Witness Rebirth with Bassline Live at The Lyric Theatre
By Nomali Cele
For over a year, Bassline Live and Kaya FM have brought unforgettable live music experiences to the Lyric Theatre stage at Gold Reef City. From young artists just breaking out to music industry legends, they’ve all graced the stage under this particular banner. This is all in the name of keeping Johannesburg’s beautiful live music traditions alive. It’s easy, in a culture invested in “the next trend,” a culture that’s always looking for the next, for things to feel played out and done.
The Rebirth of Stogie T
Stogie T has been a force in the local music scene for nearly fifteen years. The name may seem a little unfamiliar but does Tumi ring a bell? What about Tumi and The Volume or T from the Vee? Stogie T, birth name Tumi Molekana, has been one of the most active hip-hop artists in South Africa for over a decade. Stogie T is widely awarded for his multifaceted body of work. With Stogie T and Rebirth of Cool at the Lyric Theatre, it goes without saying that Stogie will be presenting a grown sound and there’s no sound as grown as jazzy hip-hop live and unplugged.
Where Jazz and Hip-hop Meet
Rebirth of Cool, named after the 1954 Miles Davis compilation album “Birth of Cool,” has an impressive lineup of musicians. It straddles the intersection of jazz and hip-hop and other black sonic traditions, to create an experimental sound. Helmed by the turntablists DJ Kenzhero and Tha Muzik, of Sound Supreme, Rebirth of cool features talented young jazz artists.
Along with DJ Kenzhero and Tha Muzik, the Rebirth of Cool lineup includes bassist Benjamin Jephta, who was named the Standard Bank Young Artist of the year for jazz in 2016. On keys, and sometimes vocals, there’s Thandi Ntuli, an exciting jazz pianist whose performance credits include playing with Thandiswa Mazwai, The Brother Moves on, Siya Makuzeni and many more. On drums, there’s Sphelelo Mazibuko, a versatile drummer, though he’s jazz to the core, who’s played with R&B, gospel and musicians in other genres.
Rounding up the jazz portion of the Rebirth of Cool lineup you have H3, which is made up of Sthe Bhengu (trumpet), Linda Sikhakhane (tenor sax) and Senzo Ngcobo (trombone) manning the horn section. Rebirth of Cool is an important experiment that picks up the big mixed bag of black sounds and shakes it until, inevitably, something magnificent comes out.
With fresh starts and rebirth, while never forgetting where the music comes from, building on that and maintaining a tradition of continuation, Stogie T and Rebirth of Cool come together for one unforgettable Johannesburg music night on the 29 July at the Lyric Theatre.