Genre: 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.
McCoy also produces, teaches and spends a lot of time simply being a family man.
In addition to his performance at the festival, McCoy also presented a workshop on his music and his favourite SA composers / songwriters. Workshop participants discovered how McCoy learned music and how he composes; he also incorporated aspects of woodwind playing.