Mark Fransman is a multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and songwriter who hails from Cape Town South Africa.
As a performing artist, Mark has performed with the likes of Pharaoh Sanders, Hubert Laws, Francois Jeanneau, Soweto Kinch, Tony Sedras, Louis Moholo, René Mclean, Finley Quaye, Zim Nqgwana, Hein Van De Geyn, Winston Mankunku and Sibongile Khumalo to mention a few.
As a producer, he as produced South African artists such as Jimmy Dlu Dlu, Morreia Chonguisa, Kesivan Naidoo, Melanie Scholtz, Strait and Narro, Emily Bruce, Gavin Minter, Tribe, Tina Schouw and Bronwyn Reddy.
Mark has performed on stages in Europe such as the Euro De Afrique Festival; the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague, Holland; the Swedish Jazz Celebration in Sweden, Stockholm; the Leipzig Jazz Festival; the Edge of Wrong Festival for improvised music in Oslo, Norway; and the Finnmark Jazz Festival in Norway.
1995/6 – FNB Vita Award for ‘Most outstanding performer in musical theatre’
2000 – UCT Adcock Ingram Jazz Competition Winner for Jazz
2004 – SAMA Award Winner (Best Producer)
2004 – Johnnie Walker’s ‘Musician of the year’
2007 – SAMA Award (Best Producer)
2008 – Standard Bank Young Artist Award