Soul Afrique is a project led by Paul van Kemenade who has had a 20 year relationship with both South Africa, and artists Feya Faku, Sydney Mnisi and Louis Mhlanga. Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Paul van Kemenade was unable to take part in the Soul’Afrique tour of South Africa which has been postponed indefinitely. Soul’Afrique was booked to play at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown on Friday night, in the project’s place festival patrons were treated to a performance by Feya Faku (trumpet) and Sydney Mnisi (sax) who were joined on stage by Romy Brautseth (bass) and Ayanda Sikade (drums) with special guest, Dutch pianist Mike del Ferro who is currently in South Africa following an album recording he was involved in.
The band played a selection of works from both Feya Faku and Mike del Ferro, and both artists playing songs in tribute of musicians who have died. Feya Faku composed a tune called “Hymn For All” which is dedicated to many legends of South African jazz who inspired us before moving on, artists like Zim Ngqawana & Winston Mankunku Ngozi.
Mike del Ferro played his song ‘Miron’ written for deceased bass player and friend, Miron.
Ayanda Sikade is an accomplished drummer who is comfortable behind his kit no matter who he’s playing with, and his confidence showed again in this performance. Romy Brautseth on bass always looks like she’s having a great time and this adds to any performance. Brautseth, never afraid to tackle complex solos gave an impressive performance. Sydney Mnisi, Feya Faku and Mike del Ferro – all masters of their instruments gave an impressive performance all round.