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Benguela

Brydon Bolton (double bass), Alex Bozas (guitar), Ross Campbell (drums)

Benguela have been playing improvised music together for over fifteen years and have just successfully crowd funded their 5th full length album, due for release in early 2014. Every show they play is a spur of the moment creative cesspool that straddles both the ambient and angular. Their collaboration with Tony Cox won the SAMA award for Best Instrumental Album. They have also collaborated with cultural anarchist Koos Kombuis and internationally renowned poet Breyten Breytenbach. They have played most of the music festivals around the country more than once, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen, Up The Creek and the Standard Bank Grahamstown Arts Festival as part of the New Music Indaba.



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”By the time the band bring the album to a close with Spitzkop, it has become clear that Benguela have recorded one of the finest South African albums of 2010.” - Lloyd Gedye (M&G)

“The stuff of headphone reverie.” - Mikedotcom (Muse Mag)

“as likely to be dark, dense and churning as ramblingly, languorously, billowingly atmospheric” - Richard Haslop

“fuck me with the still-frozen head of Walt Disney – the new Benguela CD is stupendously good!” - Brandon Edmonds (Mahala) Benguela: Sui/Chopsui (Open Record) “The latest from these Capetonian rhythm rebels is a humdinger, a smorgasbord of beats, riffs, intense grooves, melodic signatures and musical textures, all carefully captured on one of the most atmospheric albums of the year.” - Pretoria News review by Craig Canavan

“Benguela’s sound is an atmospheric, uncompromisingly adventurous fusion of constantly shifting elements..”

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