Robin Fassie Kock Picture Øystein Haara
Robin Fassie-Kock Pictures: Øystein Haara

Tumpeter Robin Fassie-Kock, in association with Concerts SA, presents the debut tour of his newly established Quintet, RFK5. Comprising an array of talented jazz performers, the Robin Fassie-Kock Quintet premieres RFK5: The Acoustic Project at select jazz venues in Cape Town and Durban.

Fassie-Kock is moving steadily towards becoming one of the finest young jazz musicians on the scene today. With a relaxed, soulful style that combines sensitivity and flair with skill, the the Quintet consists of a strong core of local musical talent.

Ahrends/ Shepherd/Cooper/Sweetman

In Cape Town he’ll be joined by Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Kyle Shepherd (piano), Shane Cooper (bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums). In Durban the quintet will be comprised by Reza Khota (guitar), Nduduzo Makhathini (piano), Shane Cooper (bass), and Jonno Sweetman (drums).

Robin says: “After touring Norway with this music, I look forward to hear how some of my favourite musicians in South Africa interpret the music in my newly formed Quintet that will be performing in CPT and KZN for the first time. This will be part of a mini-series leading up to more releases from RFK for 2017.”

Born in Cape Town, Robin is the nephew of the late great South African pop star Brenda Fassie. He started playing trumpet in marching bands at 16. After going through a rite of passage, he incorporates some sacred rhythm, harmonies and melodies into compositions.

Coming from the Seawinds area of Cape Town – a melting pot of different cultures and musical influences – Robin is heavily influenced by the local klopse minstrel tradition. He believes his upbringing played a huge role in forming his musical taste. He also feels his parents’ cultural backgrounds have had a lot to do with the way he thinks about art and music.

‘Jazz i sikte competition’

In 2015, Robin was invited to complete his studies at the Grieg Academy in Bergen (Norway), and consequently has already performed with some of Norway’s greatest musicians such as soul singer Miss Tati. As 2015 winner of the prestigious Jazz i sikte competition, he performed at Nattjazz and Sildajazz in 2016.

In 2015 Robin toured Mauritius and SA with pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, featuring later in his recording Listening to the Ground. The same year Robin also contributed on Bokani Dyer’s World Music. He has since appeared at the Cape Town Jazz Festival alongside Zoe Modiga, Gavin Minter Septet and Beatenberg.

His 2017 KZN Tour is supported by Concerts SA through the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.

Where: when:
Cape Town – SA College of Music, Fri, 26 May, 7.30pm
Bookings: 021 650 2626 /
Cape Town – Alma Café , Sat, 27 May – 7.30pm, R130 (dinner included)
Bookings: 021 685 7377 /
Durban – The Chairman , Thurs, 8 June, 10.30pm, R 150
Bookings: 079 753 6313 /
Durban – Bat Centre, Fri, 9 June,7.30pm – R 70 (pre-sold) /R 100 (door)
Bookings: 031 332 0451 /
Durban – Jazzy Rainbow, Sat, 10 June – 7.30pm – R 70(drink included)
Bookings: 031 303 8398 /
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