Reedman McCoy Mrubata visits KwaZulu Natal to celebrate Africa Day
In association with Concerts SA, iSupport Music Business presents three performances of one of South Africa’s favorite saxophone players: McCoy Mrubata as part of a weekend of Africa Day celebrations. Mrubata and his band will be performing on Friday 24 May at The Chairman in Durban, Saturday 25 May at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale and Sunday 26 May at Artizen Lounge in KwaMashu.
His visit to KwaZulu Natal is to promote the release of his 12th solo album, titled Brasskaap Volume 3, which was recorded in Johannesburg, Cape Town and in France and released in March this year.
“People can expect a vibrant performance and a repertoire that will consist of new songs and old favorites. Besides the South African influences, my new material is full of songs with beats and rhythms from North- and West Africa, very fitting for this Africa Day Weekend.” Says Mrubata
Born in 1959 in Cape Town’s historic Langa township, Reedman McCoy Mrubata grew up with the sounds of African music: the soulful hymns of the Zion Church, the chants and rhythms of traditional healers and the brassy jive of the Merry Macs band who rehearsed opposite his home. When schooling became impossible in the fiery aftermath of the 1976 uprising, the young Mrubata, then playing flute, studied informally under Langa greats like Madoda Gxabeka, Winston Ngozi , the Ngcukanas, Ezra and Duke, Blackie Tempi and Robert Sithole. Over the years he toured and recorded with a dazzling array of South African and overseas jazz players. Mrubata released his first solo album in 1989 and has released 12 solo albums to date. He has won many awards, under which 5 SAMA Awards, the latest in 2015 for Brasskaap Sessions Volume 2.
More recently, Mrubata and Paul Hanmer celebrated 30 years of friendship and collaborative work in music and had performances around SA and they also toured USA performing and conducting workshops at some of the higher institutions like Berklee and UCLA. In 2018 Mrubata won the Kennedy Center Gold Awards.
Joining Mrubata on stage are an all-local lineup including Neil Gonsalves on keys, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass guitar and Riley Giandhari on drums.
At Artizen Restaurant and Lounge, legendary vocalist Xolisa Dlamini will also be performing. Musician and singer Xolisa Dlamini is regarded as a legend and veteran of theatre who believes she has always been in sync with music and sees herself destined for greatness and as a creative person.
Dlamini has performed at many high-profile events, to critical acclaim, she also performed in Scotland for the 2014 Common Wealth games with Philani Ngidi, Hugh Masekela, Mahotela Queens and Micasa and in the inauguration of President Thabo Mbeki. She has recorded and performed with Busi Mhlongo, Serio Diaz from Brazil , Elie Kihonia from the Republic of Congo as a backing vocalist and Hanse Genzo from Australia.
Dlamini released her second album “Afro Blue” in June 2010 which includes hits like “Vuma” and “Ndim Ndedwa”. She is currently working on her third album, which is due to be released later this year. She recently completed her Bachelor of Practical Music (B-Prac) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is inspired by the music of Busi Mhlongo, Dianne Reeves, Bheki Mseleku, Chaka Khan, Feya Faku, Demi Fernandez, Susan Barry, Miles Davies, Sibongile Khumalo, Miriam Makeba, and many more.
These concerts are part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.