Nationwide Jazz Concert With Vuma Levin

Vuma Levin is on a national tour of his second studio album, Life and Death on the Otherside of the Dream. Levin will be surrounded by an impressive array of locally based and international musicians.

Vuma Levin Jazz Guitarist

The 5 performances in Johannesburg will feature Vuma himself, Bernard van Rossum (UK/Netherlands), Xavi Torres Vicente (Spain), Peter Auret, Benjamin Jephta, Bokani Dyer and Marcus Wyatt.

In Cape Town, the 5 performances will include Bernard van Rossum, Andre Petersen, Shane Cooper, Jonno Sweetman and, of course, Vuma Levin.

Lastly, for the Durban leg of the tour, Vuma will do a special duo collaboration with renowned pianist, Neil Gonsalves.

Asked about this album launch tour, Vuma says: “This music is, on the one hand, a personal reflection on the last seven years that I’ve spent in the Netherlands in a kind of self-imposed exile away from home. On the other hand it is broader reflection on the crises of the post-Apartheid South African self at home, in the diaspora and in an age of globalisation. Finally, by presenting a series of songs that are deeply hybrid in nature the album is an attempt to implicitly respond the commodification and fetishisation of African art and the cleched ‘single story’ told about South Africa and its people in the West.”

Vuma makes use of digital samples and prepared instruments and fuses, contemporary jazz, rock, hip-hop, pop and South African musical forms such as marabigoema and Nguni-Sotho choral and gourd bow song. All of this hopes to capture and articulate the unique sonic landscape of South Africa and its people whilst still being sensitive to our place as agents in a global order.

Watch him in action here

Vuma Levin South African National Tour is supported by Concerts SA through the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.

For more on Levin visit here

Here’s where you can enjoy his concerts

Johannesburg – Afrikan Freedom Station

Johannesburg – Sophiatown The Mix

Johannesburg – Wits Music Room

  • Saturday 6th May – 6pm – R 110, free for WITS music students and Wits school of music staff
  • Address: 8th Floor University Corner, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
  • Bookings: 064 124 7028, 011 615 2495  /  vumalevin@gmail.com

Johannesburg – Arbour Café

  • Sunday 7th May – 12:00pm – 15:00 – R 80
  • Address: 64 St Andrew St, Birdhaven, Johannesburg
  • Bookings: 011 788 4111 / info@arbour.co.za

Cape Town – Alma Café

  • Wednesday 10th May – xpm – R 180
  • Address: 20 Alma Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town
  • Bookings: 021 685 7377 / jono@almacafe.co.za

Stellenbosch – GUS Gallery University Stellenbosch

  • Thursday 11th May – 8pm – free, donations will be taken
  • Address:  Cnr Bird and Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
  • Bookings:   yallashoola@gmail.com

Cape Town – The Reeler Theater

Cape Town – Jazz in the Native Yards @ KwaSec

  • Sunday 14th May – 15:00pm – 17:00pm – R 70
  • Address: 52 Ny 138 St, Guguletu, Cape Town
  • Bookings: 060 960 8935/ luvuyo@cpo.org.za

Cape Town – Olympia Café

  • Sunday 14th May – 7.30pm – R 150
  • Address: 34 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
  • Bookings: 021 788 6396 / info@olympiacafe.co.za

Pietermaritzburg – Winston Churchill Theatre

  • Friday 19th May – 6pm – R 100
  • Address: 2 Leinster Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg
  • Bookings: 033 392 2730 / x

Durban – Alliance Française

  • Saturday 21st May – xpm – R 100
  • Address: 2 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, Durban
  • Bookings: 031 312 9582 / afdbn@global.co.za

Durban – L’Aperetivo

  • Saturday 20th May – 6pm – R 250
  • Address: 9 Aurora Dr, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga
  • Bookings: 031 825 2939 / info@laperitivovenue.co.za

Johannesburg – The Orbit

  • Tuesday 23th May – 8pm – R 120
  • Address: 81 De Korte St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
  • Bookings: 011 339 6645 / info@theorbit.co.za

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