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!
This February, Shane Cooper and his new band MABUTA launch their much anticipated debut album Welcome To This World. Recorded in 2017 on funds raised via crowdfunding, the band presents a unique body of work combining various influences from jazz to world music, and electronic music. The live band is lead by SAMA award-winning bassist and composer Shane Cooper of Cape Town, and features some of South Africa’s freshest musicians: Bokani Dyer (keys), Sisonke Xonti (tenor sax), Robin Fassie-Kock (trumpet), Marlon Witbooi (drums), and special guest Reza Khota (guitar).
Welcome To This World is a powerful album by the group, with potent guest appearances by Shabaka Hutchings, Buddy Wells and more. Hear the music live in Cape Town and Joburg this Feb.
(Tickets are available at the door for each show.)