We offer handpicked South African industry experts and academics from all areas of the recording and music business. They bring a wealth of experience, expertise, skills and insider knowledge. Their roles range from producers, engineers and musicians to technicians, marketing and management. They include multiple award winners and nominees who we are proud to present to you. Please meet the team behind our Advanced Programme in Music Production & Sound Engineering.
Welcome to our Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg team. Here you'll find more information about our regular lecturers and visiting industry experts.
Christi van der Colff (transgender woman previously known as Johan van der Colff) is an experienced Sound Engineer with over 20 years in the Music Industry. She is also an avid businesswoman and has a passion for conveying her knowledge of the industry to the students.
She won a SAMA (South African Music Award) for Best Engineer for her work on Zahara’s hit album ‘Loliwe’. Christi is also known for her work with Mumford and Sons, One Republic, Jennifer Hudson, Westlife, and Joyous Celebration. Her work in film includes movies like Liefling, The Roar, Jagveld (Hunting Emma), Bhai’s Cafe, The Legend of Tarzan, The Giver, Intonga to name just a few.
You can find out more about Christi van der Colff in her interview on our blog.
Ben Ludik is the academic coordinator at Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg.
He has a passion for supporting and developing artists and producers. His commitment to finding an individual’s unique voice is as much about persistence as it is about having fun in the studio – an ethos he loves to share with his students.
An award-winning producer and film composer, his creative approach to music production is balanced by an appreciation and understanding of rigorous research methodology. You can find out more about Ben in his interview on our blog.
Thando Magwaza is a highly experienced audio and mixing engineer based in Johannesburg. His passion for the art of Recording and Mixing kicked in when he was studying Civil Engineering. He was constantly consuming music whilst studying at the same time and his passion grew from there.
Thando’s career started at Music House KZN Studio, where he began as an intern and moved up to Assistant Engineer only 6 months later. He then moved to Johannesburg to further his expertise and joined the team at Mastermax Productions. He has worked with the country’s Top and International Award-Winning Artists like Khuli Chana, Naima Kay, Robbie Malinga, and Junior Mambazo. Most notable he worked with the late Richard Mitchell. He was also part of the team, with Lebo M, responsible for the African choir songs of the Lion King 2019 remake. He currently works as a studio engineer at Howard Audio.
Tim Lengfeld is one of South Africa’s most prolific Mastering Engineers. German-born and African raised, Tim has been working in the South African Music Industry for more than 20 years. He has a mile-long rap-sheet of more than 1000 albums, including artists such as Mumford and Sons, Fokofpolisiekar, Freshlyground, Joshua na die Reen, Spoegwolf, Kyle Shepherd, aKing, and Dizu Plaatjies. With an immense amount of experience and 15 SAMAs (South African Music Awards) winning albums under his belt, we are privileged to have him as one of our regular lecturers.
His mastering philosophy includes an emphasis on quality control and listening with a fresh ear. He has a preference for analog equipment and refining the mix rather than dominating it. Tim has been teaching since 2016 and enjoys introducing students to the realities and techniques of Mastering through scenarios from his daily Studio work at TL Mastering.
Larry has over twenty years of experience in the South African Music and Entertainment Industry. He is also well-known for holding a key position in most music festivals and large events throughout South Africa.
As a two-time SAMA award winner, Larry has made a name for himself with his highly sought after skills in recording, mixing, producing, sound design and FOH engineering in the theatre industry.
For the past 5 years, he is working as a mixer in the broadcast audio industry in OB-Audio and music mix and owner of Cue-Sonic Music and Sound Design.
Kevin Godfrey, a lecturer at Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg is an entrepreneur, business owner, and Electronics Engineer by Qualification. Today, Kevin is the Director of Inventworx Group, a Technology Innovation company, and co-founder of LUMIN8, a company Designing and Manufacturing Technology solutions for Malaria control and other health solutions in Africa.
He is also a passionate musician, and has a passion for the Entertainment Industry, and has worked on various Live events as a Lighting Operator, and occasionally as an Audio Engineer. Kevin played in various bands as a keyboard player. During his career, he fulfilled various roles in training Electronics, Audio, and Business mentoring.
Dino received his education at SAE in Australia and has been in the music industry for 28 years, working with international artists both live and in-studio.
He has a passion for sound and finding ways to expand his knowledge and experience. He is the director of Cutting Edge Sound, a sound company that does sales, installations, builds recording studios and does music productions and sound training.
Phat Planet Studios, a large recording and production studio facility was built by him and he ran it for 11 years. He has had the privilege to work with various local artists from all styles and genres and mixed and recorded over 400 albums.
Dino loves to inspire and uses out the box thinking to motivate and stir up a passionate emotion that gets students into their creative space. He believes there are no limits when it comes to personal expression, making him a passionate lecturer here with us.
The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.
Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.
There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.
I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.
The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.
It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!