Jazz festival: Hot 6 for your diary

2014-03-28 13:26

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Percy Mabandu advises on whom jazz aficionados should listen to at the 15th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival


Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet – Jazz lovers with a hunger to figure out where the next wave of young musicians are taking the genre should check out this trumpeter.

He is part of a new glut of composers breaking barriers in the genre.

He will close the Moses Molelekwa stage today at 11.45pm.


Dr Philip Tabane and Malombo – Any South African with an ear for the country’s musical heritage cannot afford to miss the music of Malombo.

Tabane, who is now in the winter of his life, is an originator of a uniquely South African brand of jazz, Malombo music.

To have him showcase it in person is a rare occasion. They will be on the Rosies Stage today at 11pm.


Randy Weston – He’s not a musician, he is an institution on two feet. Born in the US, he chose to relocate and travel the African continent. Weston has managed to hone not just a great instrumental facility, but a sonic palette that is as deep as the trans-Atlantic African musical experience itself.

He takes his trio on to the Rosies Stage at 12.30am today.



Erykha Badu – Neo-soul music lovers have a rare treat in the performance that Badu has promised to give. Over the years, she has sampled everything from Miles Davis’ classics to Chaka Khan. She is likely to showcase her fans’ favourite hits and some new experiments.


Bokani Dyer and Kyle Shepherd – The collaboration of two pianists, Bokani Dyer and Kyle Shepherd, is probably the most important gig for anyone curious about the level of virtuosity and imagination by young South African jazz musicians. They are both Standard Bank Young Artist Award recipients.

They will take two pianos to the Rosies Stage at 5.15pm.


Frank Paco Art Ensemble – Led by the Mozambican drummer/percussionist, the band bring a refreshing sound to the festival. Their sound brings together Maputo’s Latin gifts and the broader African sensibilities into a jazz context.

They will be on the Basil “Manenberg” Coetzee stage at 7.30pm


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