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Monday, May 27, 2024



The Headroom presents McCoy Mrubata a revered South African saxophonist in a duo with an amazing guitarist from the USA Gary Wittner on June 8, 2024, at The Headroom.

McCoy and Gary first met in 2006 at The Grahamstown (now renamed Makhanda) Arts Festival.

The Festival paired them with a South African rhythm section that included McCoy’s friend Paul Hanmer, it became immediately obvious that they shared a similar musical sensibility and sensitivity.

Mrubata and Wittner enjoyed performing together so much that they have continued to do so in Wittner’s four subsequent visits to South Africa and also in each of McCoy’s recent trips to the USA.

Their music partnership is in full flight having gained momentum after regular previous collaborations as Mrubata was in the USA in October 2022 to join Wittner on a mini tour, performing and conducting workshops at some schools and higher education institutions.

In February 2023, Mrubata returned to the USA to join Wittner on another tour performing as a duo and conducting workshops.

The highlight of the tour was a performance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club where they performed with Lumanyano Mzi, Jennifer Vincent and Melanie Schutz

In June of 2023 Wittner came to South Africa for a series of gigs with Mrubata and his quartet performing around Johannesburg. They went back to the USA for another series of gigs, later in that month at the end of the tour, they went into the studio to record the album they are currently promoting. The album is called McCoy Mrubata & Siyabulela – Lullaby for Khayoyo.

Mrubata went back to the USA in April this year to perform at The San Francisco Jazz Festival and continued to tour the USA until May.

Wittner has joined him in South Africa on his 65th Birthday celebration and CD launch tour.

At The Headroom they will perform as a Turner Sax and Guitar duo.

The Headroom does not sell liquor. Bring your cooler box and come enjoy great music in the garden.

Boerewors rolls for vegetarians and non-vegetarians will be on sale

The Headroom is situated at 21 Bridlington Road, Sea View in Durban. Phone: 031 459 0840