MO Big Band plays the South African songbook of jazz
Metropole Orkest, Orkest
Marcus Wyatt, dirigent
After having paid hommage to American jazz legends Oliver Nelson, Quincy Jones and Thelonious Monk, the big band now broadens its horizons. South African trumpeter and conductor Marcus Wyatt will lead the Metropole Orkest Big Band in playing the best of South African jazz. With music by, among others. Dudu Pukwana, Abdullah Ibrahim, Johnny Dyani, Winston Mankunku, Bheki Mseleku, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa and Zim Ngqawana you have a great cross section of the South African jazz scene. Special guest is vocalist Siyabonga Mthembu.
This concert is part of Afro_Vibes, an annual festival of contemporary theater, dance, music and design from Africa. The festival brings the work of emerging and established current African makers and artists to the Netherlands. Afro_Vibes shows the dynamic cultural life of urban Africa and connects this with Dutch artists and the public.
About Marcus Wyatt:
Marcus Wyatt is a South African trumpet player, composer and conductor. With his ZAR Orchestra he won the award for Best Jazz Album at the African Music Awards in 2016. During his career, Wyatt lived in the Netherlands for a year. He then played with, among others, Fra Fra Sound, Sean Bergin’s M.O.B., Paul Stocker and Bug Band and Red Hot Chili Peppers.