JAZZ & AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS
8, 15 & 29 MAY 2015
8 MAY 2015: MAX VIDIMA & FOUR FRIENDS
And always a diversity of cultures shaking hands: Steven Lekas’ Cape Town goema piano meets Vidima’s Zim styled guitar; Tony Paco’s Mozambican swing on drums and percussion dances with Peter Ndlala’s Atlantic ocean bass; Buddy Well’s snake charming saxophone is seduced by the growling vocal majesty of Zukiswa Nomtshongwana (Old Mutual Jazz Encounter Afro-Jazz vocal winner in 2001) and the whispering tenderness of Vidima’s own voice. And no matter how you like to sway your hips, Sagiya is always infinitely danceable.
Members: Kabelo Thomane(Guitar/Vocals), Kee Kototsi(Bassist/Vocals) & Matime Peter(Pianist)
4Friendz Band, an afro soul band started in 2009 after the 4 members met at The South African State Theatre and pursued their career in the music industry.
Friendz was privileged to perform at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2009 and 2012, Sony 3D/HD Launch in 2010 at Sandton City Johannesburg, opened the stage for Vusi Mahlasela at the Capital Arts Festival 2009. They also shared the stage with Vusi Mahlasela at the Fifa Fan Fest in Polokwane 2010 as well as performing at Capital Arts Festival in 2010 at The South African State Theatre. Contact them on email@example.com.
15 MAY 2015: ISABELA NOVELLA & KOTO PULANE
Born in Maputo-Mozambique and growing up on music stages around the world, Isabel Novella has, since 2005, performed together with NecoNovellas (her family band) in more than 50 festivals in Europe; including, Dunya, Oreol, Roots, Mundial, and North Sea Jazz Festivals (all in Holland), plus other world music and jazz festivals in France, Berlin, Bulgaria, Belgium, Luxembourg, just to mention a few. At these festivals, she has shared a stage with artists like Chaka Khan, Liz Wright, Jill Scott, Patty Metheny, Jose James, Bobby McFerrin, Alicia Keys, and many more in festivals around Europe. In 2009, she was one of the singers chosen to feature on the album Beyond Borders released in USA 2009, which involved big musicians from 4 Continents where the only singers representing Africa were Isabel Novella – (Mozambique) and Marie Dualne of Zap Mamma - (Congo- Belgium). Before Isabel Novella could release her debut album self-titled Isabel Novella, she performed at the Road to The Standard bank Joy of Jazz Festival at the Lyric Theatre in July 2012 alongside South Africa’s greatest singer Zahara. Isabel Novella also graced the stage at the Annual Pan African Buyelekhaya Music Festival which took place in East London, South Africa in December 2012. She performed alongside Africa’s greatest musician Salif Keita. In July 2013, Isabel Novella toured Portugal to promote her debut album and on her return back home, she will perform in Mozambique on the 24th August 2013 at the More Jazz Series Festival alongside Jonathan Butler and other fellow musicians from Mozambique.
It all began in at the age of five in Daveyton at 11687 Polane Street which also his uncle 'Dilateng' and aunt Masetumo had some influence in this young's ambition to stardom. His mother and father always saw this and created an environment that will ensures his dream will be a reality. This multi-talented musician also has a theatre background. Being a perfomer and music director is second nature to him. He has performed alongside prominent musicians in the country, like the late Nana Coyote, Jazzil Brothers, Siphokazi and many more. Last year in 2014 he also got interviewed on Mhlobo Wenene fm and the response was amazing. The album is produced by D.T.Maseko a.k.a Trevor Mako who has produced the likes of Lebo Mashile, featured by Dj Mbuso, Eltonnick, Sol Phenduka, Kabomo and many more.
29 MAY 2015: AYO SOLANKE & KHUMBA
Ayo Solanke is one of the most dynamic and energetic jazz and soul saxophonists to ever appear in the entire African music scene. His unique soulful style together with his creativity and innovation as an artist clearly sets him apart from the rest. He is a songwriter and arranger with a background in event management and project coordination with almost two decades of experience under his belt, a man of excellence with an incredible profile and a great personality; undoubtedly one of the best in the continent. He picked up the saxophone for the first time in 1997 during his first year studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Nigeria and has never stopped since then. He gradually developed into a virtuoso performer; a treasured sensation to music lovers everywhere. He has become one of the most sought after performers both on stage and in the studios.
He has recorded with the likes of Kirk Whalum, Hugh Masakela, Zahara, Judith Sephuma, Pastor Benjamin Dube, Afrotraction, Jimmy Dludlu, Danny K, Pops Mohammed, Kunle Ayo and Agboola Shadare just to mention a few.
Others include, Mimi Mtetwa, Theo Kgosinkwe, Sabelo Mthembu, Asa (Nig) and Onyeka Onwenu (Nig) - just to mention a few. He has performed before notable personalities such as Operah Winfrey, President Bill Clinton of USA, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.
Kuumba Muzik Solutionz is an idea of a movement formed by young people who all share the same dream, which is finding ‘solutionz’ through art. “Kuumba” is Swahili for GOD’S CREATION/CREATIVITY, and the reason why we chose that name is because we are God’s creation that uses creativity to help with current problems. The kind of art we are doing is destined to help find solutions, hence the reason behind ‘solutionz’ in our name. Well Kuumba Muzik Solutionz’s idea came with Omari Jacobs, who is also an artist in the movement, refer page for more information on Omari and group members. The idea came at 3 SIA military base in Kimberley, Northern Cape, where The Department of Social Development (DSD) held youth camp for youth across South Africa. That is where Omari thought of the idea, according to him, his love of art and helping people became extreme there, and that is where he decided to take his guitar and started to play, after that, artists around started attracting themselves, I guess it was art that attracted them to each other.
Tickets: Click here to book