Artscape's Heritage Jazz Series To Be Dedicated To Jazz Master Errol Dyers

Artscape's Heritage Jazz Series To Be Dedicated To Jazz Master Errol DyersDedicated to the late Jazz master Errol Dyers, Artscape Theatre Centre's "Jazz Masters: Tribute to the Legends" concert series is due to be showcased from 28 - 30 September. Dyers, was originally scheduled to perform within this 3-day event. His death, however has given impetus to the opportunity to honour his legacy. The legendary musician was billed to share the stage with other icons such as Hilton Schilder, McCoy Mrubata and Zylvia Mdunyelwa at the much anticipated "Jazz Masters: Tribute to the Legends"

While the three-day jazz event will pay tribute to a legend well-known as one of the pioneers of African jazz called Goema, the final production on the 30 September will specifically be dedicated to his legacy as his brother, Alvin and band takes to the stage to play some of his songs as a tribute.

Says Artscape Theatre Centre CEO, Marlene le Roux: "The death of Errol is an immense loss to the arts and culture world. As a nation we are fortunate to have had such as person as Errol -an Icon who shaped our freedom through song, utilising his music as part of the tradition of resistance against Apartheid. He continuously strived towards inclusivity of all - an ethos which equally shapes the objectives of our theatre. Myself and the Artscape staff offer our most sincere condolences to his beloved wife, family, friends and the music industry at large."

Says Craig Parks, Associate Producer for the Jazz Master Series: "If there is anything Errol wanted was to get South African music on the platform it deserves, especially Cape Town music. He always believed that Cape Town music should be able to tell the stories of our people, our city and our country and he was always the guy encouraging musicians to make their music into a story that people could identify, especially Cape jazz"

Dyers died last week Friday evening after a lengthy bout with a lung condition known as emphysema. He was 65.

"Jazz Masters: Tribute to the Legends" forms part of Artscape Theatre Centre's much anticipated Heritage Festival. It will also include a concert by the world-renowned indigenous musician Dizy Plaatjies as he takes us on a "road trip" from Cape Town to the Homelands of Emampondweni and back to showcase the past and present work of his musical journey.

Tickets for all productions are available via Computicket or Artscape-Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695.


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