Frank Paco Art Ensemble in KwaZulu-Natal

Frank Paco Tours KZN this September (2015)
Frank Paco Tours KZN this September (2015)

Acclaimed drummer Frank Paco will be doing a whistle stop, three concert tour of KZN in early September with his Art Ensemble band: at UKZN on September 9; Luthuli Museum in Groutville on September 11 and Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale on September 12.

The Frank Paco Art Ensemble tour is supported by Concerts SA: a joint South African/Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within The SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO and Concerts Norway.

The line-up for his KZN tour will consist of a great band: Frank Paco on drums, Ildo Nandja on bass, Neil Gonsalves on keys, Salim Washington on saxophone and vocalist Zoe Modiga.

Frank Paco’s impressive career includes highlights such as 46664 Mandela AIDS concert performing with many of the world’s great musicians such as the legendary band “Queen”, Bono, Jimmy Cliff, Angelique Kidjo, Dave Stewart, Andrew Bonsu, Johnny Clegg, Brian May and Peter Gabriel.

Other highlights include International performances with artists such as: Jonathan Butler; Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, the highly acclaimed house music group Ananda Project from USA, British-born New York-based guitarist Ronny Jordan, New Yorker House singer Monique Bingham, Lokua Khanza…

Frank Paco
Frank Paco

Frank started playing drums at the tender age of 11 in Mozambique, where he already gained performance experience with friends and school bands. He recalls making his own drums and guitars out of oil canisters as a child, as it was hard to find musical instruments in a Mozambique oppressed by a raging civil war. Despite the challenges, however, Frank achieved true musical greatness.

Collaborative highlights include performance Tucan Tucan as a band leader; Uhambo (a Norwegian, Danish and Southern African collaboration); VJR, Ragga Africa (an Indian- African collaboration); award-winner Jimmy Dludlu with whom they toured USA, performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Washington DC; New York, Switzerland’s Lugano Jazz Fest; Italy, France and Holland’s North Sea Jazz Fest… just to name but a few.

In 2000 Frank was invited to record with South Africa’s top musicians under the Sheer Sound Jazz Label, of which his composition Milagre was chosen for the music video. The group also won the South African Music Awards (SAMA), for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album and received an invitation to Den Hague to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2001. In his career as a session musician, Frank has recorded on more than 40 albums, 10 of which received awards and four were nominated for awards.

Frank Paco is currently promoting his debut album for his band “Frank Paco Art Ensemble” that features some of the finest international and local musicians.

This tour is supported by Concerts SA and produced by iSupport Music Business. As part of the tour Frank Paco will also facilitate a workshop performance for learners at Luthuli Museum in Groutville.

Wednesday 9 September
Centre for Jazz & Popular Music
UKZN, Howard College, Durban
Doors 5.30pm// show 6pm
R50 general admission // R30 pensioners // R15 students

Friday 11 September
Luthuli Museum in Groutville
Doors 6pm // show 6.30pm
R30 entrance fee

Saturday 12 September
Seamans’s Corner
Unit 3, Hammarsdale, Mpumalanga
Doors 6pm // show 7pm
R30 entrance fee


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