In association with Concerts SA, saxophonist and penny whistle player Oscar Rachabane presents his national tour, where he will be joined by some of his friends, who happen to be at the same time great accomplished musicians: guitarist Keenan Ahrends, and two German members of Seba Kaapstad – Sebastian Schuster on bass and Thomas Worle on drums.

Oscar Rachabane is a quirky hipster from Soweto of great distinction amongst his peers and fans alike. Part of a lineage of an illustrious family of reedmen, Oscar has carved a niche himself as a no holds barred, soulful saxophonist. With an astounding jazz vocabulary and a mastery of South African mbaqanga, his is a sound deeply entrenched in the musical history of South Africa.

Oscar Rachabane is on record the youngest saxophonist ever to have played at Kippies, who made his debut in 2004 at the age of 15 where he shared the stage with his grandfather, Barney Rachabane.

While a member of the Gauteng Jazz Orchestra, he played at the Johannesburg City Hall, an event that saw him open for the legendary Abdullah Ibrahim. His unique style combines bebop and blues, threaded through with the inflections of the kwela Soweto youth, influenced by the sounds of Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt and Moses Khumalo.

Since then he has played with many established artists, including but not limited to Soweto Kinch (UK), Jason Yarde (UK), Louis Moholo, Khaya Mahlangu, Hugh Masekela, Afrika Mkhize and more.

Oscar Rachabane & Friends Tour is supported by the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism administered by Concerts SA which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.

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. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, 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.

Johannesburg – The Orbit
Wednesday 30th November – 8pm – R 150
Address: 81 De Korte Street, Johannesburg
Contact: 011 339 6645 / info@theorbit.co.za