Sterling “Electric Quartet” (popularly known as Sterling EQ) has taken the South African entertainment industry by storm with their genre-defying musical style and sensational live performance. What started out in 2007 as a corporate show, exploded into a musical phenomenon which the public and media alike cannot seem to get enough of. For the first year or so, a pool of musicians represented Sterling, rather than an established quartet of four set members. Towards the latter half of 2008, public demand led to the recording of an album (“Nova”), which also meant the time had come for Sterling to settle into a unit of permanent performers.
The result was a quartet whose members captivate audiences from all walks of life with their dazzling display of virtuosity and vibrant stage presence. The members’ undeniable talent and energy, coupled with their interesting backgrounds (flautist Carina Bruwer is also a record-holding marathon swimmer, electric cellist Ariella Caira is a qualified actress, electric violinist Renate Riedemann an in-demand violin tutor, and electric violinist Eriel Huang is actively involved in the Asian community of South Africa) fascinate and charm the public, media and critics alike, the effect of which has cemented Sterling as arguably the most famous “string quartet” in Africa. For more info see: http://www.sterlingeq.co.za/
Gugulethu TenorsThey have been described as “South Africa’s Il Divo”, “Pavarotti’s Children” and “the Diamond of the Township” – the Gugulethu Tenors enchant the concert halls of South Africa with their collective song.
While their peers enjoy Kwaito, Hip Hop and Rap, the Gugulethu Tenors pursue their inherent love of Opera, a genre which is not traditionally associated with the township. By incorporating contemporary and subtle ethnic elements in their music, they have made the genre their own, capturing the hearts of audiences across South Africa with their raw talent.
Their repertoire includes operatic favourites such as O Sole Mio, Nessun Dorma and Nella Fantasia, as well as popular songs like The Prayer, Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata and even Gé Korsten’s Liefling. Their original compositions like O Afrika! and Nyamezela have audiences on their feet at every performance.
The quartet consists of Mpendulo Yawa, Siyabulela Gqola, Xolani November and Loyiso Dlova. Previously known as Fez Tenors / Three Young Tenors, the group was formed in 1999. These self-taught vocalists were selected from scores of hopeful entries at Fezeka High School in Gugulethu to enter a music competition called the Prompt Voice Search. They won first place for the best group category and have never looked back. They went on to win 1st prize at the Nyanga Junction Golden Voice Competition, 1st at the prize-Tygervalley Star Search competition, 2nd prize at the Westgate Mall Voice Search competition and 1st prize at the Langa Gospel competition.
The Tenors proudly represented South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, where they performed in front of thousands of fans at the Cape Town Grand Parade FanFest, as well as at the many FanWalks across the greater City area. They garnered rapturous responses from crowds during the tournament, and enjoyed far-reaching media coverage; even SKY News Worldwide aired an insert about the Tenors. They’ve also performed for politicians, dignitaries and superstars including Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock and Mariah Carey. At the 2006 Oprah Party, guests were blown away, and Oprah herself was touched by their sincere performance and humble beginnings. For more info see http://www.gugstenors.co.za/