March/April 2008

It was with a huge shock that I realised that nearly a quarter of the year has gone. As Autumn begins to settle into the Cape bringing exquisite crisp days, let me tell you what has been happening these last few months.

In March I travelled to Johannesburg with my friend Zwelethu to attend the opening of his art exhibition which was a huge success.

Then came the focus and build up for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and the Mozambican Jazz Festival.

Cape Town was buzzing with excitement in the lead up to the 9th CTIJF. The week prior to the festival was packed full of exciting events stretching the festival to nearly 5 days. First off was the opening of the Duotone Gallery on Tuesday. Wednesday was the free concert in Greenmarket Square which drew big crowds to the city centre. Thursday was the South Atlantic Jazz Conference which took place at the Cape Sun. This is such an excellent forum but pathetically attended by members of the local music industry fraternity. The subject matter is interesting, the production good and the cost is next to nothing. Why do I always see the same faces at these things?

That night I was invited to the Crystal Gala Dinner. Wow what a fabulous affair.

Friday's lineup was awesome and I was invited on Saturday to join Najee on stage. What an honour. He gave an amazing show and the crowd responded in kind.

Sunday we went out to Mitchells Plain where a community concert was held. Again I joined Najee for a song. Great vibe.

The CTIJF is such a special event in Cape Town. Congratulations to espAfrika and the various sponsors. The feedback from my friends local and from overseas was that this is one mighty fine festival. The road manager of one of the American artists said that one would never see productions of this nature in the US.

Following all this excitement it was back to the rehearsal room for The Moreira Project to prepare for the inaugural Mozambican Jazz Festival also run by Esp.

This festival was certainly a first for Moz. The scale of this festival hasn't been seen in Maputo for many years. Well done M-cel for putting your money behind such an awesome event.

We played on the Saturday and had such a good crowd. Thank you to everyone who came to support us.

But it is back to earth with a bump. Loads of work to do in the next few months.

Keep doing what you love with passion and persistence. I do!