Bassist Tebogo “AusTebza” Sedumedi will be officially launching her new CD titled “Motheo” at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on Saturday 28 March, where she will be performing to around 34 000 Festinos. The new album is AusTebza’s second release and comes off the incredible success of her single “Going Home” and her subsequent full album titled “Make a Difference”.
“The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the perfect stage on which to launch my new album, and can’t wait to share my hard work with my fans at the festival”, she said. Born in Krugersdorp, and raised between Mathopestad Boons and Mahikeng. AusTebza fell in love with music at a young age. Her parents, who used to work at the Sun City resort, tell her how she would perform for strangers. Her love for music drew her to many competitions and performed at concerts until matric.
After school, AusTebza’s parents could not afford to pay for her university fees and her bursary did not cover her fees at Boston Media House. This prompted her to join the Mmabana Cultural Centre Music Department. She became a lead singer for one of the bands at the institution which planted the seed for her to start her own band, Deeva. It was with the all-girl band, Deeva that AusTebza developed her love for bass, and they became so popular they became the backing band for the late HHP.
Her perseverance and hard work at her craft, attracted some of the most established artists in the South African music industry, and ultimately started working with some of them. Dubbed “The Groove Queen” by her peers and fans, she has performed and recorded with artists such as Nothende, Gang of Instrumentals, Rae, Laurie Levine, Maxhoba, Wanda Baloyi and Swazi Dlamini to mention a few. Her immense talent has also been spotted by various production teams and she has been part of the production of the South African Music Awards as well as the Channel O Awards, and also played a role as an instrumentalist on the TV productions of “The Respect Show with HHP” and “Afro Café” on SABC.
AusTebza’s time in the limelight enabled her to pursue her solo career, during which she released her first album “Make a difference” and has been touring throughout the country. She has also performed in Italy with The Liberation Project and a SADC tour powered by Pro Helvetia. The Queen of Bass will be lighting up the stage at Africa’s Grandest Gathering alongside some of the best local and international music icons including Abdullah Ibrahim, Jonathan Butler – with special guest Candy Dulfer from the Netherlands, Kwetu Trio, Mandisi Dyantyis, M F Robots and Nduduzo Makhathini.
The CTIJF will take place on 27 and 28 March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). General access tickets for the 2020 festival are available at Computicket at R999 for a Weekend Pass and R649 for a Day Pass: http://bit.ly/34URyrw. Also visit www.capetownjazzfest.com for regular updates. Also engage with CTIJF on social media. Like their Facebook Page which is Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Follow them on Twitter @CTJazzFest and Instagram @capetownjazzfest using the hashtag #CTIJF2020