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About Chris Chameleon


Chris Chameleon Biography

Chris Chameleon is being hailed as a musical phenomenon on the South African music front and abroad. His exceptional four-octave voice and dynamic stage personality have won him rave reviews and a total of 19 impressive awards over the past six years, including two South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and a Medal of Honor from the SA Academy of Science and Arts.

Background in brief

In 1997, Chris Chameleon became the bassist and front man of Boo!, a musically-eclectic threesome that in 7 years acquired a worldwide cult following by performing over 800 gigs in 17 countries, including 14 states in the USA. The band also received a South African Music Award in 2002 for ‘Best Pop Album.’

In 2005, Chris Chameleon embarked on a solo career and has since become one of South Africa’s most successful artists, both on home ground and in the Benelux Countries.

Chris Chameleon released seven solo albums, a new Boo! album and two live albums between 2005 and 2009. Five of these albums were nominated for the prestigious South African Music Awards (SAMA) in the years relevant to the release dates. “7de Hemel” won the SAMA for Best Afrikaans Contemporary Album in 2007 and “Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou” won the SAMA for Best Afrikaans Contemporary Album in 2010. In 2008 ,2009 and 2010 Chameleon was also nominated for the SAMA in the coveted Best Male Artist category.

Chameleon has also released 3 live DVD's up to date. These DVD's perfectly capture why he is renowned for his incredible versatility by moving with remarkable ease between Folk, Contemporary, Rock and Classical, English and Afrikaans.

In August 2007, Chris Chameleon signed a record deal with the premier Dutch independent label, Excelsior Recordings. The album “Ek vir Jou” is being distributed by Excelsior Recordings in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg.)

Chameleon has completed various successful tours in the Benelux Countries over the last three years in prestigious theaters as a solo artist as well as in rock venues with a band. On 18 July 2009 he performed at the 46664 Mandela Day Concert in New York with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Josh Groban.

On average, he performs up to 150 gigs per year to sold out audiences in South Africa, Namibia, Belgium, England, and The Netherlands.

Chris Chameleon has captured the imagination and hearts of fans the world over and will continue to be a pioneering force for South African music globally...

Chris`s latest Ingrid Jonker album As Jy Weer Skryf is an in-depth exemplar of Chris’ evolution as an artist over the past six years. The combination of Chris’ unique vocal capabilities with complex instrumentation gives way to a much richer sound.