Pianist, composer and music producer Bokani Dyer was born in Botswana to a South African musician father, and a Tswana computer specialist mother and music tumbles constantly out of him in a wild mix of genres.
During his jazz studies at UCT, Dyer was selected for the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band which toured Sweden, and he released his debut album in 2010 and subsequently garnered top awards such as the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz, SAMRO Overseas Scholarship, and a SAMA award for best jazz album in 2019.
Dyer’s most recent album, ‘Kelenosi’ was produced during the Covid-19 Pandemic Level 5 Lockdown of last year, and was released in October. Kelenosi – “I am alone” in Setswana – is a reflection on the isolation and soul-searching of the lockdown experience, as well as bearing tribute to jazz greats Bheki Mseleku, Ahmad Jamal and Fela Kuti. It is an entirely different Bokani Dyer sound that joins the worlds of electronic beats and jazz while retaining the personal, emotive experience that is so characteristic of Dyer.