Acoustic Element


Acoustic Element

When cousins Callen Petersen and Jody Abel combined their musical talents, an extraordinary combo was born in 2010. Callen, who plays the violin, and Jody, who plays guitar and beatboxes, make up the dynamic musical duo – Acoustic Element.

Both of these young musicians are graduates from the University of Cape Town. With academic backgrounds that stem from marketing to fashion, this creative duo of musicians have found their true passion in music.


Alt Ego

Introducing ALT EGO – South Africa’s brand electrifying dance act – where violin and guitar fuses with electro dance synths and pulsating house beats. 

The edgy side to Acoustic Element have performed at beach bars and night clubs in Sweden, Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria and South Africa.

ALT EGO’s self-titled debut album was released in June 2017 and topped the iTunes SA Dance Album Chart on the day of its release.  The debut single, Get Wild, peaked at number 2 on South Africa’s national radio station. A remix of the track, re-imagined by Zambian producer, El Mukuka, was released in Romania in October 2017.


We have released our 4th album, which is available on the following online platforms. We reckon it’s some of our best work to date! Be a legend by downloading our new work and adding it to your playlist.

AE Livestreams


Our Music

AE Sessions Vol 2

AE Sessions: The Christmas Edition

Our YouTube

2020 Top Hits

AE Testimonials

“I first got introduced to these lads 10 years ago. They were young, stylish and very good looking, so I didn’t expect them to be great musicians at all. I was wrong. I got booked alongside AE on the “Grand White Party” nationwide tour and excellence was the order of the day. Slick as hell. And just downright nice to work with, which is why I was proud to have them be part of my 2020 online show “My Fellow South Africans” – a record breaking show that saw a staggering 170 000 people tune in. I am super proud to be associated with Jody and Callen.”

Marc Lottering


I’d been wanting to book Acoustic Element to play at my lodge ever since I saw them perform live a few years ago and I decided to do so for this past festive season period. What can I say… WOW! The energy and vibes they brought on stage made the whole night SO special for everyone. They’re not just amazing performers, but such lovely guys as well. Thank you, I will definitely be booking you guys again.”

Jessica Gold

Owner of Makanyi Lodge
“Acoustic Element have an incredible energy that we love having at our festivals. They play each gig like it’s their first, they read the crowd so well and they’re experts at making their sets an experience. No matter the event type, or event time, they’re always an amazing addition to our line-up.”

Gal Ezra

Co-founder of We Love Summer & Feastival

“Acoustic Element are the most talented guitar, violin, duo in the world. Besides their unquestionable musical excellence they bring passion with each performance. The world was never ready for this level of talent, but I hope they get to experience their performance.”

Nidha Narrandes

Cape Town Etc

“Some of the most professional and incredible people I have ever worked with.”

Madelen Johansson

Project Manager

The communication between our company and yours were very efficient and very accommodating at the same time which we highly appreciated. The entire process was seamless. Having the gents on property was the highlight – an amazing ambience was created when they started entertaining the guests and just good vibes throughout. We look forward to collaborating in the near future again – thank you!

Mont Rochelle


Acoustic Element’s extraordinary performance at 21 Nettleton left us and our guests in awe. Their seamless blend of acoustic guitar and electric cello, coupled with their passionate delivery of classic and contemporary songs, created an enchanting atmosphere that captivated the entire room. Their genuine connection with the crowd and ability to create an unforgettable musical experience made it a night to remember, and we highly recommend them for any event seeking a boundary-breaking performance.

21 Nettleton