ARTISTS | ELLA
Ella is a South African tribute to the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. This hour long show by one of South Africa's most talented female vocalists celebrates the era of big band, swinging the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone.
With a recording life spanning almost 60 years, Ella Fitzgerald was the world's most loved and popular female jazz icon, winning 13 Grammys and selling more than 40 million albums worldwide.
Her music lives on.
LINDIWE MAXOLO BIOGRAPHY
SAMA-winning vocalist, Lindiwe Maxolo completed an Honours degree in Jazz Music, Cum Laude, at the University of Cape Town in 2005. During her time in Cape Town, Lindiwe won the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition, winning first prize in the Afro Vocal category; performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival (Cape Town) 2004; and was chosen by the Department of Arts and Culture to represent South Africa at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Since returning to her hometown, Johannesburg in 2005, Lindiwe was invited to perform in the USA as part of a cultural exchange, hosted by the New Orleans South African Connection. The performances in New Orleans and Dallas, Texas were dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans - America's great city of Music, Arts and Culture. It was there that she performed alongside Lauren Hill and other top artists.
In 2007, Lindiwe was spotted by Urban Brew Producers who recruited her to sing in the widely popular TV game show 'Lilizela Mlilizeli' hosted by Rudeboy Paul Mnifi from YFM radio. Lindiwe was subsequently contracted for 5 months and the popularized show was broadcast on SABC2.
In 2009 she performed for the Ambassador of Portugal in Lisbon as well as for the opening shows of the Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai, UAE with Organic Lounge.
Lindi is currently the voice of Jo'burg's renowned jazz band, Chilli & Lime where she has performed alongside Judith Sephuma, Mango Groove, and continues to perform with the likes of Sibongile Ngoma, Vusi Khumalo and more recently, Hugh Masekela. No stranger to the corporate world of entertainment, Lindi has performed for the South African Government, African ministers of education, and corporate giants including MTN, BMW, Vodacom, Sanlam, Eskom, Mercedes, to name a few.
" Thank you, Ella was incredible. She really made the day memorable, and everybody loved her!"
- Cally Cohen
"Ella was brilliant – professional – great act – perfect for our event! Her wing man / sound technician – Francois – was superb! I would definitely recommend!"
- Rob, RMS Media
“....she [Ella] was fantastic, very good!”
- Anita Thomas, Sanlam
“The entertainers were AWESOME!!! One of the suppliers actually wanted to buy ELLA and take her home! She has an amazing voice, a true professional.”
- Wylie Egan, Woolworths
“All went great, Ella was wonderful, will definitely keep her in mind for future events.”
- Juanita Venter, Mann Made Media
“The client was happy with the entertainment – she really enjoyed the singers voice. The crowd also enjoyed the entertainment.”
- Jill Zeeman, WOW Incentives & Events
“Thank you again for you contribution to our superbly received X5 unveiling. You guys helped set the premium tone and we are grateful for that.”
- Matthew Vermaak, Auto Alpina Boksburg
“...Listen only once to how the petite Lindiwe Maxolo does ‘Ain’t no Sunshine’ with a voice larger than Table Mountain and you’re hooked....
- Sunday Times
Ella performs 1x 60 min set or 2x 30min sets with big band backing tracks.