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Photo by Jeffrey Abrahams 2021


Abavuki are an invigorating Afro-Fusion World Music Ensemble from Langa, Cape Town, and have been playing their infectious upbeat grooves across SA and internationally since 2001.

These talented multi-instrumentalists play traditional African instruments (drums, percussion & marimbas) overlaid with brass (trumpet & trombone) to create their unique, vibrant & contemporary Mzansi sound, firmly based on African music principles & influenced by kwaito, jazz and Latin American rhythms.


The Xhosa name “Abavuki” means ‘Wake up, early birds!’ and this attitude is palpable in Abavuki’s energetic & uplifting music that reflects the band's optimistic outlook on life, despite hailing from challenging backgrounds,  and their approach to music-making.


In December 2022, Abavuki celebrated 21 years of playing together and are working on the release of a new album and a worldwide tour in 2023/2024 to commemorate this milestone.  


- Festive Lights Switch On, Cape Town (80 000 people) - 2022

- Global Livestream / launch of #Abavuki20years anniversary celebrations and #Abavuki20yearsWorldTour 

- Opening of the Cape Epic Race – 2020

- Bazique Festival - 2019

- Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak, Malaysia - 2017

- Voorkamerfest, Darling - 2015

- Ethno Port, Poznan, Poland - 2015

- Respect Festival, Prague, Czech Rep - 2015

- Oerol, Terschelling, the Netherlands - 2015

- Houtfestival, Haarlem, the Netherlands - 2015

- Fusion-Festival, Larz, Germany - 2015

- Afrikafestival, Hertme, the Netherlands - 2015

- Zomer van Antwerpen, Belgium - 2015

- Colours of Ostrava, Czech Rep (40 000 people)- 2015

- Okarina Etno Festival, Bled, Slovenia - 2015

- Festival der Kulturen, Augsburg, Germany - 2015

- Folk Holidays, Náměšť nad Oslavou, Czech Rep - 2015

- Bardentreffen, Nürnberg, Germany - 2015

- Private shows, Algeria - 2014

- “Africa Connect” festival - 2013

- Rocking the Daisies - 2013

- World Music festival in Cape Town - 2012

- Resident band for 2 months on the Viking Line ferry between Sweden and Finland - 2010

- Travelled to China in 2006, where they spent a week in each of Urumqi, Xi’ning and Beijing. Their second album “Live in China” was recorded in Xi’ing.

- Featured in BBC4 documentary with Midge Ure (ex Ultravox) – 2009




One Summer in Europe - 2015

Decade - 2012

Africa got Soul - 2009

Live in China – 2006

African Rhythms – 2004


- Winner of IMEXSA 2015 Export of the Year

- Commissioned to record “Africa got Soul” to celebrate Motown’s 50th anniversary


Andile "Ndima" Makubalo

Bongani Ngesi

Thando Sishuba

Sabu Jiyana

Kim Masala

Manager: Nikki Froneman

Rest in Peace:

Gaz Matsila & Thulani Mtyi (band members)

Beverley Gough (band manager 2001-2019).



Abavuki is a 6-8 piece band.  The band also works with local African dancers, both traditional & street dance, and can offer a music and dance show suited to any event, from duo to 20+ performers on stage.


Abavuki can offer interactive drumming / teaching (with additional drums provided for the audience).

They also do a dance called the Abavuki shuffle which they have performed all over the world and SA, and is great for getting a crowd involved!


Abavuki bring all their own acoustic instruments for local engagements.    

Abavuki use 3 marimbas (bass, tenor & soprano), a set of congas, a set of bongos, bass drum, djembe, talking drum, trumpet, trombone, mbira and various percussion instruments.

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Stage Plan

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