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Monday, August 13, 2018


(Heels over Head)

A concert by Durban-based Heels over Head presented by iSupport Music Business in partnership with The South African State Theatre is part of the State Theatre’s Vavasati Festival.

It also forms part of a special national tour that this all-female jazz band is presenting as part of celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. The band will be in Pretoria on August 17, 2018. The ladies of jazz will pay tribute to the women that paved the way for them. Expect Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie and Mimi, but also a hint of neo-soul with Jill Scott.

“The girls”, as they are affectionately known, will present their tribute set of their African influenced composers, singers and musicians.  “When I think of a woman’s voice in my childhood home, I think of Miriam Makeba,” says Thulile Zama, vocalist of Heels over Head. “She’s an important influence on my music career.”

“All band members chose musicians that influenced their career,” explains Rebekah Doty, drummer of “easy-breezy pop-jazz” band Heels over Head. All five women have put in thought and worked on the songs together to come to a fully-fledged tribute to their personal icons. The concept was initiated because the band noticed that iconic women continually inspire them. They want to recognise the accomplishments of female singers, instrumentalists and songwriters.”

The band plans to get the audience on their feet and dancing to rhythmic bass lines and cheerful melodies. On the band stand you can find: Lindelwe Ngonelo on keys, Tebogo Sedumedi on bass guitar, Linda Tshabalala on saxophone, Rebekah Doty on drums and Thulile Zama on vocals.

From winning the Yamaha Young Talent Award in 2010 to independently releasing two music projects and being nominated for the SAMA Awards (2011) Best Contemporary Jazz Album early on in their career as a band. Heels Over Head has kept their footing firmly on the ground, with new compositions touring within the South African borders and the Southern African region, connecting and building a fan base. The hard work sometimes can go unnoticed, but sometimes opportunities are made to present themselves through the band continuing to persevere, soldiering on with the music. Recently they got an opportunity to go to the USA in New Orleans for the 2017 Essence Music Festival. This has only added to the enthusiasm that fuels their passion for music.

The band aims to empower women in this industry and have a history of effectively doing this. Many members that played in Heels over Head in the past now have successful solo careers. The members individually are also all involved in motivation of young female musicians through teaching and mentorships.

Heels over Head can be seen in the Rendezvous Theatre at the South African State Theatre on August 17 at 20h00. Tickets R80 through Computicket. The Theatre is at 320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.