January 2016, Astro & the Intergalactic Space Monks signed to Mausay Records, and immediately caught jazz lovers’ attention with their quirky perfomances and resound fusion of traditional jazz genres, including swing, smooth jazz, funk, latin, sounds of the world, RnB, Blues, and more intense sounds like discotheque, psychedelic rock and grunge.
Astro & the Intergalactic Space Monks are a signed 6-piece Jazz Fusion ensemble(2016), and the band comprises of Keith “Astro” (Tuks Camerata (Soloist), University of Pretoria Ovuwa, Cell C High School Superstar Top 10 finalist, Francois van Coke, The Sextons) on vocals and violin, Pieter on guitar (Beeskraal, Give Him Jesse, Sheeraz), Ayo on keys (Dexterity, Accent Tweed, Dionne), Osas on bass (Benjamin Dube, Donald, AKA, Da Les, Bongi), Ire on drums (Joyous Celebration, Sibongile Khumalo, HHP, Steve Dyer) and Linda on saxophone (TUT arts program, Sibongile Khumalo). They have opened for, and played with various big South African bands that include, but are not limited to The Sextons, Francois van Coke, Dexterity, Sun Dried Afrikans and many more. The band plays various genres, from behop, smooth jazz, jazz funk, psych rock and acid jazz to Latin, sounds of the world and RnB. They also have their debut EP in the pipeline, and recently launched an acoustic live jazz piece, ‘Flicker’, in conjunction with TuksFM 107.2, and are currnetly in talks with Gigster for permanent listing alongside Freshlyground and many more amazing acts. The band also recently landed its highly acclaimed residency show at Johannesburg’s oldest bar, The Good Luck Bar, starting 17th of September, in conjunction with Mausay Media and Tuks FM 107.2, with News24 and Channel24.co.za reviewing it as “One of the four gigs to keep you warm this cold and rainy weekend” alongside Majozi, Celtic Woman and so many more legendary acts.
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