TRIBE are a quartet of Cape Town based musicians - all established players and session men in their own right - who formed Tribe as an outlet for their own expression and improvisational music.
The group has earned critical acclaim since its formation, and maintained a strong presence with the local South African audience, and also with a number of European appearances. A major accomplishment has been their ability to relate to diverse audiences, notably that they have taken improvisational music into club venues, where they have commanded the ears of new, and younger listeners.
bass guitar, drum (kit drums), piano, Saxophone
The members comprise:
Kesivan Naidoo (drums)
Born in 1979, Kesivan began studying drums at age 11, and made his onstage debut at the Hogsback Arts Festival aged 14. In his early teens, he performed in Germany, France and England as a member of the Hudson Big Band. In 1995 and 1999 he played with the National Youth Big Band, touring to New York City.
His big band experience includes work with the Kennedy Centre Jazz Ambassadors (NYC), Eastern Cape Big Band, UCT Big Band and, in both 1995 and 1999 with the National Youth Big Band (SA). Elsewhere, he has served with the UCT College Jazz Ensemble, pianist Hotep Galeta, Trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, and pianists Jack Van Poll and Bheki Mseleku.
'Kes' graduated with a BA Music (Jazz Performance & Arrangement) from the UCT College of Music in 2000, and has won a SAMRO scholarship to further his studies abroad.
Charles Lazar (bass)
Born in Cape Town, Charles' initial jazz education was through Merton Barrow, before studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston for four years. He took a break from professional music and worked in agriculture on a kibbutz. Since returning to Cape Town in 1995, he has been an active session player. He claims to have "won no awards other than the privilege of playing music", for which he is eternally grateful.
Mark Fransman (piano)
Cape Town born pianist Mark Fransman made his stage debut in musical theatre, as pianist and vocalist in the David Kramer / Taliep Petersen productions, including “Poison" and “Kat and the Kings"
He pursued his tertiary education at the University of Cape Town, where he worked with alto-saxophonist Paul Du Preez, eventually forming the band “Gift of Speech" together with Dave Ridgeway (bass) and Vince Pavitt (drums). Mark also met guitarist Jimmy Dludlu at UCT, and served as a pianist in Dludlu’s C-Base Collective, and resulted in his co-composing the track “Winds of Change" for Dludlu’s 1999 “Essence of Rhythm" album. The track was later reworked as a collaboration with Bongo Maffin.
Studio and live experience includes regular work with guitarist Errol Dyers, saxophonist Zim Ngqawana, and Jimmy Dludlu. In 1999 he won the Adcock Ingram Award.
Buddy Wells (sax)
Saxophonist, composer and arranger Buddy Wells has performed and recorded with many well- known South African and foreign musicians. Live performances include Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba, Bheki Mseleku, Moses Molelekwa, Jimmy Dludlu, Joe McBride, Gerald Veasley, Vusi Khumalo, Abdullah Ibrahim, Herb Ellis, Gloria Bosman, Carlo Mombelli, Interzone and Jack van Poll.
He has recorded with Jimmy Dludlu (Polygram), Musa Manzini (BMG), Marcus Wyatt (Sheer Sound), Loading Zone (Polygram), Virtual Jazz Reality (Sheer Sound), Winston Mankunku Ngozi (Nkomo), Jack van Poll (October Jazz), Kaolin Thomson (Fresh), Gito Baloi on Smooth Africa (Heads Up), David Leadbetter (Lions Head), Blues Broers (Guava), Trully Fully Hey Wow Band (Lions Head), amongst others.
Projects in which he has been involved in band leadership, composition and arrangement include Kusasa (Winner of the 1995 SAMIX Best Unsigned Band Competition), and The Truly Fully Hey Shoo Wow Band (Nominated for the 1997 SAMA Award for best Contemporary Pop Album). Buddy was responsible for the brass arrangements on Jimmy Dludlu’s ‘Echoes From The Past" which won two 1998 SAMA Awards for best Contemporary Jazz Album and for Best Newcomer.
Buddy has won many personal awards including 1994 Adcock Ingram Competition for Best Jazz Instrumentalist, and the 1996 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition. He is a graduate of the SA College of Music at UCT with a First Class B.Mus. Honours (Jazz Performer).
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