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The Classic Rock Project
The Classic Rock Project (CRP) came into existence when a bunch of top SA musicians and producers were commissioned by management of the annual STRAB rock-and-blues festival, hosted in Mozambique, to put together a band that plays the music that everybody adheres to- CLASSIC ROCK!!!! To play it, and to play it well.
Altering the original arrangements slightly, to give it a bit more of a modern feel, yet execute it, keeping all the original hook lines, riffs and magic, that made the songs the hits they became, in tact.
What started of as a “once off” concept for “ fun”, and “own entertainment” became an overnight success, with the STRAB tabloids writing about CRP: “ The band that without a doubt blew everybody away, from audience members to the media to fellow musicians, was CLASSIC ROCK PROJECT”….
A lot of shows, clubs, and corporate functions followed, where CRP seldom played to anything but a full house, proving that the band’s popularity is growing rapidly. – This for a band that was spoken into existence a little less than a year ago.
Deon vd Merwe: (guitar and vocals)
Legendary guitarist and producer Deon, was the man commissioned to source and assemble the band. Running his own record label for the last 25 years, playing and recording with the best of the best, recorded and released in access of 250 albums for different artists, with album sales exceeding 1,000,000 copies, this iconic figure knew exactly who the best musicians would be for the job.
Ruhan du Toit: (Lead vocals and guitar)
Deon was scouting for a male lead singer, who would be able to do justice to the songs of bands to the likes of Pink Floyd, Queen, Jethro Tull, Def Lepard, The Doors, Golden Earring , and AC DC. Doing so in the original keys. Enters Ruhan, a man with close to 15 years experience, of singing exactly the style required.
His peers refer to, this man as a Phenomenon, with a vocal ability second to none.
Hana-Lee Burger: (Bass and vocals)
Multi instrumentalist, producer, arranger, music programmer and general hotty, it was seen fit to have a female member in the band, and that on an instrument that is normally not associated with estrogen. This little musical ball of energy knows what is needed to get a crowd going.
Vinnie Henrico: (drums and vocals)
Known as the most recorded session drummer in South Africa, with a resume exceeding 1000 albums that he drummed on, there are not many artists or musicians this man have not shared a studio or a stage with. With a number of international recording and touring credentials ranging from the USA, Australia, Belgium, Canada, India and Saudi, this Classic Rock lover was indeed the right man for the job.
Elben Schutte: (Keyboards and vocals)
Employed by one of the biggest recording houses in SA, this phenomenal pianist, arranger, singer, songwriter, is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand musicians, both locally and abroad. A lead singer in his own right, this man was the obvious choice to add to the lush CRP harmonies.