Shane had a year of shows around the world planned with various projects. All have been cancelled due to Covid-19. For now he has converted online with lots of Youtube content, inlcuding remote collabs with musicians around the world. SEE HERE.
Or the 10 track collab album he made remotely with 10 artists around South Africa wherever they are during lockdown. The album is called Small Songs For Big Times Volume 2. It features artists like Thandi Ntuli, Bokani Dyer, Guy Buttery, Mikhaela Faye, Sisonke Xonti and more! It is only available on Bandcamp HERE.
Also he has set up a Patreon where he offers lessons, behind the scenes clips of songs as he makes them, patron-involved creations and much more. Check it out HERE.
Shane Cooper has just launched a Patreon page. Through this platform patrons can gain access to exclusive content, behind-the-scenes footage, online lessons in bass and composition/production, pre-release listens to new music, and much more! For the music fan, and the music practitioner alike. Checkout the video below and visit the page here www.patreon.com/ShaneCooper
In February the Remixes album of MABUTA’s Welcome To This World was released. It features Slugabed (Ninja Tune), Daedelus (Brainfeeder), Kid Fonque and D-Malice aka rkls, Jazzuelle, Gourmet, Mac Motel, and yours truly Card On Spokes. It is available to stream on all digital platforms, as well as on bandcamp. You can also get yourself a 12″ LP edition from Roastin’ Records HERE.
Award-winning South African / Swiss collab band Skyjack just did an exclusive CD launch tour in South Africa this November to launch their highly anticipated 2nd album ‘The Hunter’. It comes out officially in early 2019 on legendary German record label enja’s imprint Yellowbird Records. So it won’t be available in digital formats until then. For now CDs are available exclusively in South Africa. The band consists of some of South Africa’s finest musicians: Kyle Shepherd on piano, Kesivan Naidoo on drums, and Shane Cooper on double bass. These 3 are joined by two of Switzerland’s most in-demand horn players: Andreas Tschopp on trombone and Marc Stucki on tenor sax. Their sound is an absolute powerhouse, with all members bringing compositions written for the group. From deep African grooves, to heavy-hitting jazz rides, and beautiful soundscapes, it’s all part of the incredible journey that is Skyjack. Here is their performance of ‘Loueke’ at The Orbit in Joburg on the recent tour. For more go to www.skyjackmusic.com
The MABUTA double LP vinyl edition of ‘Welcome To This World’ has just been released on legendary South African label Afrosynth Records and is distributed by Rush Hour. You can order your copy from Rush Hour HERE
“This debut from MABUTAis a nice example of how doing something a little bit different doesn’t necessarily have to be an obstacle to creating supremely embraceable music. The sextet’s mix of South African jazz and contemporary electronic music is all kinds of friendly and forges a strong connection, even as it simultaneously creates an environment that sparks an introspective reaction.” – Bird is the Worm
“Shane Cooper and his many incarnations will always offer the freshest air for your lungs, the awakening your mind has been craving and sustenance for your soul. The MABUTA collective has released a mesmerizing album, timeless and challenging all at once. You’ll have this on repeat for a while and return to it often.” – Texx and The City
In May 2018 Shane launched his new Zurich quintet aka Zuintet at Jazz Im Seefeld. The band includes some of Switzerland’s finest musicians: Marc Méan – piano/rhodes, Ganesh Geymeier – tenor sax, Andreas Tschopp – trombone, Nicolas Stocker – drums, with Shane on double bass. More shows to come!