2 October : Marcus Wyatt & Language 12


Language 12 ‘Maji Maji in the Land of Milk & Honey’

Marcus Wyatt’s music collective Language 12 return with their 2nd album Maji Maji, the product of a collective of musical nomads whose crates of vinyl would clearly be worth years of digging in, such is the astonishing range of influences. Genre-defying can sound like cold fusion but Maji is no lab project. This is a deeply spiritual and unfettered record that doesn’t so much break boundaries as bend dimensions. Language 12 move with complete freedom, sometimes with stealth, sometimes raw power but always with relentless invention.

Language 12 represents a different approach to South African Jazz –an elusive sound that is moving forward, respectful of the past, whilst not being afraid of twisting boundaries. The music moves to a more groove based concept, with contemporary loop-based ideas and soundscapes interspersed with unique live improvisations. Drum n Bass, Hip Hop, Afro-Jazz and sounds from all over the South African musical map blended together in a fresh, original sound that is hard to define. Language 12 has notched up an impressive list of appearances including a successful 4 city tour of India (a highlight being 2 performances at the famous “BLUE FROG” club in Mumbai.) As well as the sub-continent, the project has performed in Sweden, France, Switzerland, Mozambique, Angola and all around South Africa. They also played to standing ovations at the Paris Jazz Festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Cape Town International Jazz Fest, Joy of Jazz Festival (Johannesburg) and Rio Loco festival (Toulouse,France).

Language 12 is //
Marcus Wyatt (trumpet, efx)
Siya Makuzeni (voice, efx)
Melissa Van der Spuy (keys, soundscapes)
Romy Brauteseth (bass)
Justin Badenhorst (drums)
Fried Wilsenach (sound design)

Stirling Auditorium
Friday 2 October
Tickets R100 at the door
Student and pensioner discounts available
Cash bar