SA ROY & THE FOREST JAM BAND was born out of a 2015 gathering with local and international musicians in Madagascar.
It is a collaboration between Malagasy A capella trio SA ROY, Swiss Musicians Matthias Abächerli and Fabio Meier, and South African guitarist, Lerato Lichaba.
Musical director of Forest Jam, producer, bass player and violinist Matthias Abächerli says about the band: “The magic that unfolded during our 6 weeks of work with the SA ROY trio prompted us to form a group to tour South Africa, its neighboring countries and to record a debut album to be launched during our forthcoming tour.”
They will perform in 12 concerts, covering 3 countries and 7 cities between 15 March and 16 May.
About the artists
SA ROY are:
Soaraza Patrice Thomas – lead vocal, dance, guitar & self-made mandolin
Ando Pra – second vocal, dance and percussion
Damy Sinaotsy – bass vocal, bow instruments, percussion and dance
The Forest Jam Band are:
Lerato Lichaba – electric and acoustic guitar (SA)
Matthias Abächerli – violin, electric bass, double bass (CH)
Fabio Meier – percussion, calabash, djembe and drums (CH)
The SA Roy & Forest Jam Band tour includes the 2017 Francophonie Festival, which is supported by Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, hosted by the Alliance Française network.
Pro Helvetia is the key funder, with additional support from its ANT Project financed through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Financial and logistical support is also received from the Goethe Centre CGM in Antananarivo (Cercle GermanoMalagasy).