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Sunday, September 22, 2013


(Bokani Dyer)

Jazz pianist Bokani Dyer, the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz, will perform tomorrow (September 22) at the Afriportico Restaurant. He will appear with local jazz trio 5th Season.

Dyer comes from a strong musical family and is building on his musical heritage with unique flair, inspired by "the energy behind the music". He recently won a SAMRO Overseas Scholarship during the final round of the SAMRO competition.

He graduated from the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) first class in June 2008. During his studies in 2006, he was chosen by Andre Peterson for a youth band that took part in a summer school in Sogne, Norway. He was also part of the Standard Band National Youth Jazz band in Grahamstown, which played at the Johannesburg International Jazz festival, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and toured Sweden. He played for the University of Cape Town Big Band and also played at the Arts Alive concert with Steve Dyer, Dorothy Masuku, Thandiswa Mazwai and Siya Makhuzeni.

In Durban his band will consist of Sphelelo Mazibuko on drums and Prince Bulo on bass guitar.

The Afriportico Restaurant is situated at the BAT Centre in the Small Crafts Basin. Doors open at 14h00 and entry is R60. Bookings on 083 378 8140.