In association with Concerts SA, Jazz in the Native Yards presents one of Cape Town’s finest saxophonists, McCoy Mrubata, who returns to his hometown to perform on 1 July from 7pm at kwa Sec, Ny 138 no. 52 Gugulethu.
McCoy’s mini Cape Town tour takes him further to Khayelitsha where he will perform from 3pm on 2 July at Moholo Livehouse. On 3 July he performs at Guga S’thebe Cultural Centre in Langa. In all gigs he will be joined by old time friends Peter Ndlala on bass, Frank Paco on drums and Blake Hellaby on keyboards.
McCoy Mrubata’s Homecoming performances are part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.
Jazz in the Native Yards uses different venues in the Western Cape to promote music appreciation in the jazz genre. The McCoy Mrubata Homecoming is one of many concerts it has produced with support from the Concerts SA Venue Circuit programme. Fresh from a USA tour with superband Uhadi in March and April, performing with South Africa’s most sought after musicians Paul Hanmer, Herbie Tsoaeli, Feya Faku and Justin Badenhorst, McCoy says it is more than fitting to come home to perform after such a long time.
“I can’t wait to perform in my home town for my old friends, new friends, families and fans. My repertoire will comprise of old favourite songs like Cape Samba, Icamagu Livumile and new songs from the current CDs.
McCoy recently launched his DVD, McCoy Mrubata Live at the Market Theatre. The DVD was shot in 2015 during the International Jazz Day launch last year as part of the celebrations. In May he was part of a South African Dutch exchange band that performed at the Amersfoort Jazz Jazz Festival Netherlands. He has also released a CD that was recorded last year In Switzerland called McCoy Mrubata Live at the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club.
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.
- Friday 1 July @ 7 pm, NY 138 no. 52 Gugulethu
- Saturday 2 July @ 3pm, Moholo Live, Ncumo Street, Harare, Khayelitsha
- Sunday 3 July @ 3pm Guga S’thebe Cultural Centre, Washington/Dr Langalibalele Ave, Langa
All shows are R60 per ticket