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29 Feb 2008

Summer In Cape Town,Volume One

The recording of the upcoming release, "Summer In Cape Town,Volume One", at the Artscape complex on 20 January 2008,was a huge success. More than a thousand copies of the first recording, "Winter In Cape Town,Volume One", has already been sold in Germany.

The driving forces behind theses recordings are Andreas Wellmann,his wife Regina Zelms and George Werner.

Cape Town has become second home for Germans, Andreas and his wife Regina. Organ player Andreas has a solid connection with the Cape Town music scene and has teamed up with musicians and groups like Gramadoelas, Alex Van Heerden, Wesley Rustin, Leslie Jooste, Jonathan Jacobs, Wayne Bosch, Peter Ndlala, Carlo Fabe, James Kibby, Mlamli, Titi Tsira, Yeye Smous. According to Andreas, "The Gramadoelas with Alex, Wesley, Leslie, and then Jonathan Jacobs are actually responsible that I was introduced to parts of the Cape Town scene like Robbie, Allou, Spencer and later to Titi, Stix and many, many more."

Probaly more than one cd can be filled with the amount of music recorded on 20 January.

While rehearsing for this project, Robbie Jansen composed a goema tune called, "9 Bath Street Goema", the Wellmanns' place in Cape Town.

For the previous recording "Winter In Cape Town, Volume One",jazz vocalist Erin Clarke, was part of the Little Giants. On this project, she is featured under her own name.

This recording also features some Xhosa Afro Pop stuff by Titi Tsira, Soi Soi Gqesa and Zami Mdimgi.

Two rhytm sections were employed on the 20. January:
Denver Furness (dr), Peter Ndlala (b), George Werner (p)
and Carlo Fabe (dr), Wesley Rustin (b), George Werner (p)partly supported by Andreas Wellmann (Hammond Organ)

The tunes that made it onto "Summer In Cape Town, Volume One",are
# Erin Clarke (voc) Softly, as in a morning sunrise

# Zami Mdimgi (voc) Ndiyayivuma Lendaba (Zami)

#Leslie Jooste (voc) Love

# Robbie Jansen (voc, sax) Sunny, 9 Bath Street Goema (Robbie)

# Perfect Way feat Erika Lundi (voc) Don't get around much any more (Ellington) Perfect Way are: Wesley Rustin (e b), Carlo Fabe (dr), Andreas Wellmann (Hammond Organ),James Kibby (guit)

# James Kibby Project (James, voc) Disappear, A Hundred and Ten in the Shade(John Fogerty) James Kibby (voc, guit), Wesley Rustin (acc b), Carlo Fabe (dr), Andreas Wellmann (Hammond Organ)

# Titi Tsira (voc) Back of the Moon (from King Kong)

# Little Giants Cape Samba, Anthem for a New Nation(Abdullah) Emile Duse (b), Craig Mehl (dr), Kim Raad (ten sax), Sisonke Xonti (ten sax), George

#Gramadoelas Wat nie dood maak Nie, Maak vet (Alex) Wesley Rustin (basses, voc)), Andre Swartz (dr), Alex van Heerden (accordion, voc), Lesley Jovan (guit, voc)
# Peter Ndlala (b) Envelope for Penelope (Peter) no rhythm section
# Soi Soi Gqeza (voc) What a wonderful world (Armstrong) Peter, Carlo, George

# Soi Soi Gqeza/Titi Tsira (voc) Meadowlands

Thank you from the production team Geroge Werner, Andreas Wellmann, ReginaZelms:
We had support through Fine Music Radio (Benedict Peters MC, Jazz Brunch everySunday 11-13),
Eric Alan (Radio 2000,
Jazz Rendezvous every Sunday 17),
KWV Wines,
Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos Muizenberg who provided us with anice KAWAI grand piano including tuning support on the Sunday (!!) for an extremely nice price!

Other people involved:
All the wonderful staff at the News Cafe, Artscape Centre
Skip Wright & Juanita van Wyk: stage design
David Langeman: live recording
David Cathcart: live sound
Paris Zannos: mix
Tim Lengfeld: mastering

Andreas: In Frankfurt I am busy finding sponsors and organizers to bring Jazz Potjie Projects to Germany - maybe some of those Jazz or Afro festivals ...
The upcoming Winter in Cape Town will most probably be recorded with another sponsor: PIANOS Ian Burgess-Simpson in Muizenberg. He actually provided us with a nice KAWAI grand piano for the last recording. And there will be another launch 11. May at Nassau center.

Please note that "Winter in Cape Town, Volume One" is available in Germany from the following website:

International you can order at

In Cape Town you will find the CD with sponsors
Jimmy's Killer Prawns on Kloof Street 021 426 0327
Sushi Zone Obs 021 447 8427
Miller's Thumb on Kloofnek Road 021 424 3838
Cafe Paradiso on Kloof Street 021 423 8653
Dornier Wines, Stellenbosch 021 880 0557
Manenberg's 021 421 5639
Swingers 021 762 2443
with Iain Harris'

and at record stores
African Music Store on Long Street, Cape Town
Revolution Records, 73 Lower Main Road, Observatory 0727698362

21 Feb 2008

“On The Edge Of Wrong” - Open Up Your Mind

On The Edge Of Wrong ‘08
a festival of improvised music


“On The Edge Of Wrong” returns to Cape Town 29 February – 2 March continuing the spirit of free music exploration. It will be held at The Intimate Theatre in Cape Town.

On The Edge Of Wrong promotes improvised music as a search for “a music” which is immediate and unbound by stylistic conformity. Hence the name of the festival, it provides an environment for music that is conventionally marginalized. We believe there is a need to create a stage for stronger personal opinions, and that one way to stimulate preference is to hold a festival for highly individualistic music. Performances of this kind are generally too few and far between in a place where it is needed.

We have an international cast this year including artists such as Streifenjunko (NO) Morten Minothi Kristiansen (NO), as well as SAs own Louis Moholo, Zim Ngqawana, Brydon Bolton to name a few. Confirmed lineup for "On the Edge of Wrong" 2008 is as follows:

Fri 29 Feb:
Kesivan Naidoo, Righard Kapp & Morten Minothi Kristiansen

Jacob Israel

Zim Ngqawana, Louis Moholo and Shane Cooper

Sat 1 March:
Brydon Bolton & Frank Mallows

Streifenjunko Duo (from Norway)

Mark Fransman solo

Sun 2 March:
Max Starcke Group

Ivan Mazuse, Texito Langa and Gorm Helfjord

Righard Kapp & Morten Minothi Kristiansen

Tickets are R70 per night (R40 per night for students) OR you can buy a full festival pass for all three nights for R170. Performances will start at 20:00 (please note that the doors will be closed once the performances have commenced) - doors open at 19:00, and there is a cash bar and a lovely outside area to socialize at the Intimate Theatre.

Intimate Theatre, Orange St, Cape Town. Tel: (021) 480 7129

19 Feb 2008

RESTLESS NATIVES | Armchair Headset

MOTHER CITIZENS, lend me your ears

This THURSDAY 21 February, 2008

Independent Armchair Theatre,
135 Lower Main Road,
Observatory Doors Open at 9pm
Cover Charge is R30

Hot, young, Mother City Jazz Quintet known as The RESTLESS NATIVES, complete with new saxophonist Chris Engel, make a very welcome return to the Armchair Headset on Thursday 21st February.

Chris Engel is an exciting new member to the group. He began playing saxophone at the age of 10 and since then has performed at the Cape Town International Jazz festival with world renowned American jazz artists Joe McBride, Gerald Veasley and Kenny Blake. In 2006 Engel studied at Norway's prestigious institution, The Norwegian Academy of Music. While in education Engel was involved with a successful South African youth jazz development project called The Little Giants. During his time in the band he performed alongside great jazz artists such as Bheki Mseleku and Mervin Africa. The bands major achievement was performing for President Mbeki and Minister of Education Kader Asmal.

Other members of the NATIVES also have impressive feats within the jazz world.

Kesivan Naidoo needs little introduction to music lovers and is one of the most sought after drummers in anyone's books.

Jason Reolon on piano (Breakfast Included) was winner of the SAMRO National Overseas Scholarship for best Jazz Pianist in 2001, taking up his scholarship in New York in 2004

Shane Cooper on bass is a regular at Headset and also plays with great bands such as Babu and Closet Snare.

Lee Thomson on trumpet is a well-known Cape Town based musician who has worked with Springbok Nude Girls, Hog Hoggidy Hog and Freshly Ground. Making serious waves in the Cape Town jazz scene the Restless Natives are one of the most popular jazz ensembles in the city.

On Tuesdays they perform at Asoka in Kloof Street where their residencies pack out the venue each week.

As WhatsOnSa reported,
'Each of these musicians could quite easily take up the entire stage alone and have the audience eating out of their hands'.

Combining these diverse and talented jazz musicians enables the Restless Natives to outshine wherever they perform.

The Band:
Chris Engel Saxophones
Kesivan Naidoo Drums
Jason Reolon Piano
Shane Cooper Double Bass
Lee Thomson Trumpet/Flugel Horn

For information please contact Lee Thompson on 0827756868 or Sophie Doherty on 0790763602

go check out the Restless Natives group on facebook or

the actual event

There comes a time in every band's life when they outgrow DIY management. The Restless Natives are now at this point.We are looking for a manager to help us take our music to where it needs to, and will go. If you are interested, want to know more or know of anybody who would be interested, please contact Lee Thomson on 082 775 6868

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18 Feb 2008

Nhlanhla Magagula Benefit Concert

This is always sad news.

A Benefit Concert to be held at Swingers Restaurant/Bar on Sunday, 24 February from 3 pm till late. Donations R30 and proceeds will go towards the family of the late pianist/composer Nhlanhla Magagula who past away round two weeks ago. Musicians in attendance will be Robbie Jansen, Allou April, Spencer Mbadu, Duke and Ezra Ngcukana, Darryl Andrews, Alvin Dyers Trio, Wayne Bosch, The Little Giants, etc to name but a few.

Nhlanhla Magagula was born in Swaziland, +- 40 years ago. He firstt arrived in Cape Town as backing musician for McCoy Mbrata in 1989. Performed at Baxter at the launch of McCoy’s first album. Enrolled at MAPP Music School, Joseph Stone, Athlone, 1990, Studied there for two years. On completion, set out performing in trio settings and as sideman for various artists e.g. reed player Rene Mclean; trumpeter Claus-Werner Pusch, and others

He on to producing. Influential is Jimmy Dludlu’s first album as well as production, arranging and composing of Musa Manzini’s first album.

Many musicians who knew and heard him felt him to be one of the finest pianist/composers of his generation.

Swingers Restaurant & Pub
1 Wetwyn Road
Cape Town 7800
South Africa
+27 21 7622443
+27 21 7618799 (fax)

10 Feb 2008

Return To Forever - "The Romantic Warriors" - to reunite

Yes, it is on the cards. Return To Forever - Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola and Lenny White are planning tours for 2008 in North America and Europe. They are also planning to tour the rest of the world in 2009.

The news and interviews are here. Please listen to the interviews.

The press release is available here.

Al Di Meola and Stanley Clarke appeared at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival already. It will be so great if RTF can perform at the 2009 festival.

07 Feb 2008

Boulevard Blues - new internet site

Please check out the revamped site of one of the best blues bands.

Click here to read about the blues band, Boulevard Blues, their music, releases, their gigs, photo galleries and more.

The Undercover Agents for the Blues


I lost the quick-release plate to my CULLMANN 2550 tripod. Trying to get a replacement plate in Cape Town was very difficult. FotoKino in Cape Town and Fotolens in Bellville said that they could help. I was told by other so called reputable outlets that I will walk the soles of my shoes looking for a replacement, but will not find one and will have to replace the tripod.

Hey man, things are really not so bad. I send a email to the CULLMANN company in Germany enquiring if they have any outlets in South Africa, selling their products. Next thing, I got a reply from them, telling me that they are sending me a replacement plate, free of charge.


"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk
"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk

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