Ivory and steelpan partnership

2011-02-11 00:00

PIANIST Paul Hanmer and Dave Reynolds (steelpan) will be performing three concerts in Durban next week.

Hanmer was born in Cape Town, where his musical interest started at an early age, beginning with classical piano and theory lessons. He later studied at the University of Cape Town before moving to Johannesburg where he formed Unofficial Language with fellow Capetonians Ian Herman (drummer-percussionist of Tananas fame) and Pete Sklair (electric bass). The trio recorded two successful albums, Primal Steps and Move Moves.

In 1997, Hanmer released Trains to Taung, the album that kick-started the jazz boom in post-apartheid South Africa and included radio hits such as Meeting of the Women.

Window to Elsewhere (1998), Playola (2000), Naivasha (2002), Water & Lights (2005) and Accused No 1, Nelson Mandela (2006), which won him the coveted best instrumental jazz album­ at the South African Music Awards (Samas), followed.

Over the years he has worked with Miriam Makeba, the late Sipho Gumede, Ray Phiri, McCoy Mrubata, Tony Cox and Pops Mohamed.

Reynolds was born in Namibia and studied music at Rhodes University. In 2008, he produced and released the Sama-nominated album Beyond, a posthumous collection of Gito’s previously­ unreleased recordings, some of which he co-wrote. He also featured on Masekela’s Sixty, Mrubata­’s Hoe Lyk it, Jeff Maluleke’s Juliana and Kilimanjaro and Gloria Bosman’s Nature’s Dancing.

The duo’s first concert takes place at the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban on February 16 at 5.30 pm. Tickets R30 (students R10). Inquiries: 031 260 3385.

They then head to the Rainbow Restaurant­ at 23 Stanfield Lane in Pinetown­ to perform at 8 pm on February­ 17. Tickets R30 presale and R50 at the door. Phone 031 702 9161 or 083 463 8044 for more details.

Their final gig will be with jazz bassist Philani Ngidi and Cape Town-based drummer Karim, at the Harbour­ Jazz Café at the Bat Centre in Durban at 7 pm on February 18.

Tickets­ will also be available at the door.

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