Bokani Dyer – Popular Music Without Any Perimeters

The Motswana-South African pianist Bokani dyer is a well-travelled artist who has actually travelled the globe as well as won a famous Pro Helvetia musician residency in Switzerland. His music mixtures regional and international effects.

His standout payment to Brownswood Recordings’ 2021 South Africa jazz collection Indaba Is actually has actually been complied with up by a full center cd called Globe Songs. With 15 original monitors, it mirrors his complex influences.

Liberate The Story
After succeeding the Requirement Banking company Young Musician Award in 2011 along with his student cd Emancipate The Story, Bokani Dyer developed a strong groundwork along with 2015’s extensive World Music and also 2018’s trio-focused Neo Indigenous. For his debut for Brownswood Recordings, the Motswana-South Black pianist, author as well as developer– who also created as well as made up the original for the 2023 movie Recording Sensations starring Kagiso Lediga– looked for to better describe his imaginative velocity, discovering heritage while pushing ahead the contemporary landscape of South Africa jazz music. BOKANDIYER

The end result is actually a heavily spiritual task that stretches over the width of the individual knowledge, with verses expressing a stable of thoughts as well as ideas. If any sort of one path sounds most of all, it’s the introspective Resonance of Honest truth, a petition for self-liberation coming from people-pleasing as well as a look for perfection.

Across 14 keep tracks of that shift in employees, Dyer teams up along with a that’s that of South African talent including bass guitar players Keenan Ahrends as well as Reza Khota, vocalist Yonela Mnana, saxophonists Linda Sikhakhane and Colleague Wells, trumpeter Robin Fassie-Kock and also drummer Sphelelo Mazibuko. Erykah Badu, Glen Lewis and also Carl Thomas are one of the lost influences whose cadences notify his very own, while Moses Sumney and Jordan Rakei use more modern recommendations.

Planet Music
Having actually gained the Specification Bank Young Performer honor for Jazz in 2010, Dyer’s 2015 cd, Planet Songs, is actually heavy and also layered. It incorporates professional superstars like bassist Shane Cooper and drummer Marlon Witbooi, along with fresh ability like vocalists Lee-Anne Fortuin and Sakhile Moleshe. Rhythms as well as textures coming from around the globe intermingle. Taking its title coming from a poem by Ntone Edjabe that lines the document’s compact disc sleeve, the cd is a proof to “songs without any perimeters”.

A prolific performer, Dyer has opened for jazz vocalist Melanie Scholtz, and also belongs to gouge clothing Spirit Casing Job. He has additionally travelled the UK along with his quintet, as well as in 2016 joined South African jazz singer Sisonke Xonti on her debut album Iyonde. Dyer likewise curates a regular slot at London’s Track Jazz music nightclub, the Jazzafrika Heritage Procedure.

A Motswana-born pianist, author and also manufacturer, his method to jazz music includes aspects of electronic, R&B, Afro-Latin, as well as timeless songs. He analyzed in New York along with US pianist Jason Moran as well as has released 3 albums – featuring the extremely well-known Emancipate The Account, Oscillations, as well as a trio offering, Neo Indigenous, which won the 2019 SAMA for ideal jazz music album. In 2018, Dyer launched a collection of live performances in South Africa got in touch with ‘Dyer Unplugged’, which will definitely be actually adhered to through his 2nd studio album Broadcast Sechaba in 2020.

Radio Sechaba
Bokani Dyer’s brand-new report, a double album entitled Broadcast Sechaba, delivers an intimate viewpoint right into South Africa’s multi-dimensional individuals as well as an opportunity for global link through popular music. The definition responsible for the ‘Sechaba’ in the headline – nation – is actually demonstrated throughout the cd as it develops into the related styles of oneness and also confidence.

The cd was recorded in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa as well as at the family members’s very own Dyertribe workshop along with engineer Tashepo Mothwa. It is actually a beautiful audio along with a rich audio and clear acoustics, reminiscent of old-fashioned SA jazz recordings. The album likewise illustrates Bokani’s ability to incorporate contemporary influences like the neo-soul setting with his classic upbringing, along with Erykah Badu and Donny Hathaway looking like important influences as typical SA musicians including Oliver Mtukudzi as well as Pat Metheny.

A sturdy local color permeates the record along with the opening monitor Ke Nako (‘ let’s build the nation, it is actually time’) sung in Setswana, the language of Botswana where Bokani was actually born as well as reared. The tune is a contact us to action and includes guest vocalist Tomeletso Sereetsi from the band Sereetsi and also the Locals.

The haunting ballad Ho Tla Loka is actually a lament for those who have died, a stunning duet with Yonela Mnana’s spiritual distribution and conventional harmonies. The file finishes along with a funeral item phoned Medu which is written by Bokani and also committed to trombonist Jonas Gwangwa that passed away in 2021.

Ke Nako
A Sesotho term that means “it’s time,” Ke Nako is a require Africa to take the limelight in a means that commemorates the continent’s humanity. The phrase becomes part of the main 2010 Globe Mug trademark as well as has actually likewise been actually embraced as the motif of this year’s Black Union Top.

Dyer has actually collaborated with South African theatre director Mkhululi Mabija on his creation My Child/ Boy, produced saxophonist Sisonke Xonti’s launching album Iyonde, as well as curated the Jazzafrika Tradition Procedure, a concert set celebrating South Africa’s very most popular jazz music authors. He has also tape-recorded with the Bokani Dyer Triad and also looked like a visitor in the quintet of famous trumpeter Feya Faku.

Additionally, he has actually done widely internationally, including at the Jazzahead showcase in Bremen, Germany. He was also a runner-up in the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competitors in 2009 and spent 3 full weeks in The big apple being actually coached through jazz pianist Jason Moran.

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