Johannesburg - From intimate weddings to sprawling corporate affairs, The Morning After, often abbreviated to TMA, has serenaded South Africa with their unforgettable music for over a decade. Initially a group of three schoolmates tinkering with tunes, they have since evolved into a name synonymous with high-energy and unmatched live entertainment.
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A Legacy Spanning Two Decades
Comprising Dirk Klut, Gerhard Oosthuizen, and Shannon Sutherland-Clark, the journey of this vibrant trio began in the late '90s. It wasn't until 2008 that they stepped into the limelight as TMA. The name 'The Morning After' was not a deliberate choice, but an attribution from fans, presumably reminiscing the unforgettable nights of music, dance, and perhaps, a bit too much revelry.
Nation's Favorite Party Makers
Their reputation has soared over the years, with TMA becoming South Africa’s top-tier party function band. Averaging a staggering 150 performances annually, their versatility spans weddings, festivals, birthdays, and corporate events. The secret? A dynamic blend of music across genres and eras, promising an electric atmosphere that keeps feet on the dance floor till the wee hours.
Meet The Maestros:
Dirk Klut: The meticulous maestro
Sporting an unparalleled eye for detail, Dirk is the voice and strings behind TMA. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, he has been in a love affair with music for over thirty years. But, Dirk is not just about strumming strings; he's an artist with a penchant for fashion and a solo music career under the moniker “Dirk Roeper”. When not in the spotlight, he's honing his Blackjack skills with Gerhard, albeit with more losses than wins.
Gerhard Oosthuizen: The Band's backbone
Instrumentalist extraordinaire, Gerhard or "G" as he's fondly known, is a master of both strings and beats. Prior to TMA, he played for several renowned South African acts. Today, he not only lends his vocals but is the operational brain behind the band. His charisma, combined with a cache of dad jokes, makes him an indomitable presence both on and off the stage.
Shannon Sutherland- Clark: The rhythmic genius
Challenging the drummer stereotypes with aplomb, Shannon's precision and skill are unmatched. Far from the common misconceptions about drummers, he brings an academic brilliance and a dedication to his craft. With a SAMA award in his kitty and a passion for golf, he's a man of many talents. And yes, if you've got something broken, Shannon is your go-to fixer.
The Morning After Stands Tall.
Their commitment to music, combined with a knack for delivering spectacular live performances, makes them South Africa's most sought-after band. Looking to make your next event unforgettable? Book TMA and let the magic unfold.