By now, many of you are aware of the fact that, Heinrich Frans will be fulfilling a lifelong dream of studying music at, ‘Wits University’ as of next year.
In support of his academic endeavours, he will be performing and curating a series of concerts for discerning music enthusiasts over the next few months.
Heinrich Frans entered the music industry as a professional singer at the age of 11 as a member of the St George’s Cathedral Choir.
He soon became a member of both the Tygerberg Children’s Choir and subsequently, the Pro Cantu Youth Choir. These choirs toured extensively and competed both nationally and internationally.
His career spans from solo performances with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (under the direction of Bernard Gueller).
His live performances as lead and backing vocalist includes work with Allou April, Ernie Smith, Wanda Baloyi, Mynie Grové and recording sessions as lead and backing vocalist for Vusi Khumalo and Ivan Mazuze.
He also performed as lead and backing vocalist for international artists such as Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, Oleta Adams, Diana Ross, Bebe Winans, Josh Groban and Mark Fransman’s Strait and Narro.
Between 2004 and 2009 he performed as lead vocalist for a Jazz-duo, Trio and Quartet that he had established for live performances.
Some of his work is well documented on the following commercially available albums: “Jazz Rendezvous”, “G-Spot Grooves”, Ivan Mazuze’s, “Maganda”, Vusi Khumalo’s, “Reasons for Seasons”, “Neville D Presents” by Neville Diedericks and Mozambican-born (now South African-based) Frank Paco’s, “Buyanini”.
Heinrich has released a three-track EP entitled, “Life-Stories – The EP” via various digital distribution platforms.
Over the last number of years, Heinrich worked as an Audio Engineer, Artist Manager and Booking Agent alongside the likes of Composer, Pianist and Film Score Composer, Kyle Shepherd (amongst others) and served as a Vocal Coach, Judge and Musical Director for the annual, ‘Shoprite Topstars’ singing competition.
In 2019, Heinrich assumed the roles of Co-Producer and Co-Director of the ‘Shoprite Topstars’ singing competition.
In early March of 2020, Heinrich was commissioned by the founder of the highly revered, Music Exchange conference to co-produce (alongside RJ Benjamin) a star-studded rendition of Johnny Clegg’s, ‘The Crossing’ for the ‘DHL Stormers and Friends project’ – a unique collaboration between the rugby powerhouse and an all-star contingent of South African artists and entertainers.
Heinrich has performed for Heads of State including, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and most recently, Thabo Mbeki.
Angelo Syster is lauded for stellar contributions to the recording projects of revered recording artists such as Moreira Chonguiça, Bokani Dyer and Jaco Maria.
“This musician from Bishop Lavis made his presence felt with the band when they performed at the ‘Standard Bank Jazz Festival’ which is part of the ‘National Arts Festival’. His playing with the band received rave reviews from the local press but this talented guitarist is still humble in his approach to his craft and his music.“ – Gary van Dyk
The first in this series of concerts will take place at the intimate and historic, ‘Erin Hall’ in Rondebosch and will feature, Heinrich Frans (Voice) and the supremely-gifted, Angelo Syster (Electric Guitar).
*Under current ‘COVID-19’ regulations, no more than 60 people are allowed to attend this concert. *
All ‘COVID-19’ related protocols (social distancing in particular) will be adhered to.
Sanitization stations will be available upon entry and scattered throughout the venue.
Audience members are encouraged to wear masks for the duration of the performance.
* Date: 10 October 2020
Venue: Erin Hall | 8 Erin Road, Rondebosch
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Tickets from Quicket https://qkt.io/OPeLcW
*Secure parking is available for approximately 20 vehicles on the opposite side of, ‘Erin Hall’.
Care must be taken not to block the driveways of residents in Erin Road.
Additional secure parking can be found at a two minute walk from, ‘Erin Hall’ – up the road, away from Belmont Road – on an open parking ground.*
“I value and appreciate your support and am looking forward to making music for you. Peace, love and blessings – Heinrich Frans”
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