Master Guitarists Steve Newman and Greg Georgiades on the Main Stage at 15:40
Steve has written a history for himself that few can equal. A consummate instrumentalist who can pick out any tune you name, he has travelled and traversed the length and breadth of SA plying his magic and gathering a formidable following who turn out to see him time and again. With his world-famous band Tananas, Newman has received a string of awards for albums released with this South African super-group and has toured the world on Peter Gabriel’s Womad platform.
He has played many festivals in Europe, America, Asia and Australia and, most recently, throughout the UK with the Drummers of Burundi. He is much loved back home as one of the most uniquely gifted guitarists ever to come out of our country.
He is constantly collaborating with someone or other in a fluid life that finally seems to be bringing him the accolades and deserved success that his talent has promised would come for so many years.
Greg Hadjiyorki Georgiades is an extraordinary multi-instrumentalist, playing the north African fretless lute (oud), guitar and bouzouki. He composes an intoxicating hybrid of north and South African melodies. Over the years, Greg has collaborated, performed and recorded with significant artists in the South African music scene such as the Mutant Harmony Trio, the Jazz Hounds Afro-jazz project the Avaaz eastern and the acclaimed Aquarian Quartet (with Steve Newman, Syd Kitchen and Tony Cox).
On an international note, Greg has collaborated and performed with renowned French trumpeter Eric Truffaz, Bob Brosman (USA), René Lacaille (Mauritius) and Mukta (France/India), featuring Bridgette Menon on sitar.
Greg has played across southern Africa at art and music festivals such as the national arts festivals of Potchefstroom, Oudtshoorn and Grahamstown, as well as music festivals like Oppikoppi, Southern Cross, Splashy Fen, Rustlers Valley, Arts Alive Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and the Awesome Africa Festival at Shongweni in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Greg and Ashish have also travelled to present music workshops on African music improvisation at the College of the Arts in Namibia and in KwaZulu-Natal.
Greg has completed a DVD with the outstanding ethno-guitarist Madala Kunene, Ashish Joshi (tabla) and Ernest Mothle (acoustic bass) and is also busy with the VIVD AFRIKA project with McCoy Mrubata which they toured in 2006 throughout South Africa and a special performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on March 30th 2007. In addition, a new Strings and Skins album has been completed and mastered by Chris Lewis.