MEMBER of Nelson Mandela Bay jazz band Take Note is pursuing fresh musical avenues in the form of a new band.
But, despite the new venture, saxophonist Lefa Mosea, 29, will not be leaving Take Note.
“I am still a member of Take Note and will perform with them,” he said. “But I have also started my own band, Lefa Mosea & Double Standards Quintet.
“It is time for me to grow as an artist and to stand on my own.”
Mosea is no stranger to the music industry as he started taking music theory and guitar lessons in 2003 in Pretoria. He played the guitar until matriculating in 2005.
He then joined the Vusi Mahlasela Music Development Foundation (VDMF) at the State Theatre in Pretoria.
“It was when I was at VDMF that I was introduced to the saxophone which is what I was always fond of, but I could not get it because of lack of finances.
“I was given a chance to learn more about the instrument and I never looked back,” Mosea said.
Mosea was part of the foundation from 2005 to 2007, taking both guitar and saxophone lessons.
At 28 he enrolled at NMMU where he studied a BMus education degree in jazz. It was at NMMU that he met the other members of the Take Note jazz band.
He composed and co-arranged most of the songs with his fellow band members.
Mosea will perform his first show with his new band on Saturday at the Athenaeum in Belmont Terrace at 5.30pm.