Is it possible that we are nearly in April? February and March have flown by, busy but exciting.
I was due to go to Luanda, Angola at the beginning of February but unfortunately due to public holidays and visa details I had to postpone it to the end of February. It was a fabulous experience and I am so grateful to my hosts for inviting me.
The band and I flew to Johannesburg on my birthday en route to Zanzibar. What an experience. We played in an old fort in Stone Town at the Sauti za Busara festival. This is a world music festival with bands from all Africa. It was amazing to be in the company of bands from Kenya, Namibia, DRC, Comores, Zimbabwe, Mali, Cameroon, Uganda and of course Tanzania & Zanzibar. A truly African experience.
While the band flew back to Cape Town I stayed in Johannesburg to play with DJ Rene at the opening of the new Radisson Hotel in Sandton and to speak to the media about the new CD.
After a few days in Cape Town I was off to Luanda for 5 days for research and exploration and then on to Johannesburg to guest with the Johannesburg Big Band at a special dinner for Nepad.
I flew to Maputo for a few days of business meetings and preparation for the year ahead, and then back to Cape Town last week for the opening of a stunning new restaurant Carne in Keerom street (opposite 95).
On March 19, Lesley and I flew to Johannesburg for the SA Music Award Nominees announcements. What a stunning evening. We received three nominations again!! Isn't that fabulous? This time for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Best Producer and Best Album Design. It is very exciting to be recognised by one's peers in the industry.
So here we are at the end of March. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival starts on the 3rd of April. Although The Moreira Project was sadly not booked to play, I am privileged to be invited by 340 ml to play with them as a guest artist.
April 11 sees us back in Mozambique for the Jazz Festival there. Come and say hello if you are there.