Mervyn Africa Trio & Guest – Live at The Orbit!

Mervyn Africa has not played in Jozi for almost 40 years! This Legend is back home from living in London and playing in 89 countries worldwide. He will be giving Jozi Jazz lovers a feast for their ears in honoring South African Legends that have passed on and playing some of his own compositions!

Leaving his homeland in 1981, Mervyn settled in the UK searching out work in the bands of fellow exiles such as trumpeter Hugh Masekela, percussionist Julian Bahula and saxophonist Dudu Pukwana.

With drummer Brian Abrahams and Russel Herman he was a co-founder of the Afro/jazz group District Six, touring and recording two albums before finally leaving the group in 1987. Subsequently he toured as a pianist with the singer Carmel, contributing compositions and arrangements to her album ‘Set Me Free’.

Mervyn Africa has established a strong reputation both as a solo performer and band leader. His quartet as heard on the album Mellow Mayhem blends the natural combination of African township music and jazz.

In 1990 he composed and performed a concerto commission by the Greater London Arts Council. Africa’s musical talents have extended into composing music for TV documentaries, drama and film. His many collaborations with other artists such as Courtney Pine and David Jean Baptiste has led to a great demand for both his group and solo performances.

Mervyn creates sumptuous piano improvisation and composition drawing from his rich cultural and musical background. He draws on influences ranging from classics or carnival songs through township jazz to a Malay musical musical heritage.

His performance style, in which songs or storytelling might enter a concert just as naturally as a host of musical directions, leaves the audience in no doubt about his dynamic, direct approach.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway.

The project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. For more information please visit our website, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at or like us on Facebook at

Musicians: Mervyn Africa – piano, Bernice Boikanyo – drums, Peter Sklair – bass, guest artist Mc Coy Mrubata – saxophones.

Venue: The Orbit
Date: 4th June