Miriam and Kate return to the Blue Mountains this time sharing the bill with Melbourne based South African inspired band The Royal Swazi Spa…
The Royal Swazi Spa featuring Fem Belling and Marcus Wyatt (South Africa)
with special guest The Miriam Lieberman Trio
Friday 7th November
Lawson Mechanics Institute
284 Great Western Highway NSW
Doors open 6pm
Marcus Wyatt is part of a new generation of South African musicians, moving forward, respectful of the past without being afraid of twisting boundaries. This young trumpet player has performed around the globe, and worked with an impressive array of musicians, from Manu Dibango, Abdullah Ibrahim and Miriam Makeba to Carlo Mombelli, Courtney Pine, Bheki Mseleku and The Fra Fra Sound (Holland). Marcus Wyatt’s first two albums ‘Gathering’ and ‘Africans in Space’ feature South Africa’s finest Jazz musicians.
The Royal Swazi Spa perform original and South African repertoire with an authentic contemporary jazz and township sound. Marcus Wyatt is the band’s special guest in the wake of their recent tour to South Africa and recording collaboration.
The band is led by pianist Howard Belling, a veteran of the jazz scene in Soweto and Johannesburg, where he worked with many prominent South African musicians, including Hugh Masekela and Barney Rachabane. When Howard moved to Melbourne in 2000 he formed the Royal Swazi Spa to give audiences here the chance to enjoy this vibrant music.
The current lineup features Howard’s daughter Fem Belling (violin, vocals) and his son Zvi Belling (acoustic bass), both founders of the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra. South African born jazz vocalist and violinist, Fem Belling’s versatile voice and powerful stage presence, lends authenticity, verve and warmth as she delights in putting her own spin on both African repertoire and the Jazz standard.
They are joined by long time collaborators Nick Lester on saxophones and Brian Abrahams, a Cape Townian drummer who was for a long time part of Abdullah Ibrahim’s rhythm section and worked with Nancy Wilson, Courtney Pine, Dudu Pukwana, Don Cherry, Joey Caldarazzo to name only a few. His own group District Six gained international recognition during the time of exile from apartheid. David Marama (guitar, vocals) is originally from Malawi, since settling in Melbourne he works with The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Musiki Manjaro amongst other projects.
This combo are performing at The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz 2014 followed by an Australian tour. An album from the Royal Swazi Spa, with guests Chet Faker, Marcus Wyatt and Barney Rachabane (Paul Simon’s Graceland) is due to be released soon.
Tickets $30/$25 concession (healthcare card holders)
Online booking: http://royalswazispa.eventbrite.com