A cozy night with jazz trio

Bokani Dyer trio
Bokani Dyer trio

South African music band Bokani Dyer Trio, brought an intimate, up-close and personal jazz concert held at Maitisong on Friday night.

The trio comprising of piano player and composer Bokani Dyer who was born in Botswana, Shane Cooper on the bass and Claude Cozens on the drums shared their unique instrumentally infused musical flair with the closely intimate awesome audience. The trio kicked off their performance with the song, The Sound of the Vuvuzela.

Throughout the performance they showcased their instrumental prowess, much to the appreciation of the audience.

It was one of those songs, where one could clearly hear the sound of the vuvuzela.


Many people, especially soccer lovers can relate to this song, because the vuvuzela is blown during soccer games. But this time around the sound of the vuvuzela was engaging, blissful and romantic.

While showing their individual skills on their instruments, they performed songs such as Reflections from Dyer’s two solo albums Mirrors and Emancipate The Story.  One could feel that love was truly in the air, as it was the day before Valentines Day. The intimate concert was mostly attended by couples, who held onto each other throughout the performance, while enjoying the serenity of the venue and music.

When it was time for the last song the audience refused to release the band until they offered to add two more songs to their play list. Dyer, who won the 2011 Standard Chartered Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz, has built on his musical heritage with a unique flair.

The local band, Soul Connect, was also a marvel to watch. The four-member band was just as brilliant as the Bokani Dyer Trio, showing a lot of natural skill and passion for their instruments and music.

Among the members was Khaya Groth on drums. The budding young musician has exhibited immense musical growth, having played with different musicians, like Seragantshwane and jazz songbird Mogwe.

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