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Born on the Cape flats on December 13 1975 he decided to become a singer at the tender age of five, when he saw â€œShakinâ€™ Stevensâ€ performing â€œGreen Doorâ€ on TV.
An early decision that only became reality at the age of 16 when he started a Hip-Hop group at his high-school in Mitchells Plain, earning the reputation as
â€œThe South African Cypress-Hillâ€.
His brother, Wesley, taught him to play the guitar at the age of 9, but he only applied himself to the instrument at age19 when forming the Rock Band â€œADAMS APPLEâ€.
For the next 3 years, the band caused a sensation as being 1 of only 2
â€œBlackâ€ rock bands in the country. AndrÃ© was billed as
â€œthe most promising mail vocalist in South African rockâ€ (THE CAPE ARGUS) and the band enjoyed some rave revues in the music press such as
â€œTOP FORTY MAGAZINEâ€
And radio stations such as â€œ5FM MUSIC RADIOâ€.
However, â€œADAMS APPLEâ€ split up after the drummer left the band.
In 2002 he accepted an offer to join a vocal group set to do
A 9 month European tour.
The group, â€œMAIN STREET PEOPLEâ€, followed up this first tour with another
6 successful European stints, visiting countries such as
Spain, Norway, Germany and Denmark, playing close to 2000 live shows.
They released 2 live albums a DVD and 2 studio albums to the European market.
Whilst on tour he continued to write songs and is currently in Ibiza resting after the last "Main Street People" tour. In 2006 AJ took the year off to record a compilation of songs written whilst on the road. The self recorded Demo, a collection of songs based on personal experiences, grappling with topics such as self image, cultural identity, new-found love, and the
Loss of a loved one, Is still a source of joy and satisfaction.
"I hope you will like it too".