Tananas: Ian Herman & Steve Newman live at Cape Farmhouse, Shifty Heritage & Bassline

One show only: TANANAS musicians Steve Newman and Ian Herman reunite for a rare performance at the Cape Farmhouse on Saturday 20 September 2014, in celebration of Gito Baloi, before two Johannesburg shows (Shifty September on Heritage Day; Bassline on 26 September). Cape special guest is Peter Ndlala on bass guitar.

This is a press release from Tananas; with minor edits. Tananas info as supplied, and courtesy Music.org.za

 On Saturday 20 September 2014, TANANAS musicians Steve Newman and Ian Herman reunite for a rare performance at the Cape Farmhouse in celebration of Gito Baloi. Special guest is Peter Ndlala on bass guitar.

  • Gates – 1pm.
  • Performance – 3pm.
  • Entrance R100. Children under 12 free.
  • No pre-booking; get there early to reserve your place.

In 1988 a trio of world class musicians from South Africa and Mozambique came together through their improvisational and rhythmic sensibility establishing themselves as one of the most original and compelling groups to have emerged from South Africa at the time.

Tananas in the late 1980s: Steve Newman, Ian Herman, Gito Baloi. PIC: Courtesy Shifty Records.

Tananas in the late 1980s: Steve Newman, Ian Herman, Gito Baloi. PIC: Courtesy Shifty Records.

The individual band members  Gito Baloi (Bass/vocals), Ian Herman (Drums) and Steve Newman (Guitar)  would only come together as Tananas for less than two months a year, bringing new influences to the fold and keeping the freshness and spontaneity of their unique sound.

Gito Baloi, a Mozambican, had been playing with Pongola, and Ian Herman was drumming with Cape rockers The Genuines. The first Tananas album was released in 1988. Long regarded as South Africa’s most gifted drummer, Ian Herman took up an offer of work in the United States.  In New York he worked with luminaries such as Paul Simon and George Duke, later settling in San Francisco.

Tananas: Spiral (1990)

Tananas: Spiral (1990)

Tananas used to be essentially an instrumental band allied to jazz but unmistakably African at heart. In later years the recordings  included more vocals by Mozambican singer and bass player, Gito Baloi, who sang in Shangaan, Tsonga and Portuguese.

Tananas performed at WOMAD festivals across the globe and have always been in constant demand as collaborators, sessioners and solo artists working with artists as diverse as Sting, George Duke and Paul Simon.

   R.I.P. Gito Baloi

On the 4th April 2004 Gito was driving to his home in Kensington, Johannesburg after a Saturday night concert, when his vehicle was shot at in Nugget Street, downtown, Johannesburg. He passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police report sited that robbery appears the motive for the attack.

   Cape Farmhouse: venue details

The venue is at the junction of the M65 and M66 Plateau Road. Entrance to the farm is at the bottom of Red Hill, 3k from Scarborough. For more information call 021 780 1246 or email rose@capefarmhouse.com or see www.capefarmhouse.com.

   Shifty Records Heritage

Tananas also play the Shifty RecordsShifty September” concert on Heritage Day (24 September) in Johannesburg along with a self-evidently stupendous line-up. Details here.

Tananas then play a solo show at The Bassline on 26 September (10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown; details Bassline.co.za)

Shifty Records - Heritage Day concert 2014

Shifty Records – Heritage Day concert 2014

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 Tananas information supplied by MUSIC.ORG.ZA AND PARTNERS

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This is a press release from Tananas; with minor edits.

Ian Herman

Ian Herman

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