Magical jazz on offer in the Midlands and Pinetown

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TWO sensational South African musicians – Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata – will be gracing the stages of Caversham Mill Restaurant in the KZN Midlands and the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown this weekend.

The concerts open with multi-award winners saxophonist Mrubata and pianist Hanmer collaborating to weave their musical magic at Caversham Mill Restaurant at 8 pm on Friday, January 29 and 2 pm on Saturday, January 30 before heading seawards to perform at the Rainbow Restaurant at 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown on Sunday, January 31.

Hanmer was born in Cape Town 50 years after the death of Gustav Mahler. He has recorded several albums of which his first Trains to Taung is probably the most well-known.

Since 2002 he has written several chamber works for The Bow Project, Robert Pickup, Leon Bosch, The “clockwise” duo of Marc Uys and Jacqui Kerrod, European group 2tUBAS & friends and South Africa’s New Music Indaba, amongst others.

He continues to work with Mrubata and the duo made several new live recordings in June 2009 to document Mrubata’s 50th birthday and the partnership’s 21st birthday.

Born in 1959 in Cape Town’s historic Langa Township, South Africa, reedman Mrubata 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 the fiery aftermath of the 1976 uprising, the young Mrubata then playing flute studied informally under Langa greats like Madoda Gxabeka, Winston Ngozi , the Ngcukanas, Ezra and Duke, Blackie Tempi and Robert Sithole.

A declining live music scene in Cape Town meant lots of touring, and he was spotted by bandleader Sipho Hotstix Mabuse who helped him make Joburg his home

In 1992 he began touring with Hugh Masekela’s Lerapo, alongside guitarist Lawrence Matshiza and pianist, the late Moses Molelekwa among others.

He also created his own bands, Cape to Cairo and McCoy and Friends

So, get off the couch and support local music. These concerts are a must for those who love brilliant instrumentalists and tasteful sounds.

Caversham Mill concert tickets cost R120 (excluding the meal which can be ordered off the al a carte menu). Bookings: call 033 234 4524 or email

The Rainbow concert tickets are R100. Doors open on Sunday at 1 pm. or phone 031 702 9161.


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