Gugulethu trumpeter Blackie Tempi has been shaping South African jazz since the 70s. On Sunday 11 October he takes to the studio with young musicians in livestreaming concert from 7pm.
Supported by Concerts SA, this Jazz in the Native Yards concert is in collaboration with The Gugulethu-Seaboard CAN Partnership, one of Cape Town’s first inter-neighbourhood responses to the pandemic.
- Five percent of ticket sales will be donated to The Gugulethu-Seaboard CAN, which has supported 2000 highly vulnerable households in Gugulethu through food vouchers, community kitchens, gardens, and the delivery of water, soap and protective gear.
While Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed under the auspices of SAMRO, managed by IKS Cultural Consulting, continues to support live music under these difficult circumstances.
Blackie Tempi with upcoming stars
Known for combining big sounds, swinging township melodies, sophisticated soulful harmonic voicings and a celebratory African rhythmic drive Tempi will this week feature little know upcoming stars including Lonwabo Mafani (piano), Duncan Johnson (bass) and Dane Paris (drumkit).
Together they will blend rhythmic African music with influences from his brilliant big band Tandanani and The Brotherhood and music of Winston Mankunku and Errol Dyer. Basically, the stuff of legends.
Tempi left school after the June 16 Soweto uprisings. Affectionately known as Blackie – a self-taught musicians—started playing trumpet and flugelhorn in 1977. He furthered his studies in jazz workshops and started his own band Fever in 1982. In 1995 he toured Namibia with his eight-piece band Tandanani. In 2000 he created the five-piece band, Brotherhood with George Werner on piano, Wesley Rustin on bass and Babs Ndamase on drums.
Lonwabo Diba Mafani started playing piano at the age of sixteen. His first piano teacher was his brother, Sabatha Mafani, who taught him the basics of piano playing. He has had numerous teachers over the years include Dr Nishlyn Ramanna, Kinsley Buitendag and Annali Smith. In 2014 he was selected as the pianist for the Standard Bank National Big Band directed by Brian Thusi and was re-selected in 2015 under the leadership of Mark Fransman. He has performed with the likes of Lulama Gaulana, Hugh Masekela, Kingsley Buitendag, Chris Thorpe, Sakhile Simani and Gareth Walwyn. Mafani is also studying jazz performance at UCT.
Both Duncan Johnson and Dane Paris are studies of George Werner who also studied music at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music.
Duncan Johnson learned to play multiple instruments in high-school such as guitar, bass guitar, and piano. In 2011 he picked up the alto saxophone for the first time and fell in love with it.
After taking a gap year for travels, he started his studies at the University of Cape Town as a tenor saxophone player, with Jazz Composition and Arrangement in 2014. He is now a full-time musician, composer, and arranger who has a huge love for Cape Jazz and the classics created by the likes of Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Coltrane and Miles Davis.
He is a part of many bands in Cape Town including The Hannepoot Brass Band, The Little Giants Big Band.
Dane Paris started to be involved in music studies while at Rondebosch East Primary School. He continued to be involved in school band when he attended the Groote Schuur High School. This young drummer from Manenberg furthered his music studies at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music.
When he graduated he joined the Little Giants and has played various musicians include Mark Fransman, Georg Werner amongst the few.
WHEN: Sun 11 October 2020 at 7pm WHERE: in the comfort of your own home
TICKETS: R100 Bookings online at Webtickets. Note: Once you have booked your ticket you will be sent a second email with the link on the day of the streaming.