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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

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

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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...