Performing for one night only – Erik Paliani will be presenting the music off his debut album, ‘CHITUKUTUKU’ at the Rendezvous Theatre, State Theatre, in Pretoria on Friday 19 November from 21h30.
It’s been a desire for Erik Paliani to perform this music in exactly the way it was always intended to be experienced by a live audience – in an intimate venue, where every note is felt and every chord resonates playing together with the country’s most accomplished session musicians.
Accompanying this guitar maestro at the Jazz and African Nights event are Denny Lalouette (Bass Guitar); David Klassen (Drums and Vocals); Tlale Makhene (Percussions and Vocals); Harold Wynkwardt (Keyboards and Vocals) and Greg Bester (Engineer).
“It will be amazing to finally play my own material live,” Paliani says.
“I guess my live and recorded solo work has been long overdue.”
For over a decade, Erik Paliani has quietly made a name for himself as one of the most revered and accomplished producers, songwriters and guitarists working in South Africa. Now the music heavyweight and multi-talent emerges from the background with an album of such raw beauty and intensity it’s bound to become a staple in music collections globally for decades to come.
THE RENDEZVOUS THEATRE
21h30 – 22h30
Tickets available at Computicket (R 60) and at the venue (R 80)
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Titled ‘CHITUKUTUKU’, the 10-track album is, in many ways, a love letter to the continent that has enabled the 34-year-old to bring such a myriad of musical styles and influences to his work, both here as a solo artist and with others – most notably Zamajobe and Hugh Masekela. Masekela who chose Paliani to produce his 2008 album ‘Phola’ after hearing his work with Zamajobe on her albums ‘Ndawo Yami’ (2004) and Ndoni Yamanzi’ (2008).
Paliani’s extraordinary ability on the guitar has also been recognised by Musa Manzini and Themba Mkhize who have both used him for session and live work over the years. Currently Paliani is also part of Masekela’s touring band, having played around the world with the jazz icon over the past year.
Paliani’s international foothold was also further bolstered by the production work he did for Lee Ritenour’s critically acclaimed ‘Smoke ‘n Mirrors’ album, handling studio duties for a trio of songs on the album that featured Zamajobe on vocals: ‘Memeza’, ‘Forget Me Nots’ and ‘Lovely Day’.
For Paliani, coming into his own as a solo artist gives him the chance to convey how he “understands Africa and the different worlds that are to be found here”. That grasp of the continent is propelled by the artist’s itinerant background that has taken him from growing up in his home country, Malawi, to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa.
A Malawian native, it’s no wonder that the over-arching feeling throughout ‘CHITUKUTUKU’ is the dreaminess that Paliani says is so prevalent in the villages of his own country – and is here reflected on the outstanding song ‘Kumalewule’.
A sense of history ripples throughout ‘CHITUKUTUKU’ – indeed the title track is based on a song composed by Wilson Makawa in the middle years of the 20th century that became an instant hit in then Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Malawi) and here is re-charged by Paliani’s sensitive arrangements and playing.
Paliani’s sense of roots never comes at the expense of turning his first solo effort into simply nostalgia. Songs like ‘Dr Nico’, a tribute to DRC musician and Soukous pioneer, Nicolas Masanda; the hypnotic ‘Kwacha, Kwayera’, the lilting beauty of ‘Ndagwada n’ipepesa’, the bold strokes of ‘Ndege’, the fatherly-love that defines ‘Tingo-Tiya’, and the fun-filled joy of ‘Toto Ife’ all contribute to a set of songs that define Paliani’s own particular musical vision.
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