THE PEBBLE SHAKERS

The Pebble Shakers is a Cape Town-based group of jazz musicians specialising in swing-era tunes that will have your feet tapping and your booty shaking like it's 1937!

To celebrate the history of swing in South Africa, the band also plays a selection of swinging South African tunes that haven't been played live in over 70 years. The early marabi and swing tunes were played in the dance halls and shebeens of Sophiatown, Alexandra and District 6, and were sometimes accompanied by the shaking of tin cans filled with pebbles. The Pebble Shakers play regularly for the swing dance community in Cape Town.

 

TAKE A LISTEN

Ain't Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll

Baby Ntsoare

Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me

Dinah

St James Infirmary

Sunny Side of the Street

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UPCOMING GIGS

Sunday February 3
6:30 pm - 8:15 pm Oude Libertas Theatre
Saturday March 23
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Mother City Hop
Sunday March 24
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Mother City Hop
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ECHOES OF SOPHIATOWN

A transcription project to preserve and revive the unique South African swing music from the 1930s-50s.

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This is the first batch of songs we'll be transcribing for the project – take a listen to the samples below.

If you'd like to sponsor one of these songs, head over to the Indiegogo page.

Unomeva (Welcome Duru)
Dolly Rathebe and the African Ink Spots

Third Avenue Special
Alexandra All Star Band

Sweet Talk
Manhattan Brothers

Swazi Stomp
African Swingsters

Skokiaan (Chikokiyana)
Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band

Lo Tsotsi
Damuza Mdledle

Kalla's Special
Spokes Mashiyane

Dipsy Doodle
Manhattan Brothers

Diepkloof Ekha
Jazz Dazzlers

Boogie Woogie Wam
Walter Theletsane

We received some seed funding earlier this year to start transcribing a few songs. These are the 7 songs we've already been working on and which we played for the first time at Mother City Hop 2018. If you'd like to help us finish these, you can sponsor them at a reduced rate of $150 each, as much of the work has already been done. We hope to make the transcriptions of all the songs available as soon as we untangle the legal issues.

See You Later
Lemmy Special Mabaso

Tlhapi Ke Noga
Dolly Rathebe

Clarinet Kwela
Kippie Moeketsi

Chobolo
Spokes Mashiyane

Be My Guest
The Manhattan Brothers

Banana ba Rustenburg
Spokes Mashiyane

Baby Ntsoare
Miriam Makeba With The Manhattan Brothers

MEET THE BAND

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Angelo Danster

Starting Trumpet at the age of 13, Angelo Danster has played with Big names over the few years such as Judy Boucher, Lira...
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Thandeka Dladla
Thandeka Dladla is a versatile vocalist who is equally at home in both the jazz and Afro-soul spheres, currently...
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John Bartmann
Passion, versatility, positivity and enthusiasm. These are some of the attributes we’ve come to expect from talented all-round...
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Moses van Rensburg
Drummer for The Pebble Shakers. Started playing drums at 16 years. Being a preacher's son, spent many years playing in church...
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Jacques Louw
Double Bassist and tenor Jacques Louw began his career at the Drakensberg Boys Choir. He received his BMus...
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Duncan Johnson
Duncan Johnson is a 24-year young saxophonist, composer and arranger born and raised in Retreat, Cape Town...
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Matt Willis
Trombonist Matt Willis has played on local and international stages as both as resident band member and session musician...
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Sibusiso Matsimela
Double bassist Sibusiso Matsimela is rising through the ranks as one of the country's brightest stars. Having worked with...
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Gareth Harvey
Gareth is a freelance multi-instrumentalist based in Cape Town who has performed throughout South Africa with...

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