In an age of the over-hype and the mass-manufacture of sound-alike sounds and copycat stylism in a bid for fleeting fame, Mix n Blend remain the authoritative groove of sonic originality.From the sound-soaked streets of Cape Town city, the double SAMA (South African Music Award) nominated Mix n Blend DJ/ production duo has been giving electro boogie lovers a reason to throw their hands in the air and dance like no one’s watching since 2001.
The evolution to full live band was decided by a need to bring to audiences those sounds that are just best played and experienced live, not sequenced. Enter a horn section consisting of two of the mother city’s most acclaimed brassmen in Ross McDonald and Lee Thomson. Lee also doubles on keys and guitar. Adding an engaging live visual element to each Mix n Blend stage show is the work of renowned VJ Inka Kendzia of Krushed & Sorted fame. Original Mix n Blend members Jon Arnold and Kevin Ribbans manipulate live samplers and effects while dropping their carefully crafted home-made beats. Vocally, the band is fronted alternately by EJ von Lyrik (formerly of Cape Town soul sensations Godessa) and the world renowned reggae emcee and dancehall toaster Crosby Bolani (African Dope Sound System). Together on stage, the tight unit delivers an array of musical experiences; from easy skanking reggae riddims to hip-hop, fierce funk and tearing drum n bass beats, each one designed to ensure maximum dancefloor participation and enjoyment.
Since forming, the band has performed at every major music festival across South Africa (more than once in nearly all cases), have also taken to the stages of Reunion Island.