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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Overtone is now booking a wide range of world class JAZZ artists for corporate events all over Southern Africa.

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Overtone Artist bookings can offer you some of the gratest names in the South African Jazz scene.  So contact us and lets get your event swinging.

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Interview: Babu

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Fourpiece vocal-free jazz fusion outfit Babu paint us a picture of music as a gentle art, one that is earned through years of sincere practise and style. And as amazing as the Cape Town group’s subtle, Indian-styled melodies and arrhythmic beats go, they don’t take themselves too seriously. Take a couple of pages from this book…

Babu interview

Babu is…
Kesivan Naidoo – Drums
Reza Khota – Guitar
Ronan Skillen – Tablas, percussion
Shane Cooper – Electric Bass

S: “Indian classical music meets traditional Western jazz ideosyncrasies” [laughs - these are the exact words in their press release]

Re: Two years. But it’s only been the last year that we’ve done it seriously.

K: We were all involved in other projects. We all knew the band wasn’t gonna stop after the first gig. When you nuture something, you’re patient and you wait till the time’s right.

S: From traditional American jazz to contemporary electronic and broken beat stuff. I could sit here for 20 minutes and list a whole bunch of bands. From this band, I might draw ideas from something that’s completely unrelated to this genre of music.

K: I have a billion examples. Or maybe a million. For this band, Shakti, The Zawinul Syndicate. Original world music masters, and then people like John Coltraine, Miles Davis, drummers Tony Williams, Brian Blade and Alvin Jones. Beyond that, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko remind me that I’m allowed to do these things. That’s a big influence for me.

Re: And The Weather Report [an influential 70s jazz fusion group].

K: I would love to play all the great concert halls: La Scala, Royal Albert Hall, Carniegie Hall, the Lincoln Centre. A sit-down venue

Ro: There’s a local venue I’d dig to play, the Oude Libertas Theatre.

Re: That place has got really good acoustics. There’s nothing that can compare to a gig where you have incredible sound. It turns you on, it turns the audience on, you just get…

K: …get off [laughs]

Re: We don’t only make music, we sacrifice a helluva lot.

S: We sacrifice little lambs… [laughs]

K: The fundamental thing is to have fun. If you’re not having fun, the audience can’t have fun. We have so much fun together it becomes incestuous, and that translates into the audience…

Ro: You mean infectious? [laughs all round]

K: Keep it in the house…! [laughs] Ok, ok. I meant…I meant both, acually. [laughs all round]

Re: Why? Because we can play this kinda music.

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