PR: Marcus Wyatt – 2013 album launch in Jozi and CT

In 2006, Marcus Wyatt released “Language12“, an album that I’ve quipped has been my favourite SA jazz album of the year ever since. Now he launches a new album composed in Sophiatown and recorded in Switzerland, in Johannesburg (19 April) and Cape Town (24 April).

Marcus Wyatt: April album launch in Jozi and CT

Jazz trumpeter, composer and producer Marcus Wyatt launches his fifth solo album, “One Life In The Sun“, in Sophiatown on Friday 19 April 2013 and at Cape Town’s Old Slave Church on Wednesday 24 April, 2013. The album was recorded in Basel, with Swiss players, but the South African launches feature a tight ensemble with Marcus Wyatt playing trumpet and flugelhorn, Buddy Wells on tenor sax, Romy Brauteseth on upright bass and Justin Badenhorst on drums. Joburg also gets special guests Mthunzi Mvubu (alto sax) and Amaeshi Ikechi (upright bass). Yes: no piano, and that’s part of the point. Now book your tickets.

* Occasionally, this blog will post press releases about upcoming events, usually when they’re late-breaking and it’s the best avenue to get the information out. Or when I think the music is likely to be so damned good, it would be gross negligence not to let you know about, arts and culture coverage being what it is, and all that. The following press release is from Marcus Wyatt and may have been edited for style. *

One Life in the Sun” is Marcus Wyatt‘s 5th solo album, and was recorded in 2012 during a residency in Basel, Switzerland . Besides Wyatt, the quartet comprises three of Switzerland’s finest jazz musicians – Domenic Landolf (tenor sax/bass clarinet), Baenz Oester (upright bass) and Dominic Igli (drums). All three Swiss players have collaborated with South African musicians before , and they have an innate understanding and sensibility towards the “South African” or broader “African” sound.

The group truly allow Wyatt’s compositions to sing , while always allowing the music breathing space and sensitivity . This album is the most open and sparse to date , with the absence of piano notable , but not felt –  acoustic South African jazz in the true tradition : joyful , poignant and full of the soul and spirit of one life lived in the sun!

The album features two compositions dedicated to three very special South Africans: ‘Annake Tassou‘ celebrates the life of Annake De Villiers, the great violinist and a beautiful soul. ‘A Semi-serious Conversation‘ pays tribute to Moses Molelekwa and Johnny Dyani in the form of a heartfelt yet joyous musical discussion between these two icons from different eras of South African Jazz music.

Kay Hassan’s photographs are completely in sync with the music  , dark golden earth tones juxtaposed with bright brassy colours capturing the essence of the wandering minstrels , and in broader strokes the whole Johannesburg story. Sophiatown – where this music was conceived and composed: where this music originated : and where Wyatt now finds his home and his inspiration.

Gerard Sekoto, Sophiatown resident and cultural icon of South African Art, painted a piece he called ‘Dawn’, in the hope that ‘freedom will come one day’.  Perhaps ‘One Life in the Sun‘ pays tribute to all those artists – musicians , writers , poets , dancers and performers who have paved the way for this freedom to be . Now we can all live ‘in the Sun’ .

* LAUNCH GIG: Johannesburg *

Johannesburg launch:

Friday, 19 April 2013

Venue : St Josephs Home , Sophiatown (Cnr Herman and Good Str – on the same grounds as the Trevor Huddleston Centre)

Tickets : R100 . Doors open 7pm for 8(ish!)

For pre-booking : Khosi on 011-6731271 or 082-5507130 , email 

Launch personnel (Johannesburg):

Marcus Wyatt: trumpet and flugelhorn

Buddy Wells: tenor sax

Romy Brauteseth: upright bass

Justin Badenhorst: drums

Special guests (Johannesburg):

Mthunzi Mvubu (alto sax)

Amaeshi Ikechi (upright bass)

Marcus is now a Sophiatown resident , and passionate about being involved in bringing back the music to this most historic Johannesburg suburb . He has performed numerous times at Xuma House as part of the Sophiatown Jazz Encounters and has thus chosen to perform at this beautiful old school and former childrens home – a landmark in the old suburb . Let the music come home!

* LAUNCH GIG: Cape Town *

Cape Town launch:

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Venue : Old Slave Church (40 Long Str , Cape Town City Centre)

Tickets : R100 doors open 7.30pm

Pre-booking: Jill on 083 456 0909

Launch personnel (Cape Town):

Marcus Wyatt: trumpet and flugelhorn

Buddy Wells: tenor sax

Romy Brauteseth: upright bass

Justin Badenhorst: drums

Special guests (Cape Town):


Join the Facebook event here, and spread the word:
Marcus Wyatt Quartet : One Life in the Sun
(on the Language 12 label)
Catalogue number – LAN12CD003

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