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The Rudies are a nine-piece ska reggae band from Cape Town, South Africa. The band members are Teboho Maidza (vocals), Ross MacDonald (trombone, backing vocals), Simon Bates (saxophone, flute), Jodi Engelbrecht (flugel, trumpet), Michael Levy (lead guitar), Duane Heydenrych (drums, percussion), Dirk Meerkotter (keyboards), Etienne Harris (rhythm guitar), Errol ‘Bong’ Strachan (bass guitar).

The original members of the band were bassist Barry Clausen, guitarist Etienne Harris, drummer Duane Heydenreych and keyboardist Milandro Mapenga. It wasn’t until the crew met with Zimbabwean showman Teboho (Teboes) Maidza that the band began to grow seriously. Teboes is known to have played alongside Andy Brown and Oliver Madzukuzi.

The band subsequently took on a three-piece brassline in the form of The University of Cape Town’s Simon Bates on sax, Jody Engelbrecht on trumpet and Ross McDonald on trombone. Dirk Meerkotter replaced Milandro Mapenga on keys.

The band released it’s first CD offering, entitled “More Fire” to the masses in South Africa, in October 2003 and the hit song “Noh TV” won a National Bronze Stone award for best music video, in that same year. In 2004, the band was voted “Best Reggae and Ska Band” in the country, by Blunt Magazine, which enjoys a National readership.

In 2003, the ninth member joined The Rudimentals. Michael Levy joined up on lead guitar. Soon, Barry Clausen left, six-times National Freestyle skateboarding champion Errol Strachan (AKA Bong) joined up on bass.

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  • wonderweed

    Cpn socopath u suk dik - u dunno shit - u go to a bunch of ggs of ths band but thes is boring - u suk dik

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • egnops

    seeing them in a couple of hours=)

    18 Mar 2007 Reply