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New Workshop 8 to 12 June

By on Jun 6, 2021 in Blog, News, Uncategorized |

Billy Monama in partnership with City of Joburg presents: South Afrcian Guitar Styles, 5-day Workshops: 08 – 12 June. Due to popular demand and high interest in learning the South African Guitar Styles subsequent from Monama’s National Workshop Tour in 2016-20. Monama is considered to be the first South African to publish Tutorial videos based on his research, forthcoming book- The Introduction To South African Guitar Styles Vol.1, this the book that captured the 5 decades memory of the south african guitar styles: Maskanda, African Jazz, Kwela, Mbhaqanga and xiTsonga. Monama’s 25 years of guitar experience gained him a full sponsorship with prestigious international brand – Gibson Guitars. He strongly believes that the endorsement will bring a synergy of African music and it will make our own African sound to penetrate ‘Popular’ music of the day and...

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 – – Maskanda

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

Biography

By on Jul 16, 2020 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...

Billy Monama & Grazroots Project Live at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival – 2018

By on Mar 3, 2018 in Uncategorized |

Billy Monama & Grazroots Project Live at the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival – 2018

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...

“GELEZA”

By on May 3, 2017 in Graz Roots, Past events and projects, Uncategorized |

Gauteng Province:  Workshop: Date: 09th May 2017 Workshop Venue: University Of Pretoria Time: 13h30 Workshop: Date:17th May 2017 Workshop Venue: Central Johannesburg College. Time: 12h30 Performance: Dates: 26th & 27th May Venue: South African Music Awards Workshop: Date: 30th May Venue:  South West College Time: To be confirmed Performance: Date: 29 June 2017 Venue: The Orbit Time: 20:30 Kwa Zulu Natal Province: Workshop: Date: 16th May 2017 Venue: UKZN – Howard College (Music department) Time: 10am to 12pm Performance: Date: 20 May 2017 Venue: The chairman Time: 22h00 Central Johannesburg College – To be Confirmed South West College – To be Confirmed

Gallery

By on May 1, 2017 in Gallery, Uncategorized |

South African Guitarist, Composer and Bandleader.

By on Apr 3, 2017 in Uncategorized |

The Biography 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 ensemble. During this...

Interview on 3talk with Anela

By on Mar 6, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Interview on 3talk with Anela

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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