Swiss band Mats-Up joins South African vocalist and songwriter Mbuso Khoza in this unusual and evocative collaboration. The Mats-Up quintet has been led by trumpeter and composer Matthias Spillmann since 1999, and the band, with some different members, performed in Makhanda in 2005. Their music is a riveting combination of avant-garde and ambient music, and the band has been nominated for Preis der Dutschen Schallplattenkritik and the BMW World Jazz Award, winning first place at Moods Blues & Jazz Award as well as second place at ZKB Jazzpreis.
The Mats-Up and Mbuso Khoza collaboration exemplifies the bridge over cultural divides that jazz can produce, bringing together musicians from vastly different backgrounds, socially and musically. Mbuso Khoza, who originates from Eshowe and is known for his rich, authentic sound, first collaborated with the band in 2021 with the recording and release of the album “IVOVO”, and this meeting promises to be a riveting musical journey of original sound and creativity.
We are grateful to Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council and Fonds Podium Kunsten Performing Arts Fund NL for their support in making this performance possible.
Matthias Spillman (trumpet – CH)
Mbuso Khoza (vocals)
Reto Suhner (sax – CH)
Marc Méan (piano – CH)
Raffaele Bossard (bass – CH)
Dominic Egli (drums – CH)