Andile Yenana: Umnqgonqgo wabantu
Featured Artists: Andile Yenana (piano), Linda Sikhakhane (sax), Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Kyle du Preez (trombone), Christoph King-Utzinger (bass - CH), Michi Stulz (drums - CH)
Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival
Originally from King William’s Town, pianist Andile Yenana studied at the University of Natal and has performed extensively with a range of the stars of South African jazz, including Zim Ngqawana, Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi and Sibongile Khumalo. Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz in 2005, his music is notable for its evocative, soulful power and the sensitivity of his touch and ensemble playing. Here he presents his latest compositions, which also mark the celebrations and contemplations of his 50th birthday. The project features arrangements of traditional Xhosa initiation songs worked into jazz-inspired sensibilities and pulses, all the while celebrating free and boundless improvisation.