Documentary premiers in style

2017-11-15 06:01
Grammy nominated producer Don Laka and his wife, Rosina.

Grammy nominated producer Don Laka and his wife, Rosina.

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The Kimberley station formed part of the celebrations of the life of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane.

The documentary on Coltrane’s life, Chasing Trane, was premiered during a two-day journey aboard the iconic Blue Train on Thursday (09/11) and Friday (10/11).

It was the first time for a film premiere to be showcased aboard a train.

As part of the celebrations, the luxurious Blue Train made a stop at the Kimberley station en route from Johannesburg to Cape Town, carrying media representatives, musicians, celebrity guests and business people from around the world.

The Kimberley station was a hype of activity, excitement and laughter as the guests arrived in high spirits to listen to local tour guide Kegomodicwe Maruping talking about the town’s rich history.

At the station, they were also treated to cheese and some of the best wines in South Africa.

The Grammy-nominated producer Don Laka curated inspirational performances from leading South African jazz musicians.

Artist Dr. Bone and jazz saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, as well as designer Ole Ledimo, showcased African designs inspired by Coltrane’s life.

One of Coltrane’s most successful albums was titled Blue Train and is still consi­dered amongst the most respected works in the genre.

Chasing Trane is produced by Spencer Proffer, Dave Harding, Scott Pascucci and John Beug. Denzel Washington performs the narration.

The documentary has premiered at the prestigious Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, followed by openings at select theatres in the USA through a distribution deal with Abramorama.

Chasing Trane will be available on Netflix globally towards the end of November.

On top of five-star accommodation, fine cuisine and breathtaking views of the South African countryside, guests on the Blue Train also experienced a personalised butler service.

The journey concluded with a final concert at the Kaleidoscope, a leading Cape Town contemporary club.

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