In 2004 Mikanic released its first album, Swimming with the Women, to great critical acclaim and popular success. The album crossed musical boundaries, establishing the band’s characteristic sound, effortlessly spanning genres with influences ranging from rock, reggae and African to hip-hop and jazz. Lyrically powerful, relevant, humorous and energetic, the music has a wide appeal. With shows that feature virtuosic musicianship, funky grooves and catchy tunes, Mikanic has quickly become a highly popular live act in both the USA and South Africa.
Now based in New York City, Mikanic has played and sold out many legendary venues including CBGB’s, Joe’s Pub, The Knitting Factory and Symphony Space. Mikanic has also performed at Lincoln Center and The United Nations. Mikanic has toured Japan with great success playing sold-out concerts at Sweet Basil and Mandala in Tokyo and at Olive Hall in Takamatsu, collaborating with some of Japan’s biggest stars, and appearing live on radio and TV. They look forward to now returning to their South African roots in 2010 with live tours, new songs and further collaborations with South Africa’s finest musicians.