Songstress Ernestine Deane will celebrate her homecoming on Wednesday 9 August, with her first full length
concert in the Mother City since her return from Europe in 2016, and an all-female band in honour of Women’s Day.
She is well known as the vocalist of iconic SA hip hop band Moodphase5ive
She has a career spanning more than two decades which has included working with the likes of
Zolani Mahola, Simphiwe Dana, Errol Dyers & Neo Muyanga.
After a few years of living in Europe and performing at top festivals and stages on that continent, Ernie has recently returned to Cape Town and embarked on a whole new stage of
musical growth and exploration.
She continues to be inspired by the stories of South Africa, particularly the Cape and her music brings a message of love,
healing and celebration of the African continent, weaving together a tapestry of jazz, reggae, goema, funk and soul to
support Ernestine’s distinctive vocals. She has been described by Adrian Brand of Springbok Nude Girls as a “remarkable
talent… uniquely dexterous voice, massive range not only in pitch but also … style, texture, phrasing and the capacity to
emote and take audiences with her…”.
She is passionate about celebrating the indigenous roots of Afrikaans and incorporates the language into her work too.
Much of Ernie’s material is around issues that are deeply relevant to South Africans: from problems of the past that
continue in the present such as dispossession of land, violence and societal breakdown through to heritage, hope,
healing and empowerment. She also sings of the human condition, of love, of motherhood and relationships – all with
deep empathy, musicality and creativity.
Fans who loved her music with Moodphase5ive can look forward to some reworked classics from that time, whilst Ernie
will also showcase some brand new, never released material, and tracks from her debut solo album, Dub for Mama.
Ernie has a deep commitment to working with and showcasing female artists and the band for this first concert will
feature rising young talents Nobuhle Mazinyane on keys and Tiana Marwanqana on electric bass, with stalwart Terryl
Bell on drums and Carly Naute on violin.
Her plans for the rest of year include further concerts at selected venues, and working on new material towards her second solo album.
She has already recorded a new single, Flow, with Cape Town producer Gabi le Roux, which will be released
later in 2017.
“She is one of our country’s biggest talents and gets music on levels that most of us can only dream of.” – Gerald Clarke
Ernestine Deane will perform on Wednesday 9 August at Café Roux in Shortmarket Street, Cape Town. Booking is highly recommended.
Wednesday 9 August 2017 at Café Roux, 74 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town.
Doors open for dinner from 18h30, show starts at 20h30.
Tickets R120 via Webtickets.