Mynie Grové

Mynie Grove, Idols Afrikaanse Season 1 judge

Mynie Grové is a South African singer, songwriter/composer, television personality, publisher, producer, music business activist, business developer, mentor and life coach who’s been active in the music industry for several years. She is renown for songs like Ek Verlang Nog Altyd (with Jan Grové) and children’s songs like Pinocchio and Tien klein Paddatjies. An example of a famous song she composed is Floating Like an Eagle (for Bles Bridges).

She was a judge on Afrikaanse Idols season 1 in 2006 alongside fellow judges Deon Maas and Taliep Petersen with Sean Else as the host.

She was born and raised in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Mynie was actually raised in a musical family and it was very clear from playing the piano by ear at the age of just 3 that she is remarkably talented and that she is set to pursue music formally.

She started composing before she even learnt how to read and later on studied Graphic Design and Music after school but decided to give it up after being discovered by German Producer Claude Larson and the scene was set.

A young Mynie then entered the music business by performing for German TV’s Rundfunk 1, playing a rosewood babygrand on Signal Hill in a red mini dress singing her own composition. Claude Larson decided move to Cape Town and Mynie became a founder member of the ‘Claude Larson Singers’. This developed into a duo called ‘Mynie & Jan’ and from there her star was on the rise. Claude’s influence grew the Music IQ he recognised within her, taught her the rudiments of studio production, session work, music arrangement and music publishing.

Grové then went solo on the invitation of Albie Venter of EMI-Brigadiers, later signed with Moonshine Records and formed her own music publishing Mailbox Music. She moved to Johannesburg and joined an exclusive jingle and session singers team. She became popular with TV audiences through a myriad of TV performances, music series and specials, and was sought after as ‘personality’ for newspapers, magazine articles and covers. Mynie was also in the very first multi-racial TV advert, Mobil’s ‘YOU ARE NO.1’, singing in English, Zulu, Sotho and Afrikaans.

She went on to act in two movies and three TV series but her calling in music was very strong, she performed and recorded with Ringo Madlingozi, Judith Sephuma, Yvonne-Chaka-Chaka, Brenda Fassie, Abigail Kubekha, Richard -John Smith, Al Etto, Taliep Petersen, Steve Kekana, Blondie & Papa, Babsi Malangene, Jennifer Jones, Vicky Sampson, Big Sky, Laurika Rauch, Anton Goosen, Nataniel, Amanda Strydom, Karen Zoid and Danie Niehaus among others.

Mynie’s ad hoc ‘Amagroove Youth Choir’ has performed with Josh Groban and Diana Ross and toured SA with Michael Bublè in 2007,she has represented South Africa in at least three international music festivals and this led to TV appearances across continents, scored movie and TV theme music. She frequently pushes boundaries, including indigenous languages in her music, even Jazz, Hiphop and R&B in Afrikaans.

She started her own label ‘Vusa Records’ and now manages a publishing catalogue of her own material of 450 songs/compositions which includes the evergreen ‘Sweef Soos ‘N Arend’, Always, Gypsy. Among others, European star Dana Winner recorded one of Mynie’s songs on ‘ERGENS IN MIJN HART’ which went platinum within the first month.

Mynie is an industrious talent and to prove that, she has served on boards and steering committees of Cape Music Industry Commission, Pansa, Cape Wow and Musa, partnered the amalgamation of music unions, negotiated with AAA’s to upgrade Session singers’ fees equalling Voice Over artists’, and has assisted previously disadvantaged talents into music industry participation. Other talents that counselled with her include FRESHLYGROUND and alternative rock group ZINKPLAAT. She set up ‘Coastal Artist Network’ to service coastal music business. This private effort realised when the Department of Economic Development and Tourism set up the Cape Music Industry Commission aka CAPEMIC. Mynie is also working on a 20,000 amphitheatre hosting international music events, Coastal TV and an SA Music Radio Station, still on the drawing board, but nevertheless in her field of vision.

Her own singing career on the backburner, she is rabidly active in the business of music. Mynie trades as AMAGROOVE MUSIC, a music service provider to corporates. She loves this exciting environment designing systems, strategies and producing the encouragement of self-development through song. She believes Music is the therapy that makes everyone function with focus. The business of ‘EMPOWERING EXPECTATION’ is what makes her DNA dance. She remains the ‘cheerleader’ of development whether it be personal, communal, or coastal.

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