Topdog Sa To Pay Homage To Khoi And San Heroes

TopDogSA will launch their brand-new Nama
Jazz Series at Artscape this December.

Jazz maestro Camillo Lombard will head TopDogSA to pay musical homage to Khoi and San heroes with their brand-new Nama Jazz Series at the Artscape Arena this December.

Nama Jazz is a new term that has given their music unique style and is a fusion between indigenous melodies, rhythms and jazz chord progressions. Speaking on what audiences could expect Lombard said:

Not only will Nama Jazz Series pay musical homage to our Khoi and San heroes, it will also raise awareness about our indigenous roots and rich culture. Historically, we have been misled into thinking that we are 'so called' coloureds. Our music in this show will set the record straight and give audiences the true feeling of who we really are. Hence our subtitle - This is who we are.

In the show, TopDog SA will use mouth bows, the African piano (kalimba), the talking drum, rice shakers - instruments used by the Khoi and San. These instruments are the origins of their music which links these indigenous instruments to contemporary sound such as the accordion, banjo and flute that will equally feature in the performance.

The band is composed of an all-star cast including Don Vino (saxophone), Camillo Lombard (keyboard), Charlton Daniels (bass), Mornay Hofmeester (drums) and Mark Williams (lead guitar).

The band will be performing songs from their debut album GRIQUA DNA that was released in March at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival as well as new songs that were composed for this show. Their fans can expect to hear tunes such as "Pontac 45", "Spirit of Ghoema", "Khaya", "Krotoa se Hooglied" and many more.

TopDog SA was established three years ago and have already made a name for themselves as one of South Africa's premier jazz band having performed with local and international legends.

Performances at the Artscape Arena take place from 28 - 30 December at 19:30 and on 31 December at 20:30. Tickets cost R70 per person and are available through Artscape Dial-a-Seat (021 421 7839) and Computicket outlets.

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