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Sunday, February 13, 2011


(Dave Reynolds and Paul Hanmer)

On February 16, the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music presents Paul Hanmer (piano) and Dave Reynolds (steelpan). A further performance follows at the Rainbow Restaurant on February 17.

Paul Hanmer was born in Cape Town. His musical interest started at an early age beginning with classical piano and theory lessons. He has studied at the University of Cape Town and started working professionally. In 1987, he moved to Johannesburg, where he formed the group, Unofficial Language, with fellow Capetonians Ian Herman (drummer-percussionist of Tanana’s fame) and Pete Sklair (electric bass). The trio recorded two successful albums - Primal Steps and Move Moves.

In 1997, he released Trains to Taung, the album that kickstarted the jazz boom in post-apartheid South Africa. With radio hits such as Meeting of the Women, the album blazed a trail for other artists, record companies, SA music festivals, music schools and radio stations giving shape to SA jazz, defining the contemporary South African sound and showing what a huge following instrumental music can have amongst SA audiences. Trains to Taung was consequently nominated three FNB awards and continues to sell in considerable numbers throughout the country.

Paul Hanmer has recorded more than five acclaimed albums: Window to Elsewhere (1998), Playola (2000), Naivasha (2002), Water & Lights (2005) and Accused No 1, Nelson Mandela (2006) which won him the coveted Best Instrumental Jazz Album at the SAMA Awards. With his love for collaborative work, he has recorded with the likes of Tananas, Miriam Makeba, the late Sipho Gumede, Ray Phiri, McCoy Mrubata, Frank Paco and Louis Mhlanga and has worked with Moses Molelekwa, Khaya Mahlangu, Themba Mkhize, Tony Cox and Pops Mohamed.

Dave Reynolds was born in Namibia and he studied music at the University of Rhodes, graduating Cum Laude in 1993. In 2006, he started his own record company for the publishing and release of his own projects. Two years later, he produced and released SAMA nominated album Beyond a posthumous collection of Gito’s previously unreleased recordings, some of which he co-wrote, A 7 min documentary Friends of Gito Baloi which featured by Steve Newman & Concord Nkabinde. Other recordings he has featured include: Hugh Masekela Sixty (1999), McCoy Mrubata Hoe Lyk it (2001), Jeff Maluleke Juliana (2000), Kilimanjaro (2001)and Gloria Bosman Nature’s Dancing(2003).

Paul and Dave are professional musicians and they have extensive experience in conducting workshops. Dave was part of Mlungisi Gegana’s Taking the Music to Queenstown workshop series, they have conducted workshops with high schools in Boksburg, Soweto, Langa Cape Town and PE and have just completed a tour in Newcastle, UK, doing African music workshops focused on his instrument, the steelpan.

Paul Hanmer and Dave Reynolds will perform at 17h30 on February 16 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, UKZN. Tickets R30 (R10 students). More information on 031 260 3385 or email:

They will appear at the Rainbow Jazz Restaurant in Pinetown on February 17 at 20h00.

They will also host a music workshop at the BAT Centre on February 18 from 16h00 to 17h30 at the Harbour Jazz Café. Admission is free.