Music Exchange: New music from seasoned professionals sees the light

Music Exchange: New music from seasoned professionals sees the light

Blue Bird Garage in Albertyn Rd, Muizenberg is becoming quite the place to see world class artists serve up their latest offerings. Last month there was Dan Patlansky, and before that Derek Gripper and Guy Buttery. This Saturday we will see African folk icons Dave Reynolds and Pops Mohamed launch their new album ‘Live in Grahamstown’.
The album was recorded on the Standard Bank Jazz stage at the National Arts Festival and features top-notch guests, including Tony Cedras (Paul Simon’s accordionist for 25 years), Mozambiquan drummer Frank Paco and Congolese bassist/vocalist, Sylvain Baloubeta


Pops Mohammed

Pops Mohamed plays a range of African instruments, most notably, the kora (21 string West African harp) and mbira (Zimbabwean thumb piano) and has toured internationally with Andreas Vollenweider, Sipho “hotstix” Mabuse and Baaba Maal, amongst others. Last weekend the movie ‘The Whale Caller’, which he wrote the score for, won “Best African Film” and Pops will be going to Cannes next year.

Dave Reynolds (main Picture) is an award winning composer, acoustic guitarist and steel pan player. His distinctive steel pan colors have been heard in recordings and performances with Andy Narell, Hugh Masekela, Steve Newman, Paul Hanmer, the late Gito Baloi and Tony Cox, to name a few.

The much-anticipated album comes after doing over 150 concerts together in the last five years. “I’m not sure if you have noticed,” says Reynolds, “but modern

By Martin Myers

By Martin Myers

life has robbed us of stillness; time where we can reflect and let things soak in. This music brings us back to that point. It suggests a de-cluttering and a focus. I always feel lucky to be on this journey with Pops. He’s a deep cat, in touch with the ancient stuff.”

“Dave is one of the very few people I get along with because we share the same vision musically and spiritually,” says Mohamed: ”We were meant to be working together. Not only is he a great musician and composer, he has heart and soul…he is my brother.”

Look out for the launch of ‘Live in Grahamstown’ this weekend:
• Saturday, November 12, at 8pm at Blue Bird Garage, Albertyn Rd, Muizeberg.
Tickets can be booked via
• Sunday, November 13, at 3pm at Guga S’thebe, Langa.
For tickets to either gig, visit

Other Gig of the weekend:

Providing a platform for emerging South African musicians and musical ensembles to showcase their talent, artists will take to the stage for a series of free-to-attend performances at the V&A Amphitheatre.
DATE: November 12
Time: 7pm to 8pm
Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Admission: Free

One such artist is:
Germaine Leonard, a smooth/Afro jazz guitarist often compared to Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown and George Benson. Germaine was raised in Manenberg and began playing the guitar at age 13 undertaking lessons from his grandfather when his father gave him his first guitar.
In April 2015, Leonard released his debut EPK ‘Made Me Glad’.