Kesivan & The Lights Brotherhood Album Launches in Cape Town

KESIVAN & THE LIGHTS (photo by Jacqui van Staden)
KESIVAN & THE LIGHTS (photo by Jacqui van Staden)

Drummer and composer Kesivan Naidoo launches his second album ‘Brotherhood’ with his band the Lights this weekend for three performances only. Joburg-based trumpeter and long time companion of Naidoo’s, Feya Faku joins as a special guest to the line-up.
The album launch is timed just before the Lights; consisting of Naidoo (drums), Shane Cooper (double bass), Kyle Shepherd (piano), Justin Bellairs (saxophone) and Reza Khota (guitar); will be heading to New York to perform at one of the world’s most celebrated music venues, Carnegie Hall in New York.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s quite crazy to think we get to play at one of the most prestigious venue in the world,” Naidoo says about his upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall. The performance takes place on October 30 and forms part of the Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa Festival and The Shape of Jazz Series. Faku will also join the band for their performance in New York.
This is Naidoo’s second album since his debut ‘Instigators of the Revolution’ launched in 2010. The album was produced by Naidoo and recorded in Cape Town, but was mixed and mastered in Stockholm. Brotherhood is a more personal writing exploration for Naidoo and consists of older and newly written compositions.
“Groove is quintessential to the way we write, feel and experience music,” says Naidoo about Brotherhood. Changing directions from his previous album he says “It focuses more seriously on how the Indian and the African tradition influence my music. In Indian Classical music, they think about music as a whole. There’s no difference between harmony, melody, rhythm and dance.”


Kesivan Naidoo graduated from the University of Cape Town with Bachelor of Music (Honors) in 2000. He was the winner of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition in 2000 (The youngest person to win this competition). Later he took up the scholarship in India to study under Prof. Sanjoy Banbopadhyay. He is also the winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year in 2009.
In April 2010, Naidoo released his first album as a band leader. Called Instigators of the Revolution the

album featured some of Europe’s leading jazz musicians. The album was nominated for a SAMA award
in the best Traditional Jazz Category in 2011.

As a composer, Naidoo has worked on feature films and documentaries. In 2001 he won a SAFTA for Best Music Composition in a Feature Film.
As the Creative Director of Silent Revolution Music, Naidoo is also a music activist. His vision for South African Jazz is to develop the South African Music Centre in all the major cities in the country, creating a sustainable music circuit for current professionals in the music industry on a performance, education and production level.
In December 2011, Naidoo opened Straight No Chaser (formerly The Mahogany Room) along with trumpeter Lee Thomson. A jazz music space in Cape Town, the club was voted one of the 150 great jazz venues of the world by Down Beat Magazine.
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24 – 25 October at Straight No Chaser, 79 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.
Tickets: R100. Bookings: 076 – 679 – 2697.

26 October at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands.
Tickets: R100. Bookings on 021 – 761- 2726 or 076- 401 – 0008.


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