Shane Cooper & MABUTA

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Audacious in energy, intent and performance, Shane Cooper & MABUTA can put a thousands- strong outdoor festival at the mercy of every note today, and hypnotise an underground crowd in an intimate basement tomorrow. It is no wonder that they are at the forefront of giving colour and character to the sound of contemporary South Africa – receiving support from Gilles Peterson, Worldwide FM, BBC to name a few.

Under Cooper’s leadership – who has performed and recorded with Lionel Loueke and Louis Moholo-Moholo – the band’s second visit to Europe sees the launch of their sophomore album due for release on Dox Records in May 2022. Taking the lead from their debut album Welcome to This World – which features Sons of Kemet’s Shabaka Hutchings – this second offering is rooted in grooves from all around the African continent.

Shane Cooper & MABUTA present audiences with a sound portrait of Africa that is both an uncannily personal, and exhilaratingly social, experience. At every performance the colours, energies, and smells of the continent are palpable – in your skin, in the soles of your feet, in your bones. The six-piece outfit moves through Mali, Nigeria, Ethiopia and the many sounds and influences that make up their native South Africa. Music lovers are forgiven for not knowing if it’s a hot and heavy Afrobeat getdown, a cinematic journey, maskandi, a hip hop bounce, or a slow sway – it’s all of it!

What is certain is that a Shane Cooper & MABUTA show is a moment to bask in the group’s mesmerising brilliance – from Sisonke Xonti’s bold-yet-tender tenor saxophone to Bokani Dyer’s disarmingly lyrical movement on keys, while Cooper’s virtuosic bass commands visceral and joyous release.

Posts

MABUTA - Joburg Poem - Live in Joburg (featuring solo by Bokani Dyer)
Bamako Love Song - solo double bass vibes by Shane Cooper
Jazz from South Africa!
Shane Cooper & MABUTA - As We Drift Away - Robin Fassie solo - Live at Luju Fest 2022 (phone cam)

Videos

MABUTA - Joburg Poem - Live in Joburg (featuring solo by Bokani Dyer)
Bamako Love Song - solo double bass vibes by Shane Cooper
Jazz from South Africa!
Shane Cooper & MABUTA - As We Drift Away - Robin Fassie solo - Live at Luju Fest 2022 (phone cam)
Shane Cooper & MABUTA - Bokani Dyer, Sisonke Xonti, Robin Fassie, Reza Khota, Jonno Sweetman
Shane Cooper & MABUTA - Pre-Order the new album Finish The Sun
MABUTA - 2nd single from the new album OUT NOW
MABUTA sends love
Shane Cooper & MABUTA - Bamako Love Song - LIVE in Cape Town
Test Pressing of lathe-cut MABUTA 7" - Slugabed Remix
South African Jazz group MABUTA - Behind The Scenes
Shane Cooper & MABUTA feat. Bonj - Taste The Sky (Live on Kaya fm)
Shane Cooper & MABUTA - Lights Down (Live in Cape Town)
Shane Cooper and MABUTA - She (Live in Cape Town)
Shane Cooper - solo bass improv for Johnny Dyani (LIVE BOOTLEG)
Shane Cooper & MABUTA - Log Out Shut Down (Live In Studio)
MABUTA - Bamako Love Song (Jazzuelle Spectral Ensemble Remix)
MABUTA - Fences (Daedelus Remix)
MABUTA - Beneath The Waves (Mac Motel Remix)
MABUTA - The Tunnel (rkls Remix)
MABUTA - Log Out Shut Down (Slugabed Remix)
MABUTA - Welcome To This World (Card On Spokes Remix)
MABUTA - Log Out Shut Down (Gourmet Remix)
MABUTA - Shane Cooper, Bokani Dyer, Sisonke Xonti, Robin Fassie, Marlon Witbooi - Speak!
MABUTA - Welcome To This World
MABUTA - Tafattala
MABUTA - As We Drift Away
MABUTA - Fences (featuring Shabaka Hutchings)
MABUTA - The Tunnel
MABUTA - Log Out Shut Down (featuring Buddy Wells)
MABUTA - Beneath The Waves
MABUTA - Bamako Love Song (featuring Shabaka Hutchings)
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