On the evening of 23 March 2014, after a day of sunshine, something we hadn’t seen much of for three weeks in Johannesburg, the sun set on Sophiatown highlighting in gold the lettering painted on the wall advertising the Afrikan Freedom Station, a tiny little art gallery that is so much more. A haven for poets, painters and people people, the Afrikan Freedom Station played host to Estelle Kokot and Herbie Tsoaeli, who performed a mix of songs from earlier albums, and the planned album Sound Of You.
The relaxed intimate atmosphere, allows each audience member to almost imagine the musicians are playing for them alone, and this environment was perfect for this combination of voice, piano & bass. I have never seen Estelle Kokot so relaxed before a performance, and this laid back atmosphere made the songs, some new and some old a real pleasure on a cool summer evening.
The playlist for the evening included some tunes from Estelle Kokot’s album Information, as well as many of the new songs on the upcoming album Sound Of You, a project by Jan Pulsford, Chico Freeman and Estelle Kokot.
This intimate evening in a suburb that prior to 1955 was a hub of multicultural interaction was wrapped up with Round Midnight and Where Is The Rainbow.
Catch Estelle Kokot, Herbie Tsoaeli & Kevin Gibson at various gigs in the Gauteng area on this leg of the Sound Of You tour.
See the JazzE Gig Guide for gig details or visit http://estellekokot.com/thesoundofyousouthafricantour2014/
for more information on the project, tour and how you can pledge to support the production of this album.