Jazz Yard Academy
The Jazz Yard Academy youth band wowed their audiences at each of their performances during 2017. Their opening act a the Muizenberg Jazz Festival was another hit.
Muriel Marco ND Project
Argentinian singer, composer and keyboard player Muriel Marco, was in Cape Town to launch her ND Project’s EP at the Muizenberg Jazz Festival.
Bokani Dyer is a leader of the new wave of contemporary young jazz artists from South Africa. His performance at the festival was a rare solo set debuting some of his latest compositions.
Hanepoot Big Band
The Hanepoot Big Band consists of 18 jazz musicians from all over Cape Town, is unique in that they only play indigenous jazz.
Bongani performed with The United Nations of Africa Band at the festival. He also presented a workshop on marimbas, jazz and world music.
The group MSMF was created in 2015 by Sibusiso Matsemela, Keegan Steenkamp, Tefo Mahola and Dylan Fine for the musicians to present their original music.
Saxophonist, flute player, band leader and composer, Reedman McCoy was born in the historic township of Langa but now lives in Johannesburg.
Yvette Norwood-Tiger presented A’ LA ELLA! – A concert celebration of the life and works of First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald to celebrate Ella’s 100th birthday.
Renown saxophonist an local resident, Buddy Wells, performed with his Quartet to a full house at the Muizenberg Jazz Festival.
Cape Town’s very own Ramon Hector Alexander is a Jazz-pianist and composer who hails from Mamre in the Western Cape.
MJF 2017 Programme
17h00 – Jazz Yard Academy
Contemporary and Cape Jazz
The Jazz Yard Academy youth band has wowed their audiences wherever they performed this past year, very often mixing it on-stage with some of our most highly respected local musicians, such as Ramon Alexander, Buddy Wells and Andrew Ford.
They have appeared on-stage at Artscape, AFDA Theatre, Nassau Theatre, and have been the opening band for new album releases by Blake Hellaby and by Heinrich Isaacs. Recently they had the crowd baying for more after their performance at the Jazzathon (Waterfront Amphitheatre).
18h30 – Muriel Marco ND Project
Argentinian singer, composer and keyboard player Muriel Marco is set to dazzle South African audiences with the launch of her ND Project’s EP at the Muizenberg Jazz Festival.
Having performed as part of international group Tucan Tucan, as well as releasing her very own music, the Muriel Marco – ND Project sees Murielcomposing and playing music with no boundaries regarding genre and instrumentation.
ND Project music is well rooted on Marco’s Argentinian, Latin, African and Jazz background. From Tango to Maskandi, Swing to Chacarera, Mbaqanga to Toba lullaby, expect a vibrant, original project that will ensure a unique experience.
20h00 – Bokani Dyer – Solo Piano
Bokani Dyer is a leader of the new wave of contemporary young jazz artists from South Africa.
A pianist and composer, his music is appreciated for its creativity and emotional depth, with “soulful notes, spiritual tones, sophisticated concepts, and simply presented notions”. His repertoire reflects both a strong sense of cultural identity as well as his philosophy of musical egalitarianism, a celebration of all music, without borders.
Winner of multiple awards including the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Jazz in 2011, Dyer’s recent highlight performances includes the Musiques en Ete festival in Geneva, Switzerland, and much more.
Bokani will perform a rare solo set for the Muizenberg Jazz Festival, debuting some of his latest compositions.
21h30 – Hanepoot Big Band
Big Band Indigenous Compositions
The Hanepoot Big Band, consisting of 18 jazz musicians from all over Cape Town, is unique in that they only play indigenous jazz, including some original material as well as their own arrangements of lesser-known SA jazz tunes.
Music lovers who have been to their concerts over the past 16 years have been known to rave about the energetic performances featuring marabi, goema and swing tunes. Reviewers referred to “uplifting events”, “filled with energy” and “feeling life-affirmed” after HBB concerts.
The repertoire includes compositions by Errol Dyers, Dudu Pukwana, Kippie Moeketsi, Dollar Brand, Caiphus Semenya as well as band members Douglas Armstrong and Jannie Hanepoot himself.
23h00 – Bongani Sotshononda and UNITED NATIONS OF AFRICA
Bongani is an international acclaimed Chromatic Marimba/ Marimba Percussionist and Composer.
For the past twenty years Bongani has wowed audiences in the country and internationally. His work includes collaborations with world renowned vibraphonists like Stephon Harris (New York), Pascal Schumacher (Belgium), Magda de Vries (a classical Marimba player, who now lectures in Japan) and the UCT Big band headed by professor Mike Campbell.
Some of the musicians he played with includes the Brubeck Brothers, Morris Goldberg, Willie Van Zyl Haubrich, Shannon Mowday and Many more.
Bongani will be performing at the Muizenberg Jazz Festival with The United Nations of Africa Band.
17h00 – MSMF
MSMF was created in 2015 out of a friendship of musicians seeking a platform to present their original music. They’ve since gone on to play extensively in and around the Cape and have their music featured in film.
Out of every new composition an exciting freedom is created and grown into while respecting the forms which draw mainly from Contemporary and Old School Hip-Hop, Contemporary Jazz, and South African Jazz.
The name MSMF symbolizes the importance of the musician to the music. Each role played is integral as much as it is essential, and is shaped by the players personality as well as the instrument used to express it.
18h30 – McCoy Mrubata Band
Multi Award winning saxophonist McCoy Mrubata was born in 1959 in the township of Langa, Cape Town, South Africa. He was surrounded in childhood by many African hymns, from the sounds of Zion churches to the brassy music of the Merry Macs band who rehearsed opposite his home.
With the difficulty of living under the apartheid government and the 1976’s uprising, McCoy left school and followed his music passion. He studied informally under the likes of Madoda Gxabeka, the Ngcukanas, Winston Ngozi, Ezra and many Langa greats.
McCoy Mrubata has performed and collaborated with numerous artists such as Jimmy Dludlu, Hugh Masekela, Lawrence Matshiza, Moses Molelekwa and much more.
20h00 – Yvette Norwood-Tiger sings A’la Ella!
Ella Fitzgerald – 100 Years Tribute Show
Yvette Norwood-Tiger Presents A’ LA ELLA! – A concert celebration of the life and works of First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald to celebrate Ella’s 100th birthday.
Yvette Norwood-Tiger, vocalist, songwriter, vocal coach, recording artist and The Recording Academy (GRAMMY) voting member, is a Detroit, Michigan native who hails from a family of musicians, including a father who played guitar and a mother who played drums.
Yvette performs with vocally clean and pure interpretations of the great American Songbook while emphasizing intonation and storytelling. Her vocal styling and texture are often compared to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
21h30 – Buddy Wells Quartet
Renown saxophonist Buddy Wells will be performing at the Muizenberg Jazz Festival with his Quartet.
Based in Cape Town, the South African Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Buddy Wells has had the pleasure of performing and recording with many well-known South African and international music legends.
International performances include several North Sea Jazz Festivals in the Netherlands; the Swedish Jazz Celebration, Stockholm; and the National Jazz Scene in Oslo, the Nehru Centrer in Mumbai India, the Festival d’Automne à Paris, and the Oslo Jazz festival.
Buddy has performed live with Feya Faku, Judith Sephuma, Moses Mololekwa, Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba and much more.
23h00 – Ramon Alexander
Jazz-pianist and composer Ramon Hector Alexander hails from Mamre.
His latest album release entitled Echoes from Louwskloof is in one sense an homage to his musical forefathers, in another, it is an homage to the forefathers of his birthplace.
“Louwskloof was a place close to home where a Khoi captain, Klapmuts, and his people roamed when the German missionaries set up shop in Groenekloof [today it’s known as Mamre] at the turn of the 1800s.” This historical titbit reveals an artist who has a special connection to place, and how the past resonates in the present.
MJF 2017 Workshops
11h00 – Bongani Sotshononda
Marimbas, jazz and world music
Bongani is a composer, arranger, accomplished percussionist and chromatic marimba player who has travelled extensively sharing his skills with audiences in South Africa and abroad.
Bongani presented a workshop on marimbas, jazz and world music.
12h00 – Bokani Dyer’s Workshop
The South African Songbook
Bokani Dyer is a leader of the new wave of contemporary young jazz artists from South Africa. A pianist and composer, his music is appreciated for its creativity and emotional depth. His repertoire reflects both a strong sense of cultural identity as well as a celebration of all music with no borders. Winner of multiple awards including the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Jazz, he regularly performs in Africa and Europe with his Trio.
Bokani presented a workshop on the South African Songbook with a focus on SA jazz and jazz pianists.
14h00 – McCoy Mrubata’s Workshop
Saxophonist, flute payer, band leader and composer
Reedman McCoy was born in the historic township of Langa but now lives in Johannesburg. He has collaborated with a dazzling array of South African and International jazz players. McCoy also produces, teaches and spends a lot of time simply being a family man.
McCoy presented a workshop on his music and his favourite SA composers / songwriters which focused on how he learned music and how he composes, and incorporated aspects of woodwind playing.
A Look Into the Muizenberg Jazz Festival
Music for Muizenberg: a look into the Muizenberg Jazz Festival The pianist Bokani Dyer is set to play on Friday at the new Muizenberg Jazz Festival. The festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, 13th and 14th October, at the Masque Theatre on Main Road, Muizenberg. The ten acts who will play hour-long sets include Jazz Yard Academy, Muriel Marco and her band ND Project, soloist Dyer, Hanepoot Big Band, Bongani Sotshononda and the United Nations of Africa, MSFM quartet, McCoy Mrubata Band, Yvette Norwood-Tiger, Buddy Wells Quartet and the Ramon Alexander Band. There will also be a photography exhibition by Gregory Franz. Festival organisers Ulla Gosebrink and jazz singer Muriel Marco said the vision of the festival was “to provide a place for the artist and art form to thrive, to thoroughly entertain our audience, and to leave the surrounding community and audience enlightened, engaged and enriched”. Workshops, organised by the South African Association for Jazz Education, will take place on Saturday morning at the Masque Theatre which seats 165 and “is built and equipped to provide a high-fidelity, uninterrupted listening and viewing experience”, the organisers said. Award-winning pianist Dyer, 31, who studied jazz at UCT College of […]
Muirel Marco ND Project
Seven Stages of Jazz Heaven
A review by Joey Fourie I was taken through to the 7th Heaven of Jazz, a brief moment of bliss, when I attended the Muizenberg Jazz Festival in October. The world stood still for a little while and I drank from the jazz well and replenished my soul. I’m talking about JAZZ, the real McCoy – pun intended. Setting: Idyllic Muizenberg Venue: Intimate Masque Theatre Event: Muizenberg Jazz Festival STAGE ONE The JAZZ YARD ACADEMY started me on this heavenly trajectory on Friday evening, as the opening act of the inaugural Muizenberg Jazz Festival, thanks to Ulla Gosebrink (director), Muriel Marco (stage production) and Koko Kalashe (host). Students, ranging in age between 14-18yrs, supremely talented yet humble, with mentors Judith Kennedy, Marc Fransch and Chris Petersen (among others) were with them. Long-standing supporters, Owen Granger, Richard Arends and Al Petersen were also in attendance. I was immediately transported to a heavenly plane. I was off, sailing to Joshua’s soaring saxophone, Curtley Cerfontein kapping his keyboard to Ghoema, Quinley Lodewyk holding the rhythm with consummate ease and Tyrese Stuurman bringing angels to attention with his licks. I found myself in 1st Heaven, reserved for the nurtured young jazz talent and their […]
Did the Festival Fulfill its Threefold Vision?
Thank you to Cape Chameleon for this lovely review by Liana Soliman about the Muizenberg Jazz Festival! The First-Ever Muizenberg Jazz Festival The smooth sound of a trumpet, the gentle thud of the drums and the soft melody of a piano. The sounds wander through the room and caress the listener’s ear with late-night jazz. The lights are dim. Slowly we sink deeper into the cushioned seats and become immersed in the melodies of South African jazz. Read the full article here …
Hanepoot Big Band
Congratulations and well done on helping to make the Muizenberg Jazz Festival a reality. It is wonderful to see the admirable work that has gone into this – much respect to you Ulla, Muriel, and the rest of the team. I sit in envy seeing the publicity and so wish I could attend – I’m unfortunately away from Cape Town (in France) at this time and will only be back in town briefly sometime next year. All the very best and most of all I trust that audiences will give back by attending to help make this festival a permanent fixture on the annual calendar. I will be encouraging my friends to attend.
Ulla Gosebrink, congratulations and thank you for pursuing your dream and putting on the Muizenberg Jazz Festival 2017 #MJF2017 It was a jazz festival where artists performed original music or the music of other South African musicians. Thank you to the artists who continue to play their own original music. May radio stations begin to see the light and play more SA music. Congratulations and well done to the support team and sponsors who believed in this event and those who implemented and did the work so that we could have a fantastic time. It was worth every Rand I paid. I am certainly looking forward to next year’s #MJF Well done to you and your team!
This weekend the first ever Muizenberg Jazz festival takes place, please do your part and get those tickets now!! to ensure we keep this great event on the annual calendar. I’ve had the privilege of getting to witness all the behind the scenes hard work by an amazing super-human team, Ulla Gosebrink, Muriel Marco, and Karen Jordi since earlier this year.
Just got back from the Jazz Festival in Muizenberg and heard Muriel Marco and her band, whom I knew from the time she lived as a student together with a friend of mine. In all these years I haven’t seen or heard her, and she’s a great musician! She manages her own band and the backstage of the Jazz Festival. I think she outdid herself and I’m thankful that I was able to be part of this evening. It was great! I got really spoiled and I got a CD of the music we heard this evening. Thanks, Thanks!!!
There have been a lot of accolades passed to the musicians – deservedly so. However, there has been little mention about the person who stuck her neck out and pulled off this inaugural event. So this is a BIG THANK YOU from all of us who attended the festival – Thank You to Ulla Gosebrink and her Team for venturing and succeeding exceedingly.
This festival was indeed worth the drive from Durbanville to Muizenberg a thousand times over!! Eclectic mix of artists, reasonably priced tickets, smiles all around the theatre on the faces of those behind and in front the counters and at the doors, and many other small wins I could mention. Ulla, you can be sure that it was worth the effort – least from my point of view. Yes there are some areas to improve upon, but they were in the minority, and I am sure most sensible festival-goers have an understanding mindset in that regard. So I thank you for the vision and time and effort put into setting up this glorious weekend of jazz. I for one will do my utmost to attend the next one. Thanks again for an incredible night of live jazz!