Shaun Johannes

About me

Cape Town, South Africa

I am a father & husband to a feisty 4-year old son and a talented musician/music teacher wife respectively.
I've been a full time musician for over twenty years and have been teaching for over fifteen years.
I'm a self-taught musician having started as a pianist and moving to Electric & Upright Bass.
My love for music arranging and composition has led me to being the owner and audio engineer, producer, etc. for 'Mahogany Recording Studios' based in Cape Town, South Africa.

I LOVE playing music and I especially love playing with other musicians. I've got a deep joy for collaborations and sharing our heritages, cultures and hopes through music.

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to know more or check out my websites.

Peace

Cultural background

  • Namibia
  • South Africa

Values

  • Adventure
  • Authenticity
  • Balance
  • Boldness
  • Contribution
  • Curiosity
  • Friendships
  • Happiness
  • Knowledge
  • Listening
  • Pleasure
  • Service
  • Well-being
  • Wisdom

Project Music

Diphapano

Diphapano "Conflict" Is a song about conflict, the lyrics are in Northern Sotho also called Sepedi which is one of the languages from Limpopo province in South Africa. The song is lamenting on how conflict destroys people, families, communities and nations. The approach to the song is poetic and deep in thought.  The song is also a pleas for peace and understanding. The songs features Anewal, Alhousseini Anivola, from Niger/mali and blends the South African Pedi style of music with the north west/African desert blues....

  • African
  • Ambient
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Synthesizer
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Conga
  • Drum set
  • Sabar
  • Shekere
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United States of America
Ascensions

Shunzo Ohno, references Japanese + African folk melodies as Ancestral wisdom guides humanity's rise towards our greater good. Collaborators, Ronan Skillen, Shaun Johannes, and Syssi Mananga contribute the intersections of calm and explosive resolve. Ascensions describes the currents of past and future within our shared present, while embattled in a pandemic. The continuous evolution intertwines both tenderness and bold courage. Conflict is expressed in the harmonic structures, transversing melodies, concluding w the unity of one note.

  • African
  • Fusion
  • Improvisational
  • Instrumental
  • Jazz
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer
  • Bass guitar
  • Darabukka
  • Djembe
  • Rainstick
  • Talking drum
  • Natural trumpet
  • Trumpet
  • Congo
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Japan
  • South Africa
My Law

I put this poem to music that I discovered on the internet. It is supposedly written by a Maori poet over 150 years ago. It really resonated with me - I believe the route of all conflict lies within us all. This poem talks about how we create our own future and that we are both our own Devil and our own God - but the universe by it's very nature rebuilds what is destroyed. Therefore it is a song of hope. I am thrilled with the contributions from such wonderful musicians I discovered on Beyond Music. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • African
  • Fusion
  • Improvisational
  • Jazz
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Bass
  • Singer
  • Electric guitar
  • Zeze / Tzetze / Dzendze
  • Drum set
  • Sundrum
  • Udu
  • Keyed trumpet
  • Natural trumpet
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Japan
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • United States of America
Bokamoso
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  • Creativity Award
  • Album Track

The song has a pop foundation with elements of African fusion, world music and blues. The message is clear: That we have to be the change we want to see. It starts with me and you. Through love for our fellow humans, for our planet and for all that dwells there in, we can heal our broken world. What are we leaving behind for our children? Let's wake up! Don't we think about the future? All the destruction, killing, hatred and wars needs to end in order for the world to survive. Love, compassion, and caring are the keys for the future.

  • African
  • Fusion
  • Pop
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Vocal percussion
  • Electric piano
  • Fingerboard synthesizer
  • Bass guitar
  • Guitar
  • Djembe
  • Percussion
  • Rainstick
  • Sampler
  • South Africa
A World Beyond

Acknowledging the inter-connective bonds of people throughout the world, a universal pursuit unites us, revealing we are not alone. Now is our time to manifest alignment with our precious global community. Music inspires our hearts to beat as one. Children’s voices are integral to our commitment for humanity’s most powerful will for peace. A World Beyond represents a call-to-action to create our greatest transformation. United in resolve, Shunzo, Diego and Ronan collaborated to create universal optimism, determination and love through music.

  • African
  • Fusion
  • Improvisational
  • Instrumental
  • Jazz
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Choir
  • Singer
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Africa
  • United States of America
Iyavela

Iyavela is a Xhosa translation, meaning 'recurring' or 'it appears'. The theme came to me during a walk in the Table Mountain National Park, as a reminder of how the only reason any of the quality of life we experience as humans, during our short-lived lives on earth, is because of the abundant perfection of our natural environment. How essential, and fundamentally worth protecting this is.

  • African
  • Blues
  • Fusion
  • Improvisational
  • Indian
  • Soundtrack
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Chanting
  • Singer
  • Organ electric
  • Adungu / Ekidongo
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Zeze / Tzetze / Dzendze
  • Bass drum
  • Cymbals
  • Kalimba
  • Percussion
  • Tabla
  • Udu
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

No submissions for project Beyond Music Project Volume 1.