In association with Concerts SA, saxophonist and penny whistle player Oscar Rachabane presents his national tour, where he will be joined by some friends, who happen at the same time to be great, accomplished musicians: guitarist Keenan Ahrends, and two German members of Seba Kaapstad – Sebastian Schuster on bass and Thomas Worle on drums.

Oscar Rachabane is a quirky hipster from Soweto of great distinction amongst his peers and fans alike. Part of a lineage of an illustrious family of reedmen, Oscar has carved a niche himself as a no holds barred, soulful saxophonist. With an astounding jazz vocabulary and a mastery of South African mbaqanga, his is a sound deeply entrenched in the musical history of South Africa.

Oscar Rachabane, on record as the youngest saxophonist ever to have played at Kippies, made his debut in 2004 at the age of 15 where he shared the stage with his grandfather, Barney Rachabane.

While a member of the Gauteng Jazz Orchestra, he played at the Johannesburg City Hall- an event that saw him open for the legendary Abdullah Ibrahim. His unique style combines bebop and blues, threaded through with the inflections of the kwela Soweto youth, influenced by the sounds of Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt and Moses Khumalo.

Since then he has played with many established artists, including, but not limited to, Soweto Kinch (UK), Jason Yarde (UK), Louis Moholo, Khaya Mahlangu, Hugh Masekela and Afrika Mkhize.

Oscar Rachabane & Friends Tour is supported by the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism administered by Concerts SA which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, the project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. For more information please visit our website, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Events Listing

Cape Town – The Crypt

Wednesday 23rd November – 8pm – R 100

Address: 1 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Contact: 079 683 4658 /

Cape Town – The Great Wizoo

Thursday 24th November – 7.30pm – R 100

Address: Lower Burg Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Contact: 021 686 3339 /

Cape Town – The Hive

Friday 25th November – 8pm – R 100

Address: 37 Palmer Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7950

Contact: 060 904 5988 /

Cape Town – Kwa Sec Gugulethu

Saturday 26th November – 3pm – R 80

Address: Ny 138 no.52 Gugulethu, Cape Town

Contact: 060 960 8935 /

Cape Town – The Masque Theatre

Sunday 27th November – 6.30pm – R 100

Address: 37 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945

Contact: 021 288 1898 /

Johannesburg – The Orbit

Wednesday 30th November – 8pm – R 150

Address: 81 De Korte Street, Johannesburg

Contact: 011 339 6645 /

Durban – The Chairman

Friday 2nd December– 11pm – R 150

Address: 146 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Durban, 4001

Contact: 078 387 1408 /

Durban – The Chairman

Saturday 3rd December– 11pm – R 150

Address: 146 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Durban, 4001

Contact: 078 387 1408 /

Soweto – Soweto Theatre

Sunday 4th December– 5pm – R 150

Address: Cnr Bolani Link and Bolani Rd, Jabulani, Soweto

Contact: 011 930 7461 /

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