Van Kemenade Dutch-South African collaboration

Feya Faku (trp)-Sydney Mnisi (ten)-Louis Mhlanga (g/voc)-Wiro Mahieu (b)-Pieter Bast (drs)-Louk Boudesteijn (trb)-Rein Godefroy (pi)-Paul van Kemenade (as).

CD’s: A Kind Of… (2016), Mexi Cosy ( 2006), Zvinoshamisa (1999). Photos by Rijna Boon and Stef Mennens.


Amersfoort Jazz 2016 South African focus with a.o. Mhlangeni-Mrubata-Devroop-Naidoo-Nkabinde-Van Kemenade



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Since 1994, South Africa and Paul Van Kemenade have a warm relationship. In that year 1994, Van Kemenade”s quintet toured in South Africa for 7 weeks! where they met great South African musicians and played together. Fantastic musicians such as trumpeter Feya Faku, tenorists Zim Ngqawana (†) and Sydney Mnisi and guitarist/singer Louis Mhlanga worked together with Van Kemenade in the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium. They performed in clubs, theatres and on festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Grahamstown Festival, Leipziger Jazztage and more. They kept playing over the years ever since, later on sometimes joined by South African guitarist Bheki Khoza and vocalist Sonti Mndebele.  Two cd’s were released : ‘Zvinoshamisa’ and ‘Mexi Cosy’. In 2007 South African McCoy Mrubata, Buddy Wells, Mageshen Naidoo, Mark Fransman played some conecrts together with Van Kemenade at the Grahamstown Festival.


Now in the project ‘SOUL ‘AFRIQUE’  they meet again, playing compositions of each other. A spectacular collaboration again between the outstanding renowned South African trumpeter Fezile ‘Feya’ Faku, tenorist Sydney Mnisi, guitarist/vocalist Louis Mhlanga and the the quintet of altosaxophonist/composer Paul van Kemenade (Dutch Boy Edgar award).

The music of this impressive musical intercultural cocktail, is build on a colourfull basement of Southern African music styles and European improvised music and American jazzmusic.


Cape Times (SA)

Mnisi’s haunting Tembisa the people, is one of the most evocative African jazz statements to be released in the last decade. Together this South Seas whirlwind glues together European and American jazz improvisations with warm-blooded South African music.


Volkskrant (NL)****

Passionate. Blues, gospel  (Mndebele) and township music melt together with a touch of Mingus.


Roche Nachrichten (CH)

A fabulous concert in Basel. Good vibrations. Strong hornsection.


Slagwerkkrant (NL) 

A very beautiful  sound. Smartly arranged mix ofjazz ,bossa, funk, pop and African music.


TV show Netherlands in 2007 with Feya Faku (fl), Paul van Kemenade (as), Louk Boudesteijn (trb), Wiro Mahieu (b). Sydney Mnisi (t) joined in later. The song they play is ‘Soul’Afrique’.


Long, long, very long time ago (TV show in Johannesburg 1994) with a younger Feya Faku, (the late) Zim Ngqawana, Van Kemenades’ (still with glasses) Dutch quintet. They play here the song ‘Silenzio’.


Paul van Kemenade Dutch quintet playing the composition ‘It still is’.

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