Glimpses of a Jazz Festby Tseliso Monaheng / 04.04.2014
A different type of jazz happens on the streets. These homies are called Platinum.
Gugs-based musician Crosby repped hard with the Mix ‘n Blend live band, making their debut Jazz Fest appearance. Jon, Kev, and co. held down the groove while the conscious raggamuffin ran through staples like ‘Joy’ and ‘Outta Town.’ The whole crew gave a spirited performance and were well-received by those in attendance.
Natascha Slagtand (Tasha’s World) played a fun, head-nodding set at the Bassline stage. This one’s for FB, living for likes yo!
Justin Bellairs (alto saxophone) and Reza Khota (guitar) riffing hard during the Shane Cooper Quintet’s performance.
Turn it up son!
“And damn my momma just saw it / front row in that festival with her camera phone recording / she heard ’em all when they lost it / in the same state where apartheid incarcerated my father / she had a proud smile as I shined bright like a shooting star dat she spotted” – Reason ‘The March Freestyle’.
Given Mphango plays percussion for Malombo, Dr Phillip Tabane’s menacing musical troubadours. Their collective energy is otherwordly!
Sibusiso Dlamini (Piano/keboards) and Phumlani Mtiti (Saxophone) of Ological Studies share a moment.
Rudolph Bird, percussionist in Kenny Garrett’s band, praises the Gods.
Kenny Garrett in control.
Kebbi Williams, from Chris Dave’s band, blows the magic horn.
Scary/angelic Nai Palm, vocalist for Hiatus Kaiyote.
Gooie ou Kaapstad!
*All images © Tseliso Monaheng