Aficionados will need to bookmark the first two weeks of July for this brilliant showpiece as it takes to stages in South Africa and Mozambique, with generous support from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg.

The complementary combination of contemporary South African and Swiss jazz was born at The Bird's Eye Jazz Club in Basel when Dyer did his residency there in May 2014. All four of the Swiss musicians had ties to South Africa, between them having played with such luminaries as Abdullah Ibrahim, Feya Faku, Hilton Schilder, Mac McKenzie, Marcus Wyatt, Herbie Tsoaeli and Makaya Ntshoko, and collaborating with another young South African musician was a natural progression.

Dyer, the son of legendary South African musician Steve Dyer, reveals a heritage of diverse influences that embraces his roots as well as his context in the contemporary musical landscape of South Africa. Bokani Dyer creates jazz that is inspired, soulful and expressive, and the interpretation of his music by these four Swiss greats pays tribute to the long-standing influence of South Africa on the Swiss jazz scene, and celebrates and amply complements the piano virtuoso.

Audiences can look forward to a sublime music experience with original compositions, a few carefully selected classics and some surprises from Dyer’s upcoming album. The tour of South Africa and Mozambique will take the group to a variety of venues, from township cultural centres right through to the finest jazz clubs. The Quintet will play their first concert in the prestigious opening slot of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown on Thursday 2 July, with a second performance on Saturday 4 July. The group will then perform at the Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg, King William’s Town on Sunday 5 July before leaving the Eastern Cape for the bustle of Johannesburg. Respected Braamfontein club The Orbit will host the Bokani Dyer Swiss Quintet for two nights, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July, with the Tuesday night being a jam session open to all musicians. From Gauteng, the musicians head north to Maputo, Mozambique where they will play at the Teatro Avenida on Thursday 9 July and the Bar Gil Vicente on Friday 10 July. The tour moves to Cape Town, to Straight No Chaser, recently voted one of the world’s Top 100 Jazz Clubs, on Saturday 11 July, then ends with an afternoon gig hosted by Jazz in the Native Yards, at the Gugs’thebe Cultural Centre in Langa, on Sunday 12 July, and a small jam session at Tagore’s in Observatory on Monday 13 July.

Bookings and enquiries about all shows can be made at the venues or directed to:


Thursday 2nd July, National Arts Festival
Bokani Dyer Swiss Quintet