Music in the Mother City

Music lovers have good reason to visit the Cape Town City Hall over the next few days, as the Imagine City Hall Art Music Series continues to bring top-class entertainers to the city.

Madosini and Derek Gripper will appear on Saturday April 17, with the Feya Faku Fazu Jazz Quintet taking to the stage on April 20.

Madosini, “The Veteran”, expresses thoughts and feelings of the ancient life with her extraordinary and unique blend of music, storytelling and dance. She is the undisputed queen of the uhadi (berimbau), isitolotplo (Jew’s harp) and umrhubhe (mouthbow), and her performance will be sure to move you.

She will be joined by guitarist and composer Derek Gripper, who is renowned for his fragile evocations of the austere landscapes of South Africa in wordless song, instrumental compositions, arrangements of koortjies (chorus cycles) and music for strings. Gripper combines the techniques of classical guitar with the imagery and mystery of the rural areas of the Cape.

On April 20, the audience will be treated to a night with composer and improviser Feya Faku, who will be joined on stage by some of Cape Town’s finest jazz artists: Buddy Wells on saxophone; Mark Fransman on piano; Kesivan Naidoo on drums; and Wesley Rusten on double bass.

Faku’s musical chemistry was stirred by a mixture of influences, from South African greats Hugh Masekela and Kippie Moeketsi to American stars John Coltrane and Sarah Vaughn.

A forerunner of South African jazz, he attributes the development of his technique to the legendary Christopher “Columbus” Ngcukana.

The turning point in Faku’s jazz career came when he was introduced to Victor Ntoni’s big band by tenor saxophonist Duke Makasi and flugelhorn player George Tyefuman. During this time, Faku, inspired by Tyefuman to take up the flugelhorn, learned that hard bop, with its boldness and energy, was the touchstone for listeners to embrace the whole of jazz music.

Both concerts begin at 20h00 and cost R50.

For further information, contact Hagar Graiser +27 (0)82 906 1283.

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