Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sterling EQ - An Award-Winning (SA) Instrumental Pop Band

It is seldom that one will come across a local instrumental pop group that’s a delight for the ears AND the eyes, and who have mastered the art of blending classical and contemporary styles. It is these exceptional characteristics that make this South African all-woman group one of my favourites.

In the following video Sterling EQ performs Theme from Caravans, originally composed by Mike Batt:

Awards and nominations
South African Music Award (SAMA) for Sterling EQ Live in Concert (Live DVD)
SAMA nominations for Nova and Sterling Speel Afrikaans
Tempo Award nomination for Sterling Speel Afrikaans

Carina Bruwer (Founder)
Carina Bruwer - Sterling EQ Founder
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Sterling EQ was formed in 2007, and is led by flautist Carina Bruwer, a mother of two who holds the degree BMus(Hons) cum laude. Carina also happens to be a professional open water swimmer, who holds some impressive swimming records:

As a swimmer Carina holds the female world record for the Straits of Gibraltar crossing (16km), the record for the fastest swim around Robben Island (11km), as well as for the 8.5km swim around Cape Point. She is the only South African woman, and one of only 4 swimmers ever, to cross the notorious waters of False Bay (35km). In July/August '05 she crossed the English Channel (36km) and was the female winner of the 26km International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf in Greece within 8 days of each other. Carina, the first recipient of the Supersport Champion Awards, is also the only swimmer to have rounded both the southern-most (11km) and northern-most (16km) points of Africa; she became the first South African to round Cape Point (8km) and Cape Agulhas (11km), and is the only swimmer to have successfully rounded Danger Point (10,5km) near Gansbaai - the "White Shark Capital of the World". [Source]

Sterling EQ has been nominated in two categories at the annual Ghoema Awards: Best Instrumental Album and Best Music Video of the Year. The Awards Ceremony will take place at Carnival City (JHB) on 14 April 2013.

Visit the MUSIC PAGE on this blog for a list of some older South African Rock Groups and a taster of various popular Afrikaans music releases. The page also provides links to other music related postings.


Boertjie said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Beautiful on so many levels!

It reminded me of a lot of other music, some of it being...

1) a very long piano piece by Franz Liszt based on a spanish melody

2) A classical jazz piece by Nikolai Kapustin

Hope you enjoy my somewhat serious music taste!

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Just for the record...
Sterling EQ won the Ghoema Award for Best Instrumental album at Carnival City, on 14 April 2013.

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