Feya Faku 18th Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival
Feya Faku

Horn maestro Feya Faku ends a national tour with the dazzling Plurism contemporary jazz collective as part of the Jazz in the Native Yards series. Funded by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, the band performs with Faku at the Alliance Française du Cap on Loop Street on Saturday 8 July at 8pm. Concluding the tour, the second Cape Town gig with support of Concerts SA will be on Sunday 9 July from 3pm at the Guga S’thebe Cultural Centre in Langa. Also sharing the stage on Sunday is BAE Quintet, winner of the Best Young Jazz Group in Sweden 2016.

With support of the Cape Town Music Academy, part of Sunday’s concert will be broadcast live on Fine Music Radio (101.3fm) from 4pm.

Standard Bank Jazz Festival Dominic Egli
Drummer Dominic Egli

Much ‘More Fufu!’

Following their first two releases Untitled Yet and Fufu Tryout, the resourceful and many-sided collective is formed around the prolific drummer Dominic Egli and consists of the all-star line-up including Feya Faku on trumpet, Raffaele Bossard on bass and Christoph Irniger on tenor sax. Dubbed More Fufu! the project has been described as a colourful declaration of love to Africa, its musical and culinary offerings. It’s said the project veers at times away from and towards the band’s original influences “while exuding raw sensuality, explosive coolness and earthy playfulness producing complex, driving grooves and eruptive solos.”

Having been the driving force behind several recording projects and collaborations, Dominic Egli’s versatile drumming style brings a dynamic spectrum from full-throttle power to an airy intimacy. His influential compositions are deeply rooted in tradition and have seen him accompany numerous international acts, as well as bands from Switzerland.

Feya Faku is a product of the South African jazz scene. His trumpet has found its way into collaborations with legendary artists such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Zim Ngqawana, Bheki Mseleku, Winston Mankunku Ngozi and Darius Brubeck. He was artist-in-residence at the Centre for African Studies at the Basel University (CH) where he also played with Egli. He adds his characteristically warm, soulful sound and his supreme technical skill to this project.

Zurich Jazz School

Saxman Christoph Irniger has been described as “one of the greatest talents of his generation”. From studying jazz education at the Zurich Jazz School, he has made a name for himself in diverse line-ups playing jazz, rock and other genres. His work has appeared on twenty albums and he has played concerts and tours throughout Europe, Asia and the USA.

Raffaele Bossard’s powerful bassline forms a solid foundation whilst allowing other artists to explore their musical spaces. With his experience in collaborations in hip-hop and other projects, he has a compositional quality in his style coupled with soulful  solos, contributing to his reputation as one of the most sought after Swiss bass players.

Who: Feya Faku, BAE Quintet
When, where:
Saturday 8 July, 8pm, Alliance Francaise du Cap, Loop Street, Cape Town
Sunday 9 July,  3pm, Guga S’thebe Cultural Centre, crn Washington/Church St, Langa
Tickets: R100 door/student and pensioners discounts available
Info: Luvuyo Kakaza 060 960 8935
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