Professional Drummer & Educator

My name is Sean 'STYX' Nunan, a professional drummer with a career spanning over 27 years in the music industry. I am currently based in Cape Town South Africa, and have been fortunate to perform with various well known South African bands, artists and touring shows both locally and internationally.


I am a South African Roland V DRUMS AMBASSADOR and I have always been a technology 'JUNKIE'. Since my introduction to the drum kit in 1988 I have always played a fully electronic kit or incorporated a 'HYBRID' electronic solution into my playing set up. From the early days of Simmons and Dynacord pads to the 1st Roland Electronic kits and V DRUM Kits I have used them all including the ROLAND TD-4 TD-6 TD 10-TD-9 TD-12 and TD- 30 and as of May 2017 I play the Flagship TD-50. Fortunate to be the first drummer in South Africa to get the TD-50 Digital Pack

In the last 8 Years my musical situation has changed to the point where I 99% percent of the time perform exclusively on Roland V - DRUMS with my two bands ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS DUO and ALMOST FAMOUS BAND

I PERFORM OVER 200 GIGS PER YEAR USING THE ROLAND FLAGSHIP TD-50 Digital Pack which include the new TD-50 Module, PD-140DS Digital Snare and CY-18DR Digital Ride Cymbal incorporating the SPD sx SAMPLER into my set up as well.

A Special Shout Out and Thank You to Marc Klein and Kyle Petersen from Roland South Africa. #VdrumsSA for their continued hands-on support.

I am also a passionate educator and teach out of my own fully equipped studio facility called 'DRUM MAD STUDIOS' for advanced students in Table View Cape Town as well as at the IES BLOUBERG INTERNATIONAL School in Parklands for beginner and intermediate players.

I am very grateful that I am in-demand session drummer and clinician and was also the Senior Correspondent for SA Drums & Percussion Magazine from 2005 - 2013.

I started drumming at the age of 17 and turned professional in 1988 with a band called Shout! I have also performed in various cover bands over the years namely Shy Moon Scandal and the ever popular Johannesburg based Avalanche.

While performing with Shy Moon I was approached by Brian O Shea (Musketeer Records) to join the original rock band Shifty Henry. I spent 3 very successful years with Shifty Henry, touring both locally and internationally. Shifty Henry enjoyed major chart successes as well as widespread radio and television coverage.

In 1998 I performed in a show called 'Disco Inferno' which was a tribute to the seventies disco era. I then moved to Cape Town in 2000 to concentrate on teaching and fulfill my passion of becoming a better all round drummer.

From 2002 - 2005 I performed 'live' and recorded with the 'Chick' Rock Band Natti Simonne, before forming my own corporate and wedding cover show band in 2006 called ALMOST FAMOUS.

In November 2011 I formed the duo FIRE 'n STYX and in our 29 months together we performed over 750 shows across the Western and Eastern Cape.

I currently perform 4-6 nights per week with my new duo ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS which features the vocal talents of Lisa Hugo. Check out  Lisa is also one of the lead vocalists of ALMOST FAMOUS alongside Season 1 of THE VOICE SA Sumarie Van Schalkwyk..

I am blessed that I have become a busy session drummer and have performed on various albums and jingles. 'One of my major strengths as a drummer is the fact that I grew up playing to a 'click track', which has helped me get a lot of regular studio and ‘live’ performance work.

I have also worked with Rouchelle Liedemann, Waldo Lotz Natti Simonne Jo Martin the band Frekwensie and more recently with Gospel singing sensation Melissa Hertz. 

I have also become involved in doings clinics and workshops in and around Cape Town every Drum Month and was invited to perform at the 1st annual South African Drum Day in Johannesburg alongside Russ Miller in 2009. The event was featured on Morning Live SABC 2. A DVD of the entire showcase is available at leading music stores. I am also a regular guest speaker and MC at various industry events. I headlined Cape Town Drum Day with Jonathan Lombana and Georg Voros.

I am also the founder member of the Cape Town Drummers Luncheon Club. Check out and feel free to join our Facebook Page

An interesting observation is that I am one of the few left handed drummers in South Africa.

I have also been involved in ‘Praise & Worship’ Ministries for the last 11 years. I have recorded and performed on numerous Worship albums. Performing on stage is cool but leading people into God's presence while ministering on your instrument is an Awesome Privilege. I played on 5 albums for Joshua Generation Church Worship Team in Sunningdale, Cape Town. Check out

I proudly endorse ROLAND V DRUMS and ELECTRONICS,TAMA IRON COBRA PEDALS, MAPEX DRUMS, ZILDJIAN CYMBALS, AQUARIUN DRUM-HEADS, GIBRALTAR HARDWARE and LP PERCUSSION.I also play PROMARK Sticks A special thanks to Roy Viljoen, Carel Van Heerden, Newton Wetter John Van Niekerk and Jerome Da Silva at PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC as well as Bert, Megan and Amanda at BERT KOSTER PERCUSSION for your continued support.

If you are looking for a reliable, disciplined solid drummer who is dedicated to the drumming art form and is competent playing most styles of contemporary and popular music with a click track for your next studio project, live performance, choreographed show or 'Rocked Out' festival! Please give me a call or drop me an e-mail at

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