P.O. Box 1104, Cape
HISTORY OF THE BAND
In 1993, Mpho Motheane and
David Shuping who is a pianist and Band
Leader came together to form a project called Mpho and Friends which had only
three members. And felt that the project needed more
sounds and our vision was to have a sound that is unique and had a reach
texture of our own traditional and as well as afro fusion elements in it, hence
we called ourselves Mpho and Uvimba. David Shuping and Mpho Motheane-Shuping started
inviting and working with more Musicians and we grew to an 8 piece Band.
Mpho and Uvimba performed in and around Cape Town, in
Festivals like the, Concert in the Park ,Jazzathon which was organized by JCQ Productions, the North Sea Jazz Festival
(Cape Town International Festival),Portnet Festival in Saldanha and George and also in
Johannesburg at Vosloorus umcimbi we
Viceroy. The Band did lots of Private and Government Functions. Locally you
will find the Band performing at Marcos
African Place and also used to perform at the now
defunct Green Dolphin Restaurant and Manenberg jazz cafés respectively.
In 1998 a Danish radio station came to
South Africa to record some local Artist in Cape Town and Johannesburg .They
made 25 copies of the recordings which were given to us because we were the
best group out of all the groups they recorded, and the music was not for
In 1999 we recorded a CD under the title Images
of Africa volume 3 which was a compilation and
In 2002 the Band won the Old Mutual Jazz
encounters competition in the African category in the Western Cape region.
and Uvimba were honored with an invitation to go and tour Japan (Tokyo, Hammmamatsu
with World renowned saxophonist and sopranino Sadao Watanabe in 2004. We got
standing ovation and the Ambassador Mr Ben Ngubane forwarded us with another
invitation in 2005 to come and perform at the World Expo in Nagoya,
Mpho and Uvimba performed at the 10th Anniversary of the South
African democracy in Holland
with the invitation of the then Foreign Affairs Minister Mrs Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma
At the beginning of 2006 Mpho was invited by the First
lady Mrs Mbeki to perform for women’s organization in Boksburg at a private
function in Birchwood Hotel and also at the opening of Parliament for the
Minister’s spouses. In April we had a tour of the Carrebean (Santo
Domingo and Cuba).
We performed in Theatres, clubs and Community halls and everywhere we performed
we received standing ovation.
The highlights for 2007 are the
performances that we did for 2010 World cup bid Base camp launch and also the
CAF Awards which took place at the CAPE
TOWN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE. S.S. MENDI gig
which was organized by the Department of Arts and Culture which took place at
the Grand Parade. Mpho and David Shuping worked on a CD entitled SABELA, which
we released in December 2007.
2008 Highlights was the tour of Germany on the 25th of May 2008 with
the invitation of Africa Festival in Wurzburg,
In 2009 Mpho and Uvimba went to Munich Germany
to perform for the MUSIC FOR GOALS concert for tolerance, integration, respect
and racism Festival.
In 2010 we travelled to Germany for a
private gig during the World cup season.
We kicked off 2011 with the USA
tour of Los Angeles, Carlifonia’s PAN AFRICAN
FILM FESTIVAL show alongside Jonathan Butler and at UCLA (University of California)
and we ran some workshops with Bongani Sotshonondo chromatic marimba player.
This year 2013 we were
invited in France’s Ille de France Festival
which took place from the 6th to the 9th of September
Mpho and Uvimba Band has shared stage with the likes of:
The Ngcukana Brothers
Mpho and uvimba recorded projects:
A single- Ihobe
Compilation- Mpho and Uvimba Band/Images of Africa volume 3
Full album- Sabela
Revival (The best of Mpho)
Documentaries/ Promotions/theme Songs
FOOTPRINTS – Julia Landau documentary films
SAB promotion of their product around Western Cape
Jive cool Drink and
Theme song and workshops