Nov 05, 2017 16 00 SAST

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Ernestine Deane

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Ernestine Deane

"She is one of our country's biggest talents and gets music on levels that most of us can only dream of."   - Gerald Clarke  

Ernestine Deane is an urban African voice sharing ancient African stories. Well known as the vocalist of iconic SA hip hop band Moodphase5ive and respected as a solo artist in music, film and theatre performance, she has a career spanning more than two decades.
  She is inspired by the stories of South Africa, particularly the Cape and her music brings a message of hope, love, healing and celebration of the African continent, whilst also addressing human rights issues that are deeply relevant to South Africans: post-colonialist poverty, dispossession of land, the oppression of women, violence and societal breakdown.  Her music weaves together a mid-tempo tapestry of jazz, reggae, goema, funk and soul to support Ernestine's distinctive and passionate vocals.    

After a few years of living in Europe and performing at top festivals internationally including the Haarlem Jazz festival, Womad & Pukkelpop, she has returned to Cape Town with a sold out Homecoming Concert and performances at festivals such as Rocking the Daisies. 
  Ernestine released two albums with Moodphase5ive, Steady on and Superdeluxe Mode, and then her debut solo album, Dub for Mama.  She has also contributed and featured on numerous albums by other artists.    Ernestine is now working with an all woman band on her new material, with her latest single, Flow, produced by Gabi le Roux (known for his work with Mandoza and other top SA artists), due for release in late 2017.   

"Ernestine Deane is a Capetonian musical institution in and of herself. A remarkable talent and respected peer of mine since the 1990s when we recognized the need for intentional industry creation interventions in the interest of inclusive nation and culture building in the democratic South African era.

I am today, more than two decades later, still in awe of her and her work. She has an uniquely dexterous voice, massive range not only in pitch but also projection, style, texture, phrasing and the capacity to emote and take audiences with her. And she is an exceptionally skilled improviser - perhaps the most exciting part of any artist's creative capacity as I see it. I love working with her. She touches me deeply, every time."
- Adrian Brand, Springbok Nude Girls
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