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MANGO GROOVE’S career has spanned an exciting and turbulent time in South Africa’s history. Since its first iconic multi-platinum release in 1989, the band, together with its charismatic lead singer Claire Johnston, has gone on to become a household name in South Africa.
To date, Mango Groove has sold over a million albums in South Africa alone, and in terms of its airplay across all radio and TV stations, 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. They have set new precedents for all SA 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 redefine live staging and production standards for SA acts; the first to command a million Rand sponsorship deal, and 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 was given the honour of being the only South African (indeed African) act to be invited to perform at the “Celebrate Hong Kong ‘97” Reunification Concert. This historic event, part of the official celebrations commemorating the handover of Hong Kong to China, was televised worldwide and immortalised on a commemorative CD.
Mango Groove was also especially proud to have 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.