Basil 'Mannenberg' Coetzee's Sabenza
Label: Kijima Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Jazz
Sabenza was a South African jazz band formed in 1986 by legendary saxophonist Basil Coetzee.
It consisted of core members Paul Abrahams (bass), Paula Goldstone (keyboards) and James Kibby (guitar). Jack Momple, Tich Arendse, Vic Higgins and Deon Slabber occupied the drummer's seat at various stages of the band's evolution.
The name 'Sabenza' was derived from 'SABand' and 'sebenza', the Zulu word for 'work'.
Basil "Manenberg" Coetzee (2 February 1944 – 11 March 1998) was a South African musician, perhaps best known as a saxophonist.
Coetzee was born in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa. Mountain Records describes Coetzee thus:
His distinctive raunchy tenor sound and the untiring commitment to his cultural roots made him one of the best known jazzmen to come out of South Africa. He earned the nickname "Manenberg" after the hugely successful collaboration with Dollar Brand in the late seventies. Basil toured and recorded extensively with Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim). Together with Robbie Jansen they created the unique brass sound of the group Pacific Express inspiring many younger cape jazz musicians in Cape Town.
He is probably best known for his recording work with Abdullah Ibrahim (previously known as Dollar Brand). Ibrahim recorded "Mannenberg" with Basil Coetzee – it became an enormous hit in the townships and impressed musicians as the recording is reputed to have been made in just one take.
Abdullah Ibrahim is quoted by the BBC as saying, "Even Basil himself said that in later years he would use that solo as a study exercise. We also use it now in our teaching as a required solo that young musicians have to play."
The composition "Manenberg" became a South African jazz classic, and is also internationally renowned (indeed, a visit to the Cape Town waterfront will still today reward the jazz enthusiast with the "Manenberg" jazz venue).
An article in The Scotsman records that "Coetzee developed a soulful, gospel-influenced instrumental voice which had a raw, impassioned urgency at its core. He often explained that his sound was reflection of the life around him, a product of the fact that 'there's a lot of poverty in the townships, and people are frustrated, and my sound is created within that environment.'"
In 1988 he toured Europe, and released the album Sabenza which was the work of Basil, Robbie Jansen, Paul Abrahams (bassist) and Jack Momple who had all left American-influenced jazz in search of their Cape roots. Recorded in one week, this album changed perceptions about local jazz and includes some Cape Jazz jewels. It was followed by the album Monwabisi, Basil's second solo project. It was recorded in difficult times for the artist as he sought to establish his name away from previous successful associations. In the period between leaving his former Pacific Express associates and playing only sporadically for Abdullah Ibrahim, Coetzee and bass player Paul Abrahams worked together as a duo. Many of the works on this album were arranged and written by them.
After Abdullah Ibrahim's return to South Africa from exile, Basil Coetzee regularly performed in Ibrahim's various ensembles. The band Sabenza was active on the local scene, and regularly featured bassist Paul Abrahams, guitarist James Kibby, and drummer Vic Higgins.
B: was his third solo album released at about the time of his death in March 1998. This album contains some of his best work and includes contributions from players who worked with him for many years.
Basil Coetzee died during the night of 11 March 1998, after a long struggle with cancer. His funeral took place on Saturday 14 March 1998 in Mitchell's Plain, and he is buried in the Garden of Eden in Ottery. Abdullah Ibrahim was one of those who paid tribute to Basil's memory at his funeral, announcing plans for the establishment of a Basil Manenberg Coetzee Music Academy in his memory. Basil's son, Basil Coetzee, Jr., played saxophone in the service. Basil was survived by five children and six grandchildren.
A1 African Jazz Dance 7:07
A2 CT Blues 6:00
A3 Khayalitsha Dance 5:26
B1 Song For Winnie 5:27
B2 Coventry Road 6:23
B3 Mama 6:18
Bass – Paul Abrahams
Drums – Jack Momple
Guitar – James Kibby, Titch Jean-Pierre
Percussion – Vic Higgins
Piano – Michael Martin
Producer – Paddy Lee Thorp, Basil 'Mannenberg' Coetzee's Sabenza
Saxophone [Alto & Soprano] – Robbie Jansen
Saxophone [Tenor] – Basil Coetzee
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