Shen loves mixing in African ethnic and world samples in to the mix, it’s no wonder he has such a love for this type of music from spending his childhood in the extremes of Southern Africa’s landscapes absorbing indigenous sounds and immersing himself in the rural rhythms of the Limpopo Province.
After moving to Cape Town, and completing a jazz degree at UCT, Shen started his group with musical styles reflecting the diversity of African, rock and dance blended with the fine overtones of Jazz and Western traditions.
When the band plays live, they weave each song into another without stopping, flowing from one song to the next, just like a radio station disk jockey would mix music together – hence the name ShenFM.
ShenFM has averaged about 22 gigs every month for the last 4 years. From Dubai to Dublin, Namibia to Stockholm, and all over SA. Recently the band received much praise in France and are due back in the next European summer.
Not only have they played with the above mentioned artists, but ShenFM has opened for Prime Circle, Watershed, GoldFish, and Lionel Richie amongst many others.
Noteworthy Past Gigs:
20 year celebration of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa concert May 2014 with PJ Powers and Vusi Mahlasela
Annual tours in Sweden – Mar 2011, Mar 2012, Oct 2013, Oct 2014
Dublin Tours – June 2012, Aug 2013
France Tour – Sep 2013
Annual gigs in Dubai. 3x a year at least.
Shen Winberg’s other Projects:
The Modern Rockstar
Along with the band, Shen has also started The Modern Rockstar Academy, which is an academy that teaches children to make money through their music and brand themselves correctly.
Shen has trained vulnerable teens in the townships of Western Cape such as Khayelitsha and Delft to form bands and productions that go to Sweden every year to perform at the World’s Children’s Prize award ceremony hosted by Her Majesty Queen Sylvia in her castle in Mariefred.
Shen is the South African Cultural Youth Ambassador for the World’s Children’s Prize Foundation, who’s patrons include Nelson Mandela, Graca Michel & Iqbal Surve.