Kinsmen was founded by Dhruv Sodha (Sitar), Shailesh Pillay (Tabla) and Muhammad Dawjee (Tenor Saxophone),
all originally from Laudium – an Indian Apartheid Group Area in Pretoria
Their work explores the intersection of culture, tradition and modernity through composition and improvised music. Kinsmen are influenced by: Indian Classical, Mainstream Jazz, Avant-garde, World fusion and South African Jazz. The project is an leap away from traditional forms of ‘Indian’ music currently promoted in South Africa.
Their album 'Window to the Ashram' has been nominated for the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and the Mzantsi Jazz Awards 2018.
photograph: Natasha Dawjee Laurent
IPHUPHO L'KA BIKO
iPhupho L'ka Biko is a Pan-African septet led by Nhlanhla Ngquaqu. Drawing on the work of South African giants as Moses Molelekwa and Bheki Mseleku, their music straddles tradition, spiritual sounds, jazz, risk-taking experimental music, and ideas about identity and change.
Their aim is a spiritual awakening of the masses through music.
iPhupho has performed at the Soweto Jazz Explosion, Wits 969 and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
photograph: His and Hers Jams
MATTHEW CHADWICK QUINTET
The Matthew Chadwick Quintet founded in 2018 is a versatile modern outfit led by guitarist Matthew Chadwick.
We see jazz refreshed, alive and presented with fire.
Emmanuel Paul (double bass)
Tal Gordon (trumpet)
Nick Bjorkmann (drums)
Matthew Chadwick (guitar)
Muhammad Dawjee (tenor saxophone)
photograph: Mara Mbele
EVENT BOOKINGS / COMMISSIONS
In addition to projects above, I often put together music for specific events - a birthday party, a wedding, a family reunion or a end of year send-off at the office. No ask is too big or small.