21 years on and WONDERboom are still rocking South Africa! It’s no small feat to be hailed as one of South Africa’s longest-lived and most legendary rock bands, and still going strong.
Although rock is the fundamental sound of the band, WONDERboom have delved into different genres, ranging from funk through to punk and even kwaito.
None can deny that WONDERboom’s biggest strength is their live performance. From festivals to nightclubs, the band just kicks ass – consistently!
WONDERboom have released 8 albums, headlined many major SA festivals, been nominated for 5 SAMA’s (South African Music Awards), and won a Kanna Award & People Crystal Award in 2003 for South Africa’s hottest band. They also won the South African leg of the 2004 Global Battle of the Bands & came SECOND WORLDWIDE!
There can be few South African music fans that aren’t familiar with their hits, like Never Ever, Jafta Rebel, Something Wrong, Green Fever, Africa, Shadows, Charlie, It’s Great to be Alive, Best Side, On The Radio, Karaoke Bar and now, currently on 5fm and campus stations, Ooh La La.
Cito, Martin Schofield and Wade Williams, the founding members of WONDERboom, have been writing songs and performing together for over 23 years and show no signs of stopping the rocking rollercoaster!
It’s been 7 years and one hell of a rollercoaster ride since the release of their last album, The Automatic Shuffle.
In 2013 they lost their very dear friend and drummer, Garth McLeod, to a freak motorcycle accident.
Then, in a sort of reinvention, they’ve had to get the WONDERmachine up and going again.
Enter Jonathan Bell on drums, and so the process of a new Rock & Roll relationship began…
It’s been a cathartic and introspective journey since, but no one, who has seen them live recently, can deny the sheer magical force that WONDERboom has become again.
Rising Sun, their new album, captures this story in a dynamic way. The title track suggests what they, as a band, feel – a new dawn. A revival of what was once regarded as an electric, live and very stimulating music experience, is here again!
Singles such as Great Escape and Ooh La La have already been embraced with loving arms by fans and the South African music industry alike.
“Ooh La La” – https://youtu.be/dClpvI2KkWo “Great Escape” – https://youtu.be/u_z0Uu7jsq8