Claude Deppa with Al Macsween's sextet: a tribute to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa


Claude Deppa on trumpet with Al Macsween on piano, Kenny Higgins on bass, Joost Hendrixx on drums, Richard Ormrod on sax, Sam Bell percussion; special guest Omar Puente violin

 

This six piece band, led by popular Leeds pianist Al Macsween, will perform a tribute to the life and music of Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, one of South Africa's finest jazz pianists and composers. Claude Deppa (member of the original Brotherhood of Breath band + Carla Bley's band) will guest on trumpet!

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (born April 17, 1973 in Tembisa; died February 13, 2001) was a South African jazz pianist from a family of jazz musicians. His father was nicknamed "Monk", by the jazz society he belonged to, for his understanding of Thelonious Monk. Poverty and issues concerning apartheid caused Moses' education in his childhood to be haphazard. His father aided his musical education as best he could and as soon as he could afford a keyboard Moses showed promise. This led to his entering the Federal Union of Black Arts, from which he graduated with honors in 1987 and then made his professional debut.

In the next few years he played with Miriam Makeba, Jonas Gwangwa, and others. In 1988 Hugh Masekela asked him to join his bands and this period saw Molelekwa winning the first of several awards. His solo career began in 1994 with the debut album Finding Oneself. By 1996 he had gained widespread attention as a solo artist, winning two FNB South Africa Music Awards for traditional jazz, and was seen as a rising star in South African jazz.

He also played outside South African tradition or society. He played at the North Sea Jazz Festival and worked with Brazilian singer Flora Purim on his second album. He also did work beyond jazz with TKZee.

 

Claude Deppa with the Al Macsween's sextet - tribute to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa is at Seven on Sunday 27th May, Doors open 1pm, music 1.30-4pm. £5/4 concessions kids under 16 free.