Tutu Puoane in concert at the Soweto TheatreJoburg Promusica
Tutu Puoane is set to dazzle and enchant the audience with her richly textured and soothing voice when she appears at the recently opened Soweto Theatre, next to Jabulani Mall in Soweto.
The Tutu Puoane quartet, consisting of piano (Ewout Pierreux), bass (Nicolas Thys), drums (Lieven Venken) and the fabulous Ms Puoane herself, performs extensively around the world and has just released their latest album ‘Breathe’. This top notch concert, featuring a surprise a capella act, will definitely wow Sowetans who will soon join the likes of Diane Reeves and harmonica-legend Toots Thielemans as lifelong fans.
A two time SAMA winner, a recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award and a featured artist on last year’s Joy of Jazz Festival, the South African born singer is now based in Belgium where she proudly hoist her country’s flag.
Puoane is a graduate of the UCT Music College and received a scholarship - thanks to Dutch pianist Jack van Poll - to further her music studies in Europe. Her album releases include “Song” (2007) and “Quiet Now” (2009) which won the SAMA for Best Traditional Jazz Album.
In 2010 she was invited to work with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (one of Europe’s leading big bands) a collaboration that resulted in an album entitled “Mama Africa” celebrating the great Miriam Makeba. “Mama Africa” was awarded a SAMA for Best Traditional Jazz Album in 2011.
Puoane’s latest recording “Breathe” was recorded in Brooklyn, New York with recording engineer Michael Perez-Cisneros, who has worked for jazz greats like Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jason Lindner and Mark Turner. “Breathe” reflects an image of a young woman well versed in and eager to tell her story or that of her people. Enjoying prominence as the language of choice for the delivery of her song’s lyrical content is her mother tongue, sePedi. “The biggest reason I started writing/singing in sePedi is mainly for me to stay in touch with it. The other reason is that in that way, I can teach my daughter to learn the language as well. She's an extremely musical kid and remembering melodies and rhythm is the most natural thing to her.”
TUTU PUOANE QUARTET IN CONCERT
Date: Saturday 13 October 2012 – 20h00 (doors open 19h30)
Venue: Soweto Theatre
Cnr Bolani Road and Bolani Link, Jabulani, Soweto (011 930 7461).
Tickets: R 120 (stalls) and R80 (balcony) at Computicket and at the door.
082 556 5556
011 674 13 57
Web site: http://www.promusica.co.za
Soweto Theatre, Bolani Road, Jabulani Soweto Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa