Summary ProfileWithout a doubt one of the most exciting acts to break out from 2013, MonArk are changing the face of pop music in South Africa. Mixing Eugene Coetzer’s uniquely characterful vocal delivery - polished with his distinctive falsetto - and Ewald Jansen van Rensburg’s unmatched, global production style, MonArk craft songs rich in meaning and soul stirring hooks. Performing as a 4-piece band, MonArk deliver something completely fresh and unique, and are setting trends sonically and stirring up tastes in the South African music landscape. The band has dominated the South African airwaves with their singles; Smiling (5FM Top 3), Build It Up (5FM Top 5, #1 on JacarandaFM, 947/KFM, AlgoaFM, OFM), Something (947/KFM Top 10; OFM/JacarandaFM Top 5) and You Make (Algoa Top 20, ECR TOP 40). Their debut album NEGATIVES, was released worldwide on 14 July 2014 and peaked at nr. 1 on the iTunes Album Chart on its release day. Their latest single, Hush, was released in May 2015.
Home to some of South Africa’s most renowned legendary bands, Potchefstroom delivered their latest offering to the South African music scene - MonArk - in May 2013 when the four piece pop rock band emerged with their first single, Smiling.
The band was formed when producer Ewald Jansen van Rensburg teamed up with friend and vocalist, Eugene Coetzer. For a couple of years they patiently developed and worked towards finding the specific sound they were after and once they had discovered it, they gathered together the musicians that were needed to grow and perform the music. The band officially formed in August 2012 intent on making popular, yet tastefully engineered music with a cinematic feel and a musical twist of realism.
MonArk was nominated for a MK 2014 Award for Best Newcomer, along with being chosen as one of the artists in iTunes’ exclusive ‘New Artist in 2014’ campaign. The band were also recently nominated for Best Pop Album, as well as Record of the Year at the 2015 SAMA’s (South African Music Awards), along with a nomination for Ewald Jansen van Rensburg for Best Producer for the NEGATIVES album. Their energetic and polished live performances have been incredibly well received by their fans, with MonArk performing on some of the top stages in the country – including 94.7 Joburg Day, KFM 94.5’s KDAY, Splashy Fen, KKNK, and the Durban Botanical Gardens, to name but a few.