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Acclaimed CAB-Music On Tour

21-28 November | South Africa & Lesotho

CAB is the meeting of African, Caribbean and Brazilian music orchestrated by Martinican pianist Mario Canonge, Cameroonian singer and guitarist Blick Bassy and the talented young Brazilian percussionist Adriano Tenorio. The band brings its jazzy-African tunes to South Africa and Lesotho from 21 to 28 November as part of a tour throughout the African continent.

“When CAB gave Abuja a jolly ride” Weekend Magazine, Nigeria

“Cab Trio Put Up Spectacular Performance in Kigali” The New Times, Rwanda

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Click here for the trailer of their tour and here to listen to ÉSÉKA, one of their tunes!

This unique project and singular musical band gathers Mario Canonge, one of the most famous Caribbean jazz pianists, Adriano Tenorio, a Brazilian master of percussions, and the unbelievable and sensual voice of Blick Bassy from Cameroon. Their music transcends borders to reflect today's global village. 

Created in 2012, the band has been regularly on tour for the last two years while writing and recording songs for their first joint album set for release this year. CAB, initially from New-York or London, became the universal symbol for taxi, which drives from place to place, encounters to encounters… The trio invites you to a unique music trip gathering the sounds and atmospheres from Africa and South America!

The trio performs 28 afro-jazz-fusion concerts in 21 countries in less than 3 months as part of their African tour supported by the Institut Français taking place from 15 September to 28 November. Now on their way to Pointe-Noire (Congo), the trio has received so far rave reviews from public and media alike. In Asmaria, Eritrea, they performed in front of a crowd of 900 people. South Africa and Lesotho will be the last hosts of this amazing tour.

The trio who shares the stage with local artists in each host country has collaborated so far with Ghanaian guitar maestro Kyekyeku, Rwandese songstress Shanel, Nigerian saxophonist Sola to name a few… CAB will collaborate with local artists in Lesotho and South Africa: in Maseru with popular Lesotho jazz artist Bhudaza Mapefane - best known as Bhudaza - and in Johannesburg with Siya Makuzeni (picture on right hand-side), the professional South African trombone player,vocalist,lyricist and songwriter who collaborated with A-list South African musicians such as Marcus Wyatt,Themba Mkhize,McCoy Mrubata, Feya Faku,Frank Opperman, Tlale Makhene,Khaya Mahlangu,Sibongile Khumalo. As well as performing, they lead workshops locally.

Tour Dates

Friday 21 November  

Concert at 8:30pm at The Orbit featuring Siya Makuzeni - Joburg 

Saturday 22 November 
Alliance Française, Maseru

Monday 24 November 
International Week of Civil Society - Wits Great Hall, Johannesburg 
(by invitation only)

Thursday 27 November
Straight No Chaser, Cape Town 
Thematic workshop from 10am to 3pm / Free
Concert at 8:30pm

Friday 28 November
Concert at 7:pm at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, UKZN Howard College 

About the artists

Mario Canonge (Caribbean)
A pianist from Martinique F.W.I., he starts playing in his teen years and accompanies the church choir at Francois Church in Martinique. From 1979, he studies music in Paris and takes part in several bands. He plays with Fal Frett and Maniqua before forming Ultramarine, a jazz-rock-fusion band along with Nguyen Lê, Etienne Mbappé...Very much inspired by the two most famous Caribbean pianists, Marius Cultier and Alain Jean-Marie, he quickly wins recognition for his talent and starts being quite much in demand (Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nicole Croisille, Ralph Thamar, etc.). He also forms Sakiyo with Michel Alibo and starts a solo career with « Retour aux sources »in 1991. It is a turning point in his career which leads him to go back to his roots and its music ; Mazurka and Biguine mixed with jazz and zouk. With his group Kann' he performs a lot thus reaching a vast public from the F.W.I and the mainland. For several years the quartet plays overseas as Mario keeps on playing with other artists as well (Malavoi, Touré Kounda...). In 2002, Mariocreates Sakésho with Andy Narell, Michel Alibo and Jean-Philippe Fanfant. The group releases two Cds and takes part in many festivals. The African continent is also a part of his spectrum as he plays with musicians originally from Africa such as Etienne Mbappe, Gino Sitson, Manu Dibango etc. In 2004, new inspiration with a jazzy but yet Caribbean sound on his latest album Rhizome. Jacques Schwarz-Bart and Roy Hargrove also take part in this ecording, and a year round Pan-American tour starts. In 2008, Mario takes Rhizome back on the road, in Europe as well as on the American continent, with Linley Marthe and Chander Sardjoe and he releases a « live » album.

Blick Bassy (Africa)
Picasso was right when he cruelly said: "Artists?.There are two kinds: those who search and those whofind." Blick Bassy is one of those who find, one who discovered early on that the most intimate secret of art is humanity. Everything is intimately human in his music, without the slightest concern for passing fashion. Blick Bassy formed his first band, The Jazz Crew, whose repertory already reflected his penchant for bossa nova when he was 17. In 1996, at the age of 22, he took part in the creation of Macase, one of the most inventive of the numerous "jazz fusion" groups, inspired by local rhythms, which proliferated in the clubs in Cameroon. This group collected well-known African prizes (Prix Découvertes RFI, Masa, Kora, etc.) His debut album 'Leman' was released in 2009 by World Connection Label. After the release he performed in festivals and venues all over the world including Japan, Brasil and USA. Blick is "a man of the world" in the best sense of the word: rooted in his land but also a traveller in his soul, open to all cultures. His second opus, "Hongo Calling," reflects him perfectly. Conceived as a passionate musical travelogue, he follows the tragic "slave route" from Cameroon to Brazil, passing through Benin, Senegal and Cape Verde. In the course of his musical travels, he uncovers the missing link between the two continents that once were one.

Adriano Tenorio (Brazil)
Adriano José dos Santos Tenorio was born in Aracaju, Brazil, the 22nd of April, 1981, to a great bassplayer father, Narriman Tenorio. He quickly revealed his great talent for music when built his first own drums made entirely of large dishes and casseroles. Music was so much part of his life that when he wasn't hearing bass sounds with his father, he was with his grand father, trombone player in the Military Orquestra of Maceio city, capital of Alagoas State in Northern Brazil. At school, he would get asked to participate to all kinds of artistics activities which also helped to develop his creativity and music skills. Being born in one of the richest cultural place in Brazil, Adriano Dd inheritated a great diversity and fickleness which made his music even more unique and special. Having hundreds of rythms, hundreds of instruments, thousands of melodies and harmonies in his mind, he has a great deal of fun creating, everyday a new musical sensation. Crusing all Brazil, he's worked, as a percussion and bass player on the BACIA SONORA project, with percussion player Gustavo Di Dalva, in which Gilberto Gi had participated as well. Having settled in Europe since 2007, Adriano saw his music grow, being mixed up to other sounds and great artists such as Javier Ruibal, Iyexà, Lilbert Fortuny, Paulinhos Lemos, Munir Hossn, Mokhtar Samba, Tekere, Marcia Maria, Catia Werneck, Vincent Bidal, Blick Bassy, Woz Kaly, Mayra Andrade....Adriano Tenoriodd, enjoys this cultural mixture and uses it to show us that music is infinity and that there is yet a lot to discover about this great artist.

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