Melvin Williams

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano and Music Theory Instructor

Melvin Williams is a Cape Town-based 26-year-old musician. He started playing electric guitar at the age of 7 years. He grew up in church and learned to play the drums and bass guitar. There he found his love for the music. When he was 10 years old, he received piano lessons at Da Capo Music School. After matric he then went to do a course at Stellenbosch University where he received music lessons from:

 

  • Prof.Graham Pringle (Classical Guitar)

  • Reza Khota (Classical and Jazz Guitar)

  • Joshua Prinsloo (Electric Bass)

  • Chantal Willie (Upright Bass)

 

Melvin was the leader of his high school’s jazz band and performed at local gigs. He was the bassist of the Stellenbosch University Jazz Band from 2012-2014. Melvin was part of the University band in 2012 when they won the National Ensemble Competition overall prize and jazz category and in 2013 he was part of the US Jazz trio that won the jazz category in the same competition.

Melvin also received lessons on improvisation and bass technique with Concord Nkabinde and Prof. Marc Duby, two very well-known bassists and music educators when he attended the International Jazz School at Unisa. At this jazz school he had the privilege to work and perform with the great local saxophonist McCoy Mrubata.

 

Melvin was attending the National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown two years in a row to develop his interest and knowledge of this great musical art form where he also auditioned for the National Youth Jazz Band and learned from great musicians and educators like Shaun Johannes, Wesley Rustin, Shane Cooper, Dave Ledbetter, Kyle Shepherd and many other local and international musicians.

 

Melvin Williams is thus well-capable of playing the bass, piano and guitar as well as teaching the guitar and electric bass. He is currently the bass and guitar teacher at Mitchell’s Plain Music Academy.

 

Since 2012 Melvin worked and performed with the likes of Jannie Moolman, SAMA winner Gloria Bosman, Alistair Izobell, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, SAMA Award winners Ernie Smith, McCoy Mrubata, RJ Benjamin (SA Idols Musical Director), UK producer and singer Phil Fearon, Karin Kortje (SA Idols winner 2005), Garth Taylor, Blackbyrd, Loukmaan Adams, Andre Venter (Romanz), Jimmy Nevis, Vicky Sampson, Denim, Katlego Maboe (Expresso Presenter), Grammy nominee Neville D, James Bhemgee (SA Got Talent Winner), Chad Saaiman, Anna Davel and Multi-Stellar Award winner Vashawn Mitchell (USA).

 

He is still performing at well known festivals all over South Africa such as KKNK, Aardklop, Suidoosterfees, Gariepfees, Woordfees and the list goes on.