Jazz artist Malcolm Jiyane joins Percy Mabandu on “Dashiki Dialogues”
Jazz artist Malcolm Jiyane joins Percy Mabandu on “Dashiki Dialogues”
The “Dashiki Dialogues” will take place at the South African State Theater on June 10 at 7 p.m.
South African jazz artist Malcolm Jiyane. Picture: Provided.
JOHANNESBURG – Dashiki Dialogs with Percy Mabandu is a series of conversations and performances that celebrate virtuosity and luxurious craftsmanship. And in his final session, Mabandu will be joined by Malcolm Jiyane.
“Dashiki Dialogs is a series of conversations and performances that celebrate virtuosity and luxurious craftsmanship. They are basically organized to highlight where I come from, with star artists, to explore their journey as exceptionally gifted creatives who have mastered their particular instrument,” Mabandu told Eyewitness News.
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The series brings renowned arts journalist and writer Mabandu into far-reaching exploratory dialogues with leading creative men and women in art, jazz and beyond. The deep and meditative conversations are underscored by a solo performance by the featured artist showcasing their unparalleled ability as virtuoso instrumentalists and artisans.
“The dialogue portion is guided by my art journalism and my expertise as an art historian while the performance portion is intended and positioned to highlight the exceptional ability of the artist featured in a particular episode of the series. “, said Mabandu.
The event is scheduled to take place at the South African State Theater on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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“First of all, solo piano events are rare in this country and the invitation of dashiki is something i pray for since i was in school and a dream come true really because it’s something i love to do and it also reminds me of something a few years ago 2015 or 2016 j asked my friend Nduduzo Makhathi to be my producer and I recorded a full solo piano disc at Sumo Studio so I can’t wait to share my gift from God and my love for this art form and my music my career and everything about my life work past and future projects dreams and my mission with this art form into the future,” said Malcolm Jiyane.
The musician’s life reads like an emblem of how arts education saves children’s lives. As a child, Jiyane lived for a time at Kids Haven, a home for orphans and other children in need. He was then taken under the wing of the late great music teacher and trumpeter Johnny Mekoa. Jiyane started playing music at the age of 16 at the Gauteng Academy of Music in Daveyton, a music school founded by the late Dr Johnny Mekoa.
Malcolm Jiyane is a composer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as a trombonist on some of South Africa’s leading jazz bands. His recent album, Umdali, quickly earned him worldwide notoriety among critics and jazz lovers.
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“I started studying music at Gauteng Benoni music academy, Daveyton 1997. And how I discovered music through a children’s home called Kids Haven, which I was residing in, and I remember that uBaba Johnny Mekoa visited our shelter once with his first big band from school to play and entertain us, after playing for us he told our caretaker that if a child would like to study and learn music, he should come at MAG and study for free. The next day I was there and jazz stole my heart, body and soul to this day,” Jiyane said.
The musician is at the peak of a wave of young jazz masters who have defined South African music over the past decade. A highly sought-after collaborator, master trombonist with a unique voice, and virtuoso pianist who is also an imaginative composer, Jiyane has had a busy life both on and off the bandstand.
“My creative process differs from time to time from situation to situation depending on what triggers at that moment. I may be asleep and dreaming of a melody. From that moment- there i used to wake up and write it down or pray for it to come back in the morning but now with advanced mobiles i record voice notes and from there i learn what I’ve heard and I’m building it to be what it is or what it should be,” Jiyane said.
Shaped by both childhood struggles and the artistic inspirations of Johannesburg’s East Rand region before becoming a world-touring musical marvel, his recently released record, Umdali is the culmination of his story as a grown man and creative musician.
“Being an artist is not just about playing music, but it also requires the artist to always be in good shape – physically, mentally, spiritually. It takes a lot of discipline to train, train, s training! And how much you put into it is how much you get out of it. Even if you are already a master of something, you are still required to practice. It is something that you must adapt and accept as part of you for the rest of your musical life, because an instrument requires the player to be fit with their instruments or say goodbye to those chops,” the artist points out.
Having studied music at the Royal Music School in London, Jiyane has performed and traveled all over the world, including Germany, Russia, the United States, Sweden, Holland and France.
Dashiki Dialogues with Percy Mabandu is a series of conversations and performances that celebrate virtuosity and luxurious craftsmanship. Mabandu explains to Eyewitness News the origin of the word Dashiki and why he named the serious Dashiki Dialogs.
“The word Dashiki, at its basic level, is a traditional colorful Pan-African shirt. It became popular in the 60s and 70s as an expression of African pride. It also refers to a group formed in Ga-Rankuwa in the 1970s. The group started life as Malombo Jazz Messengers and later became known as Dashiki. It included poet and painter Lefifi Tladi on drums, Lucky Dinku on guitar, Gilly Mabale on saxophone and others. They have become a central feature of the artist’s black consciousness movement and cultural orientation. We named this series as a nod to that tradition of people-centered creative activism and an insistence on virtuosity and discipline.”
Mabandu is a leading writer and journalist who works at the intersection of art, jazz and political economy. He is the author of Yakhal’inkomo – Portrait of a jazz classica book about Winston Mankunku Ngozi’s classic 1968 record.
“We just launched the series. The pilot featured pianist Kyle Shepherd and the first episode at the State Theater featured guitarist Selaelo Selota. Malcolm Jiyane is next. We look forward to welcoming Thandi Ntuli and Nduduzo Makhathini to the State Theatre. Each episode is unique as each featured artist has had a unique creative and personal journey over the years. It shows in every episode. This is what makes us look forward to every next dialogue and performance,” Mabandu said.
In Dashiki DialogsMabandu dives into exploratory dialogues with virtuoso craftsmen from art, music and beyond.
“We hope to bring in all music lovers and audiences who appreciate a higher quality of expression in art and in life. We use the phrase “luxury craftsmanship” to describe our purpose, because we conceive the idea of luxury as the expression of well-made objects of exceptional quality. This is how we feel about the artistic level that defines our star artists,” Mabandu said on the Dashiki Dialogs.
Malcolm Jiyane will join Dashiki Dialogues with Percy Mabandu Friday to unveil his musical journey over the past decade.
“I believe we needed a platform where we could bring together exceptional musicians to appreciate and celebrate them as creatives, while allowing them to explore their story and journey in life. That way, their work could be understood and appreciated as an important contribution to culture. As an arts journalist and creative impresario of sorts, I felt well placed to set it up,” Mabandu said in the conversation that took place during the dialogue.
Over the years Jiyane has worked with local and international artists including Abdullah Ibrahim, Idris Elba, Simphiwe Dana, Feya Faku, The Brother Moves On, Fra Fra Sound, Kevin Mahogany, Yusef Lateef, Nduduzo Makhathini, Themba Mkhize and Unathi .
“At this point in my career, I don’t care about gender anymore. I now allow the music or composition to take whatever form it demands. But it’s not a lie, jazz stole my heart, body and soul, and through jazz it brought many genres. If a composition calls for bebop, R&B, jazz, avant-garde, gospel, classical, umbaqanga, amarabi, or even amapiano, etc., I just leave the composition take on its own shape,” Jiyane said.
The Dashiki Dialogs will take place at the South African State Theater on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m.