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Billy Monama is a South African guitarist, author, composer, arranger, producer, and educator. Endorsed by Gibson guitars, Orange Amplifier, Elixir Strings & Sennheiser. Billy is CEO at Latonyx cc, founder and the managing director of The Grazroots Project. In 1997, Monama began his journey with the guitar inspired by the music of his childhood, which combined traditional ethnic sounds, African gospel and jazz. In 2016, Billy and Andy Innes released their album Brothers, a collection of original pieces written and arranged for the acoustic guitar in traditional styles. In October 2017, he released his debut album Rebounce. In 2020, he released tutorial videos about South African guitar styles. A sought-after guitarist, Monama has worked with artists including Themba Mkhize, Abdullah Ibrahim, Andile Yenana, Sibongile Khumalo, Victor Ntoni, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Mbongeni Ngema, Dorothy Masuku, Abigail Kubeka, collaborative performance with Dave Koz, Denise Jannah and many others. Read more full bio on the site.

Upcoming events

Seafood And Jazz Festival 

When: 2 April 

Where: Turfontein racecourse

Jozi Food & Music Saturdays 

When: 22 April

Where: Joburg theatre restaurant 

UNISA Jazz Festival 2022

When:  6 May

Where: UNISA Jazz Festival 2022

Billy Monama at Trevor Huddleson Foundation in Sophitown 

When: 27 May 

Where: Trevor Huddleson Foundation in Sophitown 

Endorsements

Endorsements

book release

Pre-order Billy's new book

Billy’s new book “Introduction to South African Guitar Styles Vol. 1. Five Decades of Ukuvamba 1930s–1980s” is now available for pre-order. 

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"This invaluable contribution to academia is a milestone to be celebrated"
Sipho ‘Hotsix’ Mabuse
South African singer

NEWS

NEWS! First African Full Endorsee Gibson Guitars.

 

Billy is officially the First African Guitarist to get a full endorsement from Gibson Guitars.

 

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Graz Roots

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.

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 reflects where 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.

Music Videos

Jo Ke Mohlolo

Soweto Highway

See You Later

Tutorials

Introduction To South African Guitar Styles
VOL.1

Introduction to South African Guitar Styles
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African Jazz – Part 1

Introduction to South African Guitar Styles
VOL 1.
African Jazz Part 2

Introduction To South African Guitar Styles
VOL.1
xiTsonga

Introduction to South African Guitar Styles 
VOL 1.
Kwela

Introduction to South African Guitar Styles
VOL 1.
Mbaqanga

Media

Television interviews

Radio and Podcasts

Online news