Born in Gaborone, Botswana, where his musician father was living in exile, Bokani Dyer grew up mainly in Johannesburg before studying jazz at UCT, where he graduated with distinction. He has won numerous accolades including, in 2011, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz – one of the youngest ever to receive this prestigious recognition. Dyer has recorded five albums under his own name and has appeared on many more, winning a SAMA in 2019 for Best Jazz Album and performing regularly internationally, particularly in Africa and Europe. He is an eclectic artist, constantly finding new avenues to explore: he composed the original score for the film Catching Feelings, has collaborated on theatre projects, has produced albums, and is particularly interested in electronic music, exploring the genre in assorted ensemble formats. The Bokani Dyer Trio has an impressive international track record, having played at the annual JazzAhead showcase in Bremen, Germany; in Switzerland; France and even in the legendary Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London, UK. And next weekend, they jet off to Europe to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival!
We are grateful to Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council and Fonds Podium Kunsten Performing Arts Fund NL for making this performance possible.
Bokani Dyer (piano)
Romy Brauteseth (bass)
Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums)