EMTEE, YANGA, PEBBLES & SAMTHING SOWETO ADDED TO STOGIE T’S SET AT SHOW WITH REBIRTH OF COOL THIS SATURDAY 29 JULY

EMTEE, YANGA, PEBBLES & SAMTHING SOWETO ADDED TO STOGIE T’S SET AT SHOW WITH REBIRTH OF COOL THIS SATURDAY 29 JULY


EMTEE, YANGA, PEBBLES & SAMTHING SOWETO ADDED TO STOGIE T’S SET AT SHOW WITH REBIRTH OF COOL THIS SATURDAY 29 JULY AT LYRIC THEATRE
Kaya FM & Bassline Live is excited to be bringing one of the freshest musical collaborations to the Lyric Theatre on the 29th July in the form of Stogie T (Tumi from Tumi & The Volume) and jazz collective Rebirth Of Cool - for one night of old school jazz-infused hip-hop craftsmanship.
The show brings audiences a completely fresh interpretation of hip-hop & soul. The addition of schooled jazz maestros Rebirth Of Cool to one of South Africa’s most established and socially conscious rappers breaks new boundaries in all traditional musical sense and takes both genres to elevated heights.
Stogie T is the moniker used now by one of the countries finest rappers – Tumi (ex-Tumi & The Volume). With a career that spanned over a decade, his impact as a rapper, poet, social commentator and record label owner have garnered him the respect of his peers, both locally and abroad. The birth of Stogie T has resulted in a more uninhibited mouthpiece for his generation and through his personal journey he has come to the place where he feels he creatively belongs – making art that resonates with him at this current stage in his life. On the night he will include Pebbles the soul singer who featured on his Tumi & The Volume Live at The Bassline Classic track ‘76’. Also in the mix are impressive young singers Samthing Soweto (who featured on ‘Broke People’ off his album Return On The King) and rappers Emtee and Yanga who feature  on Stogie T’s current smash hit ‘By Any Means’.
Rebirth of Cool is a collective that, largely inspired by and named after Miles Davis album of the same name and the post-bebop jazz era, consists of highly trained and skilled musicians that celebrate their genre through the infusion of contemporary Hip-Hop sounds with the more avant-garde notes from yesteryear. Consisting of Thandi Ntuli (piano & keys), Benjamin Jafta (Bass), Siphelelo Mazibuko (Drums) and DJs DJ Kenzhero (Turntables) and Tha Muzik who created this collective, the band has been touted as being one of the country’s finest groups of improv maestros around.
Rebirth of Cool is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released in 1957. Featuring unusual instrumentation and several notable musicians, the music consisted of innovative arrangements influenced by classical music techniques such as polyphony, and marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title implies, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool jazz. Most of them were originally released in the 10-inch 78-rpm format and are all approximately three minutes long. Rebirth of Cool is a reinterpretation of this music mixed with hip hop, an interaction between DJ’s Kenzhero and Tha Muzic and a young immensely talented three piece band Thandi Ntuli (vocals, piano), Standard Bank Young Artist winner for Jazz Benjamin Jephtha on Bass and Siphelelo Mazibuko on drums.
“Tha Muzic and I decided to create Rebirth Of Cool two years ago, it was inspired by Miles Davis’ album and is about bridging the generation gap between music fans,” says DJ Kenzhero. “There was nothing in the market where this happened; The infusion of contemporary jazz and elements of purist old school jazz.” So one day he approached pianist and vocalist Thandi Ntuli about creating a band and “It turned out she used to go to my parties in Cape Town when she was at UCT studying jazz ...she then suggested an ‘amazing bass player Benjamin Jephtha…and Rebirth Of Cool was born.
Watching the show, expect some 90’s hip hop and R&B inspiration and even some trap exploration. “But of course,” says Kenzhero “There’s the infusion of contemporary jazz and elements of purist old school jazz plus hip hop and R&B. So a young person will enjoy the newness of the sound while a seasoned jazz listener will appreciate the music too.”
Adding Stogie T to the mix on Saturday the 29th of July at The Lyric Theatre was a natural fit. Stogie T will feature on some Rebirth Of Cool songs but will also perform his own set. He’s excited: “Performing with a live band is my first love” says the hip hop legend formerly known as Tumi of Tumi and The Volume.” It’s a full circle moment: Tumi and The Volume was conceived at one of DJ Kenzhero’s Organix Sessions in the late 90’ that was a setting where lots of live musicians and rappers and poets would collaborate.”
Not that you should expect old tracks at his 2017 performance, not only will he feature young popular rappers of today, accompanying him during his set will be be Rebirth Of Cool who “Have a strong hip hop sensibility”. So Stogie T will mainly focus on music off his latest release, because “We go way back, but this show isn’t about throwbacks, it’s about what two accomplished members of the SA hip hop community have evolved into today.”
Taking these two world-class acts and combining them for a one-night collaboration is set to be one of the greatest musical moments ever staged in the Bassline Live series. With special guests to be announced in the week, the show will consist of two 45-minute sets and is set to be one of the musical highlights of the year.

29th July – 8pm
The Lyric, Gold Reef City
Ticket prices: R150 – R250 at Computicket

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