Vuma’s new album Antique Spoons: Chapters on Love, Loss and the Politics of Memory.
Antique Spoons explores the black, post-apartheid South African self, this time through the prism of the everyday story. The telling of these stories, as a musical suite in 9 parts, reveals deeper truths about race, power, belonging, migration, love, loss, memory and (I hope) the human condition.
I’m very excited to finally be able to announce that I’ll be releasing Antique Spoons, my 4th album as a band leader on 29 February 2020 at Wits Theatre. This special project is very close to my heart. It took almost 2 years to compose this music and I’m very very proud of the outcome.
The music itself draws on a host of influences including, traditional Southern African musics, karnatic music, contemporary jazz, popular musics and much more. The CD project has seen me work and collaborate with the incredible visual artist Lisolomzi Pikoli, expert in traditional, indigenous South African musics Cara Stacey, renown photographer Lauren Mulligan, film makers Dylan Valley and Jurgen Meekel and my Amsterdam based quintet Xavi Torres Vicente, Bernard Van Rossum, Marco Zenini and Jeroen Batterink. Liner notes were penned by one of my intellectual heroes the great Lewis Gordon.
The performance will be interdisciplinary in orientation involving some of my favourite artists in South Africa; photographer Lauren Mulligan and film makers Dylan Valley , Jurgen Mekeel and Nobunye Levin.
The band on the night will be an international one, featuring some of my favourite musicians including Sisonke Xonti, Bokani Dyer, Romy Brauteseth and Jeroen Batterink. Join us for an evening of magical music making on February 29th at the WITS theatre. Show your love by liking and sharing this post and the event. Stay tuned to my social media for single and video releases. Hope to see you there!
Book tickets here.
Pic by Lauren Mulligan
E Poster by Jurgen Meekel