Jazz in the Native Yards to rock

The Jazz in the Native Yards or Jinty, brings you a music heritage with a diverse presentation of jazz sounds this Heritage Month.

The first of these kicked off Last Sunday and will continue till 27 September at kwa Sec in NY138 no. 52 in Gugulethu.

While in its inaugural stage, the Jazz Heritage Festival, supported by Concert SA and Fine Music Radio (FMR) will be an annual event taking place in different township venues.

“September is a perfect month to celebrate all forms of jazz. It is start of spring and heritage month.

We felt it was appropriate to give young and old musicians a platform to perform in an area that is easily accessible to locals and visiting jazz fans,” says Koko Kalashe one of JINY’s directors.

Last Sunday Tony Cedras and Errol Dyers, one of the oldest storytellers of Cape Town jazz launched the festival with Cape jazz, and Khoi-San sounds.

On Sunday 13 September is Tananas, a trio of world class musicians from South Africa and Mozambique who got together in 1988.

Their improvisational and rhythmic sensibility established them as one of the most original and compelling groups to have emerged from South Africa.

One of the original members Steve Newman, will be joined by Peter Ndlala, replacing the late Mozambican bassist Gito Baloi, and Carlo Fabe, who replaces Ian Herman, who emigrated to America.

On Sunday 20 September is Umlilo, a group of young musicians from Nyanga East, who give South African jazz standards fresh interpretations.

They can play any genre of music, from mbaqanga, pop to fusion.

Little Giants will be an attraction on Thursday 24 September.

Established in 1999, under the musical directorship of Ezra Ngcukana and George Werner, this group of young musicians, aged between 15 and 20 years, are from the suburbs and townships of the Cape Flats and greater Cape Town.

The developed into a tightly knit integrated unit, bonded by their youthful enthusiasm and shared cultural experiences.

Their repertoire of African jazz standards and fusion, as well as own compositions, has wowed the crowds wherever they have played.

Joining Little Giants will be G-Cleff, a group of young jazz players from the townships of Cape Town and also young jazz musicians from the University of the Western Cape Centre for Performance Arts.

On Friday 25 September, from 6pm is the Tawainese ensemble Chi-pin andamp; Kai-ya with local friends.

Not only do they bring Western jazz elements into Taiwanese original music, but also reflect their Taiwanese background in this unique Art form.

Their distinctive sound traverses a wide selection of musical styles: swing, bop, fusion, funk, tango, contemporary and Latin music interspersed with classical and traditional Taiwanese influences. On Sunday 27 is the Johannesburg based group, The Brother Moves On.

The group was founded by broad-based artist Nkululeko Mthembu. It began its journey as a self-proclaimed art movement mainly of graphic and fine artists, which has since begun incorporating instrumentalists for the live performance environment.

Members include Nkululeko Mthembu, who is responsible for costumes, performance artists and visuals, Nkululeko Mthembu’s older brother Siyabonga Mthembu aka Mr.Gold, a renowned storyteller, lead vocalist and performance artist, their first cousin on their father’s side, Zelizwe Mthembu aka Makongela, a vocalist, guitarist and flautist, Raytheon Moorvan, Raytheism, a vocalist, guitarist and plays the synthesizer), Ayanda Zalekile, a vocalist, bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Simphiwe Tshabalala, a vocalist, drummer and Rob Scher, who plays the saxophone.

All gigs 3pm except on the Friday 25, when the gigs will start at 6pm. Tickets cost R60 per person and are sold at the door.

For more information contact Luvuyo Kakaza 082 093 5369 or 082 093 5369. Email: luvuyo.pkakaza@gmail.com

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