Frank Paco Art Ensemble on tour

Frank Paco.

Frank Paco.

Musician, Frank Paco, and his ensemble are performing in KwaZulu-Natal this week.

Frank started playing drums at the tender age of 11 in Mozambique, where he already gained performance experience with friends and school bands.

He recalls making his own drums and guitars out of oil canisters as a child, as it was hard to find musical instruments in a Mozambique oppressed by a raging civil war. Despite the challenges, however, Frank achieved true musical greatness.

He has worked with Tucan Tucan as a band leader, been part of Uhambo (a Norwegian, Dennish and Southern African collaboration), VJR, Ragga Africa (an Indian- African collaboration, and worked with award winner Jimmy Dludlu with whom we toured the United States.

Frank has also performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, in Washington DC and New York, at Switzerland’s Lugano Jazz Fest, in Italy and France and at Holland’s North Sea Jazz Fest, to name but a few.

In 2000 he was invited to record with South Africa’s top musicians under the Sheer Sound Jazz Label, of which his composition Milagre was chosen for the music video. The group also won the South African Music Award (SAMA), for the best contemporary jazz album.

In his career as a session musician, Frank has recorded on more than 40 albums, 10 of which received awards and four were nominated.

Other career highlights include the 46664 Mandela AIDS concert performing with many of the world’s great musicians such as the legendary band Queen, Bono, Jimmy Cliff, Angelique Kidjo, Dave Stewart, Andrew Bonsu, Johnny Clegg, Brian May and Peter Gabriel; and performances with Jonathan Butler; Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, the Ananda Project from the USA, British-born New York-based guitarist Ronny Jordan, and New York house singer Monique Bingham.

Frank is currently promoting the debut album for his band Frank Paco Art Ensemble that features some of finest International and local musicians. The line-up for his KZN tour will consist of a great band: Frank Paco on drums, Ildo Nandja on bass, Neil Gonsalves on keys, Salim Washington on saxophone and vocalist Zoe Modiga.

Catch the band at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville on Friday September 11. Doors open at 6 pm and the show is at 6.30 pm. Tickets R30. On Saturday, September 12 the ensemble will be at Seamans’s Corner Unit 3, Hammarsdale, Mpumalanga. Doors open at 6 pm and the show is at  7 pm. Tickets R30.

This tour is supported by Concerts SA and produced by iSupport Music Business. As part of the tour Frank Paco will also facilitate a workshop performance for learners at Luthuli Museum in Groutville.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the SAMRO Foundation. It receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO and Concerts Norway.

By engaging with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, the project aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms.

Concerts SA also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

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