Fine-tuning the sound industry

2015-05-27 06:00
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James Ellis (right) with Afrikaans singer and songwriter Jakkie Louw.

Photo: supplied James Ellis (right) with Afrikaans singer and songwriter Jakkie Louw.

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WHEN Fever recently needed a sound system, with a limited budget, for a fundraising event several people recommended James Ellis, based on his reputation as a musician and sound and light technician in the Amanzimtoti area and with more than 20 years’ experience.

Ellis is passionate about sound and community and agreed to sponsor sound for the event. Ellis has been the entertainment manager for the annual Kuswag Carnival for the past 10 years. He also plays in a band, Plus/Minus, with his friend, Christie Bosman who have performed at various events in KZN.

Seven years ago, Ellis and Bosman, blasted revival into the Kuswag Carnival, by introducing the East Coast Got Talent Competition. The carnival has grown into one of the biggest Afrikaans festivals in the country, with an attendance of more than 5 000 people last year. “Professional singers at the event often commend us, they say it is hard to believe a school puts together such an event without major sponsors,” Ellis said.

Ellis and Bosman also play in a gospel band, Beatus, with André Leibrandt and Gavin Hughes, a local drum teacher. Last year the band performed at the first Mighty Men conference in Amanzimtoti.

Ellis wants to establish his company as a solid, good quality, one-stop-party events company, providing music and add-on services such assisting with event management.

Ellis’s vision is to help young up-and-coming artists by creating platforms where they can show off their talent. He said they teach children microphone techniques and other pointers to improve their performance.

Ellis and Bosman have been involved in Amanzimtoti High School musicals for the past four years and have been commended for excellent sound and lights. Ellis has also provided sound and lighting for the Amanzimtoti Choir Festival, professional singers at the Natalia Holiday Resort and bands at local pubs.

The company also rents out sound equipment to bands and for private functions. For further information contact Ellis on 082 521 6661

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