Cape Town, South Africa
Band Members: Teboho Bobo Maidza, Ross MacDonald, Simon Bates, Jody Engelbrecht, Michael Levy, Duane Heydenrych, Antonio 'Fingers' Cencherle, Errol 'Bong' Stachan
Genre: Ska / Reggae / Afro-beat
Label: Moonska World
The Rudimentals are an eight-piece ska/reggae/afro-beat band based in Cape Town, South Africa.
People of all ages and tastes have been drawn to this socially diverse fun-filled act, whose live shows have captured the imagination of everyone who has seen them. The band thrives on the fact that they defy compartmentalization into a particular musical genre and are really proud that their band of music carries the “unique” label.
The Music delivers an unapologetically 21st century Pan AfricanSka party that chases the delirious dance-hall raps, dope reggae rhythms and skanking back beat of vintage 70’s Ska with a brew of rocking Mbaquanga riffs and jazz and blues tones.
Armed with a new manager, Clyde Finlayson of Vortex fame, June 2007 saw The Rudies embark on a whirlwind nationwide tour with reggae legends UB40.
The first album, More Fire, (released in 2003) topped SA Rock Digest charts while their 1st single, Gangsta enjoyed extensive radio play on both national and regional radio stations (it also topped the SA MP3 charts for the most down loaded song for 7 consecutive weeks). A further single, NOH TV acquired a Bronze National Stone Award for the best-directed video.
This album was recently signed up by London-based label, MOONSKAWORLD, who will be promoting and distributing it in the UK, Europe and Asia (check out the new Moonska World Website for further information).
The band's second album, Set it Proper, produced by trombonist, Ross McDonald, was released in mid 2006.
The Rudimentals have a full length live DVD of Rudimentals and Friends at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday 18th March during their Sundowner Concert.