Sandile Gontsana, a Young Jazz Singer from Cape Town (Gugulethu Township). Started singing when he was about 13 years old. In 2004, Sandile enrolled at the University Of Cape Town School Of Music (African Music) under the World Renowned Musician and Multi Instrumentalist Dizu Platjies and African Singer Lungiswa Platjies. He then switched to the Jazz Department in 2005 under Prof. Mike Campbell’s supervision. This young man’s career started booming when he was approached to join the outstanding UCT Big Band (conducted by Prof. Mike Campbell). He did some corporate events and festivals around South Africa with the band as the Lead Vocalist. In 2006 Rashid Lombard (Cape Town International Jazz Festival Director) brought one of the MOST OUTSATNDING U.K based band, Jazz Jamaica featuring Soweto Kinch, Gary Crosby, Denys Baptise etc. for a South African Tour and to collaborate with South African Musicians. Sandile Gontsana, Melanie Scholtz, and Denay Willie were the 3 Singers who were chosen to do the tour with the band. Andre Petersen (Piano) and Jon Hassan (Percussion) were the other South African musicians who were chosen.
In 2007 he graduated and got his Performers Diploma in Music (Jazz Singing) at the University of Cape Town School of Music then went to Europe (Spain) in 2008 to do Motown Tribute Shows. Came back in the country in 2009 and enrolled at UCT again for his Post Graduate in Music (Jazz Singing). In 2010, went to the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival held in Grahamstown with the UCT Jazz Vocal Ensemble. He was chosen to be part of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band as the Lead Singer and did a South African Tour. This band also did one of the finest Jazz Festivals in South Africa: Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg. Sandile Gontsana’s greatest achievement was to win the Jazz Idols Open Mic Singing Competition 2010 and graduating at UCT School of Music (Jazz Singing) with Distinction. Sandile was recently chosen again this year to be part of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band 2011 led by the South Africa Jazz Icon McCoy Mrubata.
Sandile has also been trying and enlarging his territory by getting involved in theatre (Musical Theatre). In 2009 he was involved in a Huge Accapella Musical, NOAH OF CAPE TOWN which was rated “The First South African Accappella Musical” with 16 singers/actors. Also worked with Amazing Artists (Dancers and Actors) from Remix Dance Company, a dance company based in Cape Town (South Africa). He was involved in the music of a Great piece called BOUNDLESS (in collaboration with UK Dancers/Actors). They did shows in the UK (Birmingham) at the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012 in April/May 2012. Sandile was recently part of the Mining Indaba (Anglo American) Gala Event with the Bala Brothers Production held in Cape Town and currently working on a South African National Tour by “THE GREAT” South African Music Icon Mam’ Sibongile Khumalo (who’s also a HUGE influence in Sandile’s musical journey). Sandile is currently based in Johannesburg and working with his Awesome Band (Sandile Gontsana Quintet): 5 Piece Band: Sandile Gontsana (Vocals), Thandi Ntuli (Piano/Keyboards), Sipho Mabena (Bass), Sinikiwe Mabaso (Drums) and Sisonke Xonti (Tenor Saxophone).