Sankofa, the mythical Ghanaian bird which flies forward as it looks backwards, symbolizes the rootedness in our past and ancestors to forge the way ahead. It is also a symbol of diasporic Africans who have returned to Africa.
Sankofa plays hard-hitting original jazz which contemplates the state of life and culture in South Africa, while supporting pan African consciousness. The repertoire centers around Salim Washington's original compositions, but also pays homage to other revolutionary composers.
Washington's compositional and playing styles are quite wide ranging and eclectic. He is profoundly influenced by the compositional complexity and political commentary of master composers Charles Mingus, Andrew Hill, and Stevie Wonder; the spiritual exploration of great tenor players such as John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Mankunku Ngozi, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and the political elan of Gil Scott Heron, Kendrick Lamar, the Last Poets, Amiri Baraka.
With Sankofa, Washington has the luxury of building a musical community and to compose with specific artists in mind. He relishes bringing out each unique voice and placing it in a setting that will bring out their best and present it to audiences in the best setting. Sankofa is a musical, compositional, political, spiritual experience.
Salim Washington – tenor sax, flute, oboe & bass clarinet
Sakhile Simani – trumpet & flugelhorn
Phumlani Mtitii – alto sax
Nduduzo Makhathini – piano
Dalisu Ndlazi – bass
Ayanda Sikade – drums
Zoe The Seed – vocals
This performance is presented in association with Concerts SA.
R150 per ticket (students come in at half price, just bring your student card). Come and have dinner and drinks while enjoying the sensational sounds.
We advise booking in advance, please contact us on 011 339 6645 / 081 534 2867 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to do so.