The Social Experiment     
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Contemporary SA Jazz

Tuesday 24th July 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 100

The music performed will interrogate the question of time in music. What does it mean to work against time – in and out of time – how is it reflected in the performance?

The band seeks to experiment on the correlation between the time of composition, its preparation, and the impact of the music in relation to the responses of the audience.

Essentially, The Social Experiment is interested in how these three factors in the desired end – the performance.

Josh Mokoena – piano & 1st keys
Lebohang Lebakeng – 2nd keys
Angus Hardcastle – bass
Brown Lee Dlulane – guitar
Enoch Gas Marutha – drums
Mathapelo Wesinyane – alto Sax
Godfrey Mntambo – tenor Sax

Special Guests:
Motswedi Modiba – vocals
Muzikayise Matlala – vocals

Read more about Josh Mokoena


Tefo “Talking Drum” Clano
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Contemporary SA Jazz

Wednesday 25th July 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 120

Tefo’s most enjoyed genre to play is jazz, although he plays in many styles and genres.

He is greatly influenced by jazz pioneers such as Elvin Jones, Brain Blade, McCoy Tyner and Freddie Hubbard to name a few. His compositional work depicts that of jazz with all influences of music incorporated within.

The fusion of song and spoken word gives you a sense of holistic understanding in the journey and moods of the music.

Join the Tefo Talking Drum Clan on their journey as they showcase original music by Tefo Mahola with poetry and stories.

Tefo Mahola – drums, vocals & synth
Thembelihle Dunjana – piano
Stephen Desouza – bass
Dylan Fine – guitar
Athi Ngcaba – trombone
Keegan Steenkamp – trumpet

Read more about Tefo Mahola


Thembelihle Dunjana: Igugu  
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Contemporary SA Jazz

Thursday 26th July 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 120

Igugu is a young project formed by Thembelihle Dunjana, which is homage to the place which she was bred, Gugulethu. It is a sonic experience which speaks to the social issues such as race, inequality, gender, crime, and identity faced by the youth of the nineties in Cape Town as well as other parts of South Africa.

The sound is an influence of old-school soul, SA jazz, house and kwaito which have been fused to create an authentic sound which speaks to the movements of our people within the townships and various places of South Africa which is heard through the different rhythms and different percussion instruments in the music.

The band setup is that of a jazz quintet with added vocals from Lihle.
There are many stories to be told. Igugu brings the taste of home through some stories told under the influence of many South African jazz legends.

Thembelihle Dunjana – piano
Stephen Desouza – bass
Tefo Mahola – drums
Sabu Bhele – percussion
Tshegofatso Matlou – alto sax

Read more about Thembelihle Dunjana 


Mthunzi Mvubu Quartet      
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Contemporary SA Jazz

Friday 27th July 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 150

With over a solid 18 years’ experience as a sideman, Mthunzi Mvubu has had the privilege to be part of the horn sections backing legendary American groups such the O’Jays and The Temptations on their tours in South Africa. He has also worked with artist like Themba Mkhize, Abdullah Ibrahim, Lionel Loueke, Omar Sosa, Feya Faku, Steve Turre, Herbie Tsoaeli, Tsepo Tshola, Jason Yarde, Thandiswa Mazwai, Thandi Ntuli, and Shabaka Hutchings to name a few.

He is undoubtedly one of the most recorded saxophonists in South Africa with appearances in 16 albums such as Thandi Ntuli – The Offering and Exiled, Nduduzo Makhathini – Sketches Of Tomorrow, Shabaka And The Ancestors – Wisdom Of Elders, Herbie Tsoaeli – Afrikan Time, Tumi Mogorosi – Project Elo, Thandiswa Mazwai – Belede, and SWR New Jazz Meeting – Sound Portraits From Contemporary Africa.

Mthunzi Mvubu is ready to record his debut album this August. His quartet project is a plethora of sounds collected over the years. Much of the music performed on 27 July will be from this upcoming debut album. The audience will be participating in a pre-recording listening session.

Mthunzi Mvubu – alto sax
Bokani Dyer – piano & synth
Sphelelo lelo Mazibuko – drums
Dalisu Ndlazi – double bass

Read more about Mthunzi Mvubu


#BeingMandela: Bring Him Back Home    
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Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebration

Saturday  28th July 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 250 | Ticket & Three-course meal: R 500

Politics had Mandela and his contemporaries and music, jazz to be specific, had Bra Hugh and his contemporaries. How better to celebrate #Mandela100 than with the music of a man who provided South Africa a soundtrack for its Long Walk To Freedom?

Bra Hugh Masekela belongs to a group of South African artists who insisted on using their talent and craft to resist the oppressive apartheid government and ensured that the plight of South Africans was never forgotten. One need only read the titles of just a handful of Bra Hugh’s songs to appreciate his dedication to the liberation of (South) Africans. Both Masekela’s music and journey are legendary, thus, the parallels between Masekela and Madiba aren’t difficult to see.

With Bra Hugh having passed away earlier this year, the Hugh Masekela Tribute Band will be doing the honour of celebrating the legacy of South Africa’s first black president through the music of one of the country’s favourite sons. This will also be an opportune moment to celebrate the doyen that is Bra Hugh Masekela.

Lee-Roy Sauls – drums
Fana Zulu – bass
Godfrey Mgcina – percussion
Johan Mthethwa – keys
Lebohang Moshe – guitar
Gugu Shezi – lead vocals

iComplete Group:
Happy Motha – vocals
Bubele Mgele – vocals
Bonginkosi Zulu – vocals
Mluleki Chuma – vocals