Bassist Lex Futshane to perform at Luthuli Museum in Groutville

2018-02-21 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedBassist Lex Futshane.

PHOTO: suppliedBassist Lex Futshane.

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RENOWNED bassist Lex Futshane will be touring KwaZulu-Natal from February 28 until March 4.

The tour is being supported by Concerts SA and Luthuli Museum, and is brought to the province by iSupport Music Business.

He will be performing at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, The Jazzy Rainbow and The Chairman in Durban, and Luthuli Museum in Groutville.

Futshane is an internationally proclaimed electric and acoustic bassist, prolific composer, arranger, performer and educator.

The music graduate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal now teaches bass and manages a teacher-training programme at the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company.

Futshane is also a founder member, composer and arranger of Bassment, a 12-member double-bass ensemble comprising six jazz and six classical bassists, a first in Africa.
His LEXtet is an exciting ensemble playing his own compositions and arrangements of local and international jazz standards.

The band has just released an album of Futshane’s compositions titled Innocent Victims and Perpetrators.

Apart from touring with the LEXtet, he plays in the Ingqungquthela (Summit), which is a collaboration with renowned saxophonist McCoy Mrubata.

He has toured and performed extensively around the world in countries such as Swaziland, Zambia, Maputo, the U.S., Cuba, Korea, UK and Germany, to name a few. Since establishing himself as a bassist, he has worked with, among others, Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi, Rashied Lanie, Bheki Khoza, Bheki Mseleku, Ezra Ngcukana, Ulrich Sussie and Brice Wassy.

Futshane has performed in many local and international festivals, including the Grahamstown Art Festival, Arts Alive, Joy of Jazz, Bath International Music Festival in the United Kingdom, IAJE in the United States and a festival in Seoul, South Korea.
He played bass and co-arranged many recordings such as Art Gecko by Counterculture, Durban Noise by Jurgen Braunninger, African Tributes by the NU Jazz Connection, Old Blue Balls Is Back by Felema and Before it’s Too Late by Darius Brubeck.

Apart from touring, the LEXtet, which comes in different sizes from a duo to a small big band, provides music for corporate events inside and outside the country. Among others, the LEXtet has played at the launch of iBurst, the Telkom tower in Tshwane, Cell C, BMW, Linde, Climate Leadership Awards, Telkom launch in Zambia and Sizwe Medical Fund, as well as for patrons at private venues.

For his tour in KwaZulu-Natal, joining Futshane will be Zoetheseed on vocals, Neil Gonsalves on keys and Sbu Zondi on drums.

This concert is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit that aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small- and medium-sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live-music development project housed within the Samro Foundation.

Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Samro, the Samro Foundation and Concerts Norway.

Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live-music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

For more, visit http://concertssa.co.za, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ConcertsSA or like us on Face
book at www.facebook.com/ConcertsSA.

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