Voice and percussion are the two sublime elements that underpin the dynamic musical partnership of Florence Chitacumbi and Mino Cinélu.

Florence Chitacumbi and Mino Cinélu Their upcoming Chitacumbi – Cinélu SA Reunion Tour will take place from late April to early May 2019 in time to celebrate International Jazz Day.  The tour will feature original compositions that highlight Chitacumbi’s strong roots in jazz and Afro-soul, and Cinélu’s gift of rhythmic invention – which, in the words of his late friend Miles Davis, “can make any music swing!”

“I am thrilled to come back to South Africa to share music. For me the SA Reunion Tour is about breaking boundaries in order to exchange and to generate artistic collaboration,” says Florence Chitacumbi (pictured left).

Florence Chitacumbi and Mino Cinélu: 15 years of friendship

New York-based Cinélu – “the best percussionist in the world” – Canal + – is the perfect fit for Swiss-Angolan Florence Chitacumbi’s worldly vocal inflections. With some 15 years of friendship, born out of the recording of Chitacumbi’s Regards Croisés album, the two artists bring together the riches of their multi-cultural heritages and explored musical traditions, from Congolese rhythms to French chanson.  Known for their individual work with artists such as Sting, Herbie Hancock and Weather Report, Chitacumbi and Cinélu have continued to play and tour together, including to Africa in 2018, where they presented their new reunion project at Jazz à Ouaga in Burkina Faso.

Their 2019 South African tour will see them perform in Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Lesotho. They will perform as a trio, accompanied by guitarist Christophe Bovet (Bee Bee Honey, Tiza Brown) and will invite a few of SA’s top musicians to join them, notably the multi award-winning pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, who will guest on their final Cape Town concert on 4 May 2019.

Florence Chitacumbi and Mino Cinélu tour dates and details:

Friday 26 April 2019:

Alliance Française, Durban

Doors open 6pm  / Concert starts 7pm

Tickets: R100

Bookings: info.afdbn@alliance.org.za or +27 (0) 31 312 9582

Saturday 27 April 2019:

The Chairman, Durban


Entrance: R150 (deductible from food and drinks bill)

Bookings: table bookings via info@thechairmanlive.com or 079 753 6513

Sunday 28 April 2019:

SAJE Festival at Guga S’thebe, Langa, presented by Jazz in the Native Yards, Cape Town

Double Bill with Afrika Mkhize and Salim Washington Quartet

Doors open 2pm  / Concert starts 3pm

Tickets: R120 Adults / R70 students and pensioners

Bookings via Quicket and tickets available at the door

Tuesday 30 April 2019:


International Jazz Day

Loch Logan Waterfront Mall


Free entry

Wednesday 1 May 2019:

Alliance Française, Maseru, Lesotho


Free entry

Saturday 4 May 2019:

SlowLife at Olympia Bakery, Cape Town

With special guest Nduduzo Makhathini

Doors open 7pm / Concert starts 8pm

Tickets: R150

Bookings via Quicket