Posts Tagged ‘Nu-Jazz’

Simphiwe Dana was first up on the Kippies stage on Day 2. Her voice gave me goosebumps. Definitely one of SA’s top artists right now.

Earth, Wind & Fire – The main attraction, and they did not disappoint. It’s hard to believe that these guys are past their 50s and are still as energetic as ever. They put on a great set, mixing the love songs with the club favourites, and the crowd was loving it. Many a time Philip Bailey had to stop and let the crowd sing the song back to him. They performed many of the biggest hits including Fantasy, Reasons and September. The band was really tight and the horn section was on fire. If you closed your eyes you’d think you were listening to the CD,  they were that good.

Jazzanova, the German based nu-jazz outfit were on the Manenberg stage.  These guys have a really cool sound, it’s like jazz fused with break beats and a touch of hip hop. Paul Randolph accompanied on vocals.  I always thought that their music was completely electronic but they proved me wrong by having a full band there: Drums, Keys, Bass, Trombone, Saxophone and a DJ! A very cool combination. The crowd really enjoyed their remix of Breathe Easy (a Fat Freddys Drop cover), which was a hit in SA a while back.

Cindy Blackman Quartet was next. Dang, this chick can play drums…. She used to play drums for Lenny Kravitz and was taught by the legendary Tony Williams. Her set, ‘Another Lifetime’ was a tribute to Williams’ album ‘Lifetime’. Two guitarists and a bassist (Felix Pastorius, Jaco Pastorius’ son  😮 ) made for a fusion of jazz and hard rock. This chick got chops, and did I mention she’s married to Carlos Santana?

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The second batch of artists performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival was announced on Tuesday.

Here they are:

Don Laka (SA)

Bebe Winans (USA)

Chieli Minucci and Special EFX(USA)

Sekunjalo Edujazz Band (SA)

Citie (Botswana)

Jazzanova (Germany)

Orlando Venhereque(Mozambique/SA)

Chuck Loeb and special guest Carmen Cuesta (USA/Spain)

Feya Faku (SA)

Tribute to Oscar Peterson featuring Jon van Poll, James Scholfield and Hein van de Geyn (USA)

Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis present “Almost like Jazz” feat Victor Masondo & Lee-Roy Sauls(SA)

Guitafrika (SA/Niger/Mauritius)

Conversations with Victor Masondo, Prince Lengoaso, Kevin Gibson, Mark Fransman and Donveno Prins (SA)

Cindy Blackman “Another Lifetime” – Tony Williams Tribute Quartet (USA)

Stereotype Records presents Chad Saaiman, Lloyd Jansen & Mathew Moolman (SA)

Tumi and the Volume (SA)

Tortured Soul (USA)

Naima Mclean (SA)

Big names in the line-up include German nu-jazz outfit Jazzanova as well as BeBe Winans and ‘Bra’ Hugh Masekela. There is a nice mix of local and international artists, which is always nice to see

This is no doubt going to be one amazing festival…


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