Feya Faku Sextet

Feya Faku has used his township upbringing to create a distinctive sound that has led him to become an icon amongst South African jazz horn players. The depth of his timbre has particularly attracted the attention of European musicians and he has spent time across Europe in demand as a performer and bandleader, exploring different musical opportunities and projects. Here he teams up with some of his favourite Swiss musicians – pianist Jean-Paul Brodbeck, drummer Dominic Egli, bassist Fabian Gisler and saxophonist Domenic Landolf – and South African guitarist Keenan Ahrends, who provide the perfect combination and balance to this globally-minded ensemble. We appreciate the long-term support and opportunity provided by Swiss funding organisation ProHelvetia and the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club in Basel which made this residency and collaboration possible.

  • Ticket Price: R50.00
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Duration (minutes): 60mins
  • Release Date: July 14, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59



Feya Faku (trumpet)
Domenic Landolf (sax – CH)
Keenan Ahrends (guitar)
Jean-Paul Brodbeck (piano – CH)
Fabian Gisler (bass – CH)
Dominic Egli (drums – CH)


Feya Faku is an accomplished Jazz musician and composer from New Brighton, eGqeberha and holds a Diploma in Jazz Studies from the University of Natal. The trumpet and flugelhorn player has performed with a significant number of South African music legends and travels frequently to perform on international stages with global counterparts. One of these long standing collaborations includes a partnership with the Paul van Kemenade Quintet, which now celebrates 20 years. In the past twenty years, Faku has partnered with the quintet on seasonal projects across Europeans stages. Faku has participated in teaching and fellowship programmes teaching trumpet and ensemble work. In April 2006 he participated in a residency programme in Switzerland teaching and performing with the Swiss-South African Quintet. The University Council of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University awarded Faku a Council Prestige Award, one of the highest award awarded by the University Council.

As recently as October 2012, Faku was Artist in Residence at the opening of the International Jazz School of the University of South Africa. Over the past two years he has recorded several cds as a sideman and toured the U.S. extensively with the South African group known as “Uhadi” as well as with Kesivan Naidoo & The Lights.