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2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents: INDABA IS Weekender “Live in Johannesburg”

February 26 - February 27

$10 – $15


Fri Feb 26 & Sat Feb 27, 2021

Livestream from Johannesburg, South Africa
$10.00 – $15.00

INDABA IS improvised music and jazz by a new wave of South Africa’s freshest musical talent.

PDX Jazz is very proud to present the INDABA IS Weekender in collaboration with Brownswood Recordings and Untitled Basement as a Livestream direct from Johannesburg, South Africa featuring Thandi Ntuli, Sibusile Xaba, The Brother Moves On and special guests.

Over the closing Weekend of the Festival, we’ll feature 3 exciting and dynamic South African artists + more guests from the album live from the Untitled Basement in Braamfontein, one of Johannesburg’s hottest areas for music and culture + Talks with Nduduzo Makhatini (Blue Note) and of The Ancestors; and the featured artists digging deeper into the vibrant South African scene and culture.

‘Indaba Is’ – a compilation of current South African improvised music and jazz released January 29th 2021 (on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings) . The album is made up of eight newly composed tracks in a collaboration with two luminaries of the South African Music scene: pianist / songwriter Thandi Ntuli and The Brother Moves On and The Ancestors’ Siyabonga Mthembu who act as curators / musical directors on the project, the third in a series of albums highlighting the dynamic global jazz scene.

The magic literally happened when we chose the artists that make up Indaba Is. We were looking for groups that could combine musical aesthetics, bring different ideas and sounds,says Thandi Ntuli.We brought together musicians who literally come out of this very monolithic vision of music, even if some of them came from the jazz tradition or from musical genres strongly influenced by jazz.

Like the cosmopolitan musical ferment in Johannesburg, this new compilation illustrates the many legacies each generation of musicians have inherited. The compilation features eight tracks, written and performed by Bokani Dyer, Lwanda Gogwana, The Brother Moves On, Thandi Ntuli, The Wretched, Sibusile Xaba, The Ancestors and Iphupho likaBiko. Ntuli and Mthembu are an evanescent presence on each of the pieces, perfectly illustrating the role of musicians-turning-creative directors:

Thandi and I took on the role of producers on four of the pieces on offer. Some of the groups came into the session with some ideas already on paper, directions they wanted to pursue. They just needed help to push them further, to bring them to life,” says Siyabonga Mthembu.

The Brother Moves On is a performance art ensemble from Johannesburg Gauteng. The group was founded somewhere between the years 2008 and 2010 by broad-based artist Nkululeko Mthembu and his brother Siyabonga Mthembu. TBMO began as a self-proclaimed art movement mainly of graphic and fine artists and since began incorporating instrumentalists for the live performance environment.

Co-Creative Director Thandi Ntuli collaborates with the band on Indaba Is.

Sibusile Xaba, the charismatic guitar savant reframes maskandi and the avant garde into his own humanist manifesto. With a vocal style that is part dreamscaping and part ancestral invocation, Xaba divines as opposed to plainly singing. Combined with a guitar style that is rooted in expressive picking, Xaba’s music shatters the confines of genre

Photo © Tseliso Monaheng



February 26
February 27
$10 – $15
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