Jazz artist to record debut solo album live at Savoy

2018-01-31 06:01
Jazz vocalist Asanda Mqiki will return to her home town of Port Elizabeth on Friday to kick off her tour to promote her debut solo album.                Photo:SIPHIWE MHLAMBI

Jazz vocalist Asanda Mqiki will return to her home town of Port Elizabeth on Friday to kick off her tour to promote her debut solo album. Photo:SIPHIWE MHLAMBI

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POWERHOUSE jazz vocalist Asanda Mqiki is preparing to celebrate the launch of her soon-to-be released debut solo album with a tour across South Africa and Mozambique, which will kick off with a live album-recording event in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Her long-awaited album, Nobakithi, is finally a reality and will be recorded live in her home town of Port Elizabeth.

The multi-award-winning entertainer has a larger than life personality, lending a unique quality to her music which ranges from ballads to funky soul-jazz.

Mqiki has led a rich and diverse career, including being the lead singer of the band, Take Note, regular guest appearances with The Soil and performances with the likes of the legendary Sibongile Khumalo, Freshlyground and Khaya Mahlangu.

Now, during the live album-recording, she will be performing with her full band, featuring Thoba Goba on drums, Grant Allison on bass, Mthokozisi Mabuza on keys, Qaqambile Qingana on second keys, Kamva Goba on percussion and Joash Soobramoney on alto saxophone.

Sharing some of the insights behind this album, Mqiki explained why it has taken this long to record.

“I’ve been performing a lot with different bands, but the main reason is because I’ve been trying to find my sound.

“I can’t necessarily say that I’ve found my perfect sound yet because of all the various musical influences I have, but the path that I’m on is one that I’m excited about.”

Mqiki said the album would contain “a variety of the musical influences that have infused my writing and singing. It will be “jazz to make you happy” and music that touch your heart.

“Since I went solo in 2013, I have looked forward to the time when I could tour my music, sharing it with as many people as I can.

“Being able to start this tour off with recording an album live in my home town is a dream and my tribute to the rich tapestry of where I have come from and the people whose lives have woven their stories with mine to build the current picture.

“I’m very grateful for the support of Concerts SA and Arte Viva Management for making this tour possible and also to Lineout Sound for their support with the recording,” she said.

Nobakithi will be released by early April, digitally and on CD, and presales will start at the concert.

The live album recording and tour launch will take place at The Savoy Theatre on Friday at 8pm.

Tickets are available beforehand via Quicket at R100 per adult and R50 per student and pensioner, and will also be sold at the door at R120 per adult and R70 per student and pensioner.

For more info contact bookings@artevivamanagement.com.

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