Cape Jazz Safari
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Cape jazz is a blend of Khoisan and Cape minstrel vernacular music, American jazz, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, and influences from Europe and Asia.
What’s a Cape jazz safari like? Imagine jazz legends like Miles Davis or Earl Klugh extended an open invitation to you to come over to their house, hang out with their family and friends, and listen to them blow, strum and jam just for you – well, it’s like that. Only, possibly, a Cape jazz music tour is even better, because on this urban music encounter you’ll experience Cape jazz genres that few locals have enjoyed firsthand.
Led by a guide, usually a local jazz aficionado, your Cape jazz safari starts in District Six – a multi-cultural non-white community whose residents were displaced forcibly as recently as 1966. Here, where Cape jazz greats like Abdullah Ibrahim and Basil Coetzee translated the heartache of an oppressed nation into melodies, you’ll learn about the development of jazz at the Cape.
If you take the Monday night tour, it’s on to the home of master musician, Mac McKenzie, in the coloured township of Bridgetown. Dubbed the ‘King of Goema’, jazz guitarist and composer Mac will regale you with stories of the bygone heyday of Cape jazz, and seduce you with a home-cooked meal accompanied by Cape jazz standards and classic cover renditions.
Next up is Swinger’s jazz club in the township of Lansdowne. On Monday nights, local muso’s jam here, and you won’t find better live jazz music in Cape Town. From pianists like Hotep Galeta to saxophonist Robbie Jansen and sibling guitar wizards Alvin and Errol Dyers, no matter who takes the stage you’ll be blown away along with the rest of the jazz maniacs that party here.
Wednesday night tour stops are the same as Monday nights, except you’ll swap your jazz club visit for another private at-home performance. The Dizzy Gillespie of Gugulethu, Blacki Tempi, might entertain you, or perhaps young keyboard impresario Kyle Shepherd, or poly-instrumental Hilton Schilder will tickle the ivories.
Theory says, your tour lasts 4 hours, meaning you’ll be home around midnight. Reality says, you won’t want your Cape jazz safari to end.
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Jazz safaris are jointly operated by
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