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SAPIEN GATHERING IN AFRICA (article first published : 2000-08-19)

An American based band, Sapien’s music styles are a collaboration of the world’s most ancient and sacred instruments from the didgeridoo to the Native American flute to the ashiko drum.

“Sapien have been nominated for a Grammy award as best new age artists which has a sense of irony as their music is inspired by ancient souls who used their instruments as guides into higher spiritual realms,” says promoter Jeff Musgrave. “Today, Sapien are united under the same inspiration, bringing a whole world to one stage reminding people that we are only one species on this planet and that music is our universal means of communication.”

The group comprises Frank Chambless, Snowbear Taylor, Hawh Hurst, Jim Bickerstaff and Mike "Fuz" Sanderson and the fuel that ignites their fire is their desire to care for and protect the environment. “It is this that separates them from other “fame and fortune” seeking bands,“ says Jeff, “as their driving force is the spreading of knowledge through their music, leaving audiences inspired about awareness, not only of our environment but also of themselves.”

Sapien will appear at the Shongweni Festival of Living Treasures, the Rustlers Valley spring festival and at venues in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban. “Their trip follows their success at festivals in the United States, some of which were attended by more than 250,000 people,” he adds. “This is their first trip to South Africa which they see as a “coming home to the cradle of man kind” and they are looking forward to opening open themselves up to South Africa's diversity.”

More details from Jeff Musgrave at (031) 202-5986 or jeffals@hotmail.com




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