2019 FOURTH ARTISTS ANNOUNCED
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
AFRICAN TIME MEETING LEGENDS OVERTIME featuring Herbie Tsoaeli, Sydney Mnisi, Feya Faku, Andile Yenana and Kevin Gibson (SA)
This ensemble features Herbie Tsoaeli (bass, vocal); Sydney Mnisi (tenor, sax); Feya Faku (flugel horn, trumpet); Andile Yenana (piano); and Kevin Gibson (drums). Its sound is the music of the present and future, guided by spirits, energies and vibrations from the past. It is inspired from the soil and soul of Africa. Herbie Tsoaeli has spent over three decades making music, as the preferred side-man to some of the South Africa’s and international jazz and commercial artists. With this project he enters centre-stage with an entourage of seasoned African jazz masters, styled in true South African jazz format that collectively presents songs from the African Time album and new compositions.
BEN VOLPELIERE-PIERROT of CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT (UK)
Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot was the lead singer of Curiosity Killed The Cat, a band that had a number of Top 40 singles in the UK together with a No. 1 album, Keep Your Distance. The band played soulful, jazzy and funky pop music. The band split up in 1992 and Ben continued touring under the band’s name on a number of 1980s revivals. Ben is now looking forward to going into the studio and working on some new tracks while remixing some of his old hits.
espYOUNGLEGEND 2019 EDGAR MUZAH & FRIENDS (SA)
Edgar Muzah is a bass player originally from Zimbabwe and now residing in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and the winner of espAfrika’s 2019 talent search competition. Muzah has toured extensively in Zimbabwe and South Africa as well as to other countries across the world.
Notably, he has performed at the Bayimba Festival in Uganda, Belfast Alive in Ireland and the Finnish Jazz Festival in Finland. He makes his debut at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in March 2019.
Project Dimensions, one of his initiatives featuring most of the artists he has worked with, produced and written music for, has also toured to various European countries.
Apart from personal projects, Muzah has also worked as a producer and composer for a number of other artists. His efforts with Zimbabwean world music artist Willis Wataffi received three Zimbabwe Music Awards awards in 2016. Other award-winning musicians he has worked with include Chumani Ngojo, the 2015 Crown gospel award winner; Phumlani Mtiti, a 2013 South African Music Award winner; and multi-award winner and platinum selling afro soul rising star Nathi.
Paris-based multi-instrumentalist Vincent Fenton performs as FKJ, aka French Kiwi Juice. His loose and colourful arrangements could soundtrack anything: a house party in Hong Kong, a road trip through the Australian outback, a post-midnight walk alone across moonlit European streets. It’s all there on his 2017 self-titled debut album, which flits between fidgety electronics, smooth blues and pristine pop, all with the flick of a switch.
With every song on his debut racking up millions of Spotify plays, his shows sell out in Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and America, and his unique, spontaneity-first live delivery – frog-leaping between guitars, keys, sax, vocals and more – is capable of translating to both intimate and giant venues.
GOGO PENGUIN (UK)
This Manchester-based leftfield piano trio’s music has been described as acoustic-electronica but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalism, game soundtracks and glitchy-electronica to create their unique sound. It’s music for the heart, head and feet and saw their album v2.0 (Gondwana Records) named a Mercury Prize album of the year 2014 alongside albums from Damon Albarn, Young Fathers and Jungle. In 2015 they signed to Blue Note Records and released the album Man Made Object in 2016. More recently they have been touring their own score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi. They perform music from their recent album A Humdrum Star as well as new music and hits from their powerful back catalogue.
IBRAHIM KHALIL SHIHAB (SA)
Born Christopher James Schilder into one of Cape Town’s famous musical families in 1954, Ibrahim Khalil Shihab earned a solid reputation as one of South Africa’s foremost piano talents of his generation. In 1968, aged 22 he led an ensemble in a Johannesburg studio that included a young, fiery Winston Mankunku and recorded an album, Spring, that has become an integral part of the rich legacy of jazz records in South Africa.
However, he is well and most fondly remembered as pianist and primary songwriter for the 70's iconic cult band from the Cape Flats, Pacific Express. In 2018 he released a brand new recording project, Essence of Spring. This album pays homage to the very diverse range of Shihab’s compositional styles, from the most evocative jazz themes to more easy styled popular songs as well as showcasing his breath taking pianistic skills, both as a solo pianist and band leader.
JOHN SCOFIELD'S “COMBO 66” featuring Vicente Archer, Gerald Clayton & Bill Stewart (USA)
Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. Looking to commemorate his 66th year, Scofield penned twelve original compositions and formed a swinging new group to record and tour the music. Rising star Gerald Clayton was an obvious choice on piano, an instrument central to the new tunes. The connection between Scofield and drummer Bill Stewart strengthens as the decades pass. It was Stewart who introduced bassist Vicente Archer to the project. Scofield is thrilled with the group and in addition to the musical combustion, especially enjoys the inter-generational quality – sixties, fifties, forties and thirties represented.
Mahube, a Setswana word meaning ‘new dawn’, is a collaboration and celebration of Southern African music. It is a dynamic regional voice with influences sewn together seamlessly to create a showcase for all artistry in the region – proof that creativity knows no boundaries.
The original Mahube, conceptualised by Steve Dyer in 1998, has been re-invented to acknowledge much of the youthful creativity that is shaping the cultural landscape today. Musician Bokani Dyer is a co-director of the new project that features Mbuso Khoza – a haunting voice and social commentator from KZN; the ever-inventive singer and trombonist Siya Makuzeni from the Eastern Cape; the graceful singer, dancer and mbira player Hope Masike from Zimbabwe; and dynamic singer and dancer Xixel Langa from Mozambique.
Together with a stellar band of top instrumentalists, Mahube gives voice to contemporary music born on African soil.
MORRIS GOLDBERG (SA)
New York-based composer, saxophonist, clarinettist, penny whistler and vocalist, Morris Goldberg recently completed recording his third album with his group, OJOYO, and wrote most of the original music.
The OJOYO sound is Safrojazz, a combination of South African and American music. Goldberg grew up in Observatory, Cape Town, and nurtured musical roots that span jazz, classical music, bebop and mbaqanga. He won popular acclaim through his featured performances on Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ album.
Goldberg has also performed with Hugh Masekela, among others, before leaving South Africa to broaden his musical horizons. He regularly recorded and performed with artists such as Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte. He also worked with Jonathan Butler and exiled singer Letta Mbulu. In 1974, Goldberg returned to Cape Town and participated in Abdullah (Dollar Brand) Ibrahim’s recording, ‘Manenberg’. He has regularly returned to perform in South Africa.
NDAKA YO WIÑI (ANGOLA)
Ndaka Yo Wiñi is a musician, composer and cultural researcher, born in the Angolan city Lobito. Music has been part of his life since his youth. His performance resembles something that approaches a magical ritual act. And it is strongly linked to his local cultural heritage. It has resulted in the creation of a concert project called ‘Lundongo no Lwandu’ which means Ancestral Rhythm of Cradle. He has meanwhile performed at various jazz festivals, including the Meeting With Africa festival in Brazil; the Dipanda Forever Project in Portugal; Expo Milan in Italy; and various events in Luanda. Film is another avenue for his music, most notably producing the soundtrack for the film On the Other Side of the World.
rePercussions featuring MOSES BOYD, DJ LAG, TIAGO CORREIA-PAULO, NONKU PHIRI
& MANDLA MLANGENI (UK/SA/MOZ)
rePercussions brings together the free-flowing elements of jazz and the infectious danceability of Gqom under scattered snares, glowing synthesisers and transposing time signatures. With musicians who are each groundbreaking in their own right, the constant pull of creative energy between them lets them iterate their sonic stories through textured digi-analogue blends.
It includes among others DJ LAG, a pioneer of the Durban Gqom sound; Tiago Correia-Paulo; as well as trumpeter and composer Mandla Mlangeni.
RICHARD BONA (CAMEROON)
Cameroonian Richard Bona’s seemingly effortless voice, fierce skills on the bass, unique songwriting/arranging expertise and ability to learn just about any instrument simply from watching, position him as a rare African artist to have established an international reputation that transcends cultural boundaries.
His new album is a compilation of art inspired by the shared heritage, rich folkloric and traditional music of West Africa and Cuba.
Preserving the traditions of the western African slave Cabildos, Bona and the Mandekan Cubano bring the music, dance, rituals, and oral history of the island to the world.
SEKUNJALO EDUJAZZ BAND (SA)
Over the past nineteen years, The Sekunjalo Development Foundation has hosted the annual Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert where young music students share a stage with established jazz artists from Cape Town. The annual jazz concert also serves as a platform for aspiring, young musicians from all communities in Cape Town to showcase their talent.
The Edujazz Big Band for 2019 will be under the direction of musician Amanda Tiffin. She is currently the head of jazz singing at the College of Music and will be heading up the department of Jazz Studies at UCT.
STEVE KEKANA (SA)
With over 45 albums to his credit, the latest being Wela, singer-songwriter Steve Kekana has been a consistent force in the South African music scene since the late 1970s. Born in 1958 at Bolahlakgomo, Zebediela in South Africa’s Limpopo province, he lost his sight at age five due to glaucoma, and attended a school for the blind at Silwe, at Thogwaneng south of Polokwane.
Kekana’s music has over the years featured also in movies. Since 2001, he has frequently collaborated with fellow vocalist Nana Coyote, and his links with a younger generation have been solidified through his association with the singer and producer Joe Nina, who produced his album African Lady.
Kekana is an advocate by profession and was a junior lecturer at the University of South Africa’s law school.
VUMA LEVIN (SA)
Having its origins at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Vuma Levin Quintet is a multi-cultural band featuring various up and coming and multi-award-winning musicians on the Dutch scene. Since its inception in 2014 the outfit has performed at multiple venues and festivals in South Africa and Europe.
The ensemble has been nominated for and won prizes at various competitions including, Montreux Socar International Jazz guitar competition, The Keep an Eye Jazz Awards 2014, The Keep an Eye “The Records” Awards 2015, The AHK eindwerk Prijs 2014 and The Keep an Eye Jazz Awards 2016 and The Dutch Jazz Competition 2016.