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Heidi Joubert

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Heidi Joubert
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Background information
Birth nameHeidi Joubert
Born (1987-05-04) May 4, 1987 (age 33)
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • new-age
  • Traditional Acoustic Suunds
Occupation(s)Musician, Cajón Player, Singer

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Heidi Joubert is a Cajón player[2], a street performer from London, born in Pretoria, South Africa.[3][4] Her family immigrated to London when she was 18, she wanted to study Cajón but couldn't find any school in London, so she began learning by herself and started playing Cajón on the streets of London and almost all over the Europe[5], she has developed her own unique line for Cajón.[6] Heidi is TEDx speaker and the title for her TEDx talk was Break the Box at Cesena, Emilia-Romagna.[6] Her mother is a pianist and she used to practice classical pieces while Heidi and her four siblings were very young.[7] Heidi started singing from childhood, as vocal was the very first instrument she could approach to. She also started dancing ballet, loved acting, and began taking piano classes from Maestro Usias van der Merwe,[8] who was head of the Classical Department of Technician of Pretoria, Merwe was the teacher that her mother was taking lessons from[3]. After she realised that classical piano requires more time to learn than she could give, so she moved to learn other instruments.

In her high school, she took saxophone and started 3 year Music Matric Diploma. She completed her graduation in 2 years as a drummer, singer and pianist.[3] Her parents immigrated to London when she was 18 and she wanted to go to Guildhall Music School but she didn't had enough finances for it, and also she was legally not allowed to do normal work or jobs in London because as immigrant she supposed to be dependent on her parents.[9] Then she started doing street performances in London and started busking[10] around the streets in London to get money from there, so she and her family could survive in London.[11]

Her very initial performances were on Saxophone and after this she did duet with one guitarist Sebastian Diaz as singer.[3] She believes that busking on the streets is the best university to learn. Heidi got major recognition from one video that went viral that got about 25 million views on youtube in which Hamburg based Anna Gouder - alias Kiddo Kat[12][13] - and Heidi took their guitar and cajon for the cover Prince's song ''Kiss'' on S-Bahn local train in Frankfurt.[14]


  1. "Heidi Joubert" (in italiano). Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  2. "Heidi Joubert". Drum Camp. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "About Heidi Joubert – Cajon Box". Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  4. WELT (2016-04-29). "Plötzlich berühmt: Lied in der Bahn und Millionen Klicks". Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  5. "Heidi Joubert & Paul Jennings - Cajon Video". PlayCajon. 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "TEDxCesena | TED". www.ted.com. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  7. "StackPath". muzoplanet.com. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  8. "Elna van der Merwe – Harare Chamber Music Festival". Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  9. "Cajón Genius: Heidi Joubert | Tom Tom Magazine". Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  10. Loftus, Valerie. "A passenger joined in on this singer's train jam session and it's going viral worldwide". The Daily Edge. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  11. "Nach dem Tod von Prince: Frankfurter S-Bahn-Konzert bewegt die Welt". https://www.fnp.de (in Deutsch). 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2019-10-05. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help); External link in |website= (help)
  12. "Das ist Kiddo Kat: Über 100 Millionen haben sie schon gesehen!". klatsch-tratsch.de (in Deutsch). 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  13. "Shootingstar Kiddo Kat: „Mit guter Laune eckt man selten an!"". www.bz-berlin.de. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  14. "Prince cover on Frankfurt train takes musicians viral". www.thelocal.de. 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2019-10-05.

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