Guitar Wizard Selaelo Selota at Boardwalk in March South
African guitar maestro, Selaelo Selota will be entertaining audiences
live at the Boardwalk Vodacom Amphitheatre later this month.

Described as an energetic and emotional fusion of Pedi music, modern
elements and other traditional African music, Selota has his own unique
style influenced by life experiences from his childhood in Limpopo to
his job at the Market Theatre in Cape Town.

Despite being surrounded by music for most of his early years, Selota
was only able to buy his first guitar in 1988 from the proceeds of his
job as a cleaner at Kippies Jazz Club. “From the day I got my guitar, I
seized every opportunity to learn from other musicians.” Later that
year he studied music theory through FUBU (the Federated Union of Black
Artists) Academy.

Selota has won several prizes including first prize in the Jazz
category of the Adcock Ingram Music Competition in 1996. He was also
named Song Writer of the Year by the South African Recording Rights
Association Limited in 2003.

After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a Jazz degree in
1997 Selota released a number of albums including the critically
acclaimed “Painted Faces” and “Enchanted Gardens.” “Studying jazz
unlocked my mind,” he says. “I found myself being able to write and
play good musical notes.”

Selaelo Selota Enchanted Garden Selaelo Selota Painted Faces
Selaleo Selota’s second album offering,
Enchanted Gardens, which went
Platinum selling more than 60 000 copies is an 11-track album that
continues the intelligent Afro Jazz thread that the songwriter wove so
beautifully on Painted Faces, only this time stepping harder on the
creative pedal to turn the new record into one of the must-have Afro
jazz purchases and a timeless collectors item.
Recorded at Bop Studios and co-produced with
Dreamshop’s Gavin
Goldberg, Painted Faces, Selaelo Selota’s
first solo recording,
combines both instrumental and lyric-based songs, many of which feature
simple and accessible melodies. ‘I don’t want jazz to be something that
your average music lover cannot get into,’ Selaelo says.

Don’t miss this
opportunity to see one of South Africa’s most unique
jazz guitarists live.

The show will take place at The Boardwalk
at 20h00 on 21 March, 2009. Tickets cost R100
and are available through Computicket.

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