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WANTED: SA BANDS/MUSICIANS (article first published : 2005-10-20)

International entertainment agent Chris Ferguson has come to South Africa to search for bands and solo entertainers to work overseas.

Chris's UK Company, Progressive Entertainment Network, has formed a partnership with Martin Drake and James Stewart of 21st Century Music Consultancy in Cape Town and hopes to expose all types of South African artistes/talent to the rest of the world.

"I first came to South Africa in the 70’s working as a drummer." says Chris "The contract was only for three months but I stayed for seven years because I fell in love with the country. It was during this time that I got my start in the entertainment agency business when I joined Martin Drake’s old company, Selroy Music, and ran their Johannesburg office for a while. Thereafter I went back to the UK to start my own agency. Sadly, with the old political regime, there was not much opportunity for exporting any SA talent to anywhere in the world. But in the past few years the talent that, in my opinion, has always been available in this country, is starting to come to the fore.

"I have already booked great bands like The Rockets and Afro D Ziac from Cape Town and Dr Victor from Johannesburg into venues and hotels in Israel and The Middle East and now I want as many bands and artistes that I can find to send all over the world."

Apart from the hotel work, Chris has eight cruise ships that he needs to find entertainers for, and contracts will start in March, 2006. The entertainment directors of the cruise companies will visit South Africa in late October or early November to conduct auditions.

Given the varied audiences of international hotels and cruise ships, the genre of music they are looking for would be mainstream pop. The more varied the better. The cruise ships would expect the bands to be able to play everything from 60’s pop, to current day hits as well as old fashioned dance music – waltzes, foxtrots and Latin music. There are also opportunities for solo singers who play an instrument – preferably keyboards or guitar. Cabaret artists and MC’s who can sing are also in demand.

Progressive Entertainment Network has associate offices in Dubai that do deals throughout the Middle East, and in Hong Kong which deals with the whole of the Far East including mainland China. China has a booming economy and they are desperate for Western talent. They also have associate offices in Europe and in Las Vegas.

Martin Drake and James Stewart believe that the opportunities being brought to the table by Chris will be of great benefit to South African musicians and artistes, affording them the ability to earn excellent money in foreign currency and then import these funds back into South Africa. All of these contracts include accommodation and food and the band members’ salaries are, at worst, about R3,000 per week per band member. Musicians have been known to return after a contract having saved enough money to put a deposit on a house!

The auditions will be held in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

If you think you’ve got what it takes or require more information, contact Chris Ferguson on 021 461 1970 or 083 5860 187 or email chris.fergie@gmail.com




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