As I write this I know three things….

One:  The band and I had the best time ever at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.  What a show.  It was so amazing to be on that big stage.  It was such an honour to have Wazimbo from the Khanimambo CD with us as well.

Two:  We launched the inaugural edition of the MOREJAZZ series.  Najee, the US saxophonist and flautist and his band joined us for this. He arrived in Maputo on Tuesday 17 April.  The next day we did a press conference where we anticipated 35 members of the media and ended up with 75!

They had a chance to do a tour of Mafalala which is a cultural area just outside of Maputo and were so impressed.  We also held a masterclass with them all at Vodacom’s HQ which was such a special moment. Najee and his band performed, I performed with James Lloyd and The Moreira Project performed inbetween chatting and answering questions.

Then it was the first of the two concerts held in the beautiful and historic Polana Hotel ballroom.  Close on 400 people watched an intimate session of The Moreira Project followed by Najee and his band.  The sound was amazing.  Hats off to all the technical crew from Maputo and South Africa for their attention to detail.  It certainly paid off.

Then it was onto Coconuts for the finale concert.  We delayed the start so the sports lovers could watch the Real Madrid, Barcelona clash! Then they arrived in their droves. The Moreira Project played for an hour and Najee and his band played for even longer so it was well into Sunday by the time we all finished there before going onto the after party at News Café.  Most of Najee’s band didn’t go to bed but chose to watch the sun rise over Maputo as their final memory of a fantastic few days.  As Najee said in an email on arriving back in the US…”We are still buzzing!”

As the winding up continues we are looking forward to MOREJAZZ 2 in August so keep watching this space.

It would be remiss of me not to again thank my partners VODACOM MOZAMBIQUE and sponsors SAA, Europcar, Laurentina Premium and the Polana Serena Hotel for their commitment and energy to this inaugural event.  We look forward to our continued relationship.

Three…Last weekend we went to Sun City for the SA Music Awards.  Khanimambo unfortunately came home empty-handed but it was an awesome two days and congratulations to the SAMA organisers for two world class events. The productions on both nights were mind-blowing.  Definitely a new standard was set.

It has been such an exciting month but there is more to come.  I am off to Brazil in a few weeks to take part in an Africa Day Festival in Brazilia. I will tell you about it next time.

As we head into winter, keep warm.

Much love,