Tananas founder takes us down memory lane in Gugs

2017-03-16 06:02
Steven Newman will be performing at Kwa Sec on Sunday March 19.

Steven Newman will be performing at Kwa Sec on Sunday March 19.

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Steven Newman, the doyen of acoustic guitar will evoke the spirit of Tananas, a superhot band of the 1980s, this Sunday March 19 from 4pm at Kwa Sec, NY 138 no. 52 in Gugulethu.

Tananas, a South African band formed in 1987, originally consisted of the Mozambican guitarist Gito Baloi, local drummer Ian Herman and Steve Newman. Tananas combined jazz, Mozambican salsa and township jive. Their music was a rich fusion of jazz, Mozambican salsa and township jive also known as mbaqanga.

With eight albums released since 1988, the group built a loyal following at home and overseas, performing at WOMAD festivals around the world. At times working individually or as a band with international stars including America’s Paul Simon and world-renowned Senegalese singer Youssou N’dour.

Their spontaneous improvisation on stage exuded of hope in a country torn apart by horrendous apartheid laws.

The band broke up in 1993 but regrouped for some performances until Baloi was shot dead during a robbery in Johannesburg in 2004.

Herman moved to the United State of America to pursue his musical career there while Newman was grounded at home.

In 1998 Newman reunited Tananas again for a short period, Herman was flown in from the United States and the group took the chance for a fresh start and released a new album Seed.

Newman is excited about the reliving the sounds of Tananas this time around with two young jazz musicians, bass player Peter Ndlala and drummer Carlo Fabe.

Newman says people can expect to be taken down memory lane this Sunday.

“The old will be a fusion of new improvisation that is based on new sounds with rich elements of jazz and world music,” he says.

“Working with Peter and Carlo has been wonderful because they both bring their own interpretation to the original sounds which makes the music fresher and interesting.”

Join this vibrant trio at this special concert that forms part of the Jazz in the Native Yards concert series in a cosy court yard where you can meet old and new friends.

Contact Luvuyo Kakaza 060 960 8935.

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