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In addition to showcasing different guitar-playing styles in the continent, the three musicians are at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival to celebrate the history and role of guitars in African music. The guitar is a western European instrument that easily became integrated into African culture. The long-necked and fretted instrument’s ability to produce sounds similar to tonal languages of the continent is one reason why Africans took to the guitar as if it was their own. The guitar’s portability also suited the nomadic lifestyles of early Africans. Relatively cheap, the guitar quickly became the substitute of indigenous plucked instruments. Guitafrika will demonstrate this heritage by performing together music from different backgrounds. - cape town international jazz festival


THREE African guitarists rocked the Cape Town International Jazz Festival last week and they will do it again in at the Durban Alliance Française Gallery tonight.
They go by the name Guitafrika and are made up of South African Steve Newman, Mauritian Eric Triton and Niger’s own Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla. Left-handed upside-down player Triton tells tales of Mauritius. Anivolla is known for blues and his string instruments speaks of nomadic life. From his time with Tananas until now, Steve Newman has continued to wow audiences with his guitar skills...
If your strings have never been pulled, in an exciting way at least, then this is the gig for you with the African guitar maestros doing what they do best. - IOL

"A Festival of Magical Extremes"

While we’re familiar with the Nigerian guitarist Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla in South Africa, Mauritian Eric Triton was a revelation. The lefty plays his guitar upside down and the way he incorporates swing and funk into his playing made the Guitarafrika trio a magical experience. Triton’s take on the blues was a sweaty, dirty affair, and Steve Newman gave back as good as he got. All three used intricate and non-standard fingering techniques and advance publicity around Triton would have been welcome. ( Theresa Smith ) - IOL

"Cape Town Jazz Fest: Stars, legends, masters and the King"

Guitafrika with guitarists Steve Newman (SA), Eric Triton (Mauritius) and Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla (Niger) shared quite an impressive conversation, in between layers of blues, deep desert-dry sounds and sensual Creole Zouk... ( Emily Gambade - Daily Maverick ) - Daily Maverick

"Jazzin' It Up In Cape Town"

Guitafrika is a three-man guitar tag team of sorts with string influences from South Africa, Niger and Mauritius. Steve Newman, Alhousseini Mohammed Anivola and Eric Triton (respectively) were nothing less than impressive. ( Laura Walubengo ) - Capital Lifestyle

"A Perfect African Threesome"

Guitafrika: A perfect African threesome ( Mwenda wa Wicheni ):
When Guitafrika performed inside Moses Molelekwa auditorium at the Cape Town Conference Centre last weekend, it was a sweet, harmonious serving created from one of the musical experiments of these times. A rare collaboration of African artists, Guitafrika brings three different sounds into one with amazing results.
Guitars in Africa : Anivolla belongs to one of the most celebrated Nigerien musical bands Etran Finataw. Over his music career, he has displayed different styles of playing the guitar that leave a wailing sound similar to the desert wind that blows across Niger.From the other side of Africa, in Mauritius, comes Triton, who incorporates several other musical influences into his guitar sounds, plus his sound vocals. This, heard against Newman's antics that include using the body of the guitar as a musical instrument, yields pure freshness.But that was not all. With the act at the Cape town International Jazz festival last weekend, the trio was also showcasing the long history of the guitar as a musical instrument in Africa. ( African Review - Daily Nation)
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The induviduals concerned's discographies follow:

“Introducing” (2006) – World Music Network
“Desert Crossroads” (2008) – Riverboat Records
“Tarkay Tajje/ Let’s Go” (2010) – Riverboat Records

"Blues dan Mwa" (2001) - Independant
"Nation" (2004) - Universal

• Your Mother is Very Worried About You (1979)
• What do you Want? (1982)
• 101 Ways to Play the Acoustic Guitar (1983) [with Tony Cox]
• Tananas [with Kathryn Locke] (1986)
• Planetarium Live (1989) [with Tony Cox]
• Alive at Le Plaza (1993) [with Tony Cox]
• About Time (2002) [with Tony Cox]
• Steve Newman (2004)
• The World In A Guitar (2004) – “Aquarian Quartet & Friends” (Madala Kunene, Terence Scarr, Edi Nedilander, Ashish Joshi, Kesivan Naidoo, Errol Dyers)
• Flavour (2008)

• Tananas (1989)
• Spiral (1990)
• Time (1992)
• Orchestra Mundo (1995)
• Unamunacua (1996)
• The Collection (1997)
• Seed (1999)
• Alive in Jo'burg (2001)



Three artists and a variety of musical styles intertwine as one on stage, to create absolute brilliance.

Proudly brought to you by two African producers: ‘Sheer Sound’ (South Africa) and ‘Cyper Produktion’ ( Mauritius island ); Guitafrika is a wholly African musical collaboration project - born, bred and operated from Africa.

Aside to quality music, this collaboration furthermore aims at celebrating and exploring the guitar in Africa - it’s diversity and beauty, using that instrument as a means towards co-operation, understanding and communication.

Individuals Biography Summaries:
Guitafrika features the abundant talents of:
1) Alhousseini Mohamed Anivola (Niger)

Alhousseini is best known through his work as band leader and chief composer for band "Etran Finatawa" (‘Stars of Tradition’) - Niger’s most celebrated band. He brings “the sounds and feel of the desert wind” to the Guitafrika party through his Arabic styled chants and vocals – his unique guitar scales, time signatures and methods of picking; as well as through ancient traditional North African percussion instruments.

2) Eric Triton (Mauritius)

Known as “the Creole Bluesman” and a household name in his home country, Eric’s musical influences stem from the traditions of blues, jazz and his native Creole musical culture. A left hander – Eric performs a right handed guitar upside down. His masterful use of the guitar is on a par with his amazingly resonant and rich vocal timbre, which adds abundant emotive and musical value. Over ten years as a French resident, touring and performing, Eric is a seasoned and experienced campaigner who presently resides in Mauritius once more.

3) Steve Newman (South Africa)

Consummate, accomplished and acclaimed acoustic instrumental maestro on a variety of guitars, Steve Newman’s unique and incredibly fast-fingered picking methods combine with his use of the body and neck of the guitar as a percussive element to make his one instrument sound like several... Many collaborative projects and a broad musical and personal understanding make him the perfect complement to this ensembles make-up.

Aside to simply great music, and an interesting blend of cultures and colours with great stage presence; this “tri-namic trio” also celebrates and explores the tradition and history of the guitar in Africa through this project.
A westernised instrument, the guitar was easily adopted by African cultures and peoples due to its diversity in being able to replicate traditional African instruments sounds and chromatic scales, it’s relative inexpensiveness, and it’s easy transportability, all of which has reinforced this through the ages...

Guitafrika: Touring and Accomplishments
Gathering together in Cape Town, South Africa, to rehearse and prepare in late March; this refreshing new band then went on to perform at :
1) The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (25 March 2011)
2) Alliance Francais (Johannesburg) (27 March 2011)
3) Alliance Francais (Durban) (I April 2011)
4) The Durban World Music Festival (3 April 2011)

In-between the Johannesburg and Durban legs of touring, the band managed to spend a few days in the studio in Johannesburg to record the “rough track” versions you will be hearing in this proposal. (There is furthermore live footage presently in edit that will be supplied and available in due course).