Jungle Book Birds are a thought provocking 3 piece band out of Cape Town, South Africa with Hezron Chetty on vocals and violin, Jeanre Leo on drums and CJ Duckitt on Bass and Synthesizer. The band met late in 2015 and performed as Hezron Chetty and The ZugZwang for a couple of years before deciding to change the name of the project along with their upcoming album release.
Hezron Chetty is a violinist and songwriter from Cape Town, South Africa. After spending many years travelling around the world Hezron crafted a groundbreaking way of performing the violin. His mesh of styles include genres not usually associated with the violin such as Rock, Psychedelic and Afro all blended with Classical, Jazz and Folk Music.
‘‘Chetty has travelled almost the entire landscape of sound having tried his hand at classical, jazz, rock, house, folk and punk’.- Tonight (Independent Newspapers)
A modern violinist Hezron implores the use of a loop station and is backed by a drummer and bass player. The loop station allows him to layer string arrangements which repeats allowing the drummer and bass player to give the music the drive. Taking from great bands such as Muse, Led Zeppelin, the Doors and instrumental legends like Charlie Parker, Andrew Bird, Jimmy Page, Stephane Grappelli. Hezron has crafted a sound that is true, bold and unique to the current and ever changing landscape of music.
‘The performance thus successfully serves as a clear testament to the mastered formation of Chetty’s personal craft throughout the years in the industry as an assuredly exceptional and innovative violinist. –‘ Texx and The City on Hezron Chetty as one of the top 20 acts at Rocking The Daisies 2016 ( Voted Best Music Blog in Africa at the 2016 African Blogger Awards)
Playing the violin with the soul and passion has seen Hezron join numerous bands in his career like; Arno Carstens, Albert Frost, Medicine Boy, Sannie Fox, Fruits and Veggies, The Broken Record Project (UK), Tony Laf (UK) in 2014 a chance jam session with Malian guitar legend Viewe Farka Toure inspired Hezron to want to write his own album.
‘Totally the coolest music I have ever heard!’ Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp – Expresso Show SABC 3( national television)
In 2015 Hezron released his debut album “The Fallacy Of Composition” which received critical acclaim and was even named one South Africas Top 20 albums of 2015 by Texx and The City ( Voted Africa’s Number 1 Music Blog)
“This man is a violin maestro who manages to combine a multitude of genres to one single, beautiful sound. We’re obsessed with his studio music.” – SA MUSIC SCENE ( Premium SA Music Blog)
Hezron Chetty (Violin) Cj Duckitt (Bass and Synth) Jeanre Leo (Drums)