Music at the Centre for African Studies Basel

27 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
20:30  - 20:30

the bird's eye jazz club

Music at the Centre for African Studies Basel

Public event

Concert: Kesivan Naidoo (Johannesburg) presents ZACHUSA

A small-scale but unbeatable trinational combination whose dense, frequently eruptive and always expressive sound creates plenty of excitement.

To round off his visit to Basel, where he has been guesting, the renowned South African drummer Kesivan Naidoo – whose playing expresses irrepressible power with its many diverse timbres and concentration – has set up a trio with the no less energetic Malcolm Braff and the blistering US bassist Reggie Washington. The project revolves around the ecclesiastic harmonies that are a defining feature of South African jazz, rather than centring on complex rhythms. The brilliant musicians’ continuous progressions create an almost religious and yet spirited, varied and captivating atmosphere.

Kesivan Naidoo was already playing professionally in South Africa and Europe when he was fourteen. In 2002 he graduated from the University of Cape Town with a first-class Bachelor’s degree. Since then, the drummer, percussionist and composer has worked with the greats of South African jazz and also European musicians. Malcolm Braff studied in Geneva and has quickly become an important part of the local and international scene with his inspired, accentuated and powerful playing. The third member of the trio, Reggie Washington, used to be as well known in the classical world as a cellist as he is today as a versatile, strong bassist in jazz.


Malcolm Braff: piano
Reggie Washington: bass
Kesivan Naidoo: drums


the bird's eye jazz club
Kohlenberg 20
CH-4051 Basel

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