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Thursday, April 25, 2019


(Florence Chitacumbi)

The Chitacumbi – Cinélu SA Tour starts on April 26 at Alliance Française, Durban, with a second Durban gig at late night venue, The Chairman, on April 27.

The New York-based Cinélu and Swiss-Angolan Florence Chitacumbi are bringing their upcoming tour Chitacumbi - Cinélu SA Reunion Tour to South African audiences from late April to early May. Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein are the lucky Cities the dynamic duo will be dazzling with their captivating performances.

Voice and percussion are the two sublime elements that underpin the dynamic musical partnership of Florence Chitacumbi and Mino Cinélu. Their upcoming Chitacumbi - Cinélu SA Reunion Tour will take place from late April to early May 2019 in time to celebrate International Jazz Day. The tour will feature original compositions that highlight Chitacumbi’s strong roots in jazz and Afro-soul, and Cinélu’s gift of rhythmic invention – which, in the words of his late friend Miles Davis, “can make any music swing!”
“I am thrilled to come back to South Africa to share music. For me the Reunion tour is about breaking boundaries and to encounter “the other” and their culture in order to exchange and to generate artistic collaboration” says Florence Chitacumbi.

New York-based Cinélu - “the best percussionist in the world” (Canal +) - is the perfect fit for Swiss-Angolan Florence Chitacumbi’s worldly vocal inflections. With some 15 years of friendship, born out of the recording of Chitacumbi’s Regards Croisés album, the two artists bring together the riches of their multi-cultural heritages and explored musical traditions, from Congolese rhythms to French chanson.

Known for their individual work with artists such as Sting, Herbie Hancock & Weather Report, Chitacumbi & Cinélu have continued to play and tour together, including to Africa in 2018, where they presented their new Reunion project at Jazz à Ouaga in Burkina Faso.

Their 2019 South African tour will see them perform as a trio, accompanied by guitarist Christophe Bovet (Bee Bee Honey, Tiza Brown) and will invite a few of SA’s top musicians to join them.

Audiences can look forward to a new creative approach, articulated around sophisticated, rhythmic and melodic arrangements that have been lauded by public and critics alike.

The Chitacumbi – Cinélu SA Tour Durban dates are as follows:

April 26, 2019, at 19h00 (doors open 18h00) at Alliance Française, Durban. Tickets R100 booked through or on 031 312 9582

April 27, 2019 at 22h30: The Chairman, Durban. Entrance R150 (deductible from food & drinks bill). Bookings: table bookings via or 079 753 6513

The tour is supported by Pro Helvetia, Suisa, Loterie Romande, SIS & Ville de Neuchâtel. Produced by Arte Viva Management.