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Singer/songwriter, Natasha Meister has become South Africa’s very own Blues Queen in the two short years since returning from Canada to her ancestral home in Africa. At only 20, she has made a huge impact on discerning SA audiences, especially in the blues/funk niche. Natasha has a great bluesy, Motown voice, plays phenomenal electric and acoustic guitar and is a gifted songwriter.
Soon after her arrival in Cape Town she attracted the attention of veteran songwriter Tim Parr, who gave her some initial introductions and opportunities. It didn’t take long for offers from Cape Town’s best musicians to flow and soon the Natasha Meister Band was formed with drummer Paul Tizzard and Roger Bashew on bass.
Their combination of blues standards, inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, plus Natasha’s own songs soon became popular and these early gigs paved the way for invitations to festivals such as the Oyster & Champagne Festival, Table Mountain Blues Summit, Synergy Live, Kleinmond Big Blues Music Festival, and Splashy Fen.
Soon after her first overseas tour in Dubai with Jimmy Thomas, Michael Roach and The Crossroads band, Natasha became South Africa’s first woman to be endorsed by Fender. Natasha’s recently released You Tube/Facebook videos are creating a big stir locally and abroad. She was endorsed by Lakewood Guitars in Germany after just one viewing of the video clips by luthier, Martin Seeliger.
Her first album ‘Halfway, Natasha Meister band’ produced by Roger Bashew and consisting entirely of her own compositions, has just been completed and is available as an indie release. Read more about Natasha Meister on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.