Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival

Participants

Jahazi Festival from 1st to 3rd September 2017 is proud to bring the following world class artists to grace our festival.

MUSICIANS:   

THANDISWA

Thandiswa Mazwai is one of the most influential musicians on the South African music scene today. She began her career in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of Kwaito. After 6

award-winning albums with Bongo Maffin she ventured onto a solo career. Zabalaza’ (2004), her debut project, reached double platinum status and won numerous awards including a Kora Award  for Best African Female Artist and Four South African Music Awards. It was also nominated for the BBC Radio  3

Planet Awards. Her critically acclaimed second album ‘lbokwe'( 2009) reached gold status in the first

few weeks of its release and her recent live DVD ‘Dance of the Forgotten Free’ (2010) won South Afri­can Music Awards for Best Female Artist and Best live DVD in 2011.The Guardian recently called her “South Africa’s finest female contemporary singer:’

Born in the year of the Soweto Uprising (1976), she has always felt that she has the soul of a rebel. Both her parents were journalists and political activists and she was raised in a home filled with books and thick with political discussions. It was this environment that nurtured her perspective as an artist. Her work has always been inspired by the writings of people like Bike and Fanon, Achebe and Nkru­mah, she says, “My work gave me an opportunity to share my thoughts and have a meaningful conver­sation with my generation about Blackness, Africaness, about some ofthe social ills that plague us,

and also about freedom and joy. Music gave me an opportunity to feed my revolutionary self:’Her music travels through the village into the ghetto and raises the roof in the city. Her compositions today include traditional Xhosa rhythms, mbaqanga, reggae, kwaito, funk and jazz.Through this, Thandiswa straddles the urban and the rural, effortlessly melding the traditianal with the modern.

 

Sekou Kouyate featuring Carl Winther

 Son of the Griot and multi awarded kora player, Mr. M´Bady Kouyate from Guinea, who toured the world with Ballet African since the early 60s.  

Sekou followed his fathers musical talent, toured and recorded with him, and was remarked for his innovative style of playing at an early age already. Soon it became obvious that Sekou was not only a firm keeper of the Kora tradition, that he inherited from his father and uncles, but that he had a particular style of his own, open to inspiration from the contemporary music scene of the world.

During a tour to Europe,12 years old, he asked his father for wha wha pedals to add to his Kora. His father finally agreed, and Sekous style became clearly unique, with the electric, distorted sound the pedals could add to the classical instrument.

Although often mentioned as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Kora”, due to his fast riffs and amazing sound, Sekou Kouyate is really one of a kind. Sekou combines musical styles virtuously, and can blend in any style of music, lifting and beautifying the melodies, with funky rhythms or complex melodies with a deep, spiritual feeling.  

His velvet soft voice, adds one more joy to the elegant music he composes. A free spirit and an open aproach to the richness of music, charactarizes the Guinean multi instrumental master.

 

Anna Pauline Jazz Quartet // Swe-Den Project

Anna Pauline is a jazz vocalist and songwriter who sings straight from the heart. Born in Kalmar but raised in Höganäs, she grew up in a musical family, with a father who is a well-known trumpet player and a Danish mother familiar with the wealth of Denmark’s rich musical tradition. Anna Pauline’s multicultural identity has enriched her artistry, and her linguistic abilities have made her something of a world citizen in the jazz sphere. As a vocalist, Anna Pauline’s early inspiration came from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee, Doris Day and Marilyn Monroe, as well as from singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris.

Her debut as a singer came at the tender age of four, and she went on to perform in a number of amateur musicals and reviews. Anna lived and studied for a time in Copenhagen, and in 2012 she completed her master’s degree at the Malmö Conservatory. Anna sees it as her mission not only to preserve the rich heritage of vocal jazz, but to contribute to it with her own compositions and lyrics, a process she began during an extended stay in France in 1996.

Her debut album, “Meant to Be”, was recorded live at Dunker’s Auditorium in Helsingborg in 2011, followed by a series of concerts in Scandinavia, as well as the US. The album was nominated that same year for the prestigious Golden Record award by Orkester Journalen, and became the readers’ choice. Anna Pauline has performed with a number of artists over the years including Peps Persson, Viktoria Tolstoy, Nils Landgren, Siw Malmqvist, Gösta Linderholm, John Pohlman, Papa Bue’s Viking Jazzband, Jesper Thilo, Gunhild Carling, Jazzin’ Jacks, Peter Asplund, Magnus Lindgren, Claes Jansson, Andreas Öberg and Anders Bergcrantz, among others. Anna’s latest album was released in 2015, and has garnered great reviews in DIG Jazz, Lira, Sydsvenskan och Orkesterjournalen, to name just a few.

Pasborg/Schantz/Jobarteh Trio

”This is not just one of Europe’s most interesting drummers, but one of Europe’s most interesting musicians… Stefan Pasborg, the H.C. Andersen of contemporary jazz” – Jazz Journal, UK

”For everyone who appreciates drums at their best, listen closely to Stefan’s work and be amazed’’ – Hammondbeat, USA.

”The revelation of the set was undoubtedly the young drummer Stefan Pasborg’’ – The Wire Magazine, UK.

“Stefan Pasborg definitely prooved that he is one of the best drummers in Europe” – Jazz Podium, Germany.

”Trommeslageren Stefan Pasborg tilhører de mere gudsbenådede på denne jord…Hans ekstatiske spil på trommesættet var her helt uden sidestykke. Det er virkelig en verdenstrommeslager vi har der” – Gaffa, DK.

One of the most personal and versatile young European drummers / bandleaders – from groove to abstract !
Three time Danish Music Awards-winner STEFAN PASBORG is a highly energetic drummer from the melting pot of Copenhagen, and after getting a snare drum, a cymbal and a high-hat at the age of three from renowned jazz drummer Alex Riel, he has developed into a very personal musician on the European jazz scene.

He has performed and recorded with musicians like: John Tchicai, Marc Ducret, Ellery Eskelin, Tomasz Stanko, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Palle Danielsson, Anders Jormin, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, Carsten Dahl, Jesper Zeuthen, Alex Riel, Dawda Jobarteh, Mikko Innanen, Liudas Mockunas, Kjetil Møster, Lotte Anker and Peter Friis Nielsen among others….And has toured the most of Europe and in USA, Canada, Africa and Asia – in more than 30 countries, on 5 continents, from Shanghai to Vancouver, from Monte-Carlo to Moscow, from Varanger to Casablanca, and from New York to São Paulo – both as a leader and as a sideman.

He is the founding member of successful bands like: Ibrahim Electric, Pasborgs Odessa XL, Toxikum, Firebirds, Free Moby Dick, Delirium … Besides his many bands and projects, he also performs solo-concerts regularly.

At Danish Music Awards 2004 he was voted ʻNew jazz-name of The Yearʼ…and his release ʻToxikumʼ was voted ʻJazz Discovery of the Yearʼ.
His first release as a leader – TriplePoint (ILK 2007) – was selected into worldwide TOP 5 ‘Best Debut Albums of 2007’ by the American magazine The New York City Jazz Record, and his release ‘Pasborg Odessa X-tra Large’ received a ‘’grammy’’ at Danish Music Awards 2011.

He is the founding member of the record label and collective ILK Music.
During 2011 Stefan Pasborg was chosen to be Artist-in-Residence at Copenhagen Jazzhouse, and in 2012 the national Danish television (DR) showed 5 documentary programs about him and his bands / projects.

Pasborg has won prices like f.ex. the Soloist-prize at ‘16th European Jazz Contest 1997’ in Germany, the 1st Prize at ‘5th European Tournament of Improvised Music 2001’ in France, ‘Jazznytprisen 2012’ in Denmark…and has received grants for artistic work from among others: Danish Arts Foundations, Danish Musicians Union, Norden, KODA, DJBFA.

 

Carl Winter

Copyright 2015, Peter Bennett

Copyright 2015, Peter Bennett

Carl Winter, is a powerful and intense jazz pianist. His style is complex but versatile resulting in great peaces work. He has worked with the greats! recording and touring with Jerry Bergonzi, who himself toured with the one and only Miles Davis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matona’s Afdhal Group

at Jahazi Festival 2014 (photo Peter Bennett)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WRITERS:

at Jahazi Festival 2014 (photo Peter Bennett)

 

Moussa Diallo – Story Teller

 

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