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STRINGS 'N SKINS (article first published : 2007-07-21)

Strings 'n Skins play rhythmical interpretations of North African and South African improvisational styles. Their Afro-Asian hybrid beats are played on traditional instruments, such as the Indian percussive drums (Tabla & Dhol), Egyptian (Darbukah) and African (Djembe), played by Ashish, and the North African fretless lute (Oud), Bouzouki and nylon string Flamenco guitar, played by Greg.

Their CD Strings 'n Skins was voted Best CD of the year by Pretoria News readers. They have played extensively around South Africa from Swartruggens to Rustlers Valley, Splashy Fen and Oppikoppi, where audiences have been thrilled by their driving rhythms and catchy melodies. They are a duo of international standard and their music fervently taken to in Zanzibar, Namibia and Seychelles.

“This is a truly unique band originating from South Africa with intricately woven masterpieces which engulf your spirit each time they are heard,” says Vlado of Thunder Road Diner. “I find myself exhibiting a childlike anticipation when thinking about their second CD and know full well not to have my socks on when I hear it!”

Supported by Steve Newman, Strings ‘n Skins will perform at Thunder Road Diner in Florida Road on August 2.




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