Christine Vaindirlis, vocals
Other musicians, TBA
Born in London and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa during the horrific era of apartheid, intolerant of the political injustice, Christine searched for the first opportunity to pursue her passion for music, and take her to new horizons. From Milan, Italy where she trained as an opera singer, to the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she graduated with Honors as a composer and arranger and finally, New York City in 2005 to experiment with Jazz and World music on a different level.
Having had extensive experience as a sideman and band leader, she ventured into producing her debut album "Dance Mama" that features the up-and-coming jazz pianist Hiromi, along with the legendary Paul Simon Graceland crew, Tony Cedras, Bakithi Kumalo and Morris Goldberg, to capture the essence and energy of her homeland South Africa, combined with her global vision and Berklee experience that had pushed her envelope further. Three of the tracks hit the finals, semi-finals and quarter-finals of the 2009 USA, International (ISC) and UK Songwriting Competitions respectively, while the album received airplay in the US, Europe and South Africa, and on the in-flight World Music play-lists on Continental, Copa, Sri Lankan, Caribbean and United Airlines. Christine has been featured on CNN International, NBC’s New York Non-Stop, ESPN and Time Out New York and has since had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious music venues world wide. She was also one of the official judges of "In the mix" talent show competition on LifezoneTV.
Christine’s voice of her deeply personal experience and transcontinental life has culminated in her songs and remains a source of profound happiness and gratitude, the sunny disposition that echoes throughout her work.
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