Legendary icons, Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela, reunited on June 15th and 16th in “A Tribute to Jazz Epistles”. The much anticipated reunion took place at the Centre Court Arena in the Convention Centre at Emperor’s Palace. It was the first time in 60 years that these two iconic jazz instrumentalists reunited and performed on one stage. They did so to celebrate the 40th year anniversary of 16 June 1976, in solidarity and recognition of all those who were a part of the historical youth march.
In the 1960s, at the height of the apartheid era, the Jazz Epistles emerged as a resistant, anti-apartheid music group. They were an all-black and all-esteemed band of now world famous names, and were South Africa’s earliest most influential Jazz band. Their music filled the dusty streets of the townships and fired the hearts of the youth who were adamant to stand-up for a South Africa that is free and fair.
Ibrahim and Masekela not only travelled into a time filled with nostalgia with “A Tribute to Jazz Epistles”, but were this time able to perform in a modern and colourful South Africa that they could have only dreamt of in their early days together.
Abdullah Ibrahim’s magical performance was captured by DPA d:vote™ 4099 Piano Microphones provided by Kobus from Blue Array.
The d:vote™ 4099P Stereo Microphone System for Piano is a piano miking solution that makes it easy to achieve a high level of isolation on stage. They offer an extremely clean, transparent and natural sound and are fully capable of handling the dynamic range and subtle details. The d:vote™ 4099P allows you to achieve the purest reproduction of your instrument with realistic dynamics.
Known for their discreet size and elegance, these mics feature a lightweight yet rugged design. The versatile gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning. Its flexible design also supports a wide variety of mounting and positioning possibilities.
These features made it the best possible microphone to capture Abdullah Ibrahim’s breath-taking performance on such a historic occasion.
Akhbar Khan of Eastern Acoustics said the following about the event and microphones:
“I received a call, “Abdullah wants you to join us in JHB. He is performing with Hugh Masekela”. Wow! They last performed together as The Jazz Epistles in 1959 with Kippie Moeketsie and Jonas Gwangwa. And what a show it was to a packed audience who were totally transported. What a celebration of our country’s rich musical heritage. It was such a honour to be backstage with Abdullah and Hugh and to relive the music of that period.
The DPA d:vote™ 4099 Piano Microphones used for Abdullah worked very well. They gave good level without making the piano sound unnatural. They also had good gain before feedback and not much bleed from nearby instruments.”
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