Too Many Zooz

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Mandla Mlangeni

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Facing South

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Renowned Cape Town acoustic duo, Facing South – guitarist David Ledbetter and vocalist Amanda Tiffin – teams up with visiting Brazilian maestro pianist/accordionist Guilherme Ribeiro and internationally acclaimed Dutch bassist Hein van de Geyn to present cross-cultural, acoustic magic.

The quartet performs a selection of original material with a cross-cultural flavour, with compositions and collaborations from all members of the ensemble. The music is featured on their upcoming album release, recorded in Cape Town.

Voice: Amanda Tiffin
Accordion: Guilherme Ribeiro (BR)
Guitar: David Ledbetter
Bass: Hein van de Geyn

Coco Zhao & Huang Juanji and Asanda Mqiki

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Once a student of western classical piano and composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Coco Zhao discovered a new world in jazz vocals and has since been immersed in finding the unique cross-sections between Chinese traditional music, western classical music and jazz.

His unique voice, imagination and expressive singing style have made him one of China’s most creative artists and, dubbed “China’s most promising young Jazz musician”, by Youth Daily, his fast rise to international recognition has seen him receive invitations to music festivals worldwide.

Here he presents his “[Dream Situation]” album: a project of rearranged 1920 – 1930’s traditional Shanghai songs brilliantly reworked into a contemporary jazz framework and with the addition of a South African angle.

Touring with him is pianist Huang Juanji – the first Master’s graduate in Jazz from the Shanghai Conservatory and one of the most cosmopolitan jazz musicians presently based in Shanghai.

Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival

Voice: Coco Zhou (CN)
Voice: Asanda Mqiki
Sax: Mthunzi Mvubu
Piano: Huang Juanji (CN)
Bass: Romy Brauteseth
Drums: Bruce Baker

Bombshelter Beast

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Bombshelter Beast is one of Marcus Wyatt’s latest projects – unconventional, skillful and wonderfully entertaining. This star-studded ensemble combines old-school Kwaito with House, Drum n’ Bass, Dancehall, Dub, Ska, Balkan, Boeremusiek, Hip Hop, Ghoema, Rock, and sneaky bits of Jazz – all laced together with singing, rapping and live improvisations.

Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival

Trumpet: Marcus Wyatt
MC: 
Pule
Voice: 
Deone Song, Mihi Matshingana
Sax: 
Sisonke Xonti, Janus van der Merwe
Trombone, accordion: 
Justin Sasman
Trombone: 
Murray Buitendag
Sousaphone: 
Alex Hitzeroth
Guitar: 
Michael Bester
Bass: 
Romy Brauteseth
Drums: 
Riaan van Rensburg