Composer, Arranger, Producer and Drummer Cedric Samson has been at the forefront of the South African music scene since the sixties when his teenage boy-band, “The Fireflies” became the youngest South African group to be signed to a major record label.
Since then he has gone on to work with the cream of the music industry both nationally and internationally.

Cedric has developed a unique style with a signature ‘African’ sound which has garnered him with two Grammy nominations, a platinum album that got number one on the Billboard Chart with Ice Cube’s West Side Connection: “Gangsters Make The World Go Round”.

One of Cedric’s all time favourite recordings was producing George Benson,Patti Labelle and Miriam Makeba,with all singers featured on one song for the lead album track “Sacred pledge” which Cedric co wrote with Denise Rich for the Royal Initiative To Combat Aids album “Songs for Life’ for the Kingdom of Swaziland, as Cedric was the Ambassador of Goodwill for the making of the record, plus the live performances for King Mswati.

“Cedric’s larger-than-life persona and even bigger heart has rendered meaningful projects such as Aids Awareness and Fund-Raising Campaigns.

His personal favourite, as composer/musical director/conductor of a 78-strong cast in a stellar performance of his Grammy Nominated song ‘Father of Our Nation’ to former-president Nelson Mandela on Madiba’s 90th birthday.”

Cedric performed ‘Father of our Nation’ at the Cape Town City Hall for Mandela’s 93rd birthday legacy concert and the Mayors charity event featuring a 40 piece Orchestra conducted by Jeremy Lubbock, a 40 piece choir, SAMSON, Jennifer Jones, Sibongile Nmgoma, Vicky Sampson.

Another one of Cedric’s all time favourite live performances was being the African Choir Director for Alicia Keys and  her special guest Artist Miriam Makeba  performing at the MTV Staying Alive Aids Concert in Cape Town SA.