Joel Karabo Elliott’s

Music of Roots Grown Deep

Joel Karibo

Grow Within

From the valleys of the Limpopo to the canyons of the Colorado to the crystal pools of Jamaica comes a musical story of spiritual and cultural transcendence. Grow Within is the new double album by Joel Karabo Elliott’s music of Roots Grown Deep, a river song of indigenous jazz and classical roots featuring an ensemble of South African musical voices including Msaki, Nono Nkoane, Naftali, Nkoto Malebye, Stompie Selibe, Tumi Mogorosi, Dennias Mashegwane, Ha!Man Francois le Roux, Sibusile Xaba, NeahtYah Baht Ammi, Ntando Mbatha, Black South Easter and Nelius Nortje. Grow Within captures a journey into the personal and human search for roots, spiritual awakening and true culture, offering a ripe message of original life for a society consumed with material progress. Here one finds the sweet promise of ascension and a joyful call to the cross-continental celebration of our rich spiritual and ancestral heritage.

The first chapter of this musical work is a 13 song album called Grow Within and You Shall Not Go Without, while the second chapter is a 10 song offering called Grow Within…The Prayers.

Grow within and you shall no go without
Grow within and you shall no go without

Performance & Workshop Schedule


Tour schedule
Date Location Country Venue/Event Time Contact/Booking
11 Mar Masero Lesotho Rock View 15h00 --
09 Mar Masero Lesotho Alliance Francaise 19h00 --
07 Mar Durban South Africa Jazz Centre @ UKZN 18h00 --
05 Mar Hillcrest South Africa Conscious Cafe 18h00 --
04 Mar Assagay Valley South Africa Eden Rock Farm 20h00 --
02 Mar Durban South Africa Jazzy Rainbow 19h00 --
01 MAR Hilton South Africa Music In The Hills 21h00 --
28 Feb Pietermaritzburg South Africa Musician's Club @ La Casa 20h00 --
24 Feb Newcastle South Africa Melo's 20h00 --
24 Feb Newcastle South Africa Carnegie Art Gallery 15h00 --
14 Jan Scarborough South Africa Camel Rock 19h00 --
13 Jan Cape Town South Africa 'Soiree' (private) 19h00 +27 84 689 6456
11 Jan Cape Town South Africa Blah Bla 19h00 --


Tour schedule
Date Location Country Venue/Event Time Contact/Booking
23 Mar Cape Town South Africa Straight no Chaser 19h30 076 679 2697
26 Mar Cape Town South Africa STyisa Nabanye (Tamboerskloof) 16h00 079 393 3643
27 Mar Gugulethu South Africa Jazz In The Native Yards (Kwa Sec, Gugulethu) 16h00 06 0960 8935
28 Mar Cape Town South Africa house show (Oranjezicht) 17h00 079 174 4152
31 Mar Knysna South Africa Bloo Bistro 19h00 082 923 1185
1 Apr George South Africa Mujo 20h00 084 042 5323
2 Apr Sedgefield South Africa Heartland 15h30 079 0776 464
3 Apr Harkerville South Africa house show 16h00 082 496 0690
6 Apr Port Elizabeth South Africa Cork & Wine Garden 20h00 073 177 2630
7 Apr Grahamstown South Africa Joza Youth Hub / Access Music workshops 16h00 082 477 3689
9 Apr East London South Africa Arts Theatre / One Shushu Day 20h00 061 656 0700
14 Apr Keiskammahoek South Africa Ntinga Ntaba ka Ndoda workshops All day 084 411 6179
16 Apr Hamburg South Africa House show   083 631 2462
17 Apr Hamburg South Africa Riversong workshops / Keiskamma Music Academy 16h00 061 656 0700
27 Apr Haenertsburg South Africa Retsogile Permaculture / 'Freedom Is Roots Grown Deep' 16h00 061 656 0700
29 May Johannesburg South Africa Grow Within album launch @ Broken Chords Creative Studio 14h00 078 014 7252
22 June Mahlanya Swaziland House concert 20h00 +268 7637 8200
3-9 July Grahamstown South Africa National Arts Festival w/ Msaki & the Golden Circle -- --
16 July East london South Africa House concert 11h00 --
16 July Grahamstown South Africa Guy Butler Theatre w/ Keiskamma Music Academy 19h00 --
17 July East london South Africa East London Arts Festival w/ Msaki -- --
28 July Johannesburg South Africa Stompie Selibe exhibition @ Candice Berman Gallery -- --
30 July Pretoria (lynnwood) South Africa Roots in the Garden 15h00 +27 82 410 7832
09 Aug Chattanooga, TN USA Heritage House Arts and Civic Center -- --
17 Aug Greencastle, IN USA Greencastle Summer Music Festival / Gobin Church 19h00 --
2-4 Sept Berea, KY USA Clear Creek Music Festival TBD --
5-11 Sept New Orleans, LA USA Ashé Cultural Arts Centre TBD --
25 Sept Soweto South Africa Soweto Theatre w/ Msaki 6pm --
1 Oct Haenertsburg, Limpopo South Africa Mina's Spring Arts Festival / Mina's Art Cafe 3pm +27 83 980 8433
2 Oct Sekhuting, Ga-Modjadji South Africa Fireside Theatre 3pm +27 72 206 2081
5 Oct Xawela, Giyani, Limpopo South Africa Baleni Camp 6pm +27 (0) 79 493 6977
8 Oct Thohoyandou, Giyani, Limpopo South Africa Thohoyandou Art Cultural Centre -- +27 82 839 3576
9 Oct Musina, Limpopo South Africa Zanzibar Lounge -- +27 82 839 3576
11 Oct Tshivhase, Limpopo South Africa Fundudzi Cultural Camp -- +27 82 359 2433
13 Oct Elim, Limpopo South Africa Shiluvari 7pm +27 15 556 3406
14 Oct Ga-Mashamba, Limpopo South Africa Vutsila Art Centre -- +27 72 180 2398
16 Oct Tooseng, Ga-Mphahlele, Limpopo South Africa Sedikong sa Lerato -- +27 73 178 7333
23 Nov Pretoria South Africa Alliance Francaise 7pm +27 12 343 6563
3 Dec Johannesburg South Africa Grow Within album launch 19h00 +27 78 014 7252
4 Dec Johannesburg South Africa Searching for a river in the city 15h00 +27 78 014 7252
10 Dec Hamburg South Africa RiverSong Community Festival 15h00 +27 72 237 7341
20 Dec Cintsa South Africa C Club 17h00 +27 72 596 1341
21 Dec KwaLeha South Africa Emerald Hill Farm -- --
25 Dec Harkerville South Africa Southern Comfort Farm 16h00 +27 82 496 0690
26 Dec Sedgfield South Africa Heartland Farm 16h00 +27 79 077 6464
28 Dec - 2 Jan Riviersonderend South Africa Learning Man -- --

About jKe

Joel Karabo Elliott (jKe) is a composer, musician, permaculturalist, educator and mentor in the realms of leadership, sustainable agriculture and creative community development. He was born into a diverse melting pot American family of Jamaican, Scottish, German and Russian heritage.

In the USA he learned the technique of playing music and received the privileges of higher education, finding inspiration from the great jazz and classical composers, while also becoming an avid student of religion, history and politics.

Years later he journeyed to South Africa where he was initiated in the villages of Limpopo, unlearning the superfluities of his modern education and embracing the song within . . . thus the music of Roots Grown Deep was born. A pianist, trombonist, singer, guitarist, poet and composer, Joel Karabo has found a unique voice in the world of harmony by weaving multiple languages and indigenous styles into a sound that is at once classical, jazz, roots, indigenous and folk. His love for collaboration and fusion of the rawest and most heartfelt South African voices has given birth to a mysterious yet heart-warming genre, yet unnamed.

Joel Karabo continues to weave music into his passions for farming, community building, emancipation of the mind, and spiritual ascension. He is a living example of the unification of spirituality, art and the pursuit of conscious social development.