TAKE Note, a Nelson Mandela Bay jazz band, will introduce fans to their new sound on Saturday at the Opera House in Port Elizabeth. The six-piece outfit consists of band members Siyabulela Mdebele, 30, Andile Nomjika, 30, Sinethemba Mgebuza, 27, Lefa Mosea, 28, Sakhile Mambukhwe, 30 and Edgar Muzah, 30. They will also provide the backing for soul artist Asanda Bam, who hails from Port Elizabeth and performs with the group on the night.
“We are celebrating being independent and being able to produce our own music and sound which is contemporary jazz. Before that we were signed under Johannesburg-based recording company Native Rhythm. Unfortunately, we never felt at home and we were not happy,” Mdebele said.
He said it felt that the group had taken a step back with their music after they signed up with the company.
“But that is in the past. We are happy where we are now. We have signed with a local company called Isingqi. They have given us the freedom to be ourselves,” he said.
The group started out six years ago as a four- piece band after which they released their first album called Style of Life which did not do well, three years ago.
“On Saturday we will be playing songs from our second album called The Journey Begins. On this album we have grown our style of music. It is a true reflection of who we are.”
He said they had also matured in terms of writing their own material.
“People can expect fireworks. It is going to be one memorable night for them. We have decided to feature Bam because she is one of the most celebrated artists (in the region). Her music blends with ours. We feel very honoured to be working with her,” Mdebele said.
Bam said: “I am very excited about this show as it is my first time playing with a Port Elizabeth band. Take Note are very talented and being featured on their show means a lot for me.” The show starts at 2pm with the opening acts. Take Note and Asanda will take to the stage at about 4pm for a two- hour set.
Tickets are on sale for R80 in advance. They can also be bought at the door on the night of the show for R100. – Yoliswa Sobuwa