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Celebrate Earth Hour while listening to jazz at the V&A Waterfront

Date Friday 23 March

Venue Silo District, outside The Yard

Band Unity Band Octet

18h30 to 19h15 (6.30pm to 7.15pm)

45 Minutes

Band Mandisi Dyantyis Quintet

19h30 – 20h30 (7.30pm to 8.30pm)

One hour

Cost Complimentary

On Friday 23 March, the Unity Band Octet will perform a 45-minute concert from 6.30pm, paying homage to music greats and an array of jazz influences. Visitors can expect to hear African jazz, fusion, modern and contemporary jazz, and even some pop and hip hop tunes with a jazzy beat. The Unity Band Octet consists of Thandeka Dladla, Steve De Souza, Lilavan Gangen, Dylan Fine, Lonwabo Mafani, Ofenste Moshoetsi, Marco Maritz and Lumanyano Mzi, all young, vibrant musicians who met at UCT’s South African College of Music. They have performed at a number of local jazz venues and festivals.

Next up at the Silo Districts concert on Friday 23 March will be the Mandisi Dyantyis Quintet, who will perform an hour-long concert from 7.30pm. Versatile musician Mandisi Dyantyis is a composer, arranger and producer of Jazz, Western Classical and African Indigenous music. While at UCT’s College of Music completing an honours degree in Jazz Studies, Mandisi played in the UCT Big Band. He has also performed with acclaimed jazz musicians such as Jimmy Dludlu, The Abdullah Ibrahim Big Band, Robbie Jansen, Max Vidima and Moreira Chonguica. He currently travels the world in his position as musical director for theatrical company Isango Ensemble.

Date Saturday 24 March (coincides with Earth Hour celebration)

Venue Silo District, outside The Yard

Band Muneeb Hermans Quartet

19h30 – 20h15 (7.30pm to 8.15pm)

45 minutes

Band The Dixie Swingers (for Earth Hour)

20h30 – 21h30 (8.30pm to 9.30pm)

One hour

Cost Complimentary

When the V&A Waterfront switches off the lights for international Earth Hour at 8:30pm pass the time with the cool sounds of jazz at the Silo District concert.

From 7.30pm, the Muneeb Hermans Quartet will entertain the crowd with a 45-minute concert ranging from South African to American jazz standards as well as some original material. The quartet, all current and previous UCT music students, consists of trumpet player Muneeb Hermans, keyboard player Mathieu Windsor, double bassist Stephen de Souza and drummer Kurt Bowers. Muneeb’s musical journey began in the Cape Minstrel fraternity, and today he is a regular on the Cape Town Jazz scene. Internationally, he has performed in countries from the United States to China, France, the United Kingdom, the Seychelles and Spain, and has performed at prestigious event such as the Cape Town and London Jazz Festivals, and in revered music venues such as the Carnegie Hall.

Next on the bill to get the crowd into the mood for Earth Hour will be the Dixie Swingers, an acoustic Jazz ensemble that will perform for an hour from 8.30pm. Headed by Eddie Blackhouse – founder of premier Cape Town Big Bands “Jazzattac” – the band outfit consists of a Banjo player and brass players who have all performed in the Cape Town Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras. The Dixie Swingers describe themselves as a laid-back band that performs ‘finger tapping’ and ‘bum wiggling’ tunes, specialising in Dixieland and Swing.

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