Manouche formed as a result of a group of musicians’ love for the music of Gypsy Jazz.


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The style, created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli in 1934, is a unique blend of American jazz standards with gypsy rhythmic and melodic concepts. This vibrant mix resulted in the hottest of Hot Jazz. The band consists of Bernard Kotze (lead guitar, composer), Thomas Hugo (rhythm guitar), Rene Stander (violin), Lize Dekker (accordion, vocals), Eldred Schilder (double bass) and Martijn Van Der Merwe (percussion).

They have been playing together for the last two years but have only recently burst onto the scene and are making waves in various venues and festivals across the Western Cape. With sometimes unorthodox instrumentation and a good deal of original material they truly make the style their own. Along with their own tunes they pay homage to artists and composers like George Gershwin, Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller and Edith Piaf.

From moments of beautiful melancholy to foot tapping, hip swinging jazzy goodness and a couple of surprises in between, Manouche is a group not to be missed!