UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and Rainbow, iSupport Music Business and Concerts SA hosted a performance by the Mrubata/Hauser Project, on 8 February.
The Mrubata/Hauser collaboration came to life through a friendship which began in Switzerland when McCoy Mrubata and Mark Hauser were introduced by their mutual friend, Mark Roth. The two saxophonists struck up an almost immediate friendship and over the years embarked on a project which has found ways to exchange the music of Africa and Europe.
The band features top South African musicians: Paul Hanmer on keyboard, Thembinkosi Mavimbela on bass guitar and Bernice Boikanyo on drums, with Mrubata on tenor saxophone and flute and Hauser on alto- and soprano saxophone.
Music Discipline Leader Professor Chats Devroop said: ‘UKZN is proud to host this group of musicians, who over the years have moved the South African project into the future and continue to extend its boundaries through collaboration garnering the respect and recognition for our music globally.’