Wonderboom (band)

WONDERboom is a 4 piece South African rock band from Johannesburg.

OriginJohannesburg, RSA
GenresRock, Alternative Rock, Funk Rock, Kwaito Rock, Afro Pop rock, Ska, Hip Hop
Years active1996–present
Past members

They formed in 1996 when Martin, Wade and Cito, originally in an underground band called "The Eight Legged Groove Machine", were approached by Danny, the drummer for the popular rock band, "The Electric Petals" and their manager, Patrick Horgan.

Originally they formed a funk-rock supergroup "The Electric Petal Groove Machine". Two weeks after the combination of the two groups, the band then still known as "The Electric Petal Groove Machine", opened for Simple Minds on their South African tour.

Not completely happy with their temporary name, in the Summer of 1997, a sign caught Cito's eye, just outside the Freestate town of Kroonstad, pointing to a little town called "Wonderboom". In 2009, Danny de Wet left the band and was replaced by Garth McLeod, formerly of respected South African rock band Sugardrive. In 2013 Garth McLeod was killed in a motorcycle accident and was replaced by Jonathan Bell.



Title Year Track listing
Is It? 1996/1997
  1. She Cries
  2. Smile Pantsula
  3. Bang
  4. Jafta Rebel
  5. Green Fever
  6. No Left Turn Unstoned
Never Ever 2000
  1. Never Ever
  2. Big Bash
  3. Something Wrong
  4. Running On Empty
  5. Don't Do Crime
  6. Never Ever (remix)
Rewind 2001
  1. Charlie (Ain't Slavin' 2 Da Habit) – Rabbit
  2. Shadows 2001 – éVoid
  3. Kiss Or Kill – B World
  4. Africa – Johnny Clegg
  5. Johnny Calls The Chemist – Falling Mirror
  6. Sunday Morning (Coming Down) – Kris Kristofferson
  7. Shadows (remix)
  8. Multimedia EPK track
Tell Someone Who Cares 2003
  1. Dead Right
  2. Wild Sunshine
  3. Sun Of A Gun
  4. Trippin'
  5. Night Falls Like A Grand Piano – The 6ths
  6. Slow
  7. Soul Doubt
  8. White Lines
  9. Rise And Walk
  10. The Dear Hunter
  11. That Girl
  12. House Of Cards
Hoekom? 2004
  1. Royal Hotel – David Kramer
  2. Eyeshadow – Valiant Swart
  3. Engel – Karen Zoid
  4. Johnny Is Nie Dood Nie – Koos Kombuis
  5. XIXIXI – Nina Hagen
  6. Harlekyn – Anton Goosen
  7. Multimedia photo gallery
All The Hits? 2005
  1. Charlie
  2. Love Crash
  3. Jafta Rebel
  4. Shadows
  5. Never Ever
  6. Something Wrong
  7. Engel
  8. Africa
  9. White Lines
  10. Dead Right
  11. Four Keen Girls
  12. Rise & Walk
  13. Soul Doubt
  14. Green Fever
  15. Smile Pantsula
  16. Graffiti Love
  17. Eyeshadow
  18. Son Of A Gun
  19. Johnny Is Nie Dood Nie
  20. She Cries
  21. Turning
  22. Night Falls Like A Grand Piano
City Of Gold 2006
  1. It's Great To Be Alive
  2. Best Side
  3. Brain
  4. Take Me Home
  5. City Of Gold
  6. Loose End
  7. Fireball
  8. Nice Try
  9. Lovestruck
  10. E'Loop
  11. Come On
  12. Waited So Long
The Automatic Shuffle 2011
  1. Can You Feel It?
  2. Animal
  3. On The Radio
  4. Here I Am
  5. Riot
  6. Falling
  7. I Fought The Devil
  8. Karaoke Bar
  9. Superhuman
  10. Slowburn
  11. The Automatic Shuffle
Rising Sun 2017
  1. Humans
  2. Southern Light
  3. Northern Light
  4. Great Escape
  5. Hell
  6. In Place Of Something
  7. Rising Sun
  8. Ooh La La
  9. Praying Mantis
  10. Digital Dan
  11. Shark Bite

Awards and AccoladesEdit

Year Organisation Award Nominated Result
1997 SAMA Rock Album of the year Is It? Nominated
2000 SAMA Rock Album of the year Never Ever Nominated
2001 SAMA Rock Album of the year Rewind Nominated
2003 People Mag Crystal Award SA's Hottest band WONDERboom Won
2004 SAMA Rock album of the year Tell Someone Who Cares Nominated
KANNA Award KKNK Toekenning Beste Rock, Pop & Jazz WONDERboom Won
Global Battle Of The Bands Astoria London WONDERboom 2nd Place
2007 SAMA Rock Album Of The Year FCity Of Gold Nominated
2017 Silk Road Indie Music Festival Sichuan Province WONDERboom Gold Award

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