What is the Roland First-Take Sessions?

The First-Take Sessions is a series of videos hosted by Roland South Africa, featuring established local musicians and their incredible talent.

Since 1972, our musical instruments have provided artists with the priceless gift of self-expression; and this platform aims to showcase exactly how the best of the best do it. The series also highlights the gear that makes it all possible, giving these artists their signature sound.

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Amy Jones performs new single 'Close To Me'

Amy Jones stands as a nominee for the highly esteemed KFM Awards, gracing the stage alongside celebrated artists such as Goodluck, Craig Lucas, YoungstaCPT, and Will Linley. Already a formidable force within the music industry, she has left an indelible mark on the hearts of her listeners.

In her emotionally stirring ballad, Amy Jones opens her heart wide, laying bare her innermost feelings. Against a dreamy canvas of serene blue and shimmering silver, she skillfully explores the intricate layers of love – its profound meaning, its significance, and the profound journey of both giving and receiving it.

Darren Petersen On Drums
VAD706 | Acoustic Design VAD706 Electronic Drum Set
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Kyle Petersen On Keys
FANTOM 7 | Synthesizer Keyboard
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Jason Sutherland On Guitar
BOSS Katana Artist MkII 
| 1×12″ 100-watt Combo Amp
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Richard Brokensha On Bass
Boss Katana-210B
| 160w Bass Amplifier
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Tarryn Lamb performs her single 'Sunny'

Tarryn Lamb is amongst the most beloved and celebrated singer-songwriters in South Africa. Her versatile discography includes English & Afrikaans music of a range of genres including pop, adult-contemporary, country, dance and R&B.

She has received multiple Ghoema Awards (2019 Album of the Year, 2019 Female Artist of the Year, 2019 Best Contemporary Album of the Year and 2019 Song of the Year) and two SAMA (South African Music Awards) nominations for her work with Blackbyrd.

Tarryn is a true South African gem and it is an honour to see her gracing the Roland stage for her feature on the First-Take Sessions!

Kyle Petersen
GP607 | Digital Piano
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Fundile "F_Deeezus" Dlamini shows off with the VAD706

Fundile “F_DeeeZus” Dlamini is a 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist who excels in various areas of the music industry. He was born and raised in Tembisa, South Africa, where he developed a love for music at a young age. With a background in drumming, he played his first professional gig at the age of 10 and later ventured into music production at the age of 13. Today, he is not only a skilled drummer but also a talented music producer, mixing engineer, and a Roland proud artist.

Fundile Dlamini On Drums
VAD706 | Acoustic Design VAD706 Electronic Drum Set
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Jimmy Nevis performs his single "Feel Something"

Since dominating the South African music charts in 2012 at the age of 19 with his smash hit single Elephant Shoes, Jimmy Nevis has become a much-loved household name in his native country. Born and raised in the suburb of Athlone in Cape Town, he has since solidified his status with a string of other country-wide No.1 singles such as Heartboxing, 7764 , All About It, Balloon, Hey Jimmy, and more. This year (2022), Jimmy will be celebrating 10 years in the South African Music industry.

Jimmy Nevis on Keyboard
RD-2000 | Digital Piano
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Darren Petersen on Drums
VAD706
| V-Drums Acoustic Design
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Bradley Prince on Guitar
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The angelic Zaki Ibrahim performs her single "Sunrise"

Described as “a retro-Afrofuturist vision sending listeners on a journey through 40 years of electronic music,” (Nuvo) Ibrahim’s music brings elements of spoken word, hip hop, soul, house and 70s pop together, filtered through the prismatic and often contradictory lenses of personal, historical and scientific relativities. Even the concept of diaspora seems to fall short of capturing the vivid vibrational multitudes of Ibrahim’s scope, more than the sum of static geographic parts.

Darren Petersen on Drums
VAD706
| V-Drums Acoustic Design
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Kyle Petersen
FANTOM-7 | Music Workstation Keyboard; FA-07 | Music Workstation
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See a master at work; Kyle Petersen performs Chopin deconstructed

International Roland Ambassador Kyle Petersen presents his completely different take on the iconic classical composer, Chopin!

By incorporating a unique production style powered by more legendary Roland synths than one person can handle and duplicating himself 5 times in order to achieve this incredible feat of musical prowess. All of the sounds in this video apart from the vocal sample and drum / FX sounds are from the Roland keyboards.

Kyle Petersen playing:
GP607 | Digital Piano; JD-XA | Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer; SYSTEM-8 | PLUG-OUT Synthesizer; RD-2000 | Digital Piano; JUPITER-80 | Synthesizer; AX-Edge | Keytar; KC-880 | Stereo Mixing Keyboard Amplifier
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