Mark Fransman -Media

Mark is a multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and songwriter who hails from Cape Town, South Africa.

As a performing artist, Mark has performed with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Hubert Laws, François Jeanneau, Soweto Kinch, Tony Sedras, Louis Moholo, René MClean, Finley Quaye, Zim Nqgwana, Hein Van De Geyn, Winston Mankunku and Sibongile Khumalo to mention a few.

He has produced South African artists such as Jimmy Dlu Dlu, Moreira Chonguisa, Kesivan Naidoo, Melanie Scholtz, Strait & Narro, Emily Bruce, Gavin Minter, Tribe, Tina Schouw and Bronwyn Reddy.

Mark has performed on stages in Europe such as the Euro De Afrique Festival; the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Holland; the Swedish Jazz Celebration in Sweden, Stockholm; the Leipzig Jazz Festival; the Edge of Wrong Festival for improvised music in Øslo, Norway and the Finnmark Jazz Festival in Norway.Back in South Africa, he has frequented the stages of the North Sea Jazz 

Festival Cape Town/ Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festivals, National Arts festivals and Old Mutual Jazz festivals. Playing with artists such as Jimmy Dludlu, Zim Nqgwana, Musa Manzini, Gloria Bosman, Marcus Wyatt and Victor Masondo to mention a few.

He has recorded on albums with artists such as Tony Sedras, Errol Dyers, Steve Dyer,  McCoy Mrubata,  Tribe,  Marcus Wyatt, Gavin Minter,  Jimmy Dlu Dlu, Lisa Bauer, Amanda Tiffin, Bruce Muirhead, Gabi Leroux,  Melanie Scholtz,  Emily Bruce, Moreira Chonguisa, Ivan Mazuze and Kesivan Naidoo to name a few.

Mark was awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 2008. Prior recipients of this award is the likes of Johnny Clegg and Sibongile Khumalo.

As a producer, Mark has been awarded two SAMA Awards South African Music Awards). This award is South Africa’s most covetedmusic award. In 2004, he won the Best Producer Award for Jimmy Dlu Dlu’s ‘Afrocentric’ and in 2007, he also won the Best Producer Award for Moreira Chonguisa’s ‘The Journey’.

In recognition of Mark’s musicianship and talent, he was awarded  Johnnie Walker’s ‘Musician of the year for 2004’. Has also won the UCT Adcock Ingram (Jazz) competition of 2000 for Jazz.

Mark also has three years of musical theatre experience in the musicals ‘Poison’ and ‘Kat and the Kings’ (Both being a David Kramer/Taliep Petersen production), and received the FNB Vita Award for most outstanding performer in musical theatre 1995/96) for the latter.