Jazz Heritage Festival in Gugulethu this September

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Tony Cedras (pictured) joins Errol Dyers on the opening night of the festival to  weave together Cape Jazz, Township Jive and Khoi-san sounds.
Tony Cedras (pictured) joins Errol Dyers on the opening night of the festival to weave together Cape Jazz, Township Jive and Khoi-san sounds.

The Jazz in the Native Yards (JINY) brings you a music heritage with diverse presentation of jazz during the Jazz Heritage Festival 2015 from the 6 to 27 September at kwa Sec, NY 138 no. 52 Gugulethu. All gigs start at 3pm except on the Friday 25, starting time is 6pm.

While in its inaugural stage, the Jazz Heritage Festival, supported by Concert SA and Fine Music Radio (FMR) will be an annual event taking place in different township venues. “September is a perfect month to celebrate all forms of jazz. It is start of spring and heritage month. We felt it was appropriate to give young and old musicians a platform to perform in an area that is easily accessible to locals and visiting jazz fans,” says Koko Kalashe one of JINY’s directors.

JINY Jazz in Native Yards LogoThe programme starts on Sunday 6 September with Tony Cedras and Errol Dyers, one of the oldest storytellers of Cape Town jazz. The duo weaves in Cape jazz, township jive and Khoi-san sounds.

On Sunday 13 September is Tananas a trio of world class musicians from South Africa and Mozambique who got together in 1988. Their improvisational and rhythmic sensibility established them as one of the most original and compelling groups to have emerged from South Africa. One of the original members Steve Newman, will be joined by Peter Ndlala (replacing late Mozambican Gito Baloi) and Carlo Fabe ( replacing Ian Herman who now lives in America )

On Sunday 20 September is Umlilo, a group of young musicians from Nyanga East who give South African jazz standard fresh interpretations. They can play anything from mbaqanga, pop to fusion.

Little Giants will be an attraction on Thursday 24 September. Established in 1999, under musical directorship of Ezra Ngcukana and George Werner this group of young musicians, aged between 15 and 20 years are from the suburbs and townships of the Cape Flats and greater Cape Town. The developed into a tightly knit integrated unit, bonded by their youthful enthusiasm and shared cultural experiences. Their repertoire of African jazz standards and fusion, as well as, own compositions has wowed the crowds wherever they have played. Joining Little Giants will be G-Cleff, a group of young jazz players from the townships of Cape Town and also young jazz musicians from the University of the Western Cape Centre for Performance Arts.

On Friday 25 September, from 6pm is the Tawainese ensemble Chi-pin & Kai-ya with local friends. Not only do they bring Western jazz elements into Taiwanese original music, but also reflect their Taiwanese background in this unique Art form. Their distinctive sound traverses a wide selection of musical styles: swing, bop, fusion, funk, tango, contemporary and Latin music interspersed with classical and traditional Taiwanese influences.

On Sunday 27 the Johannesburg based The Brother Moves On. The group was founded by broad-based artist Nkululeko Mthembu. began as a self-proclaimed art movement mainly of graphic and fine artists and since began incorporating instrumentalists for the live performance environment. Members include Nkululeko Mthembu (costuming, performance artist, visuals), Nkululeko Mthembu’s older brother Siyabonga Mthembu aka Mr.Gold (storyteller, lead vocalist, performance artist), their first cousin on their father’s side Zelizwe Mthembu aka Makongela (vocalist, guitarist, flautist), Raytheon Moorvan/ Raytheism (vocalist, guitarist, synthesizer), Ayanda Zalekile (vocalist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist), Simphiwe Tshabalala (vocalist, drummer). Rob Scher on saxophone.

All gigs cost R60 per person, tickets purchased at the door.

For more information: Luvuyo Kakaza 082 093 5369/ luvuyo.pkakaza@gmail.com

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