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Introduction to South African Guitar Styles VOL 1: Development of African Jazz Part 2

By on Oct 29, 2020 in Uncategorized |

African Jazz – Part 2 EXCITING NEWS!!! Here I  present you with the third instalment tutorial video – “Introduction to South African Guitar Styles vol 1 – African Jazz part 2: Development of the Jazz Guitar ”, Subscribe now to all the tutorialsR395 Subscribe to this tutorial onlyR195 In this brilliant tutorial we look into a beautiful and exciting South African distinctive style of music – African Jazz part 2. – Billy Monama

Introduction to South African Guitar Styles vol.1 African Jazz – Part 1

By on Oct 14, 2020 in Uncategorized |

African Jazz – Part 1 EXCITING NEWS!!! Here I  present you with the second instalment tutorial video – “Introduction to South African Guitar Styles vol 1 – African Jazz – Part 1”, available from 16th October 2020. To watch full video at your best convenient time, Subscribe now to all the tutorialsR395 Subscribe to this tutorial onlyR195 In this brilliant tutorial we look into a beautiful and exciting South African distinctive style of music – African Jazz part 1 and its techniques rhythm acoustic guitar era from great masters of General Duze, Enoch Thabethe, Standford Tsiu, and Reggie Msomi. “We are purely documenting our own history for generations to come”. – Billy Monama

Introduction to South African Guitar Styles vol.1

By on Jan 6, 2018 in Uncategorized |

Introduction to South African Guitar Styles vol.1 Guitarist, Composer, Arranger and Researcher Billy Monama presents you with the first instalment tutorial video – “Introduction to South African Guitar Styles vol.1”. In this brilliant tutorial we look into beautiful and exciting South African distinctive style of music – Maskanda  and its techniques from popular sub-styles such as isiZulu, is’Khuze, isiChucnu, isiPoyinandi, um’Mbabane, uMzansti, IsiMpondo, isiShiyameni. Subscribe now to all the tutorials. R395 Subscribe to this tutorial onlyR195 Maskanda guitar style is an old style influenced by the street players, with its precedent in umakhweyana, isitolotolo, ugubhu, isicelekeshe and abadlokwe styles of playing. In the 1940s and 1950s, a particular style of itinerant guitarists appeared on street corners in the townships of Zimbabwe...

New Album. “REBOUNCE”

By on Nov 10, 2017 in Music, Rebounce |

REBOUNCE, Billy Monama’s debut offering, plays like his auto-biography. It tells of various significant landmarks in his life. It is the very soundtrack that underscores the sentiments of places, people, experiences and influences that have shaped Monama’s Life and Music. Monama strongly believes that in order to have a clearer perception of the Present, in our pursuit of the Future, it is imperative that we meaningfully reflect onto the Past. We are constantly surrounded by mirrors whose depth reflectswhere we come from and where the roots of our identity lie. “Why then are we ignoring the sounds of the great Masters?” This is what he asks. RE-BOUNCE attempts to contribute towards echoing the voices of the Masters and paying tribute to those whose ingredients have added flavour to Billy Monama’s developing Artistry. On this offering, Monama reflects on...

Rebounce

By on Nov 5, 2017 in Music, Rebounce, Videos |

A Rebounce in Monama’s strings

By on Nov 5, 2017 in Music, Rebounce, Videos |

“Rebounce” -Now available at Musica nationwide and in online stores.

By on Nov 4, 2017 in Music, Rebounce |

“Rebounce” – Official Album Launch

By on Nov 4, 2017 in Gigs, Music, News, Rebounce |

An Official Album Launch In association with KAYA FM, live broadcast & streamed on The Art Of Sunday show presented by Brenda Sisane Time: 12h00 – 14:00. Venue: Gold Reef City at Back Of The Moon. Limited seats, book now: 011 248 5222. REBOUNCE is Billy Monama’s debut offering, plays like his auto-biography. It tells of various significant landmarks in his life. It is the very soundtrack that underscores the sentiments of places, people, experiences and influences that have shaped Monama’s Life and Music.

Morning Live interview May 2017

By on May 2, 2017 in Graz Roots |

Morning Live interview May 2017

Gallery

By on May 1, 2017 in Gallery, Uncategorized |

Biography

By on Apr 3, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Guitarist, Composer and Bandleader. Mokopane, Mahwelereng in the Northern Province of South Africa is where Billy Monama was born. From such humble surroundings he inherited a rich musical culture that combined traditional ethnic sounds with those from western jazz styles. In 1997 Monama was drawn to a guitar belonging to a neighbour. Largely self-taught, Monama immediately showed signs of natural talent on guitar. Billy’s interests were broader than music. In completing his schooling, he moved to Pretoria and enrolled for a course in Political Science. However the musical calling proved to be much stronger, so he moved to Johannesburg and impulsively enrolled at a music institution after being told about it by a musician who convinced him of a need to study music. At the Central Johannesburg College is where he began to understand more about music harmony, performance and leading an...

Interview on 3talk with Anela

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Interview on 3talk with Anela

By on Sep 22, 2016 in Graz Roots |

videosgallerygigs musicians This exciting & much needed Project, sets out to revive the History and reconnect us with our South African Musical Heritage in order to give birth to a new Soundtrack that will carry us into the Future, as a Nation. Following research that was conducted by Billy Monama (a Performing Artist, Composer, Arranger & Guitar Teacher), the birth of the GRAZ ROOTS Project had to happen, as Monama realized how the Legacy of our uniquely South African Guitar styles was fast disappearing. Not only was it the voice of the Guitar that was dying away, but a whole generation of Musical Culture & Life-Style stood a chance to be completely wiped out. This is the sound that touched the world and gave us a Voice through trying times in our history. This is the sound of Mbaqanga, Mgqashiyo, Maskandi, African Jazz and more. In going back to our Roots and digging out...

Collaboration Album with Andy Innes

By on Aug 25, 2016 in Music, News, Uncategorized |

“Brothers” is a new release featuring Billy Monama and Andy Innes. We wrote and arranged a collection of pieces for two acoustic guitars in South African traditional styles. Available immediately on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/brothers/id1099313462    

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Gallery

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Jo Ke Mohlolo

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Jo Ke Mohlolo

Soweto Highway

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Soweto Highway

See You Later

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See You Later

Makhaza

By on Aug 18, 2016 in Videos |

Makhaza