The Rudimentals - An 8 piece Ska/Reggae/Dancehall Live Band is based in Cape Town, South Africa. The Band has been performing for audiences for 10 years and does not seem to slow down.
The Rudimentals: History 2000 - 2006 The founding members of the band were bass player, Barry Clausen, guitarist, Etienne Harris, drummer, Duane Heydenreych and keyboard player, Milandro Mapenga. This crew met with Zimbabwean talent Teboho (Teboes) Maidza, a born and bred artist. Out of this gathering rose The Rudimentals.
The band then took on a three-piece brass section, from the University of Cape Town. Simon Bates (Masters graduate) as saxophonist, Jody Engelbrecht as trumpeter and Ross McDonald as trombonist. At the same time the band parted ways with keyboard player Milandro and took on another skilful member, Dirk Meerkotter on replacement keys.
The band released it’s first CD offering, entitled “More Fire”, to the masses in South Africa, in October 2003 and the hit song “Noh TV” won a National Bronze Stone award for best music video, in that same year. In 2004, the band was voted “Best Reggae and Ska Band” in the country, by Blunt Magazine, which enjoys a National readership.
In the course of 2003 a ninth member joined The Rudimentals, in the form of ex-Louie R and the Jive guitarist, Michael Levy, filling the slot of lead guitarist. However, late 2004 saw the departure of long time Rudimental founder member and close friend, Barry Clausen, exchanging his rude boy apparel for greener pastures. With no time to waste and a succession of upcoming shows a new face was added to the line-up. Six times National Freestyle Skateboarding Champion Errol Strachan (aka Bong), was added to The Rudimentals as a replacement for Clausen.
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