Pops Mohamed guest of Kouyaté-Neerman concert

Photo by Roy Orton
Photo Roy Orton

With only few days to go before the performance of Kouyaté-Neerman, South Africa and Lesotho can look forward to discovering their unique sonic landscape beyond African music, rock, jazz and electro.

In Johannesburg, the Bassline will welcome the Malian-French duo on Friday 11 October with a special opening act featuring one of South Africa’s most respected musicians, Pops Mohamed collaborating with up and coming singer from Soweto, Dudu and West African jazz and soul saxophonist. This partnership between the three artists echoes the Malian-French collaboration the South African way with a West African touch.

Renowned for his passion for music, his unique collaborations and experimentation from the traditional, through contemporary, to experimental music, Pops Mohamed is as active as ever, mentoring young performing artist and Makhweyane player, Dudu Majola, and producing her debut CD due to be released next year. Dudu has worked with legends Khaya Mahlangu, Pops Mohamed and Stella Khumalo on a project called Calling Up Soweto, an intervention between South Africa and Belgium which performed around Belgium, Holland and Macufe festival, Nikkies Oasis in Newtown, as well as the BAT Centre in Durban.

Ayo Solanke is a professional jazz and soul saxophonist from West Africa with almost two decades of experience. He is a minister in songs, a songwriter and arranger with a background in event management and project coordination. He released his debut album in May 2011. He has worked and recorded with some of the best artists and producers such as Danny K, Asa, Cobhams, Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Dludlu, Judith Sephuma & Pops Mohammed.

Watch Kouyaté-Neerman's video Requiem pour un con www.youtube.com/watch?v=CweWDyZubJg

Performance information:
Friday 11 October at the Bassline, Newtown Doors open at 20:00 Pre-sale tickets on www.webtickets.co.za: R70  Tickets at the Door: R80 Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The performance is part of an African tour which will stop in South African and Lesotho as follow: Thursday 10 October | Alliance Française, Sunnyside, Pretoria Friday 11 October | Bassline, Newtown, Johannesburg Sunday 13 October | Rainbow Jazz Club, Pinetown, Durban Tuesday 15 October | Maseru Sun Cabanas, Maseru

Find more about their music on www.myspace.com/kouyateneerman and www.facebook.com/kouyateneerman

Kouyaté – Neerman on tour in South Africa and Lesotho, in partnership with Institut Français, the French Institute of South Africa, the Délégation Générale des Alliances Françaises en Afrique Australe, the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, the Bassline, the Alliance Française of Pretoria, the Alliance Française of Durban, the Rainbow Jazz Club, the Maseru Sun Cabanas and the Alliance Française of Maseru. 

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