The Rudimentals

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The Rudimentals
Origin Cape Town, South Africa
Genres Ska
Years active 2000–present
Labels Moon Ska World/Independent
Members Teboho Maidza
Ross MacDonald
Simon Bates
Jodi Engelbrecht
Michael Levy
Duane Heydenrych
Tony "Fingers" Cencherle
Errol 'Bong' Strachan
Past members Barry Clausen, Milandru Mapengo, Etienne Harris, Dirk Meerkotter

The Rudimentals are an eight-piece ska/reggae band from Cape Town, South Africa. The band's releases include two CDs, More Fire and Set It Proper, and a live DVD/CD combo of the 2007 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Concert. The band is signed to the United Kingdom based Moon Ska World distribution label. The group is one of a handful of Cape Town reggae-influenced bands, and has been described as a South African institution in tourist guides and on websites.


The original members of the band were bassist Barry Clausen, guitarist Etienne Harris, drummer Duane Heydenreych and keyboardist Milandro Mapenga. It wasn't until they met with Zimbabwean showman Teboho (Teboes) Maidza that the band began to grow seriously. Teboes is known to have played alongside Andy Brown and Oliver Mtukudzi. The band subsequently took on a three-piece brass section, in the form of The University of Cape Town's Simon Bates on saxophone, Jody Engelbrecht on trumpet and Ross McDonald on trombone. Dirk Meerkotter replaced Milandru Mapengo on keys.

The band released its first CD, More Fire, in South Africa in October 2003, and the song "Noh TV" won a National Bronze Stone award for best music video in that same year. In 2004, Blunt Magazine designated the band "Best Reggae and Ska Band" in the country. In 2003, Michael Levy joined on lead guitar. Soon, Barry Clausen left, and six-times National Freestyle skateboarding champion Errol Strachan (AKA Bong) joined up on bass.

In 2006, Ettienne Harris left and has not been replaced. In mid-2007, Dirk Meerkotter left the band and was replaced by Tony "Fingers" Cencherle. The band toured with UB40 in South Africa in July 2007, and has performed at the Cape Town Jazz Festival, Zimfest 08, and numerous other annual South African events. The Rudimentals have also performed at concerts featuring: Mad Caddies, Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, Groove Armada, Violent Femmes, Johnny Clegg, Freshlyground, Lucky Dube, Vivian Jones, The Wailers, The Beat and Jimmy Eat World.

In 2007 the band released its second album entitled "Set it Proper" and two singles off the album reached number 1 in the South African best MP3 Awards, each running at top spot for longer than 3 months. the singles were "Radio Skaweto" and "London Sucks"

The band has competed recording its 3rd album in October 2010, and this will be released later in 2011. The Rudimentals continue to perform at all top South African events and festivals and have gathered a huge following and reputation for great live performances.

Current line-up[edit]

  • Teboho Bobo Maidza - vocals
  • Ross MacDonald - trombone, backing vocals
  • Simon Bates - saxophone
  • Jodi Engelbrecht - flugel, trumpet
  • Michael Levy - lead guitar
  • Kyle Gray - drums, percussion
  • Antonio Cencherle - keyboards
  • Errol 'Bong' Strachan - bass guitar

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