Acclaimed sax player performs in town

2015-06-11 06:01
Curtis Kettledas will launch is debut album on Sunday, 14 June at the AFM Church. 

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Curtis Kettledas will launch is debut album on Sunday, 14 June at the AFM Church. Photo: SUPPLIED

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As a 10-year-old boy, Curtis Kettledas started playing the saxophone in the Uitenhage Community Wind Band. Since then his passion for this instrument has evolved and he has featured on various international stages.

His debut album, Hymns Volume 1, has been released and showcases his take on a collection of traditional hymns that he’s played at different churches over the last 12 years. Curtis will launch this album on Sunday at the AFM Church on the corner of Geelhout Ave and Duranta Drive.

He last year travelled to Taiwan and spent six months as part of an international six-piece band called Mirage Live Jazz Band whose members hailed from Spain, France, Italy and South Africa. While there, they performed at the Taichung International Jazz Festival.

Curtis started playing in churches locally and later performed at different churches nationally. He has gained a lot of experience on stage, being the saxophonist of the local jazz band Company of Prophets and featuring with bands and artists such as the Justin Leigh Band, Patrick Duncan, Feya Faku and Exodus as well as ensembles across South Africa.

As part of the Jazz ensembles of NMMU and Nelson Mandela Bay, he opened and shared the stage with various international artists such as Fletch Wiley, Ernie Smith, Jonathan Rubain, Hugh Masekela, George Benson, Gloria Bosman – a few of many. Curtis obtained a BMus Degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and spent the last 4 years lecturing music students majoring in the saxophone as well as beginners at NMMU.

He also gained international experience in 2014 when he travelled to Taiwan and spent 6 months as part of an international 6-piece band called Mirage Live Jazz Band whose members hailed from Spain, France, Italy and South Africa. While there, they performed at the Taichung International Jazz Festival.

His first album, Hymns Volume 1 showcases his take on a collection of traditional hymns that he’s played at different churches over the last 12 years and is now being launched.

The date of the launch is this Sunday 14th June 2015. At the AFM Church on the corner of Geelhout Ave and Duranta Drive. It starts at 6pm and admission is R30. CD’s will be on sale for R100. Featuring artists are Gina Vermaak and Enrico Damons.

The launch will be an intimate night of worship with well-known sing along hymns. Everyone will also get to find out a bit more about me. It’ll be something different

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