South Africa has been grooving and swinging to old stager Herbie Tsoaeli's jazz for nearly three decades, as borne out by more than 20 exciting albums.

 

This is the second time that the most in-demand bassist in South Africa visits Basel. He was first at the bird's eye some seven years ago with the legendary Zimology Quartet of Zim Ngqawana, who has since died. His dynamic, sensitive playing, African sound and vocal breaks are unmistakeable and captivating. Herbie Tsoaeli received his musical training in a place where music was a refuge from the hardships and deprivations of everyday life, and audiences left musicians in no doubt about what they thought of their performances. Tsoaeli went straight from the townships to the hottest jazz bands in South Africa. His highly regarded album "African Time" (best South African jazz album of 2013) shows him not only to be an amazing composer, band leader and bassist, but also a vocalist whose singing underscores the spiritual dimension of his African soundscape.

During his three weeks' residency at the bird's eye jazz club Herbie Tsoaeli performs in three different line-ups:

18&19.11.2014 Duo
William Evans: piano
Herbie Tsoaeli: double bass/vocals

21&22.11.2014 Quintet
Matthias Spillmann: trumpet
Ganesh Geymeier: tenor sax
Andreas Tschopp: trombone
Herbie Tsoaeli: bass/vocals
Ayanda Sikade: drums

28&29.11.2014 Quartet
Donat Fisch: tenor/alto saxes
William Evans: piano
Herbie Tsoaeli: bass/vocals
Norbert Pfammatter: drums

Audio:
Hamba No Malume

Video:
Launch of album African Time