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Home sweet home for Bokani Dyer

Botswana born South African pianist and composer, Bokani Dyer is scheduled to return to his city of birth, Gaborone, for a performance slated for October 26 and 27 at Maitisong Theatre.

The award-winning jazz artist, who is also the son of legendary musician Steve Dyer, will be staging a performance with his trio featuring a six-piece horn section, the Nu-Notes from Cape Town.  “My Botswana people!!! Looking forward to performing at Maitisong on 26th and 27th of October with my trio featuring a 6-piece horn section, the Nu-Notes led by musical director Dan Selsick, (sic),” Dyer announced on his Facebook wall.

The 31-year-old is no stranger to the Botswana music industry and live performance.

He has previously staged a performance at Maitisong Theatre in 2015 with the duo of Shane Cooper (bass) and Marlon Witbooi (drums). During the two days in the country, Dyer and Selsick will be conducting an open musical workshop for aspiring musicians and established acts at Maitisong Theatre.

“The workshop will be based mainly on writing and composing music and is open for everyone,” Maitisong Theatre public relations officer Morongoa Mosetlhi said in an interview.


31, Dyer is ranked as an established musician and composer who performed at highflying events such as the Cape Town Jazz Festival, Eye Jazz Club and others.

A pianist, bassist and drummer that complement and back up his various pieces normally accompany him. Under his belt he has released a number of musical albums such as World Music, Mirrors and Emancipate The Story. Mosetlhi noted that there has not been any communication regarding a local act that will feature during the night.

As for The Nu-Notes, it will be their debut performance in the country. This is an elite group of young musicians from South Africa who under the auspices of the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra led by, Selsick were brought together to publicly present challenging and exciting jazz both locally and internationally.

Dyer was born in Gaborone where his father and many other musicians were seeking refuge from the then apartheid regime in South Africa.




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