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South Africa Tour - McCoy Mrubata/Mark Hauser Quintet

McCoy Mrubata - Tenor Saxophoner / Flute
Mark Hauser - Alto Saxophone / Sopran Saxophone
Paul Hanmer - Piano
Thembinkosi Mavimbela - Bass
Bernice Boikanyo - Drums

Tour dates:
03.02. Niki's Oasis Lounge & Restaurant, 138 Bree Street, Johannesburg
04.02. The Orbit - Home of Jazz, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
05.02. Live@Spring Theatre, In Partnership with The City of Ekurhuleni Manucipality
08.02. Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban
09.02. The Jazzy Rainbow, Morningside, Durba
10.02. Luthuli Museum, Groutville
11.02. Seaman's Corner, Hammarsdale
12.02. The Rainbow, Pinetown, Durban (Tickets)
16.02. Olympia Café & Deli, 123 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Muizenburg
17.02. Alliance Francaise, Cape Town
18.02. Guga-Thebe, Langa
18.02. Alma Café, Rosebank, Cape Town
19.02. Kwa Sec, Gugulethu CT
24.02. The Orbit - Home of Jazz, Braamfontein, Johannesburg  (Tickets)
25.02. Live at Soweto Theater, Soweto
26.02. Hlubi's Lounge, 24 Ntshengu Street, KwaThema, Gauteng

McCoy Mrubata is a South African jazz saxophonist. Born 1959 in a township named Langa, Cape Town South Africa. With the difficulty of living under the apartheid government and the 1976’s uprising, McCoy left school and followed his music passion. His instrument then was flute which he studied informally under the likes of Madoda Gxabeka, the Ngcukanas, Winston Ngozi, Ezra and many Langa Greats. During his touring in the 1980s, McCoy was spotted by bandleader Sipho Hotstix Mabuse who helped him make Johannesburg his home. As he grew into playing a wider range of reeds and composing more, McCoy engaged with many more music bands and that led into an opportunity of a recording deal by producer Koloi Lebona with a British-based record company named Zomba Records 1988. The same company was known to have had produced amongst others, Jonathan Butler and Billy Ocean. The following year McCoy released his debut album “Firebird” and he went to form Brotherhood, a band with names such as guitarist Jimmy Dludlu, pianist Nhlanhla Magagula and Lucas Khumalo winning the Gilbey's Music for Africa prize in 1990. In 1992 he joined Hugh Masekela’s Lerapo and toured the world, playing alongside guitarist Lawrence Matshiza and pianist, the late Moses Molelekwa. McCoy continued creating his own bands; Cape to Cairo and McCoy and Friends. In the mid-1990s, he made the first of a series of albums as a leader, making albums like Face the Music which won the 2003 South African Music Award in the Traditional Jazz category and Icamagu Livumile which won the same award in 2005. Besides his international Musical Journey, McCoy also did some scoring work for South African productions about journalist Bloke Modisane and in 2001 starring in a Norwegian production based on the life of John Coltrane. In June 2007 McCoy travelled with Paul Hanmer to Congo DRC and Kinshasa to participate in conducting music workshops with Belgian and Congolese musicians for a local Jazz Festival. In 2008, He won his third SAMA Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Album for his album “The Brasskap Sessions Volume 1". McCoy’s current music involvement includes producing, teaching and spending and simply being a family man. His ambition is to keep our kind of music alive here at home and sharing his South African experiences through music with the rest of the continent and the world at large.
(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCoy_Mrubata).

"This collaboration came to life through a friendship which began in Switzerland when Mrubata and Hauser were introduced there. The two Saxophone players hit it off immediately and over the years began to develop a project which looked at ways to exchange the music of the two Continents Africa & Europe." - The Rainbow and Concerts SA

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