Artscape Theatre Centre’s Jazz masters: Tribute to the legends is coming as part of the theatre’s heritage festival. The series, dedicated to the late jazz master Errol Dyers, will be performed from 28 to 30 September.
Dyers was originally scheduled to perform in this three-day event, but died last Friday at 65 after a lengthy bout of emphysema. The legendary musician was billed to share the stage with other icons such as Hilton Schilder, McCoy Mrubata and Zylvia Mdunyelwa.
“The death of Errol is an immense loss to the arts and culture world. He was an icon who shaped our freedom through song, utilising his music as part of the tradition of resistance against apartheid. He continuously strived towards inclusivity of all – an ethos which equally shapes the objectives of our theatre,” says Artscape CEO Marlene le Roux.
She says he was a legend well-known as one of the pioneers of African jazz called goema. The final production on 30 September will specifically be dedicated to his legacy as his brother, Alvin, and band take to the stage to play some of his songs.
“He always believed that Cape Town music should be able to tell the stories of our people, our city and our country and he was always the guy encouraging musicians to make their music into a story that people could identify, especially Cape jazz,” says Craig Parks, associate producer of the jazz master series.
It will include a concert by world-renowned indigenous musician Dizy Plaatjies.