Double and electric bass maestro, Herbie Tsoaeli, is an incredibly well-respected and recognised jazzman – with a solid pedigree. This is Herbie’s first ‘stand-out’ solo release – and it is very much eagerly anticipated and sought after by jazz lovers, with tracks having been circulating the airwaves for months already…
Having been the preferred side-man for many of this countries finest artists – potentially without even knowing it – you have been grooving to his rhythms over the years when listening to your favourites. This illustrious list includes the likes of: Zim Ngqawana, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ringo, Sibongile Khumalo, Louis Moholo, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku, Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Moses Molelekwa, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Feya Faku, Simphiwe Dana (amongst many more).
With this album “African Time” – Herbie Tsoaeli takes centre stage! An accessible, but yet still completely credible and ‘real’ jazz album journey. Vocal tracks find a home, as well as instrumentally focused material.
Responses have been simply amazing to this album – that presents something completely new; yet contains those amazing favourite sound and elements of the great South African jazz tradition of the past. An amazing musical bridge between the ‘then and now.,
Support on and for Herbie is guaranteed, particularly in jazz circles – but certainly wider than those alone. Expect a LOT of noise and talk around this great musician and music in the near-coming future then – across media formats – with a build and culmination around April where Herbie is confirmed to perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.