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Introducing Ebeth Loots ~ Boss Lady : SA Music Legends

Introducing Ebeth 

” Only the best is good enough for my artists”

Ebeth Loots, founder of SA Music Legends, began her studies at Elsburg High School, went on to Universiteit van Suid Afrika, Rand Afrikaans University and Trinity International Bible University.

Ebeth has earned the following qualifications & achievements

  • Certificate in Ministry.
  • Diploma in Ministry.
  • Diploma in Labour Law.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Ministry.
  • B.Com: Labour Relations.
  • B.Com (Hons): Human Resources Management.
  • M.Com: Business Management.

Music:

  • Awarded Grade 3 (Music Theory), (1985)
  • Plays Guitar and Organ.

Karate:

  • South African karate champion – Kata and Kumite (1980 – 1985).
  • Youngest junior Female Black Belt in South Africa – Awarded in 1982.
  • Currently 3rd Dan Black Belt.
  • First female to become South African Champion in Kumite, participating in a male category (1981).
  • Eastern Transvaal Team: Girl Captain (1980 – 1986).
  • Awarded Junior Springbok Colours in 1984.

Voortrekkers:

  • JC Calitz Voortrekker Commando: Girls Leader & Team Leader.
  • “Hoofleierswag” Award 1985.
  • “Presidentsverkenner” Highest Award 1986.

Ebeth became Pastor after she completed her Bachelor Of Arts in Ministry in 2011.  She felt she was comfortable, but unsatisfied with her career as Client Liason Manager, Human Resources Manager, Account Manager & labour Relations Officer, until she met Steve Ashley a former Lead Vocalist of the Staccatos back in 2015.

Taking the leap ~ Following Dreams

Ebeth & Steve Ashley

The quote “if someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure if you can do it, say yes, then learn how to do it later” changed her life,  when she was offered the breakthrough opportunity to manage Steve Ashley.

Following her passion, Ebeth has dedicated herself to the industry over the past few years and today, is the proud manager of Legends such as Manuel Escorcio, Belia Lourens and the duet “Sy en Satyn” (Manuel and Belia). Ebeth married Tom Loots in 2001. Ebeth says of husband Tom : “Tom is extremely supportive of my career, and I believe that I would not have been this successful without him by my side”.

Barney Simon, Ebeth & Steve Ashley

Ebeth proudly manages Manuel Escorcio & Belia Lourens

Ebeth, Manuel Escorcio & Belia Lourens
 Just a few of Ebeth’s active artists 

Manuel Escorcio

Manuel Escorcio is a well known artist, an Icon in Huisgenoot Skouspel 2009 and a coach of Supersterre in 2010.

Book this legend for Evening Concerts, Morning Teas for Ladies, Fundraisers, Sunday Church Services, Festivals, Prestige Evenings (with school or church choir) and many more.

An experienced singer of Classical and Popular songs, the ever friendly Manuel Escórcio is well known as the man with the golden voice.  It was as a Opera singer that he charmed audiences and grabbed the attention of these audiences but he gained more popularity with his popular music and charismatic stage presence. Manuel is blessed with a clear and lyrical voice which he views as a gift from God. Behind the voice is a spontaneous, warm personality a constant optimits with a bubbly sense of humour and a neverending joy for life.

Manuel has earned the following degrees :

  • M.Mus. Degree in Music. (University of Cape Town) as well as
  • B.Mus. Degree (University Stellenbosch)
  • B.Theo. (Helderberg College)
  • L.R.S.M. (Licenciate of the Royal Schools of Music in London), and
  • U.P.L.M. (UNISA Performer’s Licenciate in Music) and a
  • F.T.C.L. (Fellowship van die Trinity College of Music in London).Masters Degree in Music. (University of Cape Town).

His late father was a Portugese from Madeira and his Mother’s family originates from Mauritius.   As a seventeen year old, Manuel arrived in South Africa from Mozambique; in search of his little place in the sun.  He could not speak a word in Afrikaans or English.  Today he sings fluently in 7 languages!

Manuel matriculated at the Helderberg High school in Somerset-West.   Here in his new home country he obtained all that he holds dear; his children, his music, the beautiful nature scenery, a home, friends, a support network and a future promise.

In 1983 he became the first South African artist eho appeared in 2 concerts at the Sun City Super Bowl with the Gerry Bosman orchestra.

His milestone achievements as singer include:

  • Two Sarie awards
  • An Artes award
  • AKTV prize in the category Gospel music
  • The Nederburg Opera prize
  • SAUK en SAMRO awards
  • 3 Albums achieved Golden Status
  • 2 Albums with Platinum status

And the exceptional honour of a Medallion and Comendador title from the Portugese Government.

As child he had no formal exposure to music, he likes to relate how his talent was accidentally discovered in the shower at the high school Helderberg while living in the school’s hostel.  He always attempted to sing in similar fashion as Mario Lanza just for the fun of it all.  Wilhelmina Dunbar was his first teacher of song.  Prof. George van der Spuy at the Conservatory for Music at Stellenbosch developed Manuel’s voice further for his chosen career as a vocal artist.

From 1977 to 1979 Manuel was appointed as a lecturer at the faculty of Music at the Stellenbosch University.  Manuel’s golden voice was heard the first time in December 1974 on the radio during a broadcast in Esme Euvrard’s programme, “Esme se Musiek Album”.

As Lead Tenor of KRUIK he performed in more than 32 Operas.  He has held more than 5400 successful concerts all over South Africa as well as in different parts of the world and he has travelled more than 2 million kilometres on South African roads.  To date Manuel has recorded 54 different CD’s.  This includes Afrikaans, Classical music, Portugese, Gospel, Christmas and also CD’s aimed at our children. Two full DVD’s were recorded overseas.

Manuel’s latest CD’s Memories Are Made Of This and another Afrikaans album Tydloos.

Manuel is a highly accomplished judge of choirs and song at art festivals all over the country and he presents Masters Courses all over the world.  He was the Choir Director of the Hottentots Holland Choral Society in Somerset Wes for 4 years.  He also directed the Messiah of Handel, Haydns Creation, Bachs Coffee Cantanta as well as Steiners’ Crucifixion.  He was also the manager of the well known “Men Gospel” Quartet named “MELODY 4.  He was appointed coach of the year when his student Burger Le Roux won Patricia Lewis’ Supersterre 2010 competition.

Manuel Escorcio is one of our best export products.  He regularly sings in the USA, Alaska, Canada, Australia, Brasillia, NieuZeeland, The Phillipine Islands, Venezuela, Portugal and Fiji.

He has been appointed as one of the 10 legends of the Afrikaanse music industry at Skouspel in Sun City (2009).  Manuel is one of the founding directors of INNIBOS Laeveld Art Festival in Nelspruit.

He has 2 sons, Marschant and his youngest son Chandre, who drowned tragically on 18 February 2008 at Loggiesbaai near Llandudno Strand in the Cape.

South Africa can be proud of Manuel as Man, Artist and Musician.  His singing ability touches the audiences especially because of the high musical quality, the value he attaches to each word of a song and the sensitivity and Latin emotion that stirs up via the blood in his veins.

Manuel is indeed a legend of South Africa, a legend in our hearts, touching our souls with his music.

Click here to view Facebook Page for Manuel Escorcio.

For bookings you can  email : manuel@samusic.net.za.

You can also contact Ebeth :+27 83 592 7442

 Belia Lourens Solo & Sy en Satyn (duet with Manuel Escorcio)

Belia woon huidiglik op Porterville en is dol oor die plattelandse lewe.  Haar man, Piet is fanaties oor sy perde en koets wat ook vir Rolene Strauss, mej Wêreld op haar troudag verras het.  Hul het twee dogters, beide in die onderwys en getroud met die allerbeste skoonseuns.  Bowenal het sy ook twee pragtige kleinseuns.   “My wêreld is ‘n sprokie.  God het vir my ‘n ongelooflike deel afgemeet”.

Belia het eers op 34-jarige ouderdom haar opleiding aan die Konservatorium van Stellenbosch gekry.  “Ek blom in die najaar”.  Hierna het die een na die ander cd op die winkelrakke verskyn.  Sy beskryf die Tsotsi-Evangelie CD as een van haar hoogtepunte.  Hierdie album het dan ook verskeie benoemings ingepalm.  “Die toonsettings was so natuurlik.  Dit het dood eenvoudig uit my siel gevloei.”

Met haar nuutste album, Die Kroon van die Skepping, was Manuel Escorcio die vokale regisseur en is daar ook duette van die sangpaar, Manuel en Belia (Sy en Satyn).  Sy en Satyn neem steeds in gewildheid toe en het reeds na meer as 100 konserte ‘n stewige staanplek in die harte van mense gekry.

“My eerste prioriteit is gehoorsaamheid aan God.  Hy het my geleer om deur depressie te leef!”  Ek leef lig.  Meer as dit, ek vang die lig!”

Buiten haar tsotsi-optredes (woordkuns en sang) en Sy en Satyn duette-konserte met Manuel Escorcio, tree Belia ook as motiveringspreker op.  Sy kombineer dit met haar sang, want waar woorde ophou, gaan musiek aan”.

In Hebreeus beteken Belia – Belofte van God.  “Ek hou vas daaraan.”

Click here to view Facebook Page for Belia Lourens.

For bookings you can email : belia@samusic.net.za.

You can also contact Ebeth +27 83 592 7442

Steve Ashley

Steve Ashley sang for “The Staccatos”, one of the most successful bands in South – Africa who had hits like “Cry to me” & “Butchers and Bakers”.

Steve is a World Class exhibition of pure pitching and vocal power. He is a phenomenal singer/entertainer and an artist in a class of his own. With 50 years of live experience, he will entertain any audience. He has a dynamic stage personality and despite having a singing style, appearance and voice strikingly similar to that of Sir Tom Jones, he also has a big repertoire consisting of other hits of the 1960’s, 1970’s, 198’0s, Ballads, Country, Pop/Rock and some current songs.

Born in Cape Town, Steve lived and worked in the UK, and on his return to SA did a number of TV shows in the 80s. In 2002 Steve returned to music and took the part of Tom Jones in the show “Sex Bombs” at Carnival City.

The show ran for 3 months for which he got great reviews. In November 2005 he appeared on the “Noot vir Noot” TV show. In 2006 he toured with the “N He appeared on the kykNet Legends Show with Barney Simon, and at recent performances “STEVE ASHLEY raised the roofs of The Boardwalk Casino (PE) and Guild Theatre (East London) and then brought it down again with his stunning performance singing Tom Jones hits in the same style as the Welshman”.

Steve has also performed at the Rio Casino, Carnival City, Carousel, Golden Walk Casino, Silverstar Casino, Escapes Theatre and recently at the Hemmingway Casino and Bushman’s Cave Bergteater in Clanwilliam, Wild Coast Sun and at Sun City for the Millionaire’s Club. Steve received a standing ovation on 26 June 2015 at the Emperors Palace in a show with Corlea Botha, Jannie Moolman and Monique. He recently performed with Jennifer Jones in a Tom Jones/Tina Turner Tribute show, as well as with Steve Fataar (The Flames) in a “Timeless” show and James Marais in a Tom Jones/Elvis Tribute. He recently appeared on LM Radio, 90.6FM, the GROOT FM Groot Ontbyt TV Programme Channel 144 and on Groot FM 90.5 and Bokradio/BokTV broadcasting from Cape Town.

Currently Steve is busy with the ‘Tom Jones’ and ‘Timeless’ shows at some of our Casinos and Theatres on tour. In the last three years, he recorded 2 Solo CDs. “I’m Coming Home” (Released in July 2015) and “Rediscovered”. ‘Rediscovered’ will be released in 2018 to commemorate Steve’s 50th year in the music industry! Steve marks his 50th anniversary in the music industry in 2018 by collaborating with friends & colleagues Corlea Botha, Jennifer Jones, Cindy Alter (Clout), PJ Powers, Bobby Louw (The Dream Merchants), Lance James, JJ Stephens, Ray Dylan, Steve Fataar (The Flames) and Brian Mulder (Peanut Butter Conspiracy) to name a few. More good news is that the Staccatos will also make a comeback in 2018 with Steve as lead vocalist, the brainchild of Steve’s now former manager Ebeth Loots.

For bookings of these amazing artists email : bookings@samusic.net.za.

You can also contact Ebeth on +27 83 592 7442

For more information you can also visit her Facebook page.

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