Content by tag "Cape Town"

MUSICIAN Born:

Abdullah Ibrahim

Abdullah Ibrahim’s new solo program transcends category, combining the intimate and the universal in a unique way that is hinted at in its title. SENZO means “Ancestor” in both Chinese and Japanese. SENZO also echoes the name of Abdullah Ibrahim’s Sotho father, in whose language the word translates as “Creator”. Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician, was born in 1934 in Cape Town and baptized Adolph Johannes Brand. His early musical memories were of traditional African Khoi-san songs and the Christian hymns, gospel tunes and spirituals that he heard from his grandmother, who was pianist for the local African Methodist Episcopalian church, and his mother, who led the choir

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

South African Saliency: Reza Khota, Carlo Mombelli, Andrew Lilley, and Mandisi Dyantyis

Read "South African Saliency: Reza Khota, Carlo Mombelli, Andrew Lilley, and Mandisi Dyantyis" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As sure as the sun will shine on Chapman's Peak and the winds will sweep over Table Mountain, South Africa will continue to flourish and birth new music worthy of worldwide attention. The West may typically pay little to no mind to South African jazz and the artists who shape it, but that has yet to ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ronan Skillen: Telepathic Euphoria

Read "Ronan Skillen: Telepathic Euphoria" reviewed by Seton Hawkins



When one thinks of South African jazz, the didgeridoo and the tabla don't immediately jump to mind. Nevertheless, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and engineer Ronan Skillen has made them vital additions to a range of South African ensembles.

While acclaimed for his work in the genre-smashing South African ensemble Babu, Skillen has engaged in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Shout: In With a Shout

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While it might be a cliché to say it, one can expect the unexpected when listening to the music of Dan Shout. An exceptional saxophonist and composer, the Cape Town-based artist has also built a sterling track record of creating highly distinctive and exciting albums. While he initially made a splash in 2012 with ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dave Ledbetter: Diversity and Unity

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Even the most cursory listen to South African music yields an embarrassment of riches in the realm of guitar talents. Indeed, throughout the country's musical history innovative figures have forged a near universe of unique approaches to the instrument, fusing the many musical traditions of Southern Africa with popular styles into a staggering array ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

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To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...

ARTICLE: FORESTS OF SOUND

Benguela: Cape Town Improv Trio

Read "Benguela: Cape Town Improv Trio" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer

The ambient, chugging drone becomes slow frothing waves on which a misty guitar loop bobs. The ocean scape is cloudy--blurred browns and deep, shifting blues. The droning bass strings become clear as they pluck into focus, percussion slipping in like sudden, calculated sprays of foam. Alex Bozas' guitar introduces matt flashes, like sampled photographs of urban ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Recalled To Life - Chapter One" CD/FLAC/MP3 Album By British Guitarist Steve Robinson Formerly With The Band 'igginbottom Which Also Included Guitarist Allan Holdsworth Now Available From Art Of Life Records.

"Recalled To Life - Chapter One" CD/FLAC/MP3 Album By British Guitarist Steve Robinson Formerly With The Band 'igginbottom Which Also Included Guitarist Allan Holdsworth Now Available From Art Of Life Records.

Art of Life Records is proud to present, Recalled to Life-Chapter One, the debut release by British guitarist and composer Steve Robinson. Steve was a member of the British group 'Igginbottom which recorded the album “Igginbottoms Wrench" in 1969 which also included guitarist Allan Holdsworth. Recalled to Life-Chapter One includes ten original compositions by Steve and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andreas Loven: District 6

Read "District 6" reviewed by Geno Thackara

With a resumé that ranges from his native Norway down to South Africa, Andreas Loven lets you know from the start that he and his piano aren't going to fit under just one umbrella. In the simple context of an acoustic quartet (joined by sax, bass and drums), his beautifully ear-catching songwriting shows facets of all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andreas Loven: District Six

Read "District Six" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian pianist/composer Andreas Loven has an especially compelling personal history. In his early twenties he left Oslo and an engineering career to move to South Africa to pursue jazz. Based in Cape Town, he has since performed extensively all over South Africa. This dual background gives his music a unique voice, one with both European and ...