Past Performances

Week 28 July to 1 August

Tuesday July 28: Dino Miranda – Mozambican vocalist, guitarist and composer Dino Miranda leads his band through funky Afro-fusion and World music originals.  Admission: R60 for one set and R100 for both. 8.30 and 10pm

Thursday July 30:Guitar guru Errol Dyers leads his quartet of George Werner (piano), Peter Ndlala (bass) and Carlo Fabe (drums) through a cooking repertoire of Cape Jazz originals. 8.30pm and 10pm. Admission: R60 for one set and R100 for both.

Friday 31 July:  London-born, SA-raised vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire and cellist Ariella Caira perform “a personal collection of songs that is both intelligently woven while being emotionally rich, and beautifully captures their twenty year-long musical kinship”. 9pm. One extended set only. Admission: R90 or R70 (students).Saturday 1 August: Benguela – Critics have tagged their music as “jazz”, “post-rock” and even “avant-garde”, yet none of these labels accurately capture the epic scope and subtle range of improvisational trio Benguela’s sound. 8.30pm. R80 per set or R140 for both.

Week 14 July to 18 July

Tuesday 14 July: Faye & Wren
Durban-based alternative folk singer-songwriters Faye and Wren perform original compositions from their debut album, ‘Volume One’.  Consisting of Wren Hinds (Hinds Brothers Band) & ambient songstress Faye Oakes, the young outfit have crafted a minimalistic and honest sound performing on the Southern African music scene and with their unique performances they have harnessed a dedicated listenership.

Their debut record titled ‘Volume One’ was released on South African independent label South Sea Records. Listeners can expect an original sound that captures a timeless place accompanied by a sincere style of writing. Stream or Download the latest releases here.

Admission: R50 all night.  Starts at 8pm.

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Wednesday 15 July: Proboscis

The artistic coupling of the acoustic brass band The Phax Trio and the rhythmic trio Seed breathes life into collaborative ensemble Proboscis who present their original contemporary world, jazz and brass instrumental music.The musical and instrumental genetics of Phax and Seed are perfectly suited. Seed is a rhythmic band (drums, bass and guitar) and Phax is a horn section (euphonium/trombone and saxophone). The music of Seed is inspired by Avishai Cohen and Anoushka Shankar and Phax is inspired by Goran Bregović, Paris Combo and Giora Feidman.

Proboscis will be performing an anthology of arrangements by both bands. Seed brings “Song for my Mother; Resonance; Elephant and Calf; Ants; Proboscis and Phax brings Phax Suite i,ii,iii; Italian Scallion; Persian Tanz; Windigo”. All music references the geography and biology of our world and our human ties to it.

Though “Proboscis” refers to Butterflies, this band is more akin to moths and their short life-cycle. After months of rehearsal and gestation the band only perform for one special week in July before disbanding.

Proboscis are: Liane Halton (guitar), Andrea Fisher-Jeffes (euphonium/trombone), Shaun Acker (alto sax), Kyle Dijkstra (bass) and Jay Latter (drums).

Admission: R80. One extended set starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm.

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Thursday 16 July: Brydon Bolton Trio feat. Abraham Mennen
Bassist Brydon Bolton and his trio of vibraphonist Frank Mallows and drummer Simon Annett and special guest tenor saxophonist Abraham Mennen perform original compositions. Expect an evening of spontaneous freestyle chamber music scapes, layered with shapeshifting jazz improvisation.

Admission: R80 per setor R120 all night.  Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm.

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Friday 17 July: Nicky Schrire

London-born, SA-raised vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire and cellist Ariella Caira perform “a personal collection of songs that is both intelligently woven while being emotionally rich, and beautifully captures their twenty year-long musical kinship”.

Admission: R90 or R70 (students) | One extended set at 9pm.

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Saturday 18 July: Buddy Wells & Keenan Ahrends

Saxophonist Buddy Wells and guitarist Keenan Ahrends perform original compositions and reinterpretations at their rare duo set.

Admission: R80 for one set or R140 all night | Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm

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 Week 7 July to 11 July

Tuesday 7 July: Thundercat

Thundercat featuring Sebastian Jonsson (alto sax), Jonas Backman (drums), Oliver Belvelin (double bass) and Anton Forsberg (guitar) showcase why they are the Swedish Jazz Federation Youth competition winners.Admission: R60 per set or R100 all night.  Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm.

Wednesday 8 July: Thundercat & All-Star Jam
Thundercat with special guests such as Fredrik Norén (trumpet), Peter Dahlgren (trombone), Johan Hörlén (alto), Kesivan Naidoo (drums) and more fresh from their performances at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown.

Admission: R60 per setor R100 all night.  Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm.

Thursday 9 July: Frank Paco Art Ensemble

Drummer Frank Paco and his Art Ensemble featuring Buddy Wells (sax), Zoe Modiga (vox), Sylvain Beloubeta (bass), Blake Hellaby (piano) and Keenan Ahrends (guitar) showcase their Nu-World Jazz brew. Expect jazz tones with African roots from East to West that segue between high-energy rhythmic pulses and enchanting melodies.

Admission: R60 for one set or R100 all night | Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm

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Saturday 11 July: Bokani Dyer Swiss Quintet

Award-winning pianist Bokani Dyer leads his quintet featuring Donat Fisch (saxophone), Mattias Spillmann (trumpet), Norbert Pfammatter (drums) and Stephan Kurmann (bass) through originals off his new album, ‘World Music’.

The complementary combination of contemporary South African and Swiss jazz was born at The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club in Basel when Dyer did his residency there in May 2014. All four of the Swiss musicians had ties to South Africa, between them having played with such luminaries as Abdullah Ibrahim, Feya Faku, Hilton Schilder, Mac McKenzie, Marcus Wyatt, Herbie Tsoaeli and Makaya Ntshoko, and collaborating with another young South African musician was a natural progression. Dyer, the son of legendary South African musician Steve Dyer, reveals a heritage of diverse influences that embraces his roots as well as his context in the contemporary musical landscape of South Africa.

Bokani Dyer creates jazz that is inspired, soulful and expressive, and the interpretation of his music by these four Swiss greats pays tribute to the long-standing influence of South Africa on the Swiss jazz scene, and celebrates and amply complements the piano virtuoso.  Audiences can look forward to a sublime music experience with original compositions, a few carefully selected classics and some surprises from Dyer’s new album.

Admission: R80 for one set or R140 all night | Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm

Week: 1 July to 3 July

Wednesday 1 July: Tony Cedras Album Launch featuring Dave Reynolds & Friends
Audiences can expect a master class in the (he)art of jazz storytelling when multi-instrumentalist Tony Cedras launches his new album, ‘Love Letter to Cape Town’.
1st set (7.30pm): Tony and goema guitar guru Errol Dyers perform works from ‘Love Letter to Cape Town’.
2nd set: A preview of the show Tony and Dave are doing on the Grahamstown Festival main stage next week, featuring the wicked combination of Frank Paco (drums) and Sylvain Baloubeta (bass).Tony has showcased his skills with a roll call of stars including Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Cassandra Wilson, Paul Simon and more. Dave Reynolds is SA’s leading steelpan player, a SAMRO Award winning composer and acoustic guitarist. He’s performed and recorded all over the world with Andy Narell, Steve Newman, Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata to name a few.Admission: R80 per set, pre-sold. Click here to book your discounted ticket | R100 one set or R120 two sets at the door. Doors open at 6pm for CD launch. 1st set starts at 7.30pm.

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Thursday 2 July: Lance Herman & Jonno Sweetman

Singer-songwriter Lance Herman teams up with drummer Jonno Sweetman to perform a one hour set of Lance’s original songs and compositions.  It’s the FIRST THURSDAY in JULY: First Thursdays in Cape Town are synonymous with Nightlife & the Arts.

Listen to Lance’s most recent recordings by clicking here
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Admission: R70 per set |  Note: there are two sittings on the night, the same show is performed at each sitting respectively. Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm. Click here to book online

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Friday 3 July: The Mark Buchanan Trio

Guitarist Mark Buchanan, bassist Waldo Samuels and drummer Jason Skippers showcase original compositions and well-known standards. While Mark describes the Trio as “a blues and jazz project aimed at entertaining the audience with some guitar skills” that are “also easy on the ear”, don’t expect some smooth jazz snooze. The Trio may play  “Jazz and Blues guitar for the ordinary man”, but audiences can look forward to “a fair amount of sonic experimentation including guitar loops, guitar organ grooves and landscaping effects on guitar”.

Mark Buchanan has played with Just Jinger, Max Normal, Closet Snare and many other South African artists. He recently recorded with award-winning pianist Bokani Dyer and also plays in Two Birds One Stone with bass player Maurice Paliaga from The Dirty Skirts.

Admission: R80 for one set or R140 all night | Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm

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Week: 24 June to 27 June

Wednesday 24 June: OneSight Acoustics

Stelth Ulvang of US folk rockers The Lumineers and homegrown live electro dub crusaders Kings Down South kick out the jams at this special charity event.

All proceeds from the door go to charity. Tickets are limited to 80. Booking essential. Click here to book your ticket.

Admission: R200 | Doors open at 7.30pm. Shows starts at 8pm

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Thursday 25 June: Abraham Mennen

Award-winning saxophonist Abraham Mennen leads Nicholas Williams (piano), Keenan Arends (guitar), Brydon Bolton (bass) and Clement Benny (drums) through dynamic original compositions.

Gold medallist at the 2011 ATKV-Muziq national classical music competition, Abraham Mennen, studied at the Royal College of Music in London where he obtained a First Class Honours. During his studies in London he was a member of the London Saxophone Ensemble, performing at the World Saxophone Congress 2009 and UNESCO Bangkok. He has also performed with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain and the London Contemporary Orchestra.

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Admission: R80 for one set or R120 all night | Discount student rates apply | Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm

Friday 26 June: The Infinite Dimensions Trio

“The primary objective of the Cosmo-Mystic-Spirtual (CMS) musician is to initiate an intradynamical thrusting force on the various particles that comprise Earth’s atmosphere,” writes drummer Milford Graves in his essay ‘Music Extensions of Infinite Dimensions’. “The frequency dynamics of these particles should be complaint with the cosmic energies that impinge on the tympanic membrane and the integumentary (skin) system. Through our given sensory receptors and biological transducers, it is possible and permissible to creatively decipher the concealed and hidden energies within and beyond the universe.”

Heavy philosophy from one of free jazz’s heaviest cats? Sure. But his cosmology also offers an insight into the very (he)art of every improviser looking to transcend the limitations of standard-organised chart-based music.

For guitarist Reza Khota, bassist Brydon Bolton and drummer Kesivan Naidoo improvisation is about tuning into the body. It’s about mapping a biological music: a rhythmology of Heart Rate Variability, perhaps; or sculpting space-time parameters that swing to the blood’s pulmonary, cerebral or system circulation time. It’s about creating a “cardiogenetics of harmonic-melodic dissonance and clusterisation”.

Admission: R80 for one set or R140 all night | Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm

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Saturday 27 June: Vuma Levin

South African born, Netherlands-based guitarist Vuma Ian Levin leads his quintet of Bernard Van Rossum (United Kingdom, saxes), Xavi Torres Vicente (Spain, piano), Marco Zenini (Italy, bass) and Jeroen Batterink (Netherlands, drums) through original compositions off his debut album, “The Spectacle of An-other”.

The album aims to, via musical abstraction, simultaneously empower marginalised Black South African histories and interrogate conceptions of identity, nation, culture, power and being both globally and in the emergent, post 1994 South African Democratic project. “I seek to engage in a ‘politics of musical reappropriation’,” says Levin, explaining his commitment to creating “an interstitial music” that liberates the space between various strands of popular music, jazz, western-art music (from Bach to schoenberg) and the full array of South African musics (pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial). To this end his music invokes Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s clarion call to “see ourselves clearly” and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s call to nuance “the single story” told about Afrika and her people.

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Admission: R80 for one set or R140 all night |Discount student rates apply |  Sets at 8.30pm and 10pm
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Week 17 June to 20 June

Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 June: Steve Newman

Legendary guitarist, Steve Newman is the type of musician that you’re cosmically inclined to listen to. When he hits those strings, every ear in the room is piqued and intrigued.

The self-taught music wizard and founding member of the revolutionary band Tananas takes audiences on a sonic journey from the slopes of Table Mountain to the heart of the Kalahari, the plains of South America and beyond.

Joining Steve in his trio are dynamic drummer Kesivan Naidoo and bass master Peter Ndlala.
Get a taste of what to expect https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQIUkbvMNnE

Admission: R80 for one set or R140 all night | Sets at 8pm and 9.30pm

Please book (small venue, few seats) preferably by WhatsApp or SMS 0766792697. Otherwise, email bookings@straightnochaser.co.za. Provide your name, number of seats, & preferred set. Pay cash at the door.

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 June: ‪‎Kesivan & The Lights‬

Kesivan Naidoo‬ (drums) leads Shane Cooper‬ (bass), ‪‎Reza Khota‬(guitar) and Justin Bellairs‬ (sax) through original compositions off his critically-acclaimed new album, ‘Brotherhood’.

“The birth of a new South African jazz sound… a landmark recording.” – Mail & Guardian.

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Admission: R100 for one set or R160 all night | Sets at 8pm and 9.30pm. Please book (small venue, few seats) preferably by WhatsApp or SMS 0766792697. Otherwise, email bookings@straightnochaser.co.za. Provide your name, number of seats, & preferred set. Pay cash at the door.

Week 10 June to 13 June

Wednesday 10 June: Dave Knowles & the Mountain Thief

Dave Knowles & the Mountain Thief steal the stage to pique discerning cochleas for a night of acoustic cave diving.

Check out Dave’s mix of finger style folk, roaring guitar thumping and looped beatbox improvs: https://soundcloud.com/daveknowlesmusic

Gauteng-based folkie Mountain Thief showcases songs off his new album, ‘Motherland’. ‘ Get a taste of what to expect:https://soundcloud.com/mountainthief

Admission: R60 for one set or R80 all night | Sets at 8pm and 9.30pm

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Thursday 11 June: Frank Freeman

Frank Freeman (guitar, vocals) and his trio of Werner Von Waltsleben (drums) and Kevin Kok (bass) kick out the blues rock jams.

“Even though my music is far from Jazz it does have one element in common,” says Frank. “Improvisation. I love leaving space in my live shows for the musicians to express themselves whilst staying true to the music. The thing I love about venues like SNC is there’s no place to hide for the musicians or the audience. Whatever you play will be heard and that’s something musicians love. An audience that’s paying attention.” Listen to Frank’s music:https://frankfreemanmusic1.bandcamp.com/releases

Admission: R60 all night | Students R50 | Sets at 8.30 and 10pm

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Friday 12 June: ‪#‎NickWilliamsTrio‬

‪#‎NickWilliams‬ (piano) leads ‪#‎KevinGibson‬ (drums) and ‪#‎BenjaminJephta‬(bass) through a variety of original compositions influenced by Jazz, African and European music as well as traditional music from around the world. The trio’s focus is on presenting music that utilises the piano, bass and drums equally to create music that is melodic, explorative and emotive.

Admission: R80 for one set or R120 all night | Sets at 8pm and 9.30pm

Saturday 13 June: ‪#‎BrydonBoltonTrio‬

A cursory glance at his CV and you might say bassist and composer Brydon Bolton is something of an enigma. While he’s best known as the brooding bassist for electro acoustic improvisational pioneers Benguela, he’s also performed with Balkan party jammers the Kolo Novo Movie Band, classical composers collective EJNCP, country dubbers The Suitcase Hearts and more. Over the past two decades he’s recorded with the likes of classical guitarist Derek Gripper, jazz saxophonist Robbie Jansen, goema trumpeter Alex van Heerden and collaborated with poets, playwrights, dancers and artists.

The method in the madness of his genre-free approach to making music? Simple. Like the best improvisers Brydon is focused on “developing music and sound forms that challenge idiomatic or conventional expressions”. Nowhere more so than in his own trio with vibraphonist Frank Mallows and drummer Simon Annett where the ensemble explore the interactions between composition and improvisation. Expect an evening of spontaneous freestyle chamber music scapes, layered with shapehsifting jazz improvisation and virtuosic technique.

Admission: R80 for one set or R140 all night | Sets at 8pm and 9.30pm

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Week: 3 June to 6 June

Wednesday 3 June: Jon Shaban & Hatchetman

Singer-songwriter Jon Shaban shares the double bill with acoustic folk rock trio Hatchetman.

Jon is best known as being a part of Captain Stu and the Llamas. More recently, he has been relentlessly gigging his solo project The Shabeen. As a solo performer, he is insightful, witty as hell and cutthroat in his indictments of the world today. Check out Jon’s new album, ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’: https://itunes.apple.com/…/fortune-favours-the-…/id997101453

Hatchetman are an up and coming young acoustic rock trio comprised of Jonno Tait, Nick and Matt Catto. Expect some classic 70s style harmonies reminiscent of Crosby, Still & Nash. Watch Hatchetman performing ‘Time Is Right’ by clicking here.

Admission: R50 all night | Sets at 8pm and 9.30pm

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Thursday 4 June and Friday 5 June: Marcus Wyatt

Trumpeter and composer Marcus Wyatt leads his quintet of Buddy Wells (sax), Jonno Sweetman (drums), Romy Brauteseth (upright bass) and Justin Bellairs (saxophones) through a cooking repertoire of original compositions.

Over the past two decades Wyatt has earned a reputation for his ability to blow both hot and cool; to combine fire and funk with finesse and straight-ahead, swinging jazz with expansive thinking.

On SAMA-nominated albums, ‘Language 12’, ‘One Life in the Sun’ and ‘Maji Maji in the Land of Milk and Honey’ he extended his dialogue between jazz culture and electronically enhanced forms of musical expression. For Wyatt this means threading the loop-based ideas of contemporary electronica through improvisation to map the transcultural, interdisciplinary impact of what scribe Greg Tate has called the “jazz affect” on contemporary music.

The result is an expansive music – global in its reach, yet local in its exacting particularities – that makes a hybridity of improvised jazz and electronica, tradition and progressive thinking seem not only hip, but actually classy.

Listen to Wyatt’s latest album ‘Maji Maji in the Land of Milk and Honey’:https://language12.bandcamp.com/…/maji-maji-in-the-land-of-…

Admission: R100 per set or R160 for both | Students R50 per set or R80 for both | Sets at 8.30 and 10pm

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Week: 27 May to 30 May

Wednesday 27 May: Tony Cedras and Dave Reynolds

Conversations is the first time Tony and Dave perform together as a duo. The music is from Tony’s new album, ‘Love Letter to Cape Town’ and Dave’s new SAMA nominated album, ‘The Light of Day’.
Tony has showcased his skills with a roll call of stars including Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Cassandra Wilson, Paul Simon and more. Dave Reynolds is SA’s leading steelpan player, a SAMRO Award winning composer and acoustic guitarist. He’s performed and recorded all over the world with Andy Narell, Steve Newman, Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata to name a few.

Admission: To prebook tickets for R95 per set click here | R120 per set or R150 for both at the door | Sets at 8pm and 9.30pm

Thursday 28 May: Tony Cedras and Errol Dyers

Audiences can expect a master class in the (he)art of jazz storytelling when multi-instrumentalist Tony Cedras teams up with Cape jazz and goema guitar guru Errol Dyers. Errol has performed, recorded and toured locally and internationally with many great artists including Abdullah Ibrahim, McCoy Mrubata, Steve Newman, the late Basil Coetzee, Winston Mankunku and Robbie Jansen and more.

Admission: R60 per set or R100 for both | Students R50 per set or R80 for both | Sets at 8.30 and 10pm

Friday 29 May: Francesca Biancoli – ZingaraO

Francesca Biancoli (vocals, guitar) maps the spaces where European and African music meet in a bewitchingly modern soul jazz brew.

The sultry Italian songbird is joined by her regular ZingaraO quintet of Marlon Witbooi (drums, percussion), Nick Williams (bass, electronics, synths) and Keenan Ahrends (guitar, electronics).

Admission: R80 per set or R120 all night | Sets at 8.30 and 10pm

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Saturday 30 May: Mark Fransman’s Sonik Citizen

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Mark Fransman performs original material off his new album, ‘Sonik Citizen’. On his first full-vocal excursion, Fransman not only embraces his role as an orator of life, but also showcases his guitar skills alongside Desley Meyer (bass) and Carlo Fabe (drums). Wait up. Isn’t Mark best known as a saxophonist and pianist? Sure. But, he’s also had a life-long love affair with singing.

Each song on the album is performed with an intimacy that puts the listener in the room with him, as if in conversation. Each song is inspired by Mark’s personal experiences and interactions as a father, a husband, an African, a traveller, a musician, a human being…

Stylistically, the sounds of modern rock, the blues, and soul-rock are all beautifully employed to create the soundscape of the album. All these are brought together with the unmistakable sound of Africa, ever present in his music. ‘Sonik Citizen’ seeks to communicate the commonality between all human beings:
“We are vibrating frequencies, we are all Sonik Citizens of this world,” says Fransman.

“Serious, hip, cerebral, yet cool.” – Mail & Guardian.
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Admission: R80 per set or R140 all night | Sets at 8.30 and 10pm

Sunday 31 May: Birthday Girl

Rising Mother City electronica trio Birthday Girl launch their new EP, ‘Rituals’. Want a taste of what to expect? Listen to ‘Rituals’ by clicking here.

Panda Towel provides the beat support at his live performance debut.
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Admission: R40. Starts at 8pm.

 Week: 20 May to 23 May

Wednesday 20 May: The Jo Kunnuji Experiment

Charismatic young trumpeter and composer Jo Kunnuji leads Keegan Steenkamp (flugelhorn), Tristan Weitkamp (tenor sax), Georgia Jones (baritone sax), Sibusiso Matsimela (bass), Cameron Claassen (drums), Blake Hellaby (keys) and Keketso Bolofo (percussion) through original music and arrangements with jazz harmonic intervention on Ogu music.

With Bachelors degrees both in Sociology and Music, Joseph Kunnuji found a meeting point of both fields in Ethnomusicology. Now completing his M Mus degree at the South African College of Music, UCT, Cape Town, his research interest centres on studies of music in culture with reference to the Ogu people of Nigeria.

Jo’s musical performance advocates guided syncretism as a method of preservation of the Ogu music of Badagry, Lagos State Nigeria. Owing to the manner in which African States were carved out, Ogu people were split through colonial delineation schemes with a minority within the Nigerian borders and the majority in Benin Republic. This delineation process of the British and French administrations led to a multicultural Nigeria with over two hundred ethnic groups.

Consequently, insecure Ogu youths experiencing this cultural marginalization tended towards condescending their own traditional music. This performance instigates the possibility of baiting Ogu youths by syncretizing their folk melodies with their venerated musical genre in order to forestall the musical decay and restoring the integrity of Ogu music. Given the reality of globalization, mass transculturation, and the adoption of Western educational system by African States, musical syncretism cannot be evaded.

Thus, this performance displays a method of documentation and reestablishment of Ogu musical integrity, which employs the adoption of jazz elements in creating a neo-traditional Ogu musical style. Jazz is favoured as it is deemed with the potency of arousing the interest of the western-musically-trained younger generation of Ogu people for whom Jazz represents the highest level of harmonic complexity.

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Admission: R60 per set or R100 for both | Students R50 per set or R80 for both | Sets at 8pm and 9.30pm

Thursday 21 May: New Horizons

American saxophonist and composer Tristan James Weitkamp leads Zoë Modiga (vocals), Blake Hellaby (piano), Sean Sanby (bass) and Andre Swartz (drums) through originals off their forthcoming CD.

The group is working passionately to musically encapsulate many pertinent social, racial and political issues which continue to plague humanity despite the countless civil movements throughout recent human history. All of the music has been composed and inspired by the experience of South Africa, the continued racial and social injustice existing in the United States, and the unhindered presence of neo-colonial qualities in the modern experience. New Horizons not only hopes to expose these injustices but to inspire hope and ultimately action in shifting the collective perspective.More information: Facebook

Admission: R60 per set or R100 for both | Students R50 per set or R80 for both | Sets at 8.30 and 10pm

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May: The Kyle Shepherd Trio

That Kyle Shepherd was yet again overlooked by the South African Music Awards this year says more about the SAMAs than it does about Shepherd. His nominated album, ‘Dream Time’ is a complex listen. It incorporates not only the history of South African jazz but also modern classical, African traditional sounds and street smart contemporary tones. Hardly mainstream radio listening.Adventurous ears will, however, be rewarded this weekend when Kyle showcases recorded, new and unreleased compositions from his repertoire with Shane Cooper (bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums).

“Those fragments of musical home that have always characterised his compositions and playing are still there; the reworkings, though, are often unexpected and subtle, emerging from a modern and personal pianism that isn’t in anybody’s shadow.” – Gwen Ansell

Admission: R80 per set or R140 all night | Sets at 8.30 and 10pm

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Week: 10 May to 15 May

Sunday 10 May 2015 – We Set Sail

Tonight, Straight No Chaser sets sail on an ocean of melodies…

After wrapping up their national tour, cinematic rock outfit We Set Sail are back in Cape Town.

The band recently completed a tour spanning all of the major pit stops in SA, and are set to embark on a tour of Europe in the coming months.

Join us at 8.30pm – Cover charge of R50 includes their latest album! (One longer set, not our usual jazz programme). To get an idea of their music: https://soundcloud.com/wesetsail/forgotten-shore

 Wednesday 13 May 2015 – Melanie Scholtz … “The Lone Looper” Show

Improvised electronica meets jazz.  An evening celebrating the solitude of the human voice accompanied by man-made loop landscapes.

Melanie Scholtz is a South African born, award winning jazz singer and composer. Playing piano since the age of 5, she went on to study classical singing at the Eoan Group before completing an Opera Diploma  Cum Laude  at the University of Cape Town in 2000. Melanie has released 5 albums under her own name thus far as well as collaborating with many South African and international jazz artists.

For more information, please look at her site: http://melaniescholtz.com/

Admission: R80 per set or R100 for the night | Sets at 8.30 and 10pm

Thursday 14 May – Mikhaela Kruger … with Romy Brauteseth,  Joe Bolton, Marlon Clive Witbooi and James McClure

Mikhaela Faye Kruger is a talented Cape Town based songstress and UCT Jazz School graduate. She showcases some traditional, some contemporary and some original songs with a winning band comprising of Joe Bolton (piano),  Romy Brauteseth (bass), Marlon Clive Witbooi (drums) & James McClure (trumpet & flugelhorn).

Admission: R80 all night | Sets at 8.30 and 10pm