Bokani Dyer – Popular Music With No Perimeters

The Motswana-South African pianist Bokani dyer is a well-travelled performer that has explored the globe and also gained a reputable Pro Helvetia musician residency in Switzerland. His music mixes local area and also global effects.

His standout contribution to Brownswood Recordings’ 2021 South Africa jazz compilation Indaba Is actually has been actually observed up by a total studio album referred to as World Popular music. With 15 original tracks, it demonstrates his complex impacts.

Liberate The Tale
After succeeding the Requirement Banking company Young Musician Honor in 2011 with his sophomore album Emancipate The Tale, Bokani Dyer constructed a strong foundation along with 2015’s wide-ranging Globe Music as well as 2018’s trio-focused Neo Indigenous. For his debut for Brownswood Recordings, the Motswana-South African pianist, composer and also developer– that likewise composed as well as made up the authentic for the 2023 movie Catching Emotions starring Kagiso Lediga– sought to additionally define his imaginative trajectory, exploring heritage while driving ahead the present-day landscape of South Africa jazz music. More about the author

The result is a profoundly religious task that stretches over the width of the individual knowledge, along with verses conveying a stable of ideas and also ideas. If any one track sounds above all, it’s the contemplative Resonance of Honest truth, a prayer for self-liberation from people-pleasing and also a search for perfection.

Throughout 14 tracks that change in workers, Dyer teams up with a who’s who of South African ability including bass guitarists Keenan Ahrends as well as Reza Khota, vocalist Yonela Mnana, saxophonists Linda Sikhakhane and Colleague Wells, trumpeter Robin Fassie-Kock and drummer Sphelelo Mazibuko. Erykah Badu, Glen Lewis and also Carl Thomas are actually among the bygone effects whose cadences educate his own, while Moses Sumney and Jordan Rakei offer additional contemporary referrals.

Globe Music
Having gained the Criterion Banking company Youthful Artist honor for Jazz in 2010, Dyer’s 2015 album, Planet Music, is dense and layered. It integrates professional stars like bassist Shane Cooper as well as drummer Marlon Witbooi, along with fresh talent like vocalists Lee-Anne Fortuin and Sakhile Moleshe. Rhythms and also textures coming from around the world intermingle. Taking its headline coming from a rhyme by Ntone Edjabe that pipes the file’s CD sleeve, the album is a testament to “songs without any borderlines”.

A respected artist, Dyer has opened for jazz singer Melanie Scholtz, and becomes part of groove attire Spirit Property Venture. He has also visited the UK with his quintet, and in 2016 joined South African jazz vocalist Sisonke Xonti on her debut cd Iyonde. Dyer additionally curates a routine port at Greater london’s Track Jazz music club, the Jazzafrika Tradition Sessions.

A Motswana-born pianist, composer as well as developer, his approach to jazz includes factors of digital, R&B, Afro-Latin, and also symphonic music. He studied in Nyc with US pianist Jason Moran as well as has actually discharged three cds – consisting of the seriously reputable Emancipate The Story, Oscillations, as well as a trio offering, Neo Indigenous, which won the 2019 SAMA for absolute best jazz album. In 2018, Dyer released a set of live performances in South Africa phoned ‘Dyer Unplugged’, which will be actually adhered to through his 2nd studio album Broadcast Sechaba in 2020.

Broadcast Sechaba
Bokani Dyer’s new document, a dual cd titled Broadcast Sechaba, gives a close viewpoint into South Africa’s varied individuals as well as an option for international relationship through popular music. The meaning behind the ‘Sechaba’ in the label – country – is mirrored throughout the album as it polishes into the relevant concepts of uniformity and optimism.

The cd was actually recorded in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and also at the family members’s very own Dyertribe center with designer Tashepo Mothwa. It’s a beautiful audio with an affluent noise as well as crystal clear acoustics, similar to old institution SA jazz recordings. The cd also illustrates Bokani’s capacity to incorporate modern impacts like the neo-soul setting with his timeless upbringing, with Erykah Badu as well as Donny Hathaway showing up as vital impacts as traditional SA artists like Oliver Mtukudzi and Dab Metheny.

A powerful local color goes through the record along with the opening monitor Ke Nako (‘ allow’s develop the country, it’s time’) performed in Setswana, the foreign language of Botswana where Bokani was birthed as well as reared. The song is a phone call to activity as well as features attendee singer Tomeletso Sereetsi coming from the band Sereetsi and the Locals.

The haunting ballad Ho Tla Loka is actually a lament for those who have actually passed away, a gorgeous duet along with Yonela Mnana’s ethereal distribution and also conventional consistencies. The report ends with a funeral item gotten in touch with Medu which is written by Bokani and committed to trombonist Jonas Gwangwa who passed away in 2021.

Ke Nako
A Sesotho term that implies “it is actually time,” Ke Nako is an ask for Africa to take the limelight in a technique that celebrates the continent’s mankind. The key phrase is actually part of the main 2010 World Mug slogan and also has actually also been embraced as the theme of this year’s African Union Top.

Dyer has actually teamed up with South African theatre supervisor Mkhululi Mabija on his production My Child/ Son, generated saxophonist Sisonke Xonti’s launching album Iyonde, and also curated the Jazzafrika Heritage Sessions, a performance collection commemorating South Africa’s very most popular jazz music composers. He has actually additionally taped along with the Bokani Dyer Trio and seemed like an attendee in the quintet of fabulous trumpeter Feya Faku.

Moreover, he has actually done widely globally, including at the Jazzahead feature in Bremen, Germany. He was also a runner-up in the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competitors in 2009 and also spent 3 full weeks in Nyc being tutored by jazz music pianist Jason Moran.

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