About

Desmond was born in Mosselbay South Africa on the 14th of January 1972. In 1979 his family moved to Mitchell's Plain, Cape Town in search of a better future for the family while oppressed under apartheid. It is It in Mitchell's Plain at his local church the AFM, where he learned to play guitar at age 12. He was greatly influenced by the local Cape Town Gospel music scene and his guitar heroes, Jonathan Butler, Earl Klugh and George Benson.

 

Whilst trying to complete a law degree at the University of Western Cape in 1991 Desmond met fellow musicians, Peter Ndlala and Eugene Wareley who later introduced him to Les Javan with whom they formed the blues band Over the Edge.

As the tension during the struggle against apartheid increased, Desmond was formed to discontinue his law studies, at the same time Eugene Wareley left for Switzerland and Desmond went on to play in a dance cover-band , Girls and Boys, with whom he toured South Africa and Namibia as supporting band for the well known hip hop group Prophets of the City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In 1993, to escape from the institutionalized injustices of Apartheid, Desmond joined Eugene Wareley in Switzerland.Following a tour in Northern Italy with Jamaican reggae great Winchester, Desmond also joined the African formation Shake the Tree, which included two performances at the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival. During the late nineties, Desmond performed in various musical studios and projects, including performances with South African veteran Tefo Hlaele as support band for Yusso Ndour in the Kongresshaus Zurich.

 

Desmond's debut CD, which he recorded in the latter part of 1999, clearly illustrates his quest for musical explorations while simultaneously paying homage to his roots. His music has been heard in numerous venues, especially in his homeland South Africa, evoking interest from major local labels. Following his involvement in several projects with Jamaican bassist Leon Ducan, Desmond joined the band, Vital Roots. It is during this time that he was nick named "Dazzy Roots", a name which remains to this day. Vital Roots also conducted multiple Swiss tours which included a memorable performance at the renowned Montreux Jazz festival.

 

Being a family man with 3 daughters, Desmond has worked as a Swiss banker for 11years while continuing to pursue his musical career.His hard work has enabled him to finance the second CD, "Now That We're Free", which was created under his own Khoibeat-Productions label. The CD is currently being distributed online through CDbaby.com.

In April of 2008, one of Desmond's biggest dreams came true when he met his long time mentor and hero, Jonathan Butler in L.A. In 2009 he enrolled for an audio engineering diploma at SAE in Zurich followed by completing a BA(Hons) in cooperation with Middlesex University in the UK.

 

A good example of someone who never gives up despites the pressures and injustice of life. Being the breadwinner, Desmond still takes care of his family in Switzerland and parents in South Africa by working as a Structure Engineer in aviation. He currently runs his Khoibeat-Productions studio from his house in Koblenz Switzerland where he is involved in different musical projects. 

 

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