Latin Fire  

No. of Members 4
Location: Pretoria
Avzal Ismail, Neil Ettridge, Denis Lalouette, Brendan Rose
The group has a high impact 50-minute Latin/salsa show that is unique in this country. Perfect to get you in the mood for a serious party! Awesome! The musicians who make up the group are all prime players in their field and have a vast range of experience in both the live, television and recording environment. They have featured with the likes of Vicky Sampson, Isidingo, Laurika Rauch, Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove, Ritchie Cole, Soweto String Quartet, Chris De Burgh, Helmut Lotti, Andy Narrell, and both the Johannesburg Festival and National Orchestras. Each individual member of the group has also worked with numerous top international artists both here and abroad. Members of the band also form part of the Jerry Springer Saturday Night house band. Avzal Ismail in addition to working with top international names including acclaimed violinist Regina Carter, Donald Harrison, Carl Andersen, Professor James Houlik, Bhakhithi Khumalo and a host of other top names. He has also composed and performed the finalé for the opening ceremony of the World Summit for Sustainable development that was held in Johannesburg, as well as having performed at the first inauguration banquet of President Thabo Mbeki. Neill Ettridge is one of the most prolific drummers on the scene today, having numerous recording sessions to his credit. He has also worked with the cream of the musicians from this country as well as internationally. Deni Lalouette is the premier bassist to hail from this country. He is a first call sideman for just about every artist locally and has also worked with top international names such as Andy Narell, Airto and Flora Purim and Joe Henderson to name just a few. Brendan Ross is one of the most sought after performers in the country today and is an integral member of Johnny Cleggs’ band with whom he tours internationally extensively. Collectively the group made history by being the first Jazz group from South Africa to tour Eastern Europe with appearances in Moscow, Prague, Gdynia, Warsaw and Budapest, where they were met with considerable critical acclaim. Individually, each member of the group has performed internationally to critical acclaim. Additional services: As an added service, a total corporate entertainment package can be provided which can include any of the following: DJ, Solo entertainers including sax, piano, Piano accordion or classical guitar, DJ, Sax and Percussion trio, Duos, trio and more, Oompah Band, Female Saxophone Trio, Master of Ceremonies, Comedian, Steel drums with guitar and percussion, Big Band up to 15 piece, Cabaret acts, Sound and lighting, Event Security. The company also has the infrastructural support of some of the major players in the industry, including some of the larger event co-ordinators and events companies. Past Clients: Among the clients who have repeatedly and regularly enjoyed my services via agencies and events companies over the years: Dimension Data, Afro-Arab Trade Fair, Afro-American Heritage Festival, Alpha Cement, 360 Degrees, Microsoft, British American Tobacco company, L’Oreal, Caesars Palace, Siemens, Eskom, Lucent Technologies, Musicon Productions, Absa, Nedbank, SCMB, Standard Bank, Toyota, VW, The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Vodacom, The International Veterinary Science association, World Summit for Sustainable Development-Composed and Performed the Finale to critical international acclaim, Common Wealth games – Malaysia 1998, Tourism South Africa………and a host of others too numerous to mention.