This band was started in Grahamstown in October 1999 by ex – Directorate of Arts & Culture official , Gerry Accom , who not only identified a need for the particular brand of music performed by the band, but also in an attempt to expose the lank potential of the talented individuals who make up the group.
The name of the band Coysan has already proven somewhat controversial. In pronunciation the name sounds like Khoisan and the band members are extremely proud of their heritage, which, like the brand of music they perform, has evolved over the years to justify recognition in our new democracy.
They perform what is popularly known as “Langarm” music. It is a brand of music performed throughout the country at formal dance functions of coloured people and in our opinion form an integral part of what could be defined as our culture.
We are hoping, not only to continue this tradition through performance, but also to document the “Greats” who have paved the way, for posterity.
The band is constituted of five highly talented musicians from various walks of life.