Genre: Jazz-Rock/Acoustic finger-picking
Location: Durban, South Africa
Sounds Like: Tommy Emmanuel, The Dixie Dregs, Jimmy Herring
Influences: Steve Morse, Django Reinhardt, Stevie Wonder, Bela Fleck, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Herring, Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins
Seb Goldswain is a South African guitarist, composer and performing artist best known for his virtuoso guitar playing and high-energy stage presence. Armed with either an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar and a Marshall stack, Seb has the rare ability of wowing and entertaining crowds with nothing but his original compositions, energetic performances and dazzling guitar playing. With influences like Tommy Emmanuel, Frank Zappa, and Steve Morse (all world-class guitarists/composers) Seb expresses the rare talent of being able to entertain a pop crowd, as well as Jazz, Rock, Blues and Heavy Metal crowds, all with his original music and masterful guitar playing.
With the arrival of his debut album “Pictures of a Thousand Words”, Seb has now taken a bold step towards establishing himself as one of the new breed of original voices in South African music. Encompassing influences from across a wide range of genres and cultures, the album is stylistically diverse, while carrying a sound throughout that is both uniquely Seb’s own, and carrying a distinct Kwa-Zulu-Natal flavour.
At the age of twenty four, Seb has already performed internationally in countries like Austria, Greece, the UK and the United States, and has performed his original music at many of South Africa’s top music festivals including Splashy Fen, White Mountain Festival, The Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, The UNISA International Jazz Festival, The UKZN Youth Jazz Festival and the Durban International Blues Festival. Seb has toured and performed both nationally and internationally with various groups, as well as having worked with, and performed alongside Internationsl star George Ezra, as well as many of South Africa’s most highly recognised artists including Ard Matthews, Matthew Mole, Beatenberg, Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Lloyd Cele, Chris Chameleon, Natalie Rungan, Kahn Morbee from The Parlotones, The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tananas, The UKZN Jazz Legacy ensemble, Madala Kunene, Derek Gripper, Nibs Van Der Spuy, Guy Buttery and Andrew Young among others.
Seb is proficient in bluegrass, blues, funk, heavy rock, country and Jazz styles, and encompasses these styles, as well as a wide range of artistic influences, into his original electric material. Seb is also usually accompanied by some of SA’s best session musicians in his band, like Sidney Rash (French Montana/The Arrows), Prince Bulo (Zahara, Frank Mccomb), Ildo Nandja and Sphelelo Mazibuko in his live band.
“South African Guitarist Seb Goldswain is an omnivore chef at the transnational musical banquet. His playing expands on the hyper-virtuosic progressive rock guitar heroes of the 70s with a world-spanning selection of genre-transgressing ingredients. Whatever he cooks up, it’s a recipe for surprise” – Peter McElhinney/Style Weekly USA
“Epic player from Durban I’ve had the pleasure of watching a few times. I met Seb years back when he was a wee boy. Turbo talent! Super Underrated!” – Dan Patlansky, SA Blues Guitar Legend
“Patrons don’t realise how fortunate they are to witness an artist like Goldswain perform. Not many artists worldwide are capable of performing at that level. I was gob smacked at the statistical density of his finely crafted finger style.” – Paul de Fleuriot/Midlands Music Club, Owner of Marshall Music Midlands.
“Seb is one of those guitarists that every other guitarist hates because he can shred on anything, I even overheard a dude next to me say “I’m going home to smash my guitar and never play again.” – Bob Perfect/Durban Is Yours