DNA Strings

DNA Strings

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Voted the best SA live act by the No1 SA magazine, they rock with a unique blend of Afro-Celt-Latin-Folk They don't sing but have more energy than a nuclear power plant & always leave audiences wanting more Think the song in Titanic where Kate and Leo danced & put them among 1000 dancing fans

Biography

Having won numerous awards and nominated for several more, DNA Strings have caused quite a stir since 2000. Their style of music can best be described as Folk-Rock, Afro-Spanish, and Afro-Celtic, or in short, instrumental folk rock. The music, of which the essence is captured in their live shows, can be described as pulsating, energetic, uplifting, passionate and powerful. Due to the fact
that the music is not limited to one style, genre or culture only, they have a huge fan base ranging from the youngest to the oldest, and can perform at any event, from rock concerts to corporate functions.

The band started out as just the violin and guitar playing background music, using scores of Irish traditional music for starters, but quickly started writing music and added a third member to play along with djembes, the well-known African drums.

Their first, self-titled album was a very Celtic-sounding, mellow CD, very good for background music, and still easily classified as World Music, although sometimes landed in Classical as well as Jazz shelves in CD stores.

With the addition of a bassist and drummer, the band had a full, rich sound, and although they never sang, this never kept them off small or large and even open-air rock stages and festivals around the country.
The band broke through quite a few barriers: Suddenly it became cool again to play the classical violin, since the band even became a hit at the schools where they performed, being the preferred band over some very well-known rock bands in the country. The band proved that it is possible to have a huge party or a spectacular show, and to entertain fans on the same level as a highly energetic rock band, without singing a word, in fact, only using classical instruments with a backbone of drums and bass, and African rythms that gets anyone dancing.

The second and third albums captured a bit more of the sound that the full band creates, but nothing compares to the live experience of DNA Strings.

Discography

3 albums, short tracks available as streaming audio on the band's homepage, www.dnastrings.com

2001 - DNA Strings
2003 - El Nino
2005 - Nomad

Tracks from all three albums have had good rotation on national radio stations.

Set List

Normally an hour and a half, or two sets of approx. 45 mins each.
Covers include a few Irish folk rock tunes, namely Drowsy Maggie and Toss the Feathers (the instrumental song also featured on The Corrs live),
the Mike Batt theme for Caravans,
an Afrikaans folk medley,
an instrumental version of El Mariachi (the song that Antonio Banderas opened Desperado with)
and furthermore original music with the same sort of styles, as well as a few African influenced tunes.