Lenny’s musical career began in the mid-1960s, when he was 17. In 1964 Lenny formed a local band called The Trailblazers, in which he was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist. After touring the United States, the band returned with a new name, Funky Fever. The band could be seen touring with Inez and Charlie Foxx and The Drifters on their European tours.
Lyndsey de Paul and Dudley Moore discovered Lenny in the early 70s, and Lyndsey took an interest in Lenny’s fabulous voice, look and stage presence. She dubbed him Zakatek, and wrote several songs for him that were released as singles on Bell Records by Dick Leahy. But it was Lenny’s electric energy and artistry in Gonzalez and his vocals on their huge worldwide disco hit “I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet” that first attracted the attention of Alan Parsons.
Lenny later formed a band called The Immortals, with John Deacon (of Queen fame). Their single “No Turning Back” was on the soundtrack of the film Biggles. In 1995 Lenny had the honour of performing with Joni Mitchell at the Great Music Experience in Nara City, Japan, which had a worldwide TV audience of 100 million. He shared the stage with INXS, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan and Tomoyasu Hotei; and had the privilege of working with the legendary Michael Kamen with whom he went on to other projects.
Not one to sit still, Lenny now wears additional hats as a manager, music publisher and producer, while continuing to perform himself. He managed and co-produced three of Japan’s most prolific recording artists. Tomoyasu Hotei, Miki Imai, and Kumiko Yanashita. Lenny’s publishing company, All Zakatek Musicco published tracks on Kubb’s debut gold album. He publishes and manages Sony/BMG artist Jah Waggie
George Mcfarlane has been involved professionally in the music industry for over 20 years as a writer, producer and arranger.
He began his musical career as a self-taught bass player, playing in various bands until he joined a CBS-signed act called Grand Hotel in the late 1970s. He then formed a duo called The Quick, writing and producing several international hits during the 1980s.
The band eventually became Giant Steps, who had had a self-written/produced Top 10 hit in America with a song called Another Lover.
Subsequently, George built his own Groove Therapy Studio, and became more involved in writing, programming, arranging and producing, having success with the following artists (among others): Gabrielle, Kim Wilde, Chaka Khan, Jason Donovan, Lulu and Kylie Minogue. His music has also been featured in the several TV shows.
Johan Buys | Bass
YoYo Buys is a South African bass player with a great deal of International gigging and recording experience
Resident in London since 2001, building his reputation as an outstanding sideman, he has been working with various London based bands, recording for Sony/BMG, ARC, Jive Recoreds, Zomba Records, and New Linc Records, amongst others. Currently he has a production partnership with Jason Boshoff at the Strongroom
Artists he has worked with include: Lisa Hannegan, Roachford, Ravid Hang, Limahl, Dana Gillespie, Zohar, Avivit Caspi, The London Symphony Orchestra, Vusi Mahlasela, eVoid, Lenny Zakatek, John Parr and Bishi. He has also toured internationally supporting artists such as Bryan Adams, Counting Crows, Collective Soul and Buddy Guy.
He was a member of South African chart-topping band The Usual from 1993-2000, signed to Sony/BMG Africa, with two national no. 1's two national no. 2's, winning two SAMA Awards, a number of SAMA nominations, and a string of top ten radio hits.
He has also been a clinician since 1990, doing instructional workshops and demonstrations for various manfacturers. Workshop highlights include: working with drummer Mark Schulman, supporting guitarist Frank Gambale and recording with the legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer.
YoYo has worked with over 150 bands and artists on many albums, gigs and tours. He also plays double bass, stunt guitar and Chapman Stick.
"Ahhh - those Jazz guys are just makin' that stuff up!"
- Homer Simpson
Ross is a young London based guitarist who already has a vast amount of experience under his belt. He's worked with acts such as Shontelle, Akon, I Blame Coco (Sting's daughter), Frank Mccomb, Nicole Russo (Brand New Heavies) and Corrina Greyson. He's also performed on many recordings including Ben Saunders album 'You Thought You Knew Me By Now', which went Gold and went to No1 in Holland.
As a live musician he has toured many times and performed to audiences around the globe.