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FEYA FAKU LIVE (article first published : 2005-11-11)

South African jazz great, Feya Faku, has recorded his third album to be released as part of the Feya Faku Quintet’s promotional tour during November 2005. The Colours They Bring is a tapestry of musical influences held together masterfully by a magnetic connection between music and musicians.

Heralded as one of the most inventive trumpeters and composers South Africa has ever produced, Fezile ‘Feya’ Faku was born in Port Elizabeth in 1962, to the sound of music from the New Brighton recreation hall. The story of his life is inextricably linked to the times that produced him and the musical influences that shaped him.

This eleven track album, featuring Lulu Gontsana (drums), Andre Petersen (piano), Buddy Wells (tenor, soprano saxophones and flute), Bongani Sokhela (acoustic bass) and, special guest vocalist Siya Makuzeni, is a dynamic and unforgettable combination of precise ensemble playing and solo improvisation characterised by infectious energy and warmth.

Faku’s musical chemistry was stirred by great South Africa musicians, Eric Nomvete, Willie ‘Sax-o-Wheels’ Mbali, David Mzimkhulu, Kippie Moeketsi, Hugh Masekela and shaken by the sounds of American jazz greats John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughn, but it was legendary musician Christopher ‘Columbus’ Ngcukana who added the intricacies of jazz and developed his technique.

The turning point in Faku’s jazz career came when he was introduced to Victor Ntoni’s Big Band by tenor saxophonist Duke Makasi and flugelhorn player George Tyefuman. It was during this time that Faku, inspired by Tyefuman to take up the flugelhorn, learned that hard bop, with its boldness and energy was the touchstone for listeners to embrace the whole of jazz music.

In 1998 the South African jazz world was rewarded with Faku’s first album, Hommage, recorded in Holland, followed by Tacit recorded in South Africa. These solo successes lead to the recording of The Colours They Bring, presenting a new generation of South African jazz musicians.

The promotional tour, generously supported by SA Port Operations and Umhlobo Wenene FM, sees Feya Faku performing with Andre Petersen, Buddy Wells, Kesivan Naidoo and Chantal Willie. The Durban performance takes place on November 12 at the Playhouse. Tickets R60 at Computicket.




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