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  • Acoustic Rock
  • KZN, South Africa
  • Unranked
  • 9139

Ryan Calder Band

Positive, upbeat South African acoustic rock. That's the genre of the Ryan Calder Band (RCB).

Having toured and performed around the country over the past five years, the RCB's repertoire of music continues to enthrall audiences of all cultures and ages around South Africa.

The band's latest album, On The Edge, reaches across maskande, blues and jazz boundaries from its acoustic rock foundation, while the message in the lyrics consistently leans towards the positive side of life.

"The morning after our show, we want people to wake up humming a happy tune", says frontman Ryan. "I write music with a show in mind. Diversity in terms of rhythm, tempo and sound is something I think about a lot." It's a consistent theme which the band maintains is all about leaving an audience 'feeling like life is worth living'.

The air of positivity in both the music and lyrics is something which has made the group one of South Africa's most popular musical acts. "We have fun," says drummer Rudi Engelbrecht. "The approach has always been one of having the room to enjoy yourself. After all, who would want to listen to a band bored with themselves?"

"The best thing about the RCB is the family spirit. It's absolutely amazing," says bassist Roberto Hemmero. This has been a focus of the band, whose music has connected with young and old at each of the performances.

The band, fronted by Ryan, debuted at Splashy Fen in 2006, comprising Rudi Engelbrecht on drums, Roberto Hemmero on bass, Jon Calder on piano and Tamlyn Calder on vocals. From there on, there was no looking back. The RCB went on to share the stage with folk legends Magna Carta as well as prominent SA acts Prime Circle, Watershed, Plush, Southern Gyspey Queen, Newtown and Guy Buttery.

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  • Rob well done the RCB - you really do rock alternately that is....very proud dad & mom

    21/06/2011 22:54:04

  • Andrew kite Hello,my name is Andrew and i'm a scout for a music firm.I believe you have a nice sound to your music.I would like to chat with you about your goals and find out if there's anything my team can do to help you get there.If nothing else i can give you some good advise so please contact me at andrew_talentscout@yahoo.com

    02/07/2011 06:57:56

  • Black Vendetta hey nice stuff! have a look at mine if u get a second or two :)

    23/07/2011 01:49:24

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