Thursday evening turned out to be a refreshing one with sweet and soothing jazz at the Pavilion Restaurant, situated at Fairgrounds. Trans Kalahari Quintet entertained the audience with their beautiful melodies from their latest album Back to Basis.
Trans Kalahari Quintet is a local band comprised of some of the country’s celebrated instrument players who have and continue to provide the backing services to most of the local top contemporary music artists.
Musicians who have been backed by the band include legends Ndingo Johwa and Banjo Mosele as well as upcoming young talents such as Nnunu Ramogotsi and Samantha Mogwe. The band comprises of Arthur Makhwenkwe Mengwe on the drums, renowned pianist Lekofhi Sejeso, Brian Nyakurukwa on the bass guitar, Zacharia Zakes Gwaze who plays the lead guitar and Matt Dasco, an American native who plays the tenor saxophone.
The group thrilled jazz lovers with songs from their debut album titled Reteng. The album was recorded in 2011, but unfortunately one of the members Elliot Morgan passed on before the launch.
The band later recorded its second album titled Back to Basics, which has a laid back and mature jazz feel.
Dasco said jazz lovers in the country who were familiar with the band members and their exploits have long anticipated this project. Jazz maestro, Magic Diau worked his magic and managed to get the audience to leave their chairs and start dancing.
Diau’s magical performance brought more life to the restaurant.
Ikalanga jazz maestro Ndingo Johwa kept the audience on their feet with his music. Banjo Mosele also gave a good performance, which left revelers asking for more.