Live at Makers: Presents Heinrich Frans Duo

17 December 2021
Makers Landing

Heinrich entered the music industry as a professional singer at the age of 11 as a member of the St George’s Cathedral Choir. He soon became a member of both the Tygerberg Children’s Choir and subsequently, the Pro Cantu Youth Choir. These choirs toured extensively and competed both nationally and internationally. His career spans from solo performances with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (under the direction of Bernard Gueller), live performances as lead and backing vocalist for Allou April, Ernie Smith, Wanda Baloyi, The Camillo Lombard Collective, Mynie Grové and recording sessions as lead and backing vocalist for Vusi Khumalo and Ivan Mazuze.

He also performed as lead and backing vocalist for international artists such as Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, Oleta Adams, Diana Ross, Bebe Winans, Josh Groban and Mark Fransman’s Strait and Narro. Between 2004 and 2009 he performed as lead vocalist for a Jazz-duo, Trio and Quartet that he had established for live performances. Some of his work is well documented on the following commercially available albums: “Jazz Rendezvous”, “G-Spot Grooves”, Ivan Mazuze’s, “Maganda”, Vusi Khumalo’s, “Reasons for Seasons”, “Neville D Presents” by Neville Diedericks and Mozambican-born (now South African-based) Frank Paco’s, “Buyanini”. Heinrich has released a three-track EP entitled, “Life-Stories – The EP” via various digital distribution platforms. Over the last number of years, Heinrich worked as an Audio Engineer, Artist Manager and Booking Agent alongside the likes of Composer, Pianist and Film Score Composer, Kyle Shepherd (amongst others) and served as a Vocal Coach, Judge and Musical Director for the annual, ‘Shoprite Topstars’ singing competition. In 2019, Heinrich assumed the roles of Co-Producer and Co-Director of the ‘Shoprite Topstars’ singing competition. In 2020, Heinrich was commissioned by the founder of the highly revered, ‘Music Exchange’ to co-produce (alongside RJ Benjamin) a star-studded rendition of Johnny Clegg’s, ‘The Crossing’. Heinrich has performed for Heads of State including, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and most recently, Thabo Mbeki.

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