Maria Mombelli – Wurlitzer electric piano and composition
Wynand Davel – Violin
Carlo Mombelli – Bass
Justin Badenhorst – Drums
Maria Mombelli, a young South African composer has put together a group with the experienced musicians, Carlo
Mombelli on bass, Justin Badenhorst on drums, and Wynand Davel on violin, called ‘Maria Mombelli and the Bel-
libuttons’. With Maria on Wurlitzer Electric piano, her music is a fusion of styles, influenced by Avishai Cohen and
Radiohead. The band has a strong groove element with infectious drum rhythms supported by melodic bass lines and
gypsy-folk inspired violin over Maria’s trance-like piano ostinato riffs. Carlo Mombelli is a senior lecturer in the music
department at Wits University and plays and records internationally with his Storytellers ensemble.
Justin Badenhorst is one of the foremost drummers in South Africa, playing in several projects, shows and
sessions and is currently a member of Marcus Wyatt’s group. He has also taught drum techniques at Wits
University. Wynand Davel is an accomplished violinist and improviser and forms part of the core of the
Kalahari Radio Orkes.
The band will perform as part of the Wits Theatre’s O-Week programme at 13:15 on Wednesday 11 February, 2015 at the Wits Main Theatre. Tickets R10 each for all productions on the O-Week line up.