22 years on and WONDERboom are still rocking South Africa! It’s no small feat to be hailed as one of South Africa’s longest-lived and most legendary rock bands, and still going strong.
I was at their first gig, at Wing’s Beat Bar, near Wits University. What a ride!
Although rock is the fundamental sound of the band, WONDERboom have delved into different genres, ranging from funk through to punk and even afro-dance.
None can deny that WONDERboom’s biggest strength is their live performance. From festivals to nightclubs, the band just kicks ass – consistently!
On November 29 2018, WONDERboom had the privilege of being the sole opening band for American Rock legends, Guns N Roses, at FNB Stadium, during their “Not In This Lifetime” tour. An experience they will always remember and cherish.
WONDERboom have released 9 albums, headlined many major South African festivals and have been nominated for 5 ‘Best Rock Album’ awards in the South African Music Awards. They also won the South African leg of the 2004 Global Battle of the Bands & came SECOND WORLDWIDE at the finals in the London Astoria!
There can be few South African music fans that aren’t familiar with their hits, like Never Ever, Jafta Rebel, Something Wrong, Africa, Shadows, Charlie, It’s Great to be Alive, Best Side, On The Radio, Karaoke Bar, Ooh La La, Southern Light and Praying Mantis.
Cito, Martin Schofield and Wade Williams, the founding members of WONDERboom, have been writing songs and performing together for over 23 years and show no signs of stopping the rocking rollercoaster!
It’s been 7 years and one hell of a rollercoaster ride since the release of their last album, The Automatic Shuffle.
In 2013 they lost their very dear friend and drummer, Garth McLeod, to a freak motorcycle accident.
Then, in a sort of reinvention, they’ve had to get the WONDERmachine up and going again.
Enter Jonathan Bell on drums, and so the process of a new Rock & Roll relationship began…
It’s been a cathartic and introspective journey since, but no one, who has seen them live recently, can deny the sheer magical force that WONDERboom is.
Rising Sun, their new album, captures this story in a dynamic way.
The title track suggests what they, as a band, feel – a new dawn. A revival of what was once regarded as an electric, live and very stimulating music experience, is here!
In early December 2017, the band traveled to Chengdu, China to represent South Africa at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival in a music performance competition and WON GOLD!!! They competed against 14 other countries (including UK, China, Japan and Germany) and clenched top prize. WONDERboom are due to return to China for a national festival tour over the next year.
After its official album launch and successful promotional tour around SA and China at the end of 2017, Rising Sun has been keeping WONDERboom very busy during 2018.
Singles such as Great Escape, Ooh La La, Southern Light and Praying Mantis have already been embraced with loving arms by fans and the South African music industry alike.