The quintet Voice is a collective of some of the leading, young jazz musicians working in South Africa today. With two CD releases under their belt, the group is a regular feature of the local jazz scene. Its members also perform in their individual capacities and in support of other leading local musicians.
Voice was a featured group at the 2005 Cape Town International Jazz Festival and all the group’s members have performed with other musicians at the festival’s earlier incarnation - the North Sea Jazz Festival.
The quintet has released 2 recordings, the latest - Songs for Our Grandchildren - which was nominated for Best Traditional Jazz Release for 2003-2004, South African Music Awards (SAMA).
Voice is inspired by early South African jazz musicians such as Kippie Moeketsi and Abdullah Ibrahim, by the Marabi and Kwela styles of the fifties and sixties, as well as be-bop and post bop jazz, Latin music and music from the African continent and the Diaspora. The quintet draws much of its compositional inspiration from this rich musical legacy.
Voice is comprised of the following musicians:
piano, Saxophone, trumpet, bass guitar, drum (kit drums)
Pianist Andile Yenana hails from King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape Province and studied at the School of Jazz and Popular Music at the University of Durban. Since moving to Johannesburg Andile has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Zim Ngqawana, with whom he has travelled to the US and Europe, Sibongile Khumalo and Winston Mankunku Ngozi. He has supported such artists as Jimmy Dludlu, Gloria Bosman, Louis Mhlanga and Suthukazi Arosi and performed with internationally renowned steel drummer Andy Narrell during his 1999 and year 2000 tours of South Africa. Andile has produced albums for a number of local artists, not least Winston Mankuku Ngozis latest release, “Children of Africa" for which he has been nominated as best producer for the forth coming SAMAs. His own release “We used to Dance" was received to considerable critical acclaim. Andile received the Standard Bank Young Musician of the Year Award for 2003-2004.
Saxophonist Sydney Mnisi who hails from Thembisa in Johannesburg has performed and recorded with almost every leading South African Jazz musician, including Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwanga, Caiphus Semenya, Sibongile Khumalo, Bheki Mseleku and many others. A graduate of the Pretoria Technikon School of Music, Sydney is a highly versatile musician who works regularly in Holland as part of South Africa/The Netherlands musical collaborations and extensively on the local performing and recording circuit.
Trumpeter Marcus Wyatt hails from East London in the Eastern Cape Province. A graduate of the School of Music at the University of Cape Town, Marcus has performed with all the major jazz musicians in South Africa including Bheki Mseleku, Paul Hanmer, Louis Mhlanga and many others. He is a regular member of Carlo Mombelli’s Prisoners of Strange, an innovative and highly regarded group under the leadership of the inimitable Carlo Mombelli. Marcus has taken musical sabbaticals in Europe, through which he has established close working relationships with musicians from Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia. Marcus has released two albums under his own name, the second entitled “Africans in Space" of which was nominated for Best Traditional Jazz Album for a South African Music Association (SAMA) award.
Bassist Herbie Tsoaeli, hails from Cape Town, and since moving to Johannesburg in 1995, has developed a reputation as one of the most accomplished acoustic or upright bassists in the country. Herbie has regularly recorded and performed with Zim Ngqawana, Winston Mankunku Ngozi and Louis Mhlanga and performed at Ronnie Scott’s in London with diva Sibongile Khumalo. More recently Herbie has worked with internationally renowned artists such of Abdullah Ibrahim and Bheki Mseleku and has participated in a number of international collaborations.
Drummer Morabo Morojele hails from Lesotho and since moving to Johannesburg in 1995 has supported such artists as Zim Ngqawana, Gloria Bosman, Paul Hanmer and Barney Rachabane. He has also worked with Sibongile Khumalo, including at Ronnie Scott’s in London and with internationally renowned pianists, Abdullah Ibrahim and Bheki Mseleku.
Biography provided by the band