Acoustic Element

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About Acoustic Element


When cousins Callen Petersen and Jody Abel decided to combine their musical talents more than 10 years ago, a dynamic duo was formed, and an extraordinary sound unleashed.

Callen’s violin and Jody’s guitar and beatboxing make up the sound that is uniquely Acoustic Element, whose music has earned them worldwide success. It’s a success built on the hard work, playing multiple gigs in one night and remaining committed to their own unique sound. Acoustic Element have graced elegant weddings in South Africa’s fabled winelands, brought the heat at the swankiest events and hit the road in Europe, to their first international gig in Stockholm, Sweden in 2017. It was the beginning of a new chapter in the band’s journey since they chose a life of music over the corporate world in 2015. 

Since then AE have performed in 17 cities across 10 countries – including weddings in Lake Como, Corfu (Greece), London and at home in South Africa. In 2019 they embarked on 10 international trips – a journey that would take them to a corporate gig in Linz, Austria and a stadium performance in front of 37 000 people in Dusseldorf. 

The duo has provided the soundtrack to some of South Africa’s most elegant occasions, rocked festivals locally and abroad and even played for private audiences that have included Bill Gates, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Siya Kolisi. Their residency at Cape Town’s exclusive One and Only Hotel, once caught the ears of countless VIP guests like Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, DJ Snake, Nicky Romero and Martin Garrix.

A Global Stage

AE have performed at various corporate functions, weddings, beach bars, festivals, conferences and private parties internationally:

  • Austria (Linz and Vienna)
  • Germany (Dusseldorf)
  • Greece (Corfu and Santorini)
  • India (Goa)
  • Italy (Lake Como and Rome)
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam)
  • Qatar (Doha)
  • South Africa (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban)
  • Sweden (Stockholm)
  • United Kingdom (London)
  • UAE (Dubai)
  • Zimbabwe (Harare) 

Outstanding Talent

Since their arrival on the South African entertainment scene, Acoustic Element has performed alongside some of the country’s hottest performers, including Lira, Jimmy Nevis, Emo Adams, Freshly Ground, Beatenberg and Cassper Nvoyest.

The duo has a diverse repertoire and are able to adapt their genre to suit any desired style and taste. From pop and rock to jazz and smooth ballads, Acoustic Element is able to cater to any function. They play both acoustically for a background feel, while they also provide pre-mixed backing tracks and a DJ for a more party or festival event.

Worth the hype

Acoustic Element has already entertained audiences at a wide range of events and festivals around the country and abroad!

These include the Cafe Opera in Sweden, Grand White Dinner (which consisted of a nationwide in 2014 and 2015, attracting over 15 000 people), the Sun Met, Sun International’s Sun Star Beacon of Hope unveiling on Signal Hill, Divos concert at the Grand Arena, GrandWest and Park Inn by Radisson’s opening in Newlands.

Previous corporate bookings include Investec, Old Mutual, Sanlam, Sun International, Amdec, Prime Media, FNB and SAICA. The duo has also performed at Cape Town clubs such as St Yves, Living Room and the Dubliner at Kennedy’s.

Top entertainment

Having performed for a wide range of events all around the world – from weddings and markets, corporate functions, concerts, parties and clubs, Acoustic Element knows how to ensure that your guests enjoy the entertainment they provide.

They have caught the attention and hearts of South Africa, and the international market is starting to take note too. International electronic band Clean Bandit recently uploaded a video of the band doing a cover of their major hit “Rather Be”, while they received plaudits from DJ Snake and Justin Bieber during their recent tours to Cape Town.

With unique charisma and flair, Acoustic Element is sure to bring that “something extra” to make your event an unforgettable experience!