MJF 2017

Footage from the first Muizenberg Jazz Festival

This event took place on 13 and 14 October 2017 at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg

Click on the event poster to see more and leave us a comment if you were there!

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  • 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

    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 Sotshononda

    Bongani performed with The United Nations of Africa Band at the festival. He also presented a workshop on marimbas, jazz and world music.

  • MSMF

    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.

  • McCoy Mrubata

    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

    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.

  • Buddy Wells

    Renown saxophonist an local resident, Buddy Wells, performed with his Quartet to a full house at the Muizenberg Jazz Festival.

  • Ramon Alexander

    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

World Jazz


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

Contemporary Jazz


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

Afro Jazz


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

Contemporary Jazz


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

Afro Jazz


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

Contemporary Jazz


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

Cape Jazz


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.

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Bokani Dyer

Muirel Marco ND Project

Hanepoot Big Band

MSMF

Bongani Sotshononda

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