Ernestine Deane with Rayelle Goodman

February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
cafe Roux Noordhoek

Ernestine Deane, photo by Gregory Franz - DSC_6813


Ernestine Deane incorporates jazz, soul, goema, funk & hip-hop into music that has a distinctly Cape identity, as well as a worldliness that transcends borders and genres.  An urban African voice sharing ancient African stories, she is known for her distinctive and incredibly powerful  emotive vocals, laid over chilled, uplifting grooves.
Her homecoming to SA, after some years spent living and performing in Europe, has seen her welcomed with open arms by her fans here, with sold out concerts at Cafe Roux, Cape Town Fringe and the iStudios Lapa.  Ernestine is a mesmerizing live act and has performed at festivals including the Haarlem Jazz festival, Oppikoppi, Womad, Pukkelpop, Rocking the Daisies the & Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

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.   The band includes: Terryl Bell on drums, Tiana Marwanqana on bass, Nobuhle Mazinyane on keys, Rayelle Goodman on violin and Ernestine Deane on vocals.

“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


Latest single – Flow: