Jazz Lovers Rejoice: MTN BUSHFIRE Features Adam Glasser’s Mzansi Project in this year’s Festival Programme
For those jazz enthusiasts attending MTN BUSHFIRE 2012, it might be exiting to learn that world-renowned musician Adam Glasser will be playing alongside Pinise Saul, Bheki Khoza, Concord Nkabinde, Nduduzo Makhathini, and Rob Watson at this year’s festival. The group is coming to MTN BUSHFIRE after playing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
If jazz music tugs at your interests even somewhat, MTN BUSHFIRE has a pleasant surprise for you this year. It’s something totally unprecedented, unexpected, and extraordinarily impressive. Even for those jazz aficionados among us, it’s a new dimension of music, bold and divine. It’s Adam Glasser’s Mzansi Project, a group composed of virtuoso musicians that explore the depths and potentialities of South African jazz.
Why is this group so unique? Well, for starters, it features Adam Glasser, a musician who has a range of experience playing with a wide span of artists and groups, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Sting, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.Glasser is best known for his jazz performances on chromatic harmonica – an instrument that is largely unfamiliar to jazz, but nevertheless provides a distinctive melody. He will incorporate harmonica into his performance with the rest of the band, thus creating an altogether original sound. Indeed, MTN BUSHFIRE is your chance to catch Glasser as he pioneers the harmonica in jazz music!
Others in the group include Pinise Saul, a vocalist from East London who is otherwise known as ‘The Queen of African Jazz’; Bheki Khoza, a left-handed guitarist whose music and education both have a global influence; Concord Nkabinde, a Sowetan artist whose music embodies his strong desire to break down artistic boundaries that divide music, and in a larger sense, cultural boundaries that divide people; Nduduzo Makhathini, who has been described as “a trendsetter and musical influencer of jazz and soul in South Africa”; and Rob Watson, a highly experienced South African drummer who has played with a multitude of groups. The group saw its inception in January, but has already played at attractive venues such as the 2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Each member of the group has a strong musical background, ensuring that they will bring a strong and vibrant presence to the MTN BUSHFIRE stage.
To catch these fantastic jazz all-stars at the MTN BUSHFIRE Festival, make sure to get a Sunday ticket – they’re performing on Sunday, May 27 at 15:00. This year’s MTN BUSHFIRE extravaganza runs from 25 – 27 May 2012 at the gorgeous House on Fire in Malkerns, Swaziland. Tickets are available at a presale discount from many outlets – at www.bushfire.co.sz, through MTN Mobile Money, and at five MTN Service Centres in Simunye, Manzini, Mbabane, Matsapha, and the Gables. Mo’Faya!
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