This year 2014 sees the National Arts Festival celebrating its 40th anniversary. As usual the National Arts Festival includes the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, in JazzE’s opinion, the only pure jazz festival in the South Africa. Today we publish the ninth in our series of 38 articles on the acts that you can see as part of this annual jazz festival.
Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival Artist Profile #9:
Feya Faku, trumpeter and fluegelhorn player, born in New Brighton Port Elizabeth returns to his home province for the 2014 National Arts Festival.
Feya Faku, well respected in Europe and Africa studied at the University of Natal under Darius Brubeck, and it was during his time in Durban that his career as a jazz musician took off. He’s has the pleasure of recording with many artists including Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku , Mankunku Ngozi and Pat Matshikiza.
Faku, currently based in Johannesburg has also recently recorded with Swiss outfit Dominic Egli’s Plurism, ‘Fufu Tryout’ is out now from Unit Records and available at The JazzE Store.
In Grahamstown this year, he will be joined by Greek saxophonist Dimos Dimitriadis, Nduduzo Makhathini (piano), Romy Brautseth (bass) and Ayanda Sikade (drums).
See Feya Faku at the Standard Bank Jazz & Blues Cafe, 6 July at 21:30. Tickets R65