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Azania Band is the backing band for all the artists featuring on the compilation album Ghetto Sound Volume One. This album is the best reggae album to ever come out of South Africa, it features Peter Spence (UK), Vivian Jones (UK), Umojah2 (JA) and artists from Cape Town, Burundi and Tanzania. Azania band is also a backing band for Ras Judah on his Give Thanks and Praise album.
Azania (The Ghetto Sound band) is simply the best reggae band in South Africa! The band consists of six brilliant musicians hailing from the townships of Cape Town. The band has played most well known venues in South Africa and has shared the stage with international Reggae superstars Burning Spear, Culture, Mutabaruka, The Wailers, Buju Banton, Benjamin Zepheniah and Macka B. The band has also backed a number of international reggae artists, they have backed Benjamin Zepheniah, Dawit Manelik Tafari who produced and features in their debut album A True Story, they also backed the UK based Jamaican artist/singer Vivian Jones on his 2004 tour to South Africa, they have also backed Kashta Manelik Tafari of the Ras Ites while performing in Cape Town in 1999. In September 2005 Azania was a backing band for Obeyjah a reggae artist from the USA for the two shows he did in Cape Town. In December 2005, Azania once again was a choice band for the UK reggae artists Starkey Banton, Ossie Gad (from the Natural Ites) and Vivian Jones while on the same tour , Azania was a backing band for some local acts namely MXO, Teba and Ras Judah. On the recently released, Away from Home album the band features two of the best South African horn players, Ezra Ngcukana who performed in 2005 with the Ngcukana Brothers at North Sea Jazz festival in Cape Town and Evan Mazuze of Tucan Tucan a Cape Town based Jazz Band.
The band recorded and co-produced an album with Vivian Jones, the album called Tribute to Gugulethu Seven that will be released in South Africa, Jamaica and the UK later this year. The band also play and produced the music on some of the songs on the album Sweet Reggae Music of Umojah 2 another UK based Jamaican artist who have done some songs for Macka Dub of Green Beat music. The band is also features on the Uyeza album of a South African Reggae band the Dread Kings, mixed by Fiztroy”Wizard” Blake and produced by Johnny "B" White who produced the album with the hit song Picture on wall by Natural Ites and the realistic Band.
The Bass player Wakhile Xhalisa has lived and played in Europe with a South African Reggae band Makwerhu and have played in a lot of Reggae and Jazz festivals all over Europe. While in Europe he also worked as a session musician for both studio and live performances. While living here in South Africa Wakhile and the Azania’s keyboard player Ricky Bushula keep working as session musicians, as a solid bass and rhythm section. Together they have backed Simphiwe Dana, Lungiswa, Stompie Mava, and many other Jazz musicians even touring South America and Europe.