Concert | Jazzfest Berlin 2021

Siya Makuzeni // أحمد [Ahmed]

Siya Makuzeni / أحمد [Ahmed]
Siya Makuzeni / أحمد [Ahmed]
© Marta Garrich / Guy Bolongaro

Named after bassist, oudist and composer Ahmed Abdul-Malik, the pan-European quartet takes fragments of its namesake’s compositions as a point of departure for highly focused improvisations. The concert also displays Siya Makuzeni who is a terrific trombonist with a plush, fat-bottomed tone, a deeply soulful vocalist, as well as a dynamic composer and an inventive arranger.


Siya Makuzeni / IppYFuzE

Siya Makuzeni vocals, trombone
Sphelelo Mazibuko drums
Dalisu Ndlazi bass
Sanele Phakhathi piano, keys
Sisonke Xonti tenor saxophone
Thabo Sikhakhane trumpet
Al Dirt Du Toit guitar

أحمد [Ahmed]

Pat Thomas piano
Antonin Gerbal drums
Joel Grip double bass
Seymour Wright saxophone