Fine afro-jazz sets in Plett
Plettenberg bay locals enjoyed a night of splendour during the Afro Jazz concert last weekend in the hands of Pan African Calling, an extraordinary collaborative featuring Dave Reynolds and Pops Mohamed, Ronan Skillen and Charlton Daniels, and the flamboyant Femi Koya and the Afrobeat band.
These diverse musicians fed off each other’s energies and brought forth a distinctive sound inspired by various indigenous instruments with deep origins that stretch from the Caribbean, Africa and Australia.
The concert also marked Reynolds’ and Mohamed’s 200 concerts together. Mohamed every now and again reflected on where we as a country come from, paying homage to the liberation icons and acknowledging what their sacrifices meant for the country.
They invited local guitarist Johnno Smithers to join them on stage and they were later joined by Koya with his trumpet and did he blow it!
After their set, Reynolds and Mohamed sat with Knysna-Plett Herald (KPH) and reflected on their overall performance and journey.
Reynolds said he has always considered music as a gift that comes from another place. “When I play I stop thinking and become receptive… When you’re in the right space music comes into you.”
They said they especially enjoy “house concerts” because they offer them an opportunity to feature local artists and mingle with their audience.
Shortly after, Koya and the Afrobeat band took to the stage, and before long they had the audience on their feet, with some even joining them on stage.
Koya, who calls himself the real Makoya, told KPH that in as much as they are from different countries they found a way to bring together different elements to create magic. “When we’re on stage nothing gives us greater joy than seeing our audience rejoice with us – life is too short for anything else.”
The audience was later entertained by DJ Mjilo who kept them on the dance floor.
Dave Reynolds,Charlton Daniels and Pops Mohamed completely lost in the music.
The ever vibrant Femi Koya with the Afrobeat band dancing to one of their hits.
Pops Mohamed shares his ancient wisdom with the audience.