Robert “Robbie” Edward Jansen the Cape Jazz music legend passed away peacefully on 7th July 2010 at 16h20 at the Netcare Hospital in Kuilsriver Cape Town.
He died as a result of respiratory complications due to his on-going Emphysema medical condition and was surrounded by the love and support of his wife, Mother, eight younger siblings until the end.
Robbie Jansen’s career started in his early teens and he quickly became a respectable and versatile musician. He was a multi talented instrumentalist and a gifted singer with a warm gravelly timbre to his voice and an equally lovely burnished tone on his alto saxophone, his main instrument. During the struggle years of apartheid, he was the pied piper calling people on his flute to rallies all over the Western Cape. In later years that flute evoked the warm sounds of peace and reconciliation. He helped develop the Cape Town sound and is fondly thought of as the musical voice representing his people. Over the years, Robbie’s influence on South African and African music has reached legendary status and today musicians’ especially young aspiring saxophonists have been influenced by his signature tone and jazz inflected voicing.
Robbie was a pioneering member of the Ghoema sound, a musical idiom particular to the Cape and sourced from the sounds of the marching carnival and Christmas bands. Mr. Jansen’s talents were well documented through an extensive career of Cape and African Jazz. His involvement in a number of Cape Town bands most notably the Rockets, Pacific Express, OsWietie, Spirits Rejoice and his Sons of Table Mountain took his unique talent to the people in clubs and concert venues all across South Africa and the international stages.
Over the last 5 years Jansen concentrated on his solo career and helping develop the talents of younger musicians. Today his music is taught at music institutions the world over where saxophonists emulate the sounds of this musical genius for newer generations to enjoy.
Saturday 17 July 2010 @ 10:30am
His People Christian Centre - N1 CITY
c/o Joe Hattingh & Solly Smiedt Rd's
Viewing of the body 9:30am - 10:20am.
service will start at 10:30am and will be conducted by Pastor Glen Robertson
Seating for 4,000
A private cremation will follow (family members only)
This project explores innovative ways of turning waste material, discarded fabrics and damaged clothing into new, unique garments and accessories.
In conceptualizing this project, fashion design was recognized as a platform to engage with creative young women from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop creative solutions to combat social problems like poverty.
We recognize that by fostering an entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people to complement their creative skills, we can assist them to generate an income for themselves and they in turn can share the knowledge that they have acquired with other youth from their home communities.
To get the project started, I have partnered with the local NGO, Etafeni Early Childcare Development Centre based in Nyanga, Cape Town.
While Etafeni's focus is early childcare development, they also run an income generation programme for adults who are significant in the lives of the children who are cared for at the centre. The caregivers who participate in the income generation programme are trained in beadwork, smocking, patchwork and embroidery.
Hands on will employ 4 women of the income generation programme for 2 hours a week to participate in workshops where together with 8 young high-school going women, we will develop new and unique fashion garments out of recycled products (bottle caps, buttons, cloth), material off cuts and damaged clothing donated by the clothing retailer, Truworths.
To donate to this Project contact: Greer Valley
The International Music Society (IMS) and South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) Conference is happening at the University of Stellenbosch from 14-17 July 2010.
Jonathan Eato, researcher, composer, saxophonist and lecturer in music at the University of York (UK), has secured a proposal with the IMS SASRIM conference that the composers panel should also feature three extraordinary South African jazz musicians namely, Tete Mbambisa, Louis Moholo-Moholo and Zim Ngqawana.
The conference charges a fee, but this talk is freely open to anyone who is interested in attending and not just academics.
Below is a detailed blurb:
IMS SASRIM Composer’s Panel 10:30-12:00, 16 July 2010, Konservatorium, University of Stellenbosch. ALL WELCOME
What does it mean to be a South African jazz musician in an increasingly globalised music industry? Are contemporary musical identities primarily of jazz or of South Africa? How are these musical identities explored locally and internationally? Jean François Bayart draws our attention to the curious paradox that the effects of increased international exchange are simultaneously a homogenisation and a flowering of localised difference – how does the contemporary artist seek to navigate this creatively? Has it become increasingly possible to be musically Xhosa in jazz and if so how? Antjie Krog talks of a mingling or entanglement of roots in order to ask how one root can become or link to another, whilst Deleuze might argue that things continue to become the other, while continuing to be what they are.
The three artists on this panel have, between them, taken South African jazz from vocal jive, through bebop and free improvisation, to contemporary big band and a Xhosa inflected avant-garde. Following an introduction to their work these three extraordinary musicians will discuss their music and ideas.
In alphabetical order the panellists are:
Tete Mbambisa Tete Mbambisa’s musical legacy stretches back to his early work with the vocal group The Four Yanks. He later switched to the piano and won first prize for piano at the 1963 Castle Lager Festival. His work with the Soul Jazzmen led to the influential recording of Duke Makasi’s ‘Inhlupeko’ (1969) and in the politically charged South Africa of early 1976 Mbambisa recorded the album ‘Tete’s Big Sound’ for Rashid Vally’s iconic As-Shams label. This was followed in 1982 with another As-Shams release ‘Did You Tell Your Mother’. His fruitful association with Duke Makasi continued and resulted in the recording of one of Mbambisa’s best known compositions – ‘Thembile’s Workshop’ featured on The Brothers’ album ‘Xhosa Nostra’ with Victor Ntoni (bass) and Lulu Gontsana (drums). It is a tribute to the high regard in which Mbambisa is held by musicians that Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, and others continued to pay musical and verbal tributes to him long in to their European exiles.
Louis Moholo-Moholo Described by UK jazz critic John Fordham in the Guardian newspaper as ‘one of the legends of the South African and British jazz scenes’, drummer and composer Louis Moholo-Moholo came to prominence in the 1960s for his work with the Blue Notes (Johnny Dyani, Mongezi Feza, Chris McGregor, Nikele Moyake, Dudu Pukwana). He played a key role in early Brotherhood of Breath lineups, has led several influential bands under his own name (the Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit and Viva La Black) and after nearly half a century on the international scene continues to be described by Fordham as ‘a blast of fresh air’. Moholo-Moholo has worked with many leading improvising musicians including Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Marilyn Crispell, and Archie Shepp. A significant number of Louis Moholo-Moholo’s recordings, including his Dedication Orchestra project, are available from Ogun Records.
Zim Ngqawana Having worked in several bands, including a late incarnation of Pacific Express, Zim Ngqawana was amongst the first jazz graduates from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He subsequently studied in the United States with Yusef Lateef, Max Roach and Archie Shepp and went on to forge strong links with Norwegian musicians resulting in San Song (1996) and ‘Zimology’ (1998). ‘Zimphonic Suites’ (2001) and ‘Vadzimu’ (2003) both saw Ngqawana working with South African musicians, notably Herbie Tsoaeli (bass) and Andile Yenana (piano), and Gwen Ansell cites Ngqawana’s ‘vision of a South African avantgarde jazz voice drawing deeply on traditional Xhosa roots’ as largely responsible for making him one of South Africa’s best selling jazz artists. He directed the one hundred strong Drums for Peace Orchestra at President Mandela’s inauguration and has played with many musical luminaries including Moses Molelekwa, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Hugh Masekela. Many of Zim Ngqawana’s recordings are available on Sheer Sound.
Convenor Jonathan Eato is a composer and saxophonist and lecturers in music at the University of York (UK).
sad news: Robbie Jansen died yesterday afternoon in hospital. This is truly
a big loss for the jazz fraternity and the music industry. He was a
brilliant musician who not only embodied the very soul of Cape-Jazz but
also paved the way for generations of South African musicians to come. And
he even gave us our very personal song "9 Bath Street Goema".
Robbie, we will sorely miss you.
We send our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Andreas, George and Regina and all musicians of Jazz Potjie Projects
Heeiishh... Music loose another of its devoted servant.
I must add music and the people of South Africa.
Robbie cared so much about the people.
Robbie, like Mankunku, was both an amazing musician and a beautiful human being.
I am sad not only because I won't see Robbie again, but I am also sad because I won't see anymore the people of Cape Town, New Brighton or elsewhere he performed, being so happy and "having a joll" when he plays his music.
I will miss him entertain the people of South Africa and touch their heart and soul.
I will miss him like I miss the sight of Table Mountain, which could be my only comfort right now.
Fred (Marseille - France)
Orlando Sanchez Soto
I feel really bad about Dear Jansen,but He´ll be now playing with John Coltrane and Miles In A Better Place.
Greatings to all the Friends,congratulation for all your goals.....and PEACE
Multi-instrumentalist, Hilton Schilder has been diagnosed with cancer. He is undergoing expensive medical treatment for the cancer.
"As a show of appreciation and support for the 'Genuine' Iconoclast, a support gig will be held at Swingers in Wetton on Sunday to raise funds to assist with the astronomical medical costs that are accruing! Confirmed bands include Robbie Jansen and the Sons of Table Mountain, The Alvin Dyers Trio, Errol Dyers, the Glen Robertson Band with Camillo Lombard, John Hassan, Jonathan Rubain, Sisonke, Xonti and many, many more whose lives have been touched and musical horizons expanded by their interaction with the beautiful creative soul of our brother Hilton. A cover charge of R50 will be charged at the door but all additional pledges of support are welcome!"
One of Tyrone Apollis' artworks and George Hallett's limited edition will also be auctioned.
A trust account has also been set up by Ray Brink of Brink & Thomas Attorneys and any financial contribution can be deposited in or electronically transferred to:
Brink and Thomas Attorneys Trust
A/C No 4070310853
Swift Code ABSAZAJJ
Use reference “Schilder Benefit” + Your Name
Gig Time: Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 6:00pm
Venue: Club 021 (Swingers), Wetton, tel:021 7622443 Map
"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