South African group MABUTA, led by bassist Shane Cooper, have been steadily representing for a little while now. Their sound has always implicitly felt the rhythms of the region while sounding very much holding the conventions of contemporary jazz today. Everything clicks in a special way with this group, though that could be said for much of Shane Cooper’s work. For example, the group just released video of their performing the tune “Log Out Shut Down” from their album of last year, Welcome To This World, live in High Sea Studios. Check out the video below.
Shane Cooper – bass
Bokani Dyer – keys
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Marlon Witbooi – drums
Robin Fassie – trumpet
Welcome to This World, the latest album from MABUTA, is out now on Kujua Records.
Photo by Aidan Tobias.
Nextbop Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dean-Harris hosts the modern jazz radio show, The Line-Up, Fridays at 9pm CST on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio and is also a contributing writer to DownBeat Magazine and the San Antonio Current.