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Melanie Scholtz and Kenyan pianist Aaron Rimbui: Reflections on Mama Africa

Tucson Jazz Festival
Start Date
January 18 @ 7:00 pm
End Date
January 18 @ 9:00 pm

The spirit and legacy of Miriam Makeba’s genre-defying pan-African genius continues in the inspired works of South African vocalist Melanie Scholtz and Kenyan pianist Aaron Rimbui.  A project that weaves together iconic works associated with Makeba alongside originals by Scholtz and by Rimbui, offers a wide-ranging view into modern African music. Straight-ahead Jazz gives way to live looping effects and prepared piano in a performance that honors Makeba’s music while also embracing a new path forward for contemporary African music.

A Cape Town native, Melanie Scholtz has been a major artist on the South African scene since the early 2000s, releasing five acclaimed albums, working with jazz legend and Miriam Makeba’s one-time husband Hugh Masekela, and touring the world with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2019.

A timeless artist and towering figure Nelson Mandela called “South Africa’s first lady of song,” Miriam Makeba was pivotal in bringing African music to a Western audience and was a symbol of resistance to minority white rule in South Africa during apartheid.

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Date :
18 January 2024
Time :
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tucson
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Tucson Jazz Festival
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