Growing up in Quagga, South Africa, Théan Slabbert was surrounded by a variety of soundscapes. His father Deon, a minister and folk songwriter, introduced him to the sounds of the acoustic guitar. His mother Susan, a pianist, encouraged him to learn piano; however, since he seemed to drift towards playing Jim Croce tunes on her guitar, she taught him what she knew about the “classical” guitar. Théan was also influenced by the Xhosa harmonies on the farms, in the villages and at his father’s churches. For three years, Théan sang with the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir, after which he moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in 2004. Théan has been exploring a variety of musical styles, performing frequently as part of Kalle Mattson, studying guitar with Frank Deresti and writing wordless, Afrikaans, and English songs. He is currently studying music at the uOttawa School of Music, and is currently studying with Denis Donegani.
Special thanks to Derek Gripper for the endless inspiration. (www.derekgripper.co.za
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