Cape Town, 28 January 2014: An all-star line-up adds to the billing for the 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s (CTIJF):
AKA and Da.L.E.S; The Mike Rossi Project: Trespassing Permitted; The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra; Bokani Dyer & Kyle Shepherd; Mathew Gold; Mi Casa; The Shape of Strings to Come: Jimmy Dludlu (featuring Alvin Dyers, Richard Ceasar and Saudiq Khan, with C-Base Collective); and, The Worcester Secondary School Band
Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya; Andreya Triana (UK); Kirk Whalum “The Gospel According To Jazz Africa” Chapter I ; Frank Paco Art Ensemble (Mozambique); Lalah Hathaway (USA); Level 42 (UK); Moh Dediouf (Senegal); Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio (USA); Shakatak (UK); Tasha’s World (The Netherlands); Tizer Quintet(USA)
The CTIJF takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), 28-29 March 2014. Festinos are spoilt for choice and will probably be challenged to work out how to divide their time during the weekend of fabulous music and entertainment. Rashid Lombard, CEO of espAfrika and the founder of what is considered as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’, stated: “This year’s line-up is set to spark and ignite an even grander and more energetic experience than ever before and perfectly sets the tone for the next 15 years of JazzFest.”
Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile says: “The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a great reflection of how far we have come as a nation. It showcases our brilliant local talent, while also attracting leading jazz artists from all over the world. This has allowed the CTIJF to help grow a larger skills base within our creative sector, which, in turn, helps strengthen and celebrate our cultural diversity.”
A comprehensive JazzFest Training and Development programme accompanies the entertainment each year. The workshops and interventions expose hundreds of young people of all ages, mostly from Cape Town, to a variety of music skills and therapies that are designed to stimulate interest and passion in our cultural heritage and encourage a lifelong love of the Arts to ensure that South Africa’s story continues to evolve and be recorded in a variety of mediums.
Patricia De Lille, Executive Mayor of Cape Town says: “The CTIJF helps bring people from diverse backgrounds together in a shared common love of jazz. In doing so, the festival helps to showcase the city and how its inclusive approach is of paramount importance. As such, the city salutes the 15th year of the CTIJF and will continue to support the good work this important music festival does.”
Showcasing what the Festival has to offer local citizens and foreign visitors, the SABC is once again the official broadcast sponsor, ensuring that the best Cape Town has to offer is shown to as wide an audience as possible. SABC Spokesperson, Mr Kaizer Kganyago says “The SABC is indeed privileged to once again be one of the Gold sponsors and the exclusive Broadcaster for the 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival. We welcome the opportunity to support the festival that helps us to deliver on our mandate to provide entertainment to our viewers and listeners. Given the reach of the SABC, and its dominance of the media landscape, we have to use our resources to educate, inform and entertain our listeners and viewers. Our involvement with the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is also based on the fact that we want to continue to promote South African Music and celebrate local talent. The Festival provides the ideal platform for the SABC to continue showcasing the country’s musical cultural diversity, exposing it to a growing audience. The SABC will, through its various Radio Stations and TV platforms continue to support the Cape Town International Jazz Festival to ensure that this genre continues to grow and evolve”.
More than a music festival, the CTIJF has developed to become one of South Africa’s leading lifestyle experiences and events. In 2014 and celebrating many notable achievements as a country – 20 years of democracy and the World Design Capital status – the JazzFest leads the way.
The official sponsors for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2014 are the Department of Arts and Culture and the SABC (broadcast). Other sponsors include Brandhouse, South African Tourism, City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government and Peninsula Beverages.
1. AKA and Da.L.E.S
AKA – Previously part of the Hip Hop group, Entity, AKA has gone on to enjoy a successful solo career. Winner of The Channel O Music Video Award and 4 X Metro FM Award for Best Produced, Best Hip-Hop, Best Pop Single and Best New Comer, this hip-hop artist continues to notch up impressive accolades. This also includes an appearance on MTV Base Brand New Artist in 2010. Since also being voted by BBC 1xtra to be one of only three African artists to register success in Europe, AKA hasn’t stopped moving on up. After opening up for NEYO in January 2013, AKA’s smash hit, Jealousy, was nominated for a Best Single of the Year and Best Video of the year for the Metro FM awards 2013. He then opened for Kanye West in February 2013 before performing with D’Banj the next week. The same month, AKA performed alongside Kid Cudi at the Blackberry 10 launch and won the Metro FM Best Pop Single at the same time. AKA’s hit track, Victory Lap, released in 2011 was number one for six consecutive weeks on the Metro FM Top 40, making him one of the most sought after urban acts in the country. In September 2011, AKA released his debut album entitled Alter Ego, which features hits including I want it all, Victory Lap and All I know.
Da L.E.S (LESLIE MAMPE JR) – Rapper, entrepreneur, trend setting socialite and reality TV star describe 26 year old Da L.E.S, who has already shared the stage with heavyweights such as Kelly Rowland, Rick Ross, T-Pain and 2Face in concerts across Africa. Da L.E.S was born in Washington to South African parents who were studying in the US and returned to South Africa in 1993. His first big step into the limelight came with the establishment of African Hip Hop super group, JOZI in 2007. The group’s debut album Muthaland Crunk earned its first MTV Africa Music Awards trophy (Best Live Performer) in 2008 and was nominated for numerous other awards (South African Music Awards, Metro FM Awards and Channel O Awards). Da L.E.S then launched the album, Fresh2Def – a joint collaboration with fellow Jozi member, Bongani ‘Bongz’ Fassie – and this also became a multi award nominated album. The success of Fresh2Def has earned Da L.E.S the title of being the king of ‘fresh’ in Africa.
2. The Mike Rossi Project: Trespassing Permitted
Mike Rossi is Professor of Jazz and Woodwinds at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Mike regularly performs at jazz festivals and conducts workshops and master-classes in Africa, Europe and the United States. Three of Rossi’s books have been published by Advance Music: Uncommon Bebop from Common Bebop Practices and Concepts; Uncommon Etudes from Common Scales (also in Japanese) and Contrast and Continuity in Jazz Improvisation. Advance Music has also published a number of Rossi’s original compositions arranged for mixed ensemble. His diverse recording credits include Impronte Mediterranee (Italy),The Wam Trio – Summer Ballads, featuring Mike Rossi (Italy), The Mike Rossi Project – Trespassing Permitted, Two And Four/To And Fro, For Lydia and the Lion, and Before It’s Too Late with the Darius Brubeck Quartet, Conceptions: UCT Jazz 2010, Jazz und Elektronik – Live at the Baxter, Twenty Fabulous Fingers, Common Ground with Micu Narunsky, and Two in One – Mike Rossi/Ulrich Suesse. His CD of original jazz compositions, Beauty and the Blues features jazz greats Rufus Reid, Tom McKinley and Billy Hart. Rossi is serving as President of SAJE (South African Association for Jazz Education) for a second term, following three terms as Secretary and is a member of JEN (Jazz Education Network) and IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz). He is a Rampone & Cazzani (makers of hand-made Italian saxophones) Saxophone Artist and; performs on the R1 Soprano, R1 Jazz Saxello, R1 Jazz Altello, R1 Jazz Alto and R1 Jazz Tenor
3. The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra
The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra was started to commemorate The Blue Notes, a legendary 60’s South African jazz sextet. Once the musicians came together to rehearse they soon realised the importance of keeping the iconic sound of The Blue Notes’ alive which featured Chris McGregor on piano, Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Dudu Pukwana on alto saxophone, Nikele Moyake on tenor saxophone, Johnny Dyani on bass and Louis Moholo on drums. Most of these great musicians lived and died outside of their beloved country. The Tribute Orkestra endeavours to bring their music back to South African audiences and to keep the traditions of the free approach to South African Jazz alive, almost 50 years later. Today’s Blue Notes proudly boasts Andile Yenana on piano, Marcus Wyatt on trumpet, Mthunzi Mvubu on alto saxophone, Janus van der Merwe on tenor saxophone, Thembinkosi Mavimbela on upright bass, Ayanda Sikade on drums, and Siya Makuzeni on voice and trombone.
4. Bokani Dyer & Kyle Shepherd
Bokani Dyer – comes from a musical family and at the age of 14 years took up formal piano studies which allowed him to be accepted into the Jazz program at the University of Cape Town where he graduated in 2008 with an Honours degree in Performance and Composition with distinction. In 2009 Bokani won a scholarship for further study in the SAMRO endowment piano competition, going to New York where he was tutored by Jason Moran., culminating in being recognized as the Standard Bank Young Artist award in 2011. Dyer has recorded two albums under his own name. His debut album, Mirrors was released in 2010, and provides a strong indication of the style and artistic trajectory Bokani continues to pursue. Emancipate the Story (2011), is a recording made possible by the Standard Bank as part of the jazz young artist award. He took first prize in the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition in August 2013.
Kyle Shepherd – is a much in demand, multi-award nominated virtuoso pianist, composer and band leader. He is recognised locally and abroad, as one of the most progressive Jazz composers and performers of his generation. The 26 year old has a well-established record of celebrated solo, trio and quartet performances on some of the world’s finest concert stages including Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and The Netherlands. He has also released four albums which have been received with critical acclaim from an international audience. As a pianist, saxophonist and Xaru player (traditional mouth-bow) he has forged a unique compositional and performance concept that pays homage to all his musical influences and the many great musicians he has worked with. His unique sound allows him to look forward musically in a way, which, in the words of the South African Jazz writer and historian, Gwen Ansell, “live in the jazz world but never imprisoned by it”.
5. Mathew Gold
‘No Ordinary Guy’ is the first release off rising local star Mathew Gold’s anticipated new album, ‘The Rush’ and just about sums up this young artist who is making waves and creating a strong fanbase wherever he goes. Skyrocketing off all local radio charts and making number 1 on the 5FM Top 40 and charting on numerous stations around the country, Mathew Gold is one to watch (and listen to). The hip hop-inspired electronic track features multi-award winning SA Hip Hop artist, AKA and is produced by SAMA-nominated, Ben Peters from GoodLuck. Mathew Gold is best known for his smooth and dreamy vocal that propelled GoodLuck’s ‘Taking it Easy’ to being one of the top 10 tracks to come out of South Africa during 2011 and landing him a SAMA nomination for Record of The Year. The buzz around Gold and his new album has caught the attention of major label Soul Candi who have just signed the artist who joins the likes Micasa, Kent, Euphonik, Crazy White Boy, Thibo Tazz and many more on the label’s star-studded roster.
6. Mi Casa
Mi Casa is a South African multi-award nominated and winning urban jazz band that fuses deep house and soul into their unique and instantly recognizable rhythmic sound. Consisting of : Dr Duda (producer and DJ), JSomething (songwriter, vocalist and guitarist) and Mo-T (trumpeter), the trio have amped up the airwaves across the country and are fast gaining international traction with two of their tracks ‘Heavenly Sent’ and ‘La Vida’ being remixed by Charles Webster and AtJazz respectively. They are one of the most in-demand bands in South Africa today.
7. The Shape of Strings to Come – Jimmy Dludlu featuring Alvin Dyers, Richard Ceasar and Saudiq Khan with C-Base Collective
The Shape of Strings to Come features four guitarists that in their own right need little if any, introduction. This will be the second time they perform at the CTIJF as a collective although this show will be unique, paying tribute to the great legends of SA Jazz, Afro-Pop and traditional music – just to name a few: Bheki Mseleku, Hugh Masekela, Basil “Mannenberg” Coetzee, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Robbie Jansen, Moses Molelekwa, Brenda Fassie, and Caiphus Semenya.
Jimmy Dludlu – Multi-award winning maestro, was 13 years old when he first picked up a cousin’s home-made guitar and started teaching himself to play by imitating the jazz and African music he heard on the radio. His first performances were at township weddings and functions with his cousin. From there a legend was born, working over the years with many session artists. In 1991, he was a founder member of the highly successful group Loading Zone, which went on to tour across the continent, backing a range of South African stars including Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Chicco and Sipho Mabuse. His debut solo album “Echoes From The Past” was released in September 1997 to wide acclaim, and won him two SA Music Awards for “Best Newcomer” and “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” in 1998. He has since released 7 more albums, added countless awards, including an SA Music Award for “Best Male Artist”, collaborated with many artists including Ce-Ce Winans, Angélique Kidjo and Salif Keita, and toured extensively in Africa and overseas. In late 2013, he released his first double-album recorded in concert at Emperor’s Palace “Jimmy Dludlu – Live” (Universal Music), with a live DVD release set to follow in 2014.
Alvin Dyers – has a signature sound that blends elements of Latin, Cape Goema, African and Jazz. He frequently plays with the Alvin Dyers Quartet and in 2000 he released his debut album, ‘Wesley Street’. Alvin gained popularity touring with Workforce, a band including Spencer Mbadu and Robbie Jansen, which garnered an enthusiastic following and great reviews. They performed at several high profile events and festivals both locally and in Australia. Alvin also hosts regular jazz jam sessions at various venues around Cape Town, most notably the Monday night Jazz Jam at Swinger’s in Wetton – an event that Alvin has overseen for over 15 years. The jams provide opportunities for young musicians to interact with a host of seasoned visiting musicians from, amongst others, Germany, Sweden, the USA and the Netherlands. A teacher at UCT’s South African College of Music, Alvin’s dedication to education has seen him mentor a new crop of South African jazz talent with the same professionalism and excellence he displays in his own playing.
Richard Ceasar – is a well-known and loved jazz guitarist, singer and songwriter. After studying classical guitar at UCT, Richard fell in love with Jazz as a genre and has never looked back. With musical influences like George Benson, Pat Martino and Pat Metheny, his style has grown into its own unique signature over the past 20 years. Having toured extensively both locally and internationally, Richard is now working on his fourth album which will be released in 2014. A combination of dance, R&b, instrumentals and Jazz, the album features a collective of some great local musicians such as Don Vino Prins, Vernon Steer, Ivan Bell etc.
Saudiq Khan – is a proudly South African and respected Concert Flamenco Guitarist – a product of District Six of the 60’s in Cape Town, he was exposed to the colourful Cape Culture from an early age. He was inspired by the passionate sounds of the Flamenco guitar and once in his teens was determined to learn the music he loved. He had to leave school when he was 15 to help support his family. His first job was as a mailroom delivery boy but discovering he had a skill for fixing cars Saudiq approached a local Flamenco Guitarist, and bartered working on his cars in return for lessons. In 1989, having worked his way up in the national stage. He is also busy composing new material for his next album. Three of Saudiq Khan’s compositions from his first album Pure Soul: Por Manolo (the title track), Ami Padre and Andaluz, were included in the soundtrack of the movie “Confessions of a Gambler”.
C-Base Collective – has become an institution as an evolving formation comprised of some of the best and most versatile musicians in Cape Town, personally selected by Jimmy Dludlu. C-Base Collective’s first performances were at the seminal Re-connection Africaine concerts headlined by Senegalese superstar Ismaël Lo at V & A Waterfront’s Dock Road venue in September 1995. Since then, C-Base Collective has served as a virtual “school” that many of South Africa’s most vibrant and talented young musicians have passed through. Core members of C-Base Collective, who have worked with Jimmy Dludlu for nearly 20 years, are John Hassan (percussion), Lucas Khumalo (bass) and Camillo Lombard (keyboards). Other early members of C-Base Collective included Marcus Wyatt, Buddy Wells and Judith Sephuma. Currently, C-Base Collective features some exceptionally talented young-up-and-coming musicians including Brandon Ruiters (trumpet) and Siyasanga Charles (trombone).
8. The Worcester Secondary School Band
A participant in the Focus Schools workshops under the auspices of the Jazzfest Training and Development programme, this band is sure to wow Festinos with their youthful exuberance and mastery of their instruments.
9. Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya (USA/SA)
Abdullah Ibrahim is one of South Africa’s most distinguished and world-respected master musicians. He was born in 1934 in Cape Town and baptized Adolph Johannes Brand. Strong childhood influences combined to produce a unique blend of the secular and the religious, the traditional and the modern to create his distinctive musical style. At 15, he debuted with local groups such as the Tuxedo Slickers and in 1958 he formed the Dollar Brand Trio. His ground-breaking septet the Jazz Epistles, formed in 1959 (with saxophonist Kippie Moeketsi, trumpeter Hugh Masekela, trombonist Jonas Gwanga, bassist Johnny Gertze and drummer Makaya Ntshoko), recorded the first jazz album by South African musicians. That same year, he met and performed with vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin who he married six years later. Apartheid and unrest in South Africa led the couple and the band to Europe. In 1963, Duke Ellington presented the Dollar Brand Trio in a Paris recording session. This led to invitations to perform at festivals and on TV and radio before the couple moved to New York where Dollar Brand appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival. He received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to attend the Juilliard School of Music during which time he collaborated with many contemporary and progressive musicians. In 1968 and while searching for spiritual harmony, Dollar Brand returned to Cape Town, where he converted to Islam, taking the name Abdullah Ibrahim. After a couple of years in Swaziland, Abdullah and his young family returned in 1973 to Cape Town, though he still toured internationally with his own large and small groups, settling once again in New York in 1976 and now divides his time between South Africa and the US. He has toured the world extensively; been the subject of several documentaries; has a discography that runs to over 100 album credits, composed scores for films (including Chocolat). He has started a South African production company, Masingita (Miracle), and established a music academy, M7. Most recently, in 2006, he spearheaded the creation of the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, an eighteen-piece big band. A Martial arts Black Belt with a lifelong interest in Zen philosophy, the recipient of many awards and honorary doctorates, spiritually strong as both teacher and disciple, Professor Abdullah Ibrahim really is a musical legend.
Ekaya is the name of the ensemble that will accompany Ibrahim. Formed originally in the 1980’s, the line-up now includes: Cleave Guyton on Alto sax and flute; Lance Bryant on Tenor sax; Marshall McDonald on Baritone sax; Andrae Murchison on trombone; Noah Jackson on Bass and Will Terrill on drums.
10. Andreya Triana (UK)
Andreya Triana is an experimental and self-taught singer and songwriter originally hailing from South East London. Her music is of the moody soul variety while her husky voice is reminiscent of Lauryn Hill and Cassandra Wilson. At 17 she started doing an open-mike night at a local music venue where the owner introduced her to a collective of musicians, with whom she formed a group called Bootis. While studying for a degree in music technology in Leeds, Andreya decided to re-form Bootis with new members and a new multi-genre sound. Soon, her love of improvisation would birth her Freeflo Sessions — a one-woman show using a sampler to loop vocals, percussive sounds, and beats, live. She toured extensively with her Freeflo Sessions, and as a result of the creative strength she displayed in the show she was selected in 2006, to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy in Australia, where she further developed her style for improvisation and secured links with some of the best producers and musicians on the music scene at that time. Multiple collaborations ensued daily at the Academy, notably “Tea Leaf Dancers,” a collaboration with hip-hop producer Flying Lotus (released on Warp Records), which caught the attention of Ninja Tune stalwart Simon Green, also known as Bonobo. He featured her on his Black Sands album and then offered to produce her first full-length effort, Lost Where I Belong. The 2010 debut was a well-received set of smoky ballads and well-produced mid-tempo soul, all with a distinctive retro feel.
11. Kirk Whalum “Gospel According to Jazz Africa” Chapter I(USA)
Kirk Whalum’s music is known to be soulful and passionate. Influenced by his gospel roots as well as the 1980’s nightclub scene, Whalum is known for his singular, big tenor sounds. Pianist Bob James spotted him in Houston, a partnership which lead to a Grammy nomination for their collaboration album Joined at the Hip. He has performed with top international stars like Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston. It is Whalum’s sax on the mega-hit I Will Always Love You.
12. Frank Paco Art Ensemble (Mozambique)aMozambique-born Frank Paco began playing drums, aged 11, using drums that were made from oil canisters – such was the shortage of musical instruments in a war-torn country at the time. From these humble beginnings, Frank’s career has been meteoric and seen him play with some of the greatest names in jazz throughout the world. From the 46664 Mandela AIDS concert to international performances with Jonathan Butler, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ronny Jordan, Monique Bingham and Lokua Khanza, he has also collaborated with Tucan Tucan, Virtual Jazz Reality, Uhambo, Ragga Africa, Jimmy Dludlu (with whom he toured the US and Europe), Moreira Choinguica, to name just a few. In 2000, Frank was invited to record with SA’s top musicians under the Sheer Sound Jazz Label, of which his composition Milagre was chosen for the music video. The album won the SA Music Award for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album and the group was invited to Den Hague to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2001. As a session musician, Frank is featured on 40 albums, ten of which were award winners. He is currently in the final stages of recording his debut album for his band, Frank Paco Art Ensemble, which features some of the finest international and local musicians. In addition to performing live, Frank enjoys teaching and conducting workshops around schools in South Africa. He has also conducted the ArtsCape Youth Mentoring Programme and the MMINO Norwegian Youth Mentoring programme in Hout Bay.
13. Lalah Hathaway (USA)
Lalah Hathaway is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music, a trained pianist and vocalist and her career has spanned two decades. Her debut in 1990 on Virgin Records with the self-titled album Lalah Hathaway, fused elements of R&B, Jazz and Pop. The resonance in her voice struck a chord with music lovers and her first single Heaven Knows secured her place in R&B music. In 1994, Lalah released her second album, A Moment, in which she explored more music genres including elements of New Jack-Swing and funk without departing from her soul and jazz roots. The project also included Sly & the Family Stone’s remake and the fan favourite ballad, Separate Ways. In 1999, Lalah released the critically acclaimed duet CD, The Song Lives On with legendary jazz musician Joe Sample. The songs Fever and When Your Life Was Low helped broaden Lalah’s appeal to jazz music fans. She has toured and recorded with several acts, including George Benson, Take 6, Marcus Miller, Rahsaan Patterson, Mary J. Blige, The Winans, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, David Sanborn, Carl Thomas, Angie Stone, Robert Glasper, Donald Lawrence, Eric Roberson, Grover Washington, Esperanza Spalding, and just recently, Prince. In 2004, the album Outrun The Sky and the number one single Forever, For Always, For Love (a remake of the classic Luther Vandross tune) put Lalah in the spotlight again. In 2008, Lalah released her fourth solo album, Self Portrait, on the Stax label, which debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s R&B charts. Self Portrait was nominated for Lalah’s first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In 2011, Lalah’s fifth solo album – Where It All Begins – was released and included a remake of the fan favourite, I’m Coming Back. Lalah also won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance in 2014 for her contribution to Snarky Puppy’s single “Something.”
14. Level 42 (UK)
Level 42 is an English pop rock and jazz-funk band that have had a number of commercially successful worldwide and UK hits over the past three decades. The band gained recognition and fame for their high-calibre musicianship—in particular that of Mark King, whose percussive slap-bass guitar technique provided the driving groove of many of the band’s hits. The band are also known for the combination of King’s lead vocals and keyboard player Mike Lindup’s falsetto backing vocals. After much success as a live and studio band in the 1980s and 90s, with several UK and US top ten hits, the group disbanded in 1994 but reformed again in 2001 and in 2010 celebrated their 30th anniversary with a special tour, as well as a box set, Living It Up, which included a disc of fresh acoustic versions recorded by Mark King and Lindup. The band continues to enliven audiences around the world with their instantly recognizable sound.
15. Moh Dediouf (Senegal)
His roots and his tone are from Senegal, but Moh Dediouf is of another generation. His music beats to the rhythm of a wanderer, fed by encounters and the quest for new horizons. This journey started some thirty years ago, in a family house where traditional African rhythms mingled with the musical mastery of Marvin Gaye and James Brown. From this fertile mix flourished an unstoppable creative passion which was tempered with Moh’s move to France for his studies which expanded his musical universe. His lyrics speak of an African reality without clichés, while his unique sound fluctuates between blues and ballads. Dediouf is daring in his influences but never loses direction. Lyrics in French, English and Wolof testify to collaborations with dozens of French, Africa, Arab, Swiss, and American artists. From his wide-ranging musical influences he’s cultivated a global approach that extracts the essence of each artistic horizon he encounters. Singer, drummer, percussionist, Moh has worked in many musical combinations (soul acoustic trios, jazz groups, etc.). He colours Western music with African hues and sings English songs in Wolof, drawing on his roots and memories of music from his childhood. He released his first solo album, self-produced, in 2007. Acclaimed in the industry, it won first prize for the song “Adouana” in the World Music Category of the US International Songwriting Competition, beating out 15,000 competitors from 100 countries. Songs in French, Wolof and English link Africa and the rest of the world. As an artist and human being, this connection is his philosophy for confronting society’s ills. The symbol of a new movement, African Artists for the Next Generation, Moh-Dediouf always surrounds himself with European and African artists to forge pathways between Africa and the rest of the world. For Moh, it’s through his music that the real Africa will burst onto the world stage.
16. Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio (USA)
Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, Randy Weston’s musical career has spanned over six decades and continues to inform and inspire audiences around the world with his intelligent fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique. The multi-award winning pianist and composer was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926, he didn’t have to travel far to hear the early jazz giants that were to influence him. Weston cites Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of course, Duke Ellington as his piano heroes, but it was Monk who had the greatest impact. In the late 1960s, Randy left the States and settled in Morocco and has travelled extensively throughout the continent whose rich musical tapestry continues to influence his work and enthrall his fans.
17. Shakatak (UK)
Shakatak is a multi-award nominated and winning English Jazz-funk band founded in 1980. They have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music with their music creating a far reaching fanbase as well as enjoying an ‘underground’ status. Along with this successful recording career, Shakatak had firmly established themselves as a vibrant live act, combining astute musicianship with a sense of fun that communicated strongly with world-wide audiences. The band originally consisted of: Jill Saward (lead vocals), Bill Sharpe (keys), Keith Winter (guitar), George Anderson(bass) and Roger Odell(drums). With the magic Al Jarreau/Shakatak combination the group went on to record the track ‘Day by Day’ to greater international acclaim. When Keith Winter became seriously ill, the band now augment their live shows with Jacqui Hicks (b.vocs,sax&flute) or Debby Bracknell (b.vocs&flute) and Alan Wormald (gtr&b.vocs) with Winter remaining an integral part of the band through his management of the official website.
18. Tasha’s World (The Netherlands)
Rotterdam singer Natascha Slagtand – Tasha’s World – comes from a musical family and has been influenced by artists such as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway and Quincy Jones. A neo-soul singer, she is a confident vocalist who uses soulful organic sounds complimented by sparse and tough Hip Hop beats. Tasha’s World’s self-titled album was released in Japan in 2001 and in Europe in 2002, when it received rave reviews and voted one of the best albums of the year by both ‘Blues and Soul’ and ‘Echoes’ magazines. In 2004 Tasha’s World released her second album – ‘World Domination’ – and since then Tasha’s World toured the globe with her band giving performances at the London Jazz Café, The North Sea Jazz festival, S.O.Bs in New York, Ahoy Rotterdam with ‘Vrienden van Amstel Live’ and an emotional performance with Eritrean superstar Yohannes Tikabo, to name only a few. In 2007 Tasha’s World took a break from performing and the music industry. During this time, she was asked to be member on the board of ‘Your World’ (Rotterdam European Youth Capital 2009) for which she advised the city council on music projects for Rotterdam youths. Two years ago, she started a new talent development project called ‘Harvest Me’, which provides young upcoming Rotterdam talent with the necessary tools to become professional artists. Inspired by working with young people and being back in a recording studio, Tasha’s World was spurred to begin work on her third album, Blck GLD which was released last year.
Tizer Quintet (USA)
TIZER is a multi-cultural and award nominated band led by Boulder, Colarado native, keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer. Establishing themselves in the contemporary jazz world over the past few years, TIZER has spurred comparisons of a modern twist to the 70s and early 80s heyday of jazz fusion, when trailblazing ensembles like Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report set the aesthetic standard. Their first studio album, Downbeat, is driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical and Afro Cuban and world rhythms, while their album TIZER Live captures the energy and enthusiasm of their live performances. Over the past few years, TIZER—a 2011 nominee for “Jazz Group of the Year”–has taken their multi-faceted world fusion vibe around the globe. TIZER has a multi-genre, multi-national appeal that expands beyond just jazz enthusiasts. Their diverse resume includes performance slots alongside Zappa Plays Zappa, Jethro Tull, Isaac Hayes, Al Jarreau, Spyro Gyra, George Benson, Soulive, Babyface, Bruce Hornsby and Robin Thicke.
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