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Mango Groove: The Multi-Platinum-Selling SA Band

Mango Groove has a career spanning an exciting and turbulent time in South Africa’s history.

Since its first iconic multi-platinum release in 1989, Mango Groove, together with its charismatic lead singer Claire Johnston, has gone on to become a household name in South Africa.

To date, theh band has sold over a million albums in South Africa alone with airplay across all radio and TV stations. The band continues to be an act that truly reaches the hearts of all South Africans. Mango Groove has enjoyed over 12 Number 1 hits and received every conceivable SA music and video award, as well as a number of global ones.

Mango Groove: The Multi-Platinum-Selling SA Band
Vocal harmony for Mango Groove.

They have set new precedents for all South African artists, being the only SA group to sell out the Sun City Superbowl and the Standard Bank Arena 6 times each. This multi-platinum-selling band was the first to re-define live staging and production standards for SA acts. Mango Groove was also the first to command a million Rand sponsorship deal, and notebly were the first and only group to remain at the top of the SA national sales charts for over a year.

Internationally, Mango Groove’s unique and magical blend of South African marabi, kwela and pop influences, together with the voice and presence of Claire Johnston has captivated audiences around the world. Highlights of their career include the direct satellite link- up to the Freddie Mercury tribute in London (to an estimated audience of a billion people); their performance in front of 200 000 people at the Paris “SOS Racism” concert; and their performance at the renowned Montreux Jazz festival where the band received 3 encores. From London to Hong Kong to Toronto to Sydney, the band has played to sell-out crowds…

Mango Groove: The Multi-Platinum-Selling SA Band
Mango Groove with lead vocalist Claire Johnston.

Mango Groove was given the honour of being the only South African act to be invited to perform at the “Celebrate Hong Kong ‘97” Reunification Concert. This historic event was televised world wide and immortalised on a commemorative CD.

The band has also been associated with the ABC worldwide broadcast of Nelson Mandela’s release, where their music was used as the main theme. A few years later they headlined at his inauguration. Mango Groove has long been aware of music’s unique power to change people’s hearts and minds, and through the years the band has raised hundreds of thousands of Rands for issues such as literacy, terminally ill children and conservation.

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