Check out our profile for one of the prominent South African bands, Swing City! Below we’ve included a look at their previous achievements as well as their biography.
The Swing City band was borne of the love of swing music from three of South Africa’s most loved artists as well as South African bands. A harmless side comment from one musician to another ended up in a serious discussion about producing a three-piece singing group, backed by a full jazz orchestra and band, celebrating their love of jazz, swing and blues, but adding a modern-day twist to the genre.
The Swing City band consists of Lonehill Estate’s Nathan Ro, whose love for swing music has always engrossed the pop rock singer’s iPod; Graeme Watkins, whose background in music and theatre started as a swing singer long before his success on Idols or in his indie rock band “The Graeme Watkins Project”; and Loyiso Bala, whose classically trained background in music saw the singer as part of the TZKee crew, the Bala brothers in classical song and in the pop world in his own successful career.
The three singers, already friends, jokingly commented what fun it would be to start a swing band. It would be years later, that they took the idea seriously, got into a rehearsal space with their friends from Figure of 8 productions and Swing City was born, one of the finest South African bands to play swing!
2014 Was a fresh start with the Swing City band teaming up with 6 time Naledi Nominee Bryan Schimmel as music director. Watch this space for their first “Swingle” under his direction of “In the Mood”.