Estelle Kokot

 

Estelle Kokot Photo by Richard Kaby

THE JAZZ FEMININE IN AFRICA SOLO TOUR

‘She is the queen of nuance, understands the power of dramatic expression when sincerely delivered and crashes through the barriers of convention with disarming honesty and naughtiness, then delivers the unbelievable. Do yourself a favour. Find out where she’s performing next and catch a plane. Estelle Kokot is a one-woman festival deluxe’
Going Places Gisele Turner

I will be exploring poets, singers & songwriters from Canada, America and the island that is my daily bread abode, to the continent I regard as my soul-home.

‘Pianist/singer Estelle Kokot is a unique unifying force between the UK & South African scenes’
Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News

Repertoire will range from Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker’s Die Kind to Zulu-Zambian composer/lyricist Dorothy Masuka as well as my own material.

New arrangements of Joni Mitchell’s finest that embodies the female spirit and Nina Simone’s fierce independence will be celebrated while Billy Holiday’s expressive qualities will be saluted.

“…powerful, soulful and independent, if you want to hear a genuine innovator with a creative twist on Jazz vocals include Estelle Kokot” London Jazz Festival 2006

I will also present works by English poet Mark Hillman that I have set to music over the years flavoured with my  South African roots.

Homer’s Odyssey from Penelope’s perspective is an angle that is seldom explored but we will be going there: Join me on this journey over the seas into the glow of an African moon.

‘These are not love songs for a wide-eyed little ingénue, thoughtful phrasing and perfect diction as well as a melodious voice… on all counts Kokot delivers ‘Gwen Ansell Business Day South Africa

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Friday 12th August 2016 Theatre on the Square Johannesburg
The Jazz Feminine in Africa Lunchtime Concert

Saturday 13th August 2016   The Showroom in Prince Albert
The Jazz Feminine in Africa Solo Performance

Wednesday 17th August 2016 The Rosebank Theatre Cape Town
The Jazz Feminine in Africa Solo Performance

Saturday 20th August 2016 Karoo Art Hotel Barrydale
The Jazz Feminine in Africa Solo Performance

Wednesday 24th August 2016 Cafe Roux
The Jazz Feminine in Africa Solo Performance

Sunday 28th August 2016 The Barn Port Elizabeth Opera House Eastern Cape
The Jazz Feminine in Africa Solo Performance

Wednesday 31st August 2016 University of Fort Hare – Alice, Eastern Cape
The Jazz Feminine in Africa Workshop Discussion  Performance

Thursday 1st September 2016 Caversham Mill Howick KZN
The Jazz Feminine in Africa Solo Performance

Sunday 4th September 2016 Thornleys Guest House Eshowe KZN
The Jazz Feminine in Africa Solo Performance

Wednesday 7th September 2016 The Orbit Jazz Club Johannesburg
The Jazz Feminine in Africa Solo Performance