Shane Cooper

 
Shane Cooper’s infinite paths through rhythm
Shane Cooper’s infinite paths through rhythm
When it came time to form Mabuta, bass player and group founder Shane Cooper says he knew exactly who to turn to for the group’s drum sound...
Spha Mdlalose finds her way home
Spha Mdlalose finds her way home
Sometimes pain — loss — reverberates like white noise. Shuts everything out so it’s all you can hear-not-hear. Pianissimo.
Mabuta prepare another kind of jazz for a global stage
Mabuta prepare another kind of jazz for a global stage
The title of Mabuta’s debut album, Welcome to This World, has always seemed like a clear invitation to enter a dream state. The songs...
Ndabo Zulu hails the queen
Ndabo Zulu hails the queen
While trumpeter Ndabo Zulu was studying at the Norwegian Academy of Music (from 2017 to 2019) and building on the idea that would become his opus,...
Makhanda: No more lullabies
Makhanda: No more lullabies
The azaan, the Islamic call to prayer, spirited its way through Makhanda this week during the 44th edition of the National Arts Festival —...
One’s move is another’s muse
One’s move is another’s muse
Towards the end of January, Mandla Mlangeni and his band, Tune and Recreation Committee (TRC), were on tour around the country promoting their...
Moleshe answers ‘Final Call’
Moleshe answers ‘Final Call’
Bra Zim Ngqawana walks in on you while you're teasing the piano's ebonies and ivories in a practice room eMakhanda. You feel his presence. You...
Cooper traverses dreams with new band, Mabuta
Cooper traverses dreams with new band, Mabuta
Despite the mass exodus of jazz musicians from Cape Town to the City of Gold in pursuit of Jozi’s infamous opportunities and fame, Shane Cooper,...
​Strong musical chemistry unites Skyjack’s kindred spirits from different backgrounds
​Strong musical chemistry unites Skyjack’s kindred spirits from different backgrounds
A skyjack is a crane-like aerial lifter used to elevate or lower people. “That has no connection to our band name though; there’s no deeper...
Jazz supergroup lights up the scene
Jazz supergroup lights up the scene
Summer 1960: Sophiatown. The Jazz Epistles are in full swing at one of the Odin Cinema’s fabled fortnightly free jam sessions. Saxophonist...
Kyle Shepherd trio brews a musical storm
Kyle Shepherd trio brews a musical storm
As the thunderous clouds set in on Jo'burg's skyline, delivering gusts of winds and heavy rains, jazzophiles took shelter to hear a storm...

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