Vuyo Sotashe

“Milestone Studios is really a monument for greatly produced & engineered recordings! I was really humbled by the whole experience. During my vocal recording I felt like I tapped into something I'd never experienced before in studio. It was significant. I had never felt that depth of emotion recording in studio. Singing with Josh Groban was the highlight of my year! What a great experience and such a great honour. I’ve learnt so much from this experience on high level performance practices. Getting to work with Josh Grobans’ musical director, vocal trainer, his pianist and also Big Concerts COO John Langford were all valuable moments for me. Such a great inspiration. As Africa Voices Programme participants we all felt like our dreams were attainable.” 

Vuyo Sotashe took first prize in the FMR Music Bursary competition as well as the SAMRO International Scholarship Competition – the biggest scholarship award in South Africa. Awarded top honours in the Jazz/Popular Music category, he was also selected as the singer of the 2012 Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band (NYJB) which performed at the Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival where he shared the stage with a myriad of international artists such as Kurt Elling, Lizz Wrigh and Jane Monheit. The NYJB also toured and performed in eight cities around sweden during the fall of 2012 in partnership with the Swedish Arts Council. More recently, Vuyo has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to further his studies in the USA at the William Paterson University in New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City. In 2013 he entered a vocal competition in conjunction with the Mid Atlantic Jazz festival held annually in Washington DC, and after having been selected as one of six finalists country wide he took home first prize with top honours. Vuyo has since enjoyed further networking opportunities with prominent contributors to in the New York jazz scene following this accomplishment, including being invited to feature on a performance with grammy award-winning saxophonist Rich Perry, who plays for the multi Grammy award-winning composer Maria Schneider. In 2015, Vuyo was selected as one of three finalists in the Montreux Jazz Voice Festival Competition (Switzerland) and the Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal Competition (Los Angeles).