Freshlyground

Freshlyground

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The most popular band of South Africa. A nice mix between Pop and World music.

Biography

South Africa´s most popular group of today ...

... after beeing voted and awarded as "Best Band" (Metro FM Award) by the South African African audience just recently the news of today are even more sensational:

Freshlyground got seven nominations for the SAMA awards !This is a record breaking number - here are the categories:
Record of the Year- Pot Belly
Album of the Year- Ma Cheri
Artist of the Year-Freshlyground
Best Adult Contemporary Album -English - Ma Cheri
Best Video-Pot Belly, Mark Hofmeyer and Gwydion Benton
Best engineered album- Ma Cheri Dave Langemann
Best produced album- JB Arthur Victor Masondo

We invite every promoter that did not contact us so far to do so soonest and make sure not to miss the chance to book this outstanding band on their European tour 2008

Highligths 2006/2007: support act for Robbie Williams in Durban, Pretoria and Capetwon and support for the Oscar movie „Tsotsi“ on the filmfestival in Cannes. The South African Football Association chooses Freshlyground as cultural embassador for the 2010 fifa world cup. Doo Be Doo enters the charts in Italy. Freshlyground receives the "European Music Award / MTV" as "Best African Act 2006". Touring Europe - highlights are their concerts with B.B. King and festivals like Africa Festival Wuerzburg. Nomvula reaches 5 times platinum sales (meanhwile 6 times) and Do Be Do becomes the most played single in South Africa !

FG BIO
2002 foundation of Freshlyground.

2003 release "Jika Jika" & concerts in South Africa and Zimbabwe (i.e. Harare International Festival of Art and Robben Island African Festival).

2004 numerous concerts including North Sea Jazz Festival, Villa Festival Rom and concert together with Oliver Mutukudzi in Harare plus concert for Thabo Mbeki at the openingening ceremony of the parliament. Release of the second album, "Nomvula" (in corporation with Sony/BMG).

2005 opening concert for the EXPO 2005 in Japan as well as concerts in Europe and Africa. Various TV appearances. The video of their hit single "Doo Be Doo" is released and until December 2005 more than 100.000 CDs of their album "Nomvula" are sold in South Africa and the second CD reaches double platinum status. 2006 appearance at Midem and concerts as opening act for Robbie Williams in Durban, Pretoria and Capetown in front of more than 50.000 people each concert. After that tour another 100.000 copies of Nomvula can be sold and the album reaches 4-times platinum status! Support for the Oscar-award winning movie "Tsotsi" at the Filmfestival in Cannes. Release of "Nomvula" in London and the remix of "Doo Be Doo" as a maxi-single.

The South African Football Association chooses Freshlyground as their cultural embassadors for the Fifa World Cup in South Africa 2010. During the Fifa Wolrd Cup 2006 they perform together with Johnny Clegg and other acts in Cologne at "Africa is Calling". An extended tour in the UK follows and some concerts in Italy. In fall the album "Nomvula" is released all over Europe. Additional travels to Europe accompany the release - highlights are the performances as opening act for B.B. King in Paris and in the Shepherds Bush in London. "Doo Be Doo" enters the TOP 40-Charts in Italy. In November Justin Timberlake hands over the "European Music Award / MTV as "Best African Act 2006" to Freshlyground. They start to work on album number 3.2007 more concerts including a performance at the Africa Festival Wuerzburg. The album "Nomvula" reaches six times platinum status... "Do Be Doo" is the most played single in South Africa. Shortly after releasing the third album "Ma Chéri", it reaches platinum status.FG voted & awarded as "Best Band" by the South African audience (Metro FM Award). More highlights on the new promotion DVD of Freshlyground.

Discography

Jiki Jika 2003
Nomvula 2004
Ma´Cheri 2007