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Tete Mbambisa
and his Big ''SA-UK'' Sound

NCEM, York
Wednesday 9 September 7:30pm

Adults £12.00 | Concessions £5.00 | Students £5.00

 Please note that tickets for this event are no longer available to buy online, but may be purchased on 01904 658338 or on the door from 6:30pm
Tete Mbambisa and his Big 'SA-UK' Sound

£12 (concessions and students £5)

Tete Mbambisa piano
Julian Arg├╝elles tenor
Chris Batchelor trumpet
Steve Buckley alto
Gilbert Matthews drums
Vuyiswa Ngcwangu voice
Steve Watts bass

A unique opportunity to hear pianist and composer Tete Mbambisa - one of the elder statesmen of South African jazz - play live in the UK. Bra Tete will be joined by fellow South Africans and long standing collaborators, vocalist Vuyiswa Ngcwangu and drummer Gilbert Matthews on a programme of Mbambisa originals.

Tete Mbambisa has performed and recorded with many of the giants of South African jazz (Bazil 'Manenberg' Coetzee, Johnny Dyani, Lulu Gontsana, Dick Khoza, Early Mabuza, Duku Makasi, Hugh Masekela, Nik Moyake, Ezra Ngcukana, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Dudu Pukwana, Barney Rachabane et al), and is one of the very few South African jazz musicians that can claim to have played with the three jazz generations of the last fifty years. He featured in Pascale Lamche's 2003 movie Sophiatown, and his compositions have been recorded by The Blue Notes, Adam Glasser, Chris McGregor, McCoy Mrubata and Brian Thusi. His work as a pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger can also be found on many anthologies of South African jazz. 

Bra Tete first came to public attention after recording four sides with his vocal group, The Four Yanks, for Gallo Africa in 1962. Exiled South African pianist Chris McGregor - of Blue Notes and Brotherhood of Breath fame - recalled that 'Tete Mbambisa's group... four voices in close harmony, [were] very sophisticated, very modern, superb, with fantastic dance routines. I adored that; they were really very, very fine, very sharp... If one could have heard them in Europe a bit later people would have been knocked out.'

Mbambisa's unique ability to infuse mbaqanga with contemporary jazz and the reason for the enduring popularity of his music remains abundantly clear to those with an ear for harmonic sophistication and rhythmic drive.

Reviewing his 2012 solo album Black Heroes Gwen Ansell (author of Soweto Blues) noted that 'if you are seeking heroes, Mbambisa not only wrote about them, he also lived the life.'

In addition to Mam' Vuyiswa (The Soul Jazzmen, and Masiye Voices) and Bra Gilbert (The Brotherhood of Breath), this concert brings together the generation of British players who were most influenced by exiled South African jazz musicians and are now significant stylists in their own right. Arg├╝elles played in Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath at the same time as Gilbert Matthews, one of Batchelor's first professional engagements was with Dudu Pukwana's band, Steve Watts has played bass in the Township Comets for vocalist Pinise Saul, and who can forget Steve Buckley's alto and penny whistle work on Loose Tubes album Open Letter to Dudu Pukwana.

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