What if famous mandolin player Hamilton de Holanda and pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, the first South African musician on the American jazz label Blue Note Africa, were to join forces? That is what Wynton Marsalis must have thought when he introduced these two virtuosos to each other. The result is Routes of Discovery, in which both top musicians dig into their Brazilian and African roots, influenced by classical music, jazz and hip-hop. Together, they explore the musical diaspora, from the time of the slave trade until today.
Each new generation has its own rising stars. For the young South African guard, this includes Nduduzo Makhathini: jazz pianist, composer and healer. Makhathini's music is virtuosic and projects a spiritual and ritualistic vision of the world. He has already shared the stage with greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Nasheet Waits and Logan Richardson. Yet 'less is more' applies to his performance in Flagey: all Makhathini needs is a piano to transport us into his wonderful world.