All that jazz, and more, for ‘Rainbow’s’ 2016 season

PHOTO: supplied  Pianist Paul Hanmer (left) and saxophonist McCoy Mrubata will thrill fans and music lovers when they perform at the Rainbow Restaurant on Sunday.
PHOTO: supplied Pianist Paul Hanmer (left) and saxophonist McCoy Mrubata will thrill fans and music lovers when they perform at the Rainbow Restaurant on Sunday.

JAZZ luminaries McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer­ will take to the Rainbow Restaurant stage this Sunday in a gig brought by the venue in association with Concerts SA.

Rainbow Restaurant co-owner Neil Comfort said their 2016 music programme will open in style.

Pianist Hanmer was born in Cape Town. He has recorded several albums - his first was Trains to Taung and is probably the most well known.

Since 2002 he has written several chamber works for The Bow Project, Robert Pickup, Leon Bosch, The “clockwise” duo of Marc Uys and Jacqui Kerrod, European group 2tUBAS & friends and South Africa’s New Music Indaba, among others.

He works with McCoy and the duo made several new recordings in June 2009 to document McCoy’s 50th birthday and the partnership’s 21st birthday.

Saxophonist, flute player, band leader and composer, born in 1959 in Cape Town’s historic Langa Township, reedman McCoy Mrubata grew up with the sounds of African music - the hymns of the Zion Church, the chants and rhythms of traditional healers and the brassy jive of the Merry Macs band, who rehearsed opposite his home.

In the aftermath of the 1976 uprising, the young McCoy, then playing flute, studied informally under Langa greats like Madoda Gxabeka­, Winston Ngozi, the Ngcukanas, Ezra and Duke, Blackie Tempi and Robert Sithole.

A declining live music scene in Cape Town meant lots of touring, and McCoy was spotted by bandleader Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, who helped him make Johannesburg his home.

In 1992 he began touring with Hugh Masekela’s Lerapo, alongside guitarist Lawrence Matshiza and pianist, the late Moses Molelekwa, among others.

The two musicians’ band is scheduled to perform at the Rainbow at 2pm. Doors open at 1pm and tickets cost R100 per person.
– Supplied.

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