Events for Friday 16th November
THURSDAY 15th NOVEMBER
18h00 – Opening of the Photographic Exhibition
Jazz photography in the Foyer of the Masque Theatre
Muizenberg Jazz Festival would like to invite you to the opening of JEFFREY ABRAHAMS’s photographic exhibition on Thursday 15th November 6:00 PM at the foyer of the Masque Theatre before a performance of the famous dance school Jazzart in the auditorium.
Jeffrey Abrahams is a senior high school teacher who left the profession to explore another of his passions: photography. After a few years as self-employed photographer and video producer he joined Independent Media for an eight year stint as photographer, mostly at the Cape Times. Currently he is operating as the sole proprietor of his photographic business.
He derives great pleasure from the performing arts, and a favourite hobby is to attend as many performances as he can, but says he is afflicted with a malady that’s common to many photographers: “I have difficulty fully enjoying something unless I’m peering at it through a lens. A picture not taken is such an awful waste, and it bothers me for a long time afterwards. Besides, when I’m shooting Jazz, I’m not just a passive consumer. I’m actively and creatively engaging with the artists, their emotions, the lighting and even the audience. For me it’s just so much more involving.”
“And we are blessed with some of the most exciting musicians you’re likely to find anywhere. Their artistry is a source of great joy to many, yet they need all the support they can get. This is my way of paying tribute to them.
17h00 – SHS Symphonic Wind Band
Traditional and Contemporary Jazz Arrangements
The band was established as a Musiquelaine SA initiative by Lainey Trequesser in March 2013. The Musiquelaine SA programme’s emphasis is to provide transformation of behavior to children at risk through the discipline of music.
The bands are achieving remarkable levels of reading and technical skills and receive ongoing invitations to perform publicly at schools, festivals and departmental functions.
The band is currently under the leadership of Merlin Julie, a lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch (SUN) in the Music Certificate Program. Julie is a piano, organ and woodwind specialist with a focus in the Classical and Jazz genres. He also works in the Rural Engagement program at SUN. He is the Director of the Steenberg High School Wind Band Programme and directs School, Church and Male Choirs, Wind Bands, Clarinet Ensembles, Saxophone Quintets, as well as numerous Musical productions, nationally and abroad.BUY TICKETS
18h30 – Mandisi Dyantyis
Mandisi Dyantyis was born and raised in Port Elizabeth, and began playing the trumpet at the age of 8. He studied Classical music throughout his schooling career (Pearson High School) and emerged from the University of Cape Town with a BMus Honors Degree in Jazz Studies in 2005 where he played in the UCT Big Band for most of his studies.
Dyantyis is a versatile musician who is also a composer, arranger and producer not only in Jazz but Western Classical and African Indigenous Music. He has played with some of the country’s top musicians over the years. These include Jimmy Dludlu, the Abdullah Ibrahim Big Band, Robbie Jansen, Max Vidima, Moreira, just to name a few.BUY TICKETS
20h00 – Sibusiso Mash Mashiolane
Contemporary and African Jazz
Sibusiso Mash Mashiolane is a Durban-based pianist and composer. A prolific artist whose academic credentials speak volumes on the kind of discipline and passion he has for music.
Mashiloane and his band played not only the main stages in South African circuit, but also many major jazz festivals, such as Cape Town International Jazz Fesitval, and his live performances have taken him as far as USA. As a pianist he appeared with many different groups around the world and has initiated projects of his own. After the release of his second album in ugust 2017, Rotha – A Tribute To Mama, Mashiloane has toured extensively with his Mash Trio, with Dalisu Ndlazi on bass and Riley Giandhari on drums.
His performances are inspired by funk, hip hop, gospel and traditional music from South Africa, attracting music fans of all genres as well as straight ahead jazz aficionados. Mash has also built a career in South Africa as a musical director. At the same time he has explored in depth the repertoire of composers such as Bheki Mseleku, Kenny Kirkland, Joey Calderazzo, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly and Bud Powell.BUY TICKETS
21h30 – Darren English
Trumpeter Darren English has been touring with his group throughout the US and South Africa, having his main stage performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Fest, where he debuted the music of his album Imagine Nation.
He released his debut album Imagine Nation under Atlanta’s top jazz label, Hot Shoe Records®, which features trumpeters Russell Gunn & Joe Gransden, vocalist Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra), saxophonist Greg Tardy, pianist Kenny Banks Jr, drummer Chris Burroughs, bassist Billy Thornton and the recorded voice of Freedom Fighter, Nelson Mandela, and which has been receiving rave reviews in the US, EU, UK, and South Africa.
South African born and raised English, is a 2018 honoree of the Atlanta Georgia GSU 40-UNDER-40 Most Influential & Innovative Award, the 2018 Global Peace Song Award Winner (Jazz category – jury voted), the two-time recipient of the Fine Music Radio (FMR) Award. He is the 2012 SAMRO Overseas Award Winner, and received the JAZZIZ Magazine Critics’ Pick for BEST-OF-THE-YEAR 2016 & THE HUFFINGTON POST BEST-of-2016. His album Imagine Nation was on the official ballot for the 2017 Grammys® as well as being nominated for BEST-JAZZ-ALBUM in the SAMAs (South African Music Awards) 2017.BUY TICKETS
23h00 – Tucan Tucan
Tucan Tucan was formed by Muriel Marco from Argentina and Frank Paco from Mozambique / South Africa with a desire to unite and fuse different styles of music. Their music is a kaleidoscope of sound. World Jazz music with Latin and House beat infusion.
Expect a vibrant melting pot of African rhythms and South American tones embellished with jazz arrangements and high energy dance beats.
“Tucan Tucan, a delicious South American Music bird Seasoned with African Spices. Put simply, the music of Tucan Tucan is a delightful, amorphous mixture that refuses to be compartmentalized… Who said Ubuntu is Dead? If it is, then Tucan Tucan has just resurrected it!” – Richard Nwamba, Sawubona Magazine.
Events for Saturday 17th November
17h00 – Lady Day Big Band
The 20-piece Lady Day Big Band features a powerful line up of Cape Town’s finest musicians. The band incorporates contemporary styles with traditional big band sounds, to give audiences an explosive experience of exciting big band music, and features the powerful vocal styling of Lana Crowster.
“I have always dreamed of starting a big band that would provide a platform for professional women musicians to showcase their talents in a safe space” says Crowster. “This project is also about inspiring young girls who may have a passion for music. I want young girls to see us doing what we love, doing it well, and see what is possible for them.”
Amanda Tiffin, who is no stranger to Cape Town audiences, takes up the baton as conductor for this project, enthuses “Watching these musicians come together in such a short space of time and really own the music and their space has been a truly powerful experience.”
The Lady Day Big Band gave their debut performance at the recent South African Jazz Educators’ Conference to a packed house and a thunderous standing ovation. Gwen Ansell commented in her recent article that “…Already, LDBB is a tight-knit outfit with impressive soloists.”
The band features in writing by several of its members, as well as some fresh arrangements from local composers and arrangers. Their repertoire includes an exciting mix of South African jazz, alongside popular standards and a few surprises.BUY TICKETS
18h30 – Lwanda Gogwana
Contemporary and African Jazz
South African born Jazz Trumpeter and Composer, LWANDA GOGWANA is a 3 time 2012 SAMA award nominee for Best Jazz, Best Newcomer and Male artist of the year and was born in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. His compositions have been used in radio adverts and numerous Mzansi Bioskop Movies on the satellite dish, DSTV.
Gogwana was trumpeter and orchestrator for the legendary South African Jazz opera King Kong, who’s original musical score was composed by the great jazz pianist and composer Todd Matshikiza. Gogwana was also collaborated as an orchestrator for the 2018 FORD Everest advert composition composed by award-winning pop sensation,Tresor.
Some of the musicians and bands Gogwana has worked with include Ray Phiri, Jimmy Dludlu, Jonas Gwangwa, jazz pianist Tete Mbambisa, Simphiwe Dana, McCoy Mrubata, and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award recipients Siya Makuzeni, Afrika Mkhize, and most recently last year with Kyle Shepherd’s Quintet and Bokani Dyer’s big band tour to Gaborone, in November 2017.
MACUFE, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Azgo and Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, are some of the festivals Gogwana frequents as a performer.BUY TICKETS
20h00 – Ariel Zamonsky
Fusion of Argentinian and South African Jazz
Ariel Zamonsky is an Argentinian bass player who started studying music at the age of 13. He relocated to South Africa in 2005 at 17 years old, where he completed his Jazz studies at Tshwane University of Technology (T.U.T). There, he met fellow musicians such as Tumi Mogorosi, Sibusile Xaba and Nhlanhla Mahlangu.
In 2011 he had a residency backing pianist Andile Yenana, who mentored him. On the same year, he started playing upright bass and got to play with some of South Africa’s greatest jazz musicians: Afrika Mkhize, Nduduzo Makhathini, Ayanda Sikade, Marcus Wyatt and Feya Faku amongst others.
To this day, he features in various recordings, including three SAMA best jazz album awards nominated: Makhathini’s “Mother Tongue”, Mlangeni’s “Bhekhisiswe” and Mavundla’s “Luhambo”.
He also features on U.K saxophonist Shabaka Hutching’s album “Wisdom of Elders”. In 2017, with the same band (Shabaka and the ancestors) he toured three times in Europe and North America performing more than 60 times. They played major Jazz festivals including Montreaux, Montreal, North Sea, Saratoga, Jazz a Juan, New York Winter, Afropunk, jazz a Vienne, amongst others.
In collaboration with Juana Pires Rafael he started a new project in 2016, exploring the musical connection between African and South American traditional Rhythms.
These studies had a big impact in his own compositions, some of them are present on Zamonsky’s debut album “Between Two Worlds”, recorded in 2017 and released in 2018 with the support of the Argentinian ministry of culture.BUY TICKETS
21h30 – Ivan Mazuze
Progressive African Jazz
Saxophonist Ivan Mazuze swings African jazz shaped by life in Mozambique and Norway. Deeply rooted in progressive African jazz, his melodies are supported by a powerful rhythm section consisting of electric bass, piano and drums, providing space for spontaneously musical interaction and improvisation that creates a landscape that moves between jazz and the African Urban soundscapes.
Mazuze initiated his studies in music at the National Music School in 1987 with piano as first instrument. After 7 years of classical piano training he joined the woodwind section of the same school with a jazz study approach with focus on improvisation. He continued his studies at the Department of Jazz and Ethno-Musicology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
As an artist based in Norway since 2009, Mazuze has been representing “world jazz” at music events and festivals in collaboration with Norwegian based cultural institutions such as Arts Council Norway and Music Norway. He has emerged from a long tradition of jazz musicians in Southern Africa and is an important representation for this genre. He performs with his own group, and as a freelance has performed and recorded with artists such as: Hans Mathisen, Per Mathisen, Bugge Wesseltoft, Omar Sosa, Manou Gallo, Carmen Souza, Tom Kniffic, Steve Wilson, Hermeto Pascoal, Hanne Tveter, Per Mathisen, Jens Fossum, Linley Marthe, Enzo Favata, Jonathan Butler, Jimmy Dludlu, Jaco Maria, Alvin Dyers, Tucan Tucan, Loading Zone and many more.
Mazuze has been a contributing artistic mentor for the International Jazz Day celebrations in Oslo, Norway. Additionally Mazuze is the initiator for the implementation of the International Jazz Day in his home country, Mozambique, with its first ever edition in 2015.
His latest and fourth album “Moya” is due to be released in October 2018 with at the mostly acclaimed and prestigious jazz representative venue in Norway, Nasjonal Jazz Scene.BUY TICKETS
23h00 – Thembelihle Dunjana
Contemporary and African Jazz
Thembelihle Dunjana, a vibrant young pianist, composer and bandleader from Gugulethu, Cape Town, is the founder of “Igugu”. The group was started out of the interest of nurturing the passion of young voices that are unique and prominent in their own individuality.
The sound is an influence of African American Jazz, SA jazz, house, soul and kwaito which has been fused to create an authentic sound which speaks to the time span of our people within the townships and various places of South Africa and which is heard through the different rhythms and playing styles from the musicians and different percussion instruments in the music.
There are many stories to be told. Igugu brings you some of those stories that are to be told under the influence of many great South African jazz legends and a line-up of new voices to be heard now and to rise up in the future.BUY TICKETS