Language 12: The Land of Milk and Honey tour

Marcus Wyatt and Siya Makuzeni will be touring the country as part of Language 12’s Milk and Honey National Tour. Photo by Romy Brauteseth.
Marcus Wyatt and Siya Makuzeni will be touring the country as part of Language 12’s Milk and Honey National Tour. Photo by Romy Brauteseth.

Genre-defying South African Jazz outfit Language 12 is embarking on The Land of Milk and Honey national tour from 25 September until 3 October 2015.

The Land of Milk and Honey national tour is made possible by the Concerts SA Mobility Fund – a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours, administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project.

Comprising Marcus Wyatt on trumpet and efx, Siya Makuzeni on vocals and efx, Melissa Van der Spuy on keys and soundscapes, Romy Brauteseth on bass, Justin Badenhorst on drums and Fried Wilsenach on sound design, Language 12 return with their second album Maji Maji, the product of a collective of musical nomads whose crates of vinyl would clearly be worth years of digging in, such is the astonishing range of influences.

Language 12 represents a different approach to South African Jazz –an elusive sound that is moving forward, respectful of the past, whilst not being afraid of twisting boundaries. The music moves to a more groove based concept, with contemporary loop-based ideas and sound-scapes interspersed with unique live improvisations. Drum ‘n Bass, Hip Hop, Afro-Jazz and sounds from all over the South African musical map blended together in a fresh, original sound that is hard to define. This is a deeply spiritual and unfettered record that doesn’t so much break boundaries as bend dimensions. Language 12 moves with complete freedom, sometimes with stealth, sometimes raw power but always with relentless invention.

Language 12 has notched up an impressive list of appearances including a successful four-city tour of India – the highlight being two performances at the famous Blue Frog club in Mumbai. The project has performed in Sweden, France, Switzerland, Mozambique, Angola and all around South Africa. They also played to standing ovations at the Paris Jazz Festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Cape Town International Jazz Fest, Joy of Jazz Festival (Johannesburg) and Rio Loco Festival in Toulouse,

Tour Dates:

25 September – The Bannister Hotel
9 de Beer Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Tickets at door, R80
Time: 20h30
011 403 6888/7888

26 September – The Chairman
146 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Point, Durban
Tickets at door (cover charge unknown)
Time: 21h00
078 387 1408

28 September – Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
Performance/workshop. Rhodes University Music and Musicology Department
Free entrance (workshop)
Time: 14h15
046 603 8489

29 September – NMMU, Port Elizabeth
Performance/workshop. NMMU Department of Music
Free entrance (workshop)
Time: 13h00
041 504 4235

30 September- The Music Kitchen
69 Mangold Road, Port Elizabeth,
Tickets at door, R100
Time: 20h00
041 364 1964

02 October – Stirling High School
Stirling Music Centre and Auditorium, Gleneagles Road, East London
Tickets at door, R100
Time: 20h00
or book
043 735 1444

063 October – Mystic Boer
84 Kellner Street, Bloemfontein
Tickets at door, R40
Time: 20h30
051 430 2206


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