It is the old game of centre and periphery. In May 2020, Blue Note released the album "Modes of Communication - Letters from the Underworlds" by South African pianist and composer Nduduzo Makhathini. A "Blue Note" debut, but by no means a debut of a rising star, but already album #9 of a musician who had just been honoured at the South African Music Awards for the best jazz album of 2018 - for "Ikhambi". But this "Nduduzu, who?" could also have been spared otherwise, because Makhathini was part of the British-South African formation Shabaka and The Ancestors as a keyboard player. What seems to be a kind of musical search for traces there in the case of Makhathini's large-format ensemble is spiritual jazz of its own grace, rooted in its own culture and its rituals, but also audibly inspired by the hymn-like keynote of John Coltrane, Randy Weston or McCoy Tyner. The powerful, meditative rather than grooving sounds of Nduduzo Makhathini and his ensemble enrich the astonishing palette of spiritual jazz in the current festival programme with a variant historically associated with names like Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Dudu Pukwana, Louis Moholo, Mongezi Feza. Considering that once upon a time in the 1960s a group of first-class South African musicians under the name of The Blue Notes set out to tell the world their version of the "Black Atlantic" and of apartheid, at least this dream can be put to rest with the "Blue Note" debut of Nduduzo Makhathini, with plenty of delay. A larger public is once again listening to Cape Jazz.
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- OR a convalescent certificate (not older than 6 months)
- a medical respirator to be worn during the whole event
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