Africa Day at Sophiatown Jazz Encounters


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Celebrate Africa Day at Sof’town on May 25 at 20:00 with McCoy Mrubata (saxophone/flute), Lex Futshane (double bass) and Godfrey Mqcina (percussion).

McCoy Mrubata (Sax) & Lex Futshane (Bass)
McCoy Mrubata (Sax) & Lex Futshane (Bass)

Lex Futshane is an internationally proclaimed electric and acoustic bassist, prolific composer, arranger, performer and educator. This music graduate from the University of Kwazulu-Natal currently teaches bass and manages a teacher training programme at the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company.

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Lex is a founder member, composer and arranger of “Bassment” a 12 double bass ensemble comprising of 6 Jazz and 6 Classical bassists, a first in Africa.

Since establishing himself as a renowned bassist, he has worked with amongst others, Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi, Rashied Lanie, Bheki Khoza, Bheki Mseleku, Ezra Ngcukana, Ulrich Sussie and Brice Wassy.

Lex has performed in many local and international festivals including the Grahamstown Art Festival, Arts Alive, Joy of Jazz, Bath International Music Festival in the United Kingdom, IAJE in the United States of America and a festival in Seoul, South Korea.

He played bass and co-arranged many recordings such as “Art Gecko” – Counterculture, “Durban Noise” – Jurgen Braunninger, “African Tributes- NU Jazz Connection, “Old Blue Balls Is Back”- Felema, “Before it’s too late”- Darius Brubeck.

This time he will be playing alongside saxophonist, flute player, band leader and composer McCoy Mrubata, who grew up with the sounds of African music: the soulful hymns of the Zion Church, the chants and rhythms of traditional healers and the brassy jive of the Merry Macs band who rehearsed opposite his home.

In 1989 he formed Brotherhood, which also included guitarist Jimmy Dludlu, pianist Nhlanhla Magagula and Lucas Khumalo. In 1990 the band won the Gilbey’s Music For Africa prize. In addition, McCoy has collaborated with a dazzling array of South African jazz players, and with overseas artists such as Airto Moreira and Flora Purim.

McCoy is also an internationally recognized achiever who received a Gold Medal in the Arts Gala, April 2018 from the Kennedy Center International Committee On the Arts.

This Trio performance featuring Godfrey Mgcina is a great way to celebrate Africa Day, as the Trio promises nothing but the best in their performance. Don’t miss it!

Sophiatown the Mix, 71-73 Toby Street, Sophiatown, next to Westdene in Johannesburg.
Bookings: 083 550 7130 / 011 377 3490, Tickets R120
Bring your own drinks and snacks. We provide glasses and ice. Supervised street parking.

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