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Earl Klugh George Benson Jonathan Butler

Genres You Will Love
Jazz: Smooth Jazz Moods: Featuring Guitar World: African- South Jazz: World Fusion

By Location
Switzerland South Africa

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Desmond Meyer

Desmond Meyer was born on the 14th of January, 1972, in Mosselbay, South Africa. He began playing guitar at his local church, the AFM church, in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, after his family moved to Cape Town in 1980. At the early age of 12, Desmond was introduced to the music of Earl Klugh, Jonathan Butler and George Benson and soon fell in love with what is known today as Smooth Jazz music.

Desmond was greatly influenced by the music of Jonathan Butler, Earl Klugh, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Dizzy Gillespie, the Winans, Commissioned, André Crouch, Koinonia as well as local Cape Town Gospel and Jazz music. In his teens, he fell in love with Earl Klugh. During his law studies, at the University of Western Cape, Desmond met fellow musicians, Eugene Wareley, Peter Ndlala and Leslie Jovan, with whom he formed the blues band Over The edge. As the tension during the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa increased, Desmond was forced 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, touring South Africa and Namibia as supporting band for the then famous Hip Hop group, Prophets Of The City.

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 star Winchester, Desmond joined the African formation in Shake The Tree, which included two performances at the world famous Montreux Jazz festival. Shake the Tree had several Swiss tours for one year. During the late nineties, Desmond performed in various musical studios and projects, including performances with South African veteran Tefo Hlaele as support band for Yussou N dour 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 Duncan, 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.

A family man with two beautiful daughters, Desmond has worked as a Swiss banker for 11 years while continuing to pursue his musical career. His hard work has enabled him to finance a second CD, Now That We’re Free, which was created under his own Khoibeat label; the CD is currently being distributed online through Cdbaby. In April of 2008, one of Desmond’s biggest dreams came true when he met his long time mentor and hero, Jonathan Butler in LA.