UK’s Shabaka Hutchings to launch album in JHB

British saxophonist, Shabaka Hutchings, is heading to South Africa for the launch of his new album titled ‘Wisdom of Elders’.

The Melt Yourself Down bandleader is set to launch his album at The Orbit Jazz Club in Johannesburg on 19 and 20 August.

The album which was also recorded in Johannesburg sees Shabaka collaborating with leading South African Jazz artists such as Mthunzi Mvubu on alto sax; Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet; Siyabonga Mthembu from The Brother Moves On, Nduduzo Makhathini on Rhodes and piano; bassist Ariel Zamonsky; percussionist Gontse Makhene and drummer Tumi Mogorosi.

Shabaka was first introduced to South Africa Jazz when he discovered the late Bheki Mseleku’s album Celebration. “I saw it in the library when I was 18 and though I didn’t know Mseleku’s name at that point, I recognised Courtney Pine and Steve Williamson, two British saxophonists who I was really into at the time. The first thing that struck me about this album was the feeling of the music. It had so much joy!” he said.

Shabaka is excited for this launch because all the featured artists have had time to get used to the music, ” …So I think a special energy will be brought to the stage – one of a fresh approach to this music.”