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28 Sep 2009

Pan African Space Station - Live Events 2009

On September 30 PASS Live opens with a choral rendition of pioneering Chilean author, Fernando Alegria's War Chorale composed by Bheki Khoza.

From October 1 - 4 2009, PASS II plays host to genre-busting music outfits from global Africa dedicated to exploring new musical territory.

The line-up features Kora maestro Toumani Diabate; Queen of Ndebele music, guitarist Nothembi Mkhwebane; 9-piece, Chicago-based jazz troubadours Hypnotic Brass Ensemble; Cameroonian funk-master Franck Biyong and his Massak Afroletric Orchestra; Zanzibar's legendary taarab orchestra and social club, the Culture Musical Club; Ras_G & the Afrikan from his El-Ay, Western Sahara space base; and Ghanaian Pidgin rapper Wanlov the Kubulor.

PASS II also features a series of new collaborations between South African musicians: Barry van Zyl's southern African sound-rhythm stew, Baboti are joined by jazz vocalist and trombone player Siya Makuzeni; and politically engaged, slamming jazz upstarts uDaba perform with spoken-word author Kgafela oa Magogodi.

Some of the continent's most esteemed selectors, including Dar es Salaam's DJ Yusuf Mahmoud and Cape Town's own Fong Kong Bantu Soundsystem are also making appearances.

The live music component PASS takes place in a series of different venues across greater Cape Town, engaging diverse together audiences and provoking new forms of creative expression and social mobilization that foregrounding history and memory as well as agency and difference. Audiences will travel from St Georges Cathedral, the Centre for the Book and the Slave Church in the city centre to Guga S'thebe in Langa and All Nations Club in Salt River.

LIVE EVENTS

WEDNESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
St George's Cathedral: War Chorale with Bheki Khoza (7-9pm)

THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER
Slave Church: Wanlov the Kubulor / Toumani Diabate (7-9pm)
Centre For The Book: Udaba / Franck Biyong & Massak 9pm-11pm)
All Nations: Fong Kong Bantu Soundsystem / DJ Andy Williams / DJ Yusuf Mahmoud (10pm-4am)

FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER
St George's Cathedral: Culture Musical Club / Toumani Diabate (7-9pm)
Centre For The Book: Barry van Zyl & Baboti / Nothembi Mkhwebane / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (9-11pm)
All Nations: Ras Yellow / Ras G & Afrikan Space Program / Funafuji (10pm-4am)

SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER
Guga S'thebe: Udaba / Nothembi Mkhwebane / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (12pm-6pm)
Slave Church: Culture Musical Club / Wanlov the Kubulor (7am-9pm)
Centre For The Book: Barry van Zyl & Baboti / Franck Biyong & Massak (9am-11pm)
All Nations: Ras Yellow / Ras G & Afrikan Space Program / DJ Andy Williams (10pm-4am)

Sunday 4 OCTOBER
Pass Radio, Africa Centre, 44 Long Street, Cape Town: Songs For Bheki

BOOK NOW!

All shows: R30 pre-booked; R50 door. Tickets available via computicket: www.computicket.com

http://www.computicket.com/web/festival/pan_african_space_station_festival/2104314

083 915 8000
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011 340 8000

http://www.panafricanspacestation.org.za/

26 Sep 2009

Winston "Mankunku" Benefit

Sunday, 4 October 2009 @ 16:00
Club 021(Swingers Jazz Pub)
Cnr Dolphin and Wetwyn Rds, Wetton

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The Family and musician friends of Winston Mankunku will be hosting a benefit concert, in aid of Mankunku, who is at present convalescing in a frail care facility. Proceeds will go towards his immediate needs, e.g. hospital and medical costs, etc. Tickets to the event cost R100 for reserved bookings or R50 at the door. Reserved bookings will receive preferential seating.


The concert brings together musicians, across the musical spectrum, who are aware of the major contributions Mankunku has made to the growth of South African music industry.

The friends performing at the benefit are indebted to him for iconic contributions.
Musicians who have commited to appear include
Robbie Jansen
Errol Dyers
Alvin Dyers
Jeff Wiener
Duke Ngcukana
Ezra Ngcukana
Buddy Wells
Sylvia Mdunyelwa
Soi Soi Gqeza
Hilton Schilder
Mac McKensie
Spencer Mbadu
George Werner
Little Giants


And
Others

Bra Winston is an icon of South Africa/Cape Town jazz. He first came to prominence in the 60’s with the release of his highly acclaimed L.P. “Yakali’nkomo”. This brought him to the attention of Duke Ellington, who had invited him to join his big band. In the 80’s, 90’s he released further CD’s namely “Jika”, “Molo Africa” and performed throughout South Africa and abroad, receiving accolades from both musicians and the audience.


Mankunku had many opportunities live abroad, receiving many invitations from persons such as Ellington and Chick Corea, but remain at home and help nurture younger musicians, likes of Faya Faku, Andre’ Petersen, Graham Beyer and more.

For the past year, Bra Winston has been incapacitated due to ailments with a heart condition and arthritis. He has had a portion of his middle finger amputated which left him unable to use his hand, thus leaving him unable to perform. Further lung and kidney complication arose. Our main Indaba is for him to repair.

Don’t miss.

For more information/bookings call or email
Terry 082 345 6657 terry4tune@gmail.com or
George 073 182 5305 george@jazz.co.za

22 Sep 2009

PASS - dj mIGHTY PASSing the right stuff


we know that the commercial radio stations will not allow grooves like this man is playing, but maybe there is a radio station out there who will offer mIGHTY a regular slot. many thanks to PASS for allowing talents like mIGHTY to share their interesting tastes...- the creative musicians dj



Get on board the Pan African Space Station here.

Our Music - A Celebration Of The South African Jazz Heritage

Celebrate South Africa’s rich heritage to the sounds of South African Jazz
Legends: Feya Faku, Robbie Jansen, Errol Dyers, Hilton Schilder and Mac
Mackenzie.

The Baxter Theatre hosts the Jazz Legends Concert on 24 September
at 8pm. Tickets are available at Computicket.

SPEAK THE MIND POETRY SESSIONS at Artscape

Pics from the sessions at Artscape.





Richard Ceasar Double CD Launch @ The G-Spot



The G-Spot is at Gunners Circle, Epping Industry 1
Email: info@the-gspot.co.za
Tel: 021 5351873
Facebook: G Spot Leisure Lounge

16 Sep 2009

The Pan African Space Station is in Orbit


Follow the path of the Pan African Space Station here.



If you are bored to death by the same old tunes churned out by some radio stations and want to hear something different, from John Coltane, some rare Hugh Masekels, Nina Simone, Tete Mbambisa to hip hop, then get on board. Listen to the sounds of life. Some very interesting discussions also.



Do not miss out on the live entertainment later in September and the beginning of October. All the info and schedules can be viewed at http://www.panafricanspacestation.org.za/



Spread The Word -

"There other worlds outhere they never told you about" - Sun Ra

PAN AFRICAN SPACE STATION

13 Sep 2009

Songs For Our Brother, Father, Cousin, Uncle, Friend - Tony Schilder Benefit




12 Sep 2009

Pan African Space Station - an all round freeform sound cocktail

Provoking new forms of creative expression and social mobilisation, the Pan African Space Station (PASS), a 30-day music intervention, takes place online through a freeform music radio station and across venues in Cape Town. This music exploration begins on 12 September 2009. Now in its second year, PASS continues its cross-cultural and cyber-spatial voyaging, bringing together diverse pan-African sounds from ancient grooves to future hip-hop.

The first stream of musical discovery begins with PASS’s 30 days of cutting-edge music that will be streamed live via the internet. The station will feature guest DJs, themed shows, live performances, readings, tributes, debates, sound art, speeches, interviews and much, much more. Limited audiences are invited to engage and interact with the music and discussions.

This first stream of music Internet consciousness will launch with Songs for Biko, a 24-hour praise party for Steve Biko on Saturday 12th September (Biko Day), from 6pm.

“PASS embraces the lineages that shape music making on and from this continent,” said the curators, “but we also try to challenge the stereotypes associated with musics from Africa. This project isn’t about connecting with one’s roots, it’s more about exploring African cosmopolitanism in this 21st century through music,” Ntone Edjabe one of the organisers said.

The second – live – musical expedition takes place between Thursday, 30th September and Saturday, 4th October. PASS II’s goal is to host genre-busting music outfits from global Africa. Acclaimed Kora maestro Toumani Diabaté mediates traditions inherited from Mali's ancient Mandé Empire through globetrotting jazz, blues and electro frequencies in his first ever South African performance. Expect an equally courageous and spiritual performance from Queen of Ndebele music, guitarist and bandleader Nothembi Mkhwebane.

The live component of the festival launches with the collaborative, experimental choral work based on the novella War Chorale by pioneering Chilean academic, visionary, writer and revolutionary Fernando Alegría, with composition and direction by jazz guitarist Bheki Khoza.

Nine-piece, Chicago-based jazz troubadours Hypnotic Brass Ensemble remap the street-music tradition that runs from jazz's earliest days through free-jazz, dub and hip-hop into a rowdy, rousing party-music script. Other big bands on the bill include Cameroonian funk-master Franck Biyong and his Massak Afroletric Orchestra who re-imagine Afrobeat via fearless forays into jazz, electronica, soul and hip-hop; and Zanzibar’s legendary taarab orchestra, the Culture Musical Club.

LA native Ras G and the Afrikan Space Program bring interstellar beats and dub grooves best described as Sun Ra meets Lee "Scratch" Perry. Ghanaian "afro-punk" Wanlov the Kubulor's "pidgin music" blends gritty Jamaican dub liquidity and socially engaged lyrics into an alternate music history. PASS II will also feature some of the continent’s most progressive DJs, including Dar es Salaam’s DJ Yusuf Mahmoud and Cape Town’s own Fong Kong Bantu Soundsystem.

The festival also features a series of new collaborations between South African musicians. Multi-talented jazz vocalist and trombone player Siya Makuzeni adds adventurous sonic textures to world-renowned drummer and percussionist Barry van Zyl's southern African sound-rhythm stew, Baboti. Elsewhere, politically engaged, slamming jazz upstarts uDaba are joined by poet and spoken-word author Kgafela oa Magogodi.

The live music component of PASS again takes place in a series of different venues across greater Cape Town. Audiences will travel from St Georges Cathedral, the Centre for the Book and the Slave Church in the city centre to Guga S'thebe in Langa and All Nations Club in Salt River. Songs for Bheki, a musical tribute to the late South African philosopher and musician Bheki Mseleku, closes the live music component on Saturday, 4th October.

Visit http://www.panafricanspacestation.org.za/ to view last year's programming and listen to archived "PASS Casts" including radio mixes, talks and performances by acts at last year's festival.

Updates and event schedules will also be posted on their website.

PASS is a creation of the Heliocentrics in partnership with the Africa Centre.

Tune into the station, attend the events. It promises to be a great experience.

10 Sep 2009

Benefit Concert for Jazz Legend Winston Mankunku

Jazz Concert with Anke Helfrich, Henning Sieverts, Ivan Bell

Jazz concert with Anke Helfrich - piano, Henning Sieverts - bass, Ivan Bell - drums
11 September 2009, 19:30
Auditorium, German International School, 28 Bayview Av, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town



Anke Helfrich, piano (Germany)

Anke Helfrich studied in "Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten" in the Hilversum/Netherlands.

Her studies with honors was followed by a scholarship in New York where she took lessons with the famous pianists Kenny Barron and Larry Goldings.
Anke Helfrich, piano (Germany)

Anke belongs to the prominent female jazz musicians of Europe.
Since the beginning of her career she has worked very successfully with her trio:Henning Sieverts in the double bass and Dejan Terzic on the percussion.

Numerous awards and prices (like the 1st price of the European jazz Competition and the Hennessy Jazz Search, the Invitation to the BMW Jazz Award and to the M.L.Williams Competition in Washington D.C. or the Jazz price of the city of Worms) all testify her pianistic musicality and swinging virtuosity.

Their 3rd CD "Stormproof", was just recently released and was praised by the critics and introduced in 14 German towns to an eager audience during a tour in the Spring of 2009.

Anke Helfrich played, among others, with Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Woode, Benny Bailey, Roy Hargrove, Tony Lakatos, Gianni Basso,Dave Glasser, Mark Turner, John Marshal, Nils Wogram, Jens Winther, Stacy Rowles, Keith Copeland, Johannes Pasture miller, Jochen Rueckert, Wolfgang Haffner, Martin Gjakonovski, Dejan Terzic, Manu Katch .

Her Concert Tours took her to Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Turkey, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg, Lithuania, the USA, China and Malaysia - and South Africa!

Henning Sieverts, bass, cello, composition(Germany)

His playing ranges over the breadth of the music, from classic bebop and its stylistic successors through free Jazz and into the new music (“Rowohlt Jazz Lexikon”)

...born March 6, 1966 in Berlin

# begins playing cello at the age of five
# scholarship at the Berlin Conservatory 1977-84; classes in cello, piano, harmony, counterpoint and ear training
# 1983 and 1984 first prize at the national competition "Students Compose"
# since 1983 continues studying electric bass and double bass on his own, begins working in bands
# 1985-90: studies journalism in Munich; continues playing and composing
# 1990/91 member of the "Bundesjazzorchester" (National Jazz Orchestra) under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer
# 1990 receives the Music Award from the City of Munich
# 1991: winner of the of the "International Society of Bassists" jazz competition
# 1994 Bavarian Music Award
# 2007: New German Jazz Award and New German Best Soloist Jazz Award
# since 2003: moderator of the jazz show at Bavarian Public Radio
# concerts in Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, and Venezuela
# 75 CD-Productions (10 as bandleader)

Ivan Bell, drums (South Africa)

Ivan is a self taught musician; he is noted for his musicality, versatility, creativity and his groove sense. His musical career started at age 9 teaching himself to play songs off the radio on piano, then went on learning to play guitar at around 12yrs old. He performed with few local pop, rock and dance bands around town. Discovered his passion for the drums in his late teens (19 yrs old) and never looked back. He has over the years matured as a musician and has worked in many different musical environments and genres in his musical career: Jazz Trios, Big band, Afro Cuban and other Latin styles, R&B, Funk, Fusion, West African rhythms, South African music, Flamenco, Reggae, Rock, German Polka and Classical also (Appearances with Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra. His own project "URBAN JIVE " is currently in the works. He has performed with some of South Africa's top artist such as Abdulla Ibrahim, Winston Mankunku, Tony Cedras, Darryl Andrews, Alvin and Errol Dyers, Hotep Galeta, Jennefer Jones, Vicky Sampson and many others at major venues and festivals locally and internationally.

He has appeared on many recordings.

Numerous appearances at the Cape Town International Jazz festival, Festivals in Johannesburg, P.E, Grahams Town ARTS festival and many other performances around the country. Currently on the Cape Town music scene performing with various reputable artist at top Jazz clubs, night clubs, theatres, festivals and various other music venues nightly. Conducts drum workshops around Cape Town at various venues when available. Currently teaching drums and percussion at Bishops prep school Cape Town.

This evening surely promises a jazz enjoyment on the highest level…

Musica Mundi is organizing this concert in collaboration with the German Consul General (who will be present as well) and the Goethe Institut.

Please take note that Anke will be interviewed on Friday 11 September from 13:00 on FMR

Date: 11 September 2009, 19:30

Ticket Price:R70
members: R35
students: R20 (plse produce student card)

Venue: Auditorium, German International School, 28 Bayview Av, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
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Tel: 021-4378011
Fax: 021-4378019
Cell: 082-9765900
email: musicamundi@telkomsa.net
website: http://www.musicamundi.co.za

06 Sep 2009

Jazz and Braai with the Alvin Dyers Trio

Join the Alvin Dyers Trio for Jazz and Braai every Sunday from September 2009 at Carnival Court. The trio consist of Alvin Dyers on guitar, Denver Furness on drums and Alistair Andrews on bass. Expect to see some musician guests also. The band starts at 21:00.

Carnival Court
Long Street 255
Cape Town 8001
Tel: +27 21 4239003


No Cover 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

Hamba Kahle Winston Mankunku Ngozi - Tributes

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