Upon his arrival to South Africa from Congo in 1998, Mermans joined the Young Bakuba Band as a drummer and bass guitar player. After a year in the band he found that his independence and musical style were being limited and so he branched out on his own as a solo artist in 1999. He was soon in high demand doing solo gigs at various Cape Town venues, however, he decided that he preferred a band set-up and assembled what is now a highly regarded multi-cultural band, Afro Fiesta.
How we met:
Our first night in Cape Town we went to eat supper at a restaurant called Mama Africa on Long Street in the center of town. Throughout our meal we heard vibrant sounds of African music coming from the other room and were seduced. During the band’s set break we introduced ourselves and talked with Mermans, the band’s leader, about our project and he immediately was in unison with us. We set a time to meet the next day to film and record their music.
Earlier this month the students and teachers at the Playing For Change Foundation’s Bizung School of Music and Dance in Tamale, Ghana received a pleasant surprise with a visit from Grammy nominated Ghanaian recording artist Rocky Dawuni. Rocky is a long time supporter and friend of the PFC movement who’s been featured in a few […]
UPDATE: Special guests added — Clarence Bekker, Making Movies, Lanita Smith, and Max Gomez RSVP NOW Luke Winslow-King and Roberto Luti are reuniting for a special online event on April 10th that will feature special guests from around the world. The show, titled “United,” will celebrate Luke and Roberto’s return to the stage after the […]