacity Graeme was also a Fleur De Cap Nominee for Theatre.Graeme is also a voiceover artist, actor, TV presenter and MC.

NATHAN RO
Nathan Ro started his musical journey as runner up on the reality TV show “Project Fame”. He was subsequently offered a record deal with BMG with his band Lonehill Estate. Three albums & a SAMA nomination later, the band achieved three #1’s on 5fm and two international performances in Los Angeles and Montreux. Nathan also played the part of ‘Tim’ in day-time drama, IsiDingo for two years.
Nathan met Graeme while on tour, and met Loyiso on set at One Gospel.

LOYISO BALA
Loyiso Bala is no stranger to the South African music and television industry. After completing his education at Drakensburg Boys High, and being very involved in the Drakensburg Boys Choir, Loyiso began his professional career as an extension of the TKZee crew.
He since went on to grow his personal career and secured several chart topping hits including the most played song of 2009 – I Want You.
Loyiso is also part of the family group, The Bala Brothers, and is an all-round entertainer, MC and presenter.
What is “SWING CITY”? - Swing City was borne of the love of swing music from three of South Africa’s most loved artists. A harmless side comment from one musician to another ended up in a serious discussion about producing a three piece singing group, backed by a full jazz orchestra and band, celebrating their love of jazz, swing and blues, but adding a modern day twist to the genre.

Swing City consists of Lonehill Estate’s Nathan Ro, whose love f
Synopsis:
BAND REPERTOIRE AND PERFORMANCE OPTIONS

**(2 x 45 min sets)**
Sing Sing Sing/Don't mean a thing
Me and My shadow
Old Macdonald
It Had to be you
Well Swung
Technoband
Sh'boom
Fever
Did you evah
In the Mood
The Dirty Boogie
My Favorite Things
Satisfaction
Sophiatown Medley
Blow Your Mind
Mack the knife
Music Affair
Blurred Lines
I wanna be like you
Under the Sea
Lady is a tramp
My way

**BackTrack repertoire - Backtracks:: (1 Hour)**
Well Did You Evah!
Me & My Shadow
Fever
It’s Not Unusual
When Ya Smiling
I Wanna Be Like You
Straighten up 
Mack the Knife
Fly Me To The Moon
Under My Skin
In The Mood
My Way

**ADDITIONAL OPTIONS (Costings Available upon Request):**
6 Piece Band with Dancers
The Swing City Artists are also available to act as MC for your function, should you require all 3 or one of the members individually, please request this option in your enquiry.
Should you require an additional female vocalist to suit your function please request this option in your enquiry
Collaboration with the Muses
BAND REPERTOIRE AND PERFORMANCE OPTIONS

**(2 x 45 min sets)**
Sing Sing Sing/Don't mean a thing
Me and My shadow
Old Macdonald
It Had to be you
We
Ryder:
SWING CITY, HOSPITALITY RIDER AND TRAVEL DETAILS

**PLEASE NOTE: Ryder below if for backing track performance**

BEVERAGES:
1. Sparkling water cold x 6 bottles
2. Still water room temperature x 6 bottles
3. Fruit Juice
4. Filter Coffee
5. Rooibos Tea [Honey and Lemon to be supplied]
6. 9 x Beers cold
7. Fresh Milk [Low fat]
9.  6 x Red Bulls

SNACKS:
1. Assorted Nuts
2. Crisps
3. Cookies

HOT MEAL:
1. One hot meal per person at sound check and at performance

PLATTERS:
1. Fresh Fruit Platter
2. Cheese Platter [with crackers]
3. Savoury Platter

OTHER:
1. Hand towels – blue or black
2. Paper Towels
3. Basic crockery and cutlery

SWING CITY: Travel information

***All flights to be fully flexible SAA or BA. All flights to be confirmed by agent before booking
***All ground transportation and fuel to be booked and paid for by client
***Ground transport : all collection and drop off’s for duration of stay for client’s expense
***Excess baggage for the client’s account.
***Client to arrange 5 x double rooms for single occupancy in min 4 star with breakfast.


Jonathan Mark Ross - ID 8209135117082
Graeme Watkins - ID 8207245106086
Loyiso Bala - ID 7908225280087
Fourie Smit - ID 8310055076082
Road Manager TBA *** ID

TECHINICAL RIDER

FRONT OF HOUSE  16 x MTL 2 –a speaker cabinets
  8 x EV 112 High Mid cabinets
  8 x EV 115 Low Mid cabinets
  6 x QSC 4.0 Powerlights amplifiers

PLAYBACK & PROCESSING
1 x Mackie 12 Channel mixing desk
1 x CD Player (without pitch control)
1 x Roland 33 band equalizer (front of house)
3 x DBX 4 Channel compressor
3 x Shure SM 58 cordless microphone
1 x Yamaha Digital reverb/digital effects units

MONITORING
1 x Mackie 12 channel mixer
3 x EV 15 wedge monitors 

LIGHTING
24 x 1000x Par cans
4 genesis 575 scanners
1 x dimmer pack (par cans)
1 x contoller (scanner)

STAGE
8 x 6 
2 x speaker wings 2.4 x 1.2m


**PLEASE NOTE: Ryder below if for a full band performance**


SWING CITY, HOSPITALITY RIDER AND TRAVEL DETAILS

BEVERAGES:

1. Sparkling water cold x 6 bottles
2. Still water room temperature x 6 bottles
3. Fruit Juice
4. Filter Coffee
5. Rooibos Tea [Honey and Lemon to be supplied]
6. 9 x Beers cold
7. Fresh Milk [Low fat]
9.  6 x Red Bulls

SNACKS:

1. Assorted Nuts
2. Crisps
3. Cookies

HOT MEAL:
1. One hot meal per person at sound check and at performance

PLATTERS:

1. Fresh Fruit Platter
2. Cheese Platter [with crackers]
3. Savoury Platter

OTHER:

1. Hand towels – blue or black
2. Paper Towels
3. Basic crockery and cutlery

SWING CITY: Travel information

***All flights to be fully flexible SAA or BA. All flights to be confirmed by agent before booking
***All ground transportation and fuel to be booked and paid for by client
***Ground transport : all collection and drop off’s for duration of stay for client’s expense
***Excess baggage for the client’s account.
***Client to arrange 4 x twin rooms, 3 x single in min 4 star with breakfast.


Jonathan Mark Ross - ID 8209135117082
Graeme Watkins - ID 8207245106086
Loyiso Bala - ID 7908225280087
Fourie Smit - ID 8310055076082
Road Manager TBA *** ID
Rudo Pieterse (Upright Bass) - ID 780612 5097 082
Justin Badenhorst (Drums) - ID 840103 5096 082
Tsepo Monareng (Keys) - ID 8002245461080
Neil Engel (Trumpet) - ID 820612 5065 081
Bez Roberts (Trombone) - ID740523 5856 188
Dave Holland (Sax) - UK passport # 513749158

FRONT OF HOUSE  16 x MTL 2 –a speaker cabinets
  8 x EV 112 High Mid cabinets
  8 x EV 115 Low Mid cabinets
  6 x QSC 4.0 Powerlights amplifiers
PLAYBACK & PROCESSING
1 x Mackie 12 Channel mixing desk
1 x CD Player (without pitch control)
1 x Roland 33 band equalizer (front of house)
3 x DBX 4 Channel compressor
3 x Shure SM 58 cordless microphone
1 x Yamaha Digital reverb/digital effects units
MONITORING
1 x Mackie 12 channel mixer
3 x EV 15 wedge monitors 
LIGHTING
24 x 1000x Par cans
4 genesis 575 scanners
1 x dimmer pack (par cans)
1 x contoller (scanner)
STAGE
8 x 6 
2 x speaker wings 2.4 x 1.2m

BACKLINE:

KEYS
1 Monitor
1 DI
2 Stereo Jacks
1 Multiplug
1 Keyboard Stand
Preferred Keyboard: Yamaha (Motif Range or MO8)

UPRIGHT BASS
1 Monitor
1 DI
1 Mono Jack
1 Multiplug
Preferred Amp: Markbass
No less than 400w
5” Speaker Cab

DRUMS
1 Monitor
Drum Mics
Rubber mat or a rug (2mx2m)
Preferred Kit: Yamaha
Kit Specs:! 18” bass drum
12” high tom
14” floor tom
Respective Hardware with three cymbal stands (preferably boomed)

HORN SECTION (Trumpet, Trombone & Sax)
2 Monitors
3 DI’s
3 Mics - SM57’s with mic stands
1 Multiplug

VOCALS
3 Vocal Mics - Beta 58 or equivalent (must be wireless)
3 Mic Stands
3 Monitors

** The band will need 5 chairs (4 normal chairs with no arm rests {for horns & keys} and 1
high bar chair for bass) and also 6 music stands with lights

For technical enquiries, please contact Fourie Smit on 0825022854
SWING CITY, HOSPITALITY RIDER AND TRAVEL DETAILS

**PLEASE NOTE: Ryder below if for backing track performance**

BEVERAGES:
1. Sparkling water cold x 6
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