Oscar Rachabane and Friends on tour


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Oscar Rachabane on saxophone
Oscar Rachabane on saxophone

Oscar Rachabane is on record the youngest saxophonist ever to have played at Kippies.

The incredibly talented youngster made his debut at the popular jazz joint in 2004 at the age of fifteen. In 2010 he shared the stage with his grandfather Barney Rachabane in a jazz orchestra of future South African jazz stars and veterans.

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While a member of the Gauteng Jazz Orchestra he played at the Johannesburg City Hall an event that saw him open for the legendary Abdullah Ibrahim. Claiming his seat as South Africa’s natural bebop exponents, Oscar is slowly yet steadily forging an impressive career in his grandfather’s Barney Rachabane’s band.

Nhlanhla Daniel Mahlangu and Oscar Rachabane (right) at the Book Cafe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Nhlanhla Daniel Mahlangu and Oscar Rachabane (right) at the Book Cafe, Harare, Zimbabwe

His unique style combines bebop and blues, threaded through always with the inflections of the kwela Soweto youth. A remarkable young jazz talent Oscar was born and raised in Soweto and is influenced by the sounds of Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt and our very own dearly departed Moses Khumalo. Oscar made his professional debut in 2003 at the age of 14 playing with the Soweto Jazz Quartet.

Since then he has played with many established artists, including but not limited to Soweto Kinch (UK), Jason Yarde (UK), Louis Moholo, Khaya Mahlangu, Hugh Masekela , Afrika Mkhize etc Oscar has also jammed with luminaries ranging from Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane and Dave Koz.

Catch Oscar Rachabane (tenor saxophone, penny whistle), Keenan Ahrends (guitar)
,  Sebastian Schuster (bass) and Thomas Worle (drums) at the following venues:

Cape Town:
Wednesday 23 November 20:00 The Crypt 1 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Thursday 24 November 19:30 The Great Wizoo : Lower Burg Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town,
Friday 25 November 20:00 The Hive: Palmer Road, Muizenberg.
Saturday 26 November 15:00 Kwa Sec Gugulethu
Sunday 27 November 15:30 The Masque Theatre

Wednesday 30 November 20:00 The Orbit
Sunday 4 December 17:00 Soweto Theatre

Friday 02 December 23:00 The Chairman
Saturday 03 December 23:00 The Chairman

Oscar Rachabane is a quirky hipster from Soweto of great distinction amongst his peers and fans alike. Part of a lineage of an illustrious family of reedmen, Oscar is the grandson of legendary saxophonist Barney Rachabane. He has carved a niche himself as a no holds barred, soulful saxophonist. With an astounding jazz vocabulary and a mastery of South African Mbaqanga. His is a sound deeply entrenched in the musical history of South Africa. ConcertsSA has generously supported this tour. A joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation.


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