The 13 day national tour will see Vuma surrounded by an impressive array of locally based and international musicians. The 5 performances in Johannesburg will feature the likes of Bernard van Rossum (UK/Netherlands), Xavi Torres Vicente (Spain), Peter Auret, Benjamin Jephta, Bokani Dyer and Marcus Wyatt.
Speaking about his album, Vuma says, “This music is, on the one hand, a personal reflection on the last seven years that I’ve spent in the Netherlands in a kind of self-imposed exile away from home. On the other hand it is broader reflection on the crises of the post-Apartheid South African self at home, in the diaspora and in an age of globalisation. Finally, by presenting a series of songs that are deeply hybrid in nature the album is an attempt to implicitly respond the commodification and fetishisation of African art and the cleched ‘single story’ told about South Africa and its people in the West.”
Vuma Levin makes use of digital samples and prepared instruments and fuses, contemporary jazz, rock, hip-hop, pop and South African musical forms such as marabi, goema and Nguni-Sotho choral and gourd bow song. All of this hopes to capture and articulate the unique sonic landscape of South Africa and its people.
Joburg Dates and Venues
May 4 – Afrikan Freedom Station, Westdene
May 5 – Sophiatown The Mix, Sophiatown
May 6 – Wits Music Room, Braamfontein
May 7 – Arbour Café, Birdhaven
May 23 – The Orbit, Braamfontein