Jazz Eccentricity thrills Grahamstown

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Reijseger/Fraanje/Sylla photo by Krijn van Noordwijk
Reijseger/Fraanje/Sylla photo by Krijn van Noordwijk

The DSG Auditorium with less than half the seating capacity of the DSG Hall is often the venue selected for music appropriate for more intense listening and intimate experiences like this evening’s Tutu Puoane / Ewout Pierreux duo. Last night this venue appeared too small for the music, with not a seat available in the house, people were being turned away at the door. A crowd gathered around the door listening to what could be heard of the performance happening within.

The performance opened with Dutch musicians Harmen Fraanje (Piano) and  Ernst Reijseger (cello) playing an intricate jazz number that immediately let the audience know that this was going to be an incredible ride. It was a performance that proved not to have a shallow end, it was a matter of sink or swim and the audience chose to swim.

Louis Moholo-Moholo, London, UK, March 17, 2011© John Sharpe
Louis Moholo-Moholo, London, UK, March 17, 2011© John Sharpe

Senegalese percussionist and vocalist Mola Sylla then completed the trio with an incredibly powerful voice that rather than overpowering the musical instruments, added to an already unique sound. The extravagant trio was later joined on stage by South Africa’s free jazz drumming legend Louis Moholo-Moholo who contributed his own special eccentricity to what was a mind blowing musical experience.

Louis Moholo-Moholo can be seen today at 17:00 at DSG Hall. Tickets are R65

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne is a proud lover of South African jazz, and host of the weekly JazzE Radio Show on Bakgat Radio. He works as an IT Service Management consultant and trainer.
Etienne Shardlow

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