If you’re familiar with Platform, then you’re familiar with Card On Spokes and in many ways, familiar with Shane Cooper. When not focusing on Card on Spokes, the electronic side of his musical output, Shane Cooper shifts his attention to his bass playing and jazz composition. Having been awarded the Standard Bank Jazz Youth artist of the Year in 2013, going on to win a SAMA for Best Jazz Album of the Year for Oscillations in 2014, as well as performing with his quintet at the 2014 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, he’s now armed with a new quintet – ready to take on his next jazz album.
The Joburg-based jazz quintet has named itself MABUTA, and will comprise of musicians and friends that Cooper has had plenty of experience playing with in various set-ups: Bokani Dyer on piano and synths, Marlon Witbooi on drums, Sisonke Xonti on tenor sax, Robin Fassie-Kock on trumpet, and of course, Cooper on bass.
The group of musicians are no strangers to each other’s work. Dyer has joined Cooper for many live Card On Spokes performances, many of which included the wonderful Bonj Mpanza on vocals – the most notable being their opening performance for Little Dragon in 2015. Dyer has also made use of Witbooi and Cooper for his own trio performances, much like Fassie-Kock, whose own quintet features Cooper on bass. In April, Sisonke Xonti recently released his debut album, Iyonde, at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha – also featuring Cooper on bass.
MABUTA will be launching a crowd-funding campaign that will last the month of July on indiegogo.com, in the hopes of raising the $8000 necessary to record the album. Recording will commence at the beginning of September, with a Remix EP also on the cards, featuring remixes by a number of big-name producers including Daedelus, Slugabed, Kid Fonque and Jazzuelle – with some more surprises to be added to the list.
Those who contribute to the campaign can expect a number of amazing perks, such as CDs, limited edition 7-inch vinyls, digital albums, remix EPs, T-shirts and some premium packages where you can book an exclusive duo, or trio with Cooper and members of the band to play in your home or a venue of your choice.
The album will be released in February next year and promises to be an outstanding display of the evolution of an already-successful jazz musician and the culmination of five incredibly talented individuals working together to create something beautiful.
Check out MABUTA’s crowdfunding video below, and head over to their campaign page here, to make your contribution to the process.