April 28, 2024 @ 7:30 PM PDT
Born and raised in Cape Town’s historic Langa township, saxophonist and flutist McCoy Mrubata has come to represent the South African city’s glorious jazz legacy.
As a child he absorbed the soulful hymns of the Zion Church, the chants and rhythms of traditional healers and the South African swing of the Merry Macs, an early Cape Town jazz combo that rehearsed across from his home. Leaving school after the bloody 1976 Soweto uprising, he threw himself into music, studying with Langa legends such as pianist Madoda Gxabeka, tenor saxophonist Winston Ngozi, trumpeter Fezekile “Blackie” Tempi and penny whistle master Robert Sithole.
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