The Sun Xa Experiment is playing this Friday in Durban, alongside local jazz quartet, Iza Ngoma Tribe.
As a musical collective with a strong sense of history and legacy, The Sun Xa Experiment pay tribute to the likes of Sun Ra and Ndiko Xaba in their music, as well as a host of South Africa’s exile musicians such as Batsumi and Johnny Dyani. Their name means “the sun is out”, and they are on a mission to spread their message of peace and acceptance, and to change the way we look at music-making today.
It isn’t easy to keep track of these folks, as their touring schedule tends to change day-to-day, depending on where they are and what they can organise, but this Friday the unpredictable collective will be gracing the stage at Durban’s music and cultural hub, Khaya Records. Besides that, the group have jam sessions booked for September, October, and on the 9th of December, as well as a Shaka Day Celebration in Utrecht, KZN on the 24th of September.
At the end of last year, the “experiment” completed their Jam 4 Peace Tour, which took them around the country from Joburg to Durban and various smaller towns scattered across Kwa-Zulu Natal. Now in 2017, the group is gearing up for another tour, as well as the recording and release of a new album, which is set to be released on vinyl through Khaya Records and Digging Thoughts.
For now, the band is hanging out in Durban, working on their album and more than likely booking short notice gigs throughout the city, so keep your ear to the ground.
For a taste of what to expect, Have a listen to The Sun Xa Experiement’s live performance below, at the Center of Jazz earlier this year.