A stellar jazz weekend in Gugs

2017-05-25 06:01

Jazz in the Native Yards in association with Concerts SA presents a stellar jazz weekend at Kwa Sec NY 138 no. 52, Gugulethu.

On Sunday May 27, guitarist Menyatso Mathole, co-founder of legendary Sakhile, afro-jazz band of the ‘80s takes centre stage from 3pm to celebrate Africa Day with Mandla Zikalala on bass, Carlo Fabe on drums and saxophonist Leon Sharnick.

Born in Bloemfontein, Mathole grew up in Thaba Nchu.

His first instrument as a youngster was a self-made oilcan guitar.

Mathole was first attracted to music from listening on radio to the likes of Marks Mankwane, a legendary mbaqanga guitarist.

“ As a kid, I aspired to be like Marks – I found his music honest, and his melodic identity unique,” explains Mathole

In the ’70s, he was regularly playing at the Pelican Night Club, an iconic live music venue in Orlando, Soweto.

“We often performed as an opening act for groups such as The Beaters (which later became Harari), “ says Mathole.

In 1980, he joined Sipho Gumede, Khaya Mahlangu, Mabe Thobejane, Madoda Mathunjwa, and Themba Mkhize in establishing the group Sakhile.

Sakhile released its debut album in 1980, and evolved to become the legendary afro-jazz group which for many, contributed the soundtrack to the cultural renaissance of the 1980’s.

There were several mutations of Sakhile, all of which showcased the extraordinary nimble sounds of Mathole. As a member of Sakhile, Mathole played at Wembley Stadium for the Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert, toured South Africa, the continent, and Europe.

On Sunday May 28 In With a Shout, a contemporary afro jazz-fusion project lead by saxophonist Dan Shout, performs music arranged for three tenor saxophones from 3pm. The compositions reflect Shout’s life-trajectory through Southern Africa – his family’s emigration from Zimbabwe, his formative years in the Namibian desert and his spiritual homecoming to the slopes of Table Mountain where he now resides.

The music is infused with the sounds and souls of the music and musicians Shout has been exposed to and with whom he has performed – luminaries such as Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Darryl Andrews, Mike Campbell and Johnny Clegg to name a few.

The band is comprised of several of South Africa’s top session musicians such as Marc de Kock (tenor sax/flute), Justin Bellairs (alto/soprano sax), Andrew Ford (keyboards), Sibusiso Matsimela (double bass) and Kevin Gibson (drums)

In With a Shout’s performance is supported by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway.

All gigs take place at Kwa Sec NY 138 no. 52 Gugulethu

R70 at the door/student and pensioner discounts also available.

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