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Leon Albert Oosthuizen.


Leon Albert Oosthuizen excelled in music from childhood, especially as pianist.

Highlights from these formative years include:

  • an Unisa merit award and placement on the roll of honour,                        completion of grade 8 practical and grade 6 theoretical,
  • a distinction in music as school subject in matric,
  • SABC recordings,
  • master classes at the Conservatory of the University of Stellenbosch,
  • member of top school choirs,
  • member of light music orchestra and
  • bugle and trumpet player of cadet band.

After school Leon studied and specialized in an accounting field, but music continued calling while studying at the University of Stellenbosch. He coached the serenade group of the Wilgenhof residence, Die Kraaie (“The Crows”), and published the first CD by a serenade group at the University of Stellenbosch: Die Plek in harmonie (“The Place in harmony”). He was also the publisher of the updated songbook of the residence: Fluitjiefywerits.

Meanwhile he became involved with various community bands as pianist and vocalist.

He also participated in theatre productions like the award-winning Altyd Jonker.


During a 2 year stay in the UK his path crossed with the piano accordion in Paris. On his return to South Africa, he decided to learn to play the accordion.

In the meantime Leon also equipped himself further as a song-writer at the Cape Town School of Songwriting from Clive Ridgway.

In 2010 Leon Albert completed an album with poems put to music of Uys Krige: Goue Eeue.

In 2010 Leon came to the fore as accordionist with Anteros, a Mediterranean music group that entertained audiences in theatres like the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Villa Pascal, Brooklyn Theatre as well as the Suidoosterfees.


In 2012 Leon Albert joined forces with musicians from Cape Town and surrounding townships and formed an Afro-world music group, Sibanye. 


By 2014 Leon completed all the accordion examinations at the Trinity College London. He obtained the highest qualification: Advanced Certificate with Distinction. Leon herewith established himself as one of a select group concert accordionists in South Africa. Leon Albert plays a Borsini Professional accordion.

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Harold Schenk


Harold Schenk is highly respected as arranger, producer, songwriter and sound designer. Over the past three decades he has worked with South Africa's top performing and recording artists and record labels. 


He started his musical journey at the age of 4, studying classical piano and obtained his licentiate cum laude at the age of 18. After leaving school he toured extensively with the major pop and rock acts of the 80's. He was one of the founder members of the band, Petit Cheval and also played for bands like Marc Alex, Mango Groove and Hotline.


In the early 90's, he teamed up with Afrikaans singer, Amanda Luyt and together they produced an Afrikaans album, called, ye-ye and a jazz fusion project, called Paradiso. This album was nominated for a SAMA award.


Harold and Amanda got married and opened their own studio in Pretoria where Harold continued to arrange and produce tracks for high profile artists in the industry (see client list). During this time he produced Coleske's first album which managed to land a distribution deal in 29 territories in Europe. He also designed the logo music for the TV 1 childrens channel, YO- TV. 


In 2003 they moved to Cape Town. Still being involved in producing tracks for major Afrikaans labels, Select Music and Coleske Artists, he concentrated more on sound design for brands and did major work for ACSA and DSTV. He also produced another album for Amanda, which was released in 2006 and  nominated for a SAMA award. The KYKNET channel sound design (2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014) is his work as well as the music for TBN-AFRICA, TBN USA and TBN UK.


Keyboard being his main instrument, he is a master in the field of music instrument programming.He gained intensive knowledge in the effects of different energy levels of music on the human psyche and created a library of relaxation music, which is currently being used by top health spas in South Africa and abroad.