Alistair Coakley

Alistair Coakley is one of South Africa’s premier Rock Guitarists.

His career as a professional musician began in 1976, with his focus on primarily playing lead and rock guitar.

He played lead rock guitar in several top local rock bands before becoming Lead Guitarist and Producer for the internationally-acclaimed band “Hotline”, which featured P.J. Powers on vocals.

Hotline, having several hits including the famous “Jabulani” and “Feel So Strong”, amassed album sales in excess of 500,000 units.The group toured extensively in South Africa and abroad.

After the dissolution of “Hotline”, Alistair joined the well-known Afro-Rock band “Stimela”, playing lead guitar. He also toured Europe with them, playing to sell-out crowds and rave-reviews.

He is highly accomplished in lead guitar and his expressive, thoughtful style of blues, rock and other genres is a crowd-pleaser. His mastery of the electric lead guitar is also well-respected: for some years, Alistair was the official clinician for Fender Music Instruments in South Africa.

Alistair, a prolific and highly sought-after session musician, has appeared on albums with well-known artists such as Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove, Lucky Dube, TKZee, and numerous other artists. In 2010 Alistair toured throughout Europe with Johnny Clegg.

He is also a composer and producer of note. Here are some of his achievements:

 

  • Music Director and composer for the 1995 Rugby World Cup opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the South African Olympic bid
  • Joint-composer and co-producer for DSTV’s “All You Ever Wanted” campaign.
  • Composed the brass arrangements for Dan Patlansky’s critically acclaimed ‘Real Blues” album, and also played guitar and mandolin on the album.
  • Guest performer at the Durban International Blues Festival for the last 3 years.
  • Appeared on SA Idols as a guitarist.
  • Holds the guitar chair in the “Strictly Come Dancing” (South Africa) band.
  • Joint composer and producer, arranger and musician on the track “Seize the Moment, Seize the Day”, which spearheaded the Vodacom4U campaign and became the first ever advertising track to become a Top 10 radio hit.

Alistair formed Hitman Music Productions in the early ’90s. The company is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and boasts an impressive portfolio of commercial compositions, jingles, and audio and video productions.

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