In association with Concerts SA, Jazz trio Kinsmen will present their debut album Window to the Ashram to Durban this November in showcases at:
Durban – Alliance Française
Friday 10th November – 6.30 pm – Entrance Fee: R 100
Address: 22 Sutton Cres, Morningside, Berea
Bookings: 031 312 9582 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Durban – The Chairman
Saturday 11th November – 11 pm – No cover charge
Address: 146 Mahatma Gandhi Street, Durban
Bookings: 031 268 2133 / email@example.com
Released on June 16, 2017, Window to the Ashram is a collection of narratives, poetically woven together with the creative use of space afforded by their trio. The album has been presented at National Arts Festival Fringe (Grahamstown) and continued to sold out performances in Johannesburg and Pretoria at The Orbit, Afrikan Freedom Station, U-The Space and UNISA’s Miriam Makeba Hall.
Kinsmen was founded by Dhruv Sodha (sitar), Shailesh Pillay (tabla) and Muhammad Dawjee (tenor saxophone), all originally from Laudium, Gauteng. Their work explores the intersection of culture, tradition and modernity through composition and improvised music.
The language of Kinsmen draws on influences including Indian Classical, Jazz /Avant-garde and South African Jazz. The blend of instrumentation is an innovative leap away from traditional forms of ‘Indian’ music currently promoted and exhibited in South Africa.
“These themes run parallel to our lived experience as (4th generation) South Africans of Indian descent in a country that is intensely undergoing the realisation and unpacking of internalised forms of racism and segregation. Our music expresses a desire for a meaningful creative dialogue with this continent that is mostly inexistent in our community.”
It is an experimental rebellion through a sonic re-appropriation and reinterpretation of the music of a local predominantly traditionalist Indian culture. Their work inspires possibilities for extensions and re-readings of the role and relevance of cultural identity, its limitations and the meaning of cultural artefacts for people of Indian descent living in the country today.
The debut album of the trio has been praised by the media. Gwen Ansell wrote that “Kinsmen’s album leads the listener on a journey that takes in the lushly romantic, the controlled and meditative (unsung hymn), some remarkably catchy melodic hooks, and intricate rhythms.” While Rebecca Davis said on The Daily Maverick that “their haunting melodies and inventive sounds will stay with you for days.”
Kinsmen’s Window to the Ashram National Tour is supported by Concerts SA through the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.