DEBUT ALBUM "TAGORE´S" RELEASE 23rd SEPTEMBER 2016
Kaapstad has come alive in 2013, the year that Sebastian Schuster landed on the shores of Cape Town. Little did he know that the result of him spending a year in the „Mother City“ would have the effect of a lifetime. While Sebastian was applying himself to study at UCT, he worked with a number of talented musicians based in Cape Town. Later on in the year Sebastian began working with Zoe Modiga and Ndumiso Manana in an informal setting, jamming standards and rearranging songs of their choice. The more they worked together the more it seemed as though a deeper chemistry was being formed within the music. “I would like to record a project with you guys in Germany very soon. What do you think?”, with that simple statement Sebastian sparked a passion that would fuel him for the next few months, leading him to writing and organizing , focusing on what would be the eventual project called Kaapstad.
After a few phone calls, emails, and a second trip down to Cape Town from Sebastian the project began to take shape. These three musicians got together to write a couple of songs and after a two week visit, seven songs were complete. These tunes together with two other ones written by Sebastian and his sister Franziska Schuster are co-written and arranged with influences of Jazz, Hip-hop and other genres, to form a fresh sound unique to the Kaapstad project.
The band is made up of six people: Gee Hye Lee (Piano), Sebastian Schuster (Bass), Thomas Wörle (Drums/Electronics), Ndumiso Manana (Voice), Franziska Schuster (Voice) and Zoe Modiga (Voice). With the exception of Zoe and Manana, these musicians are all German based artists, all of whom are composers, arrangers and bandleaders working with their own solo projects. The entire band has origins from 4 different countries, South Korea (Gee), South Africa (Zoe), Swaziland (Manana) and Germany (Sebastian, Franziska and Thomas). The music from this project tells the story of these six different people from different parts of the world. The project is beautiful not only because of the music but also for the lifelong friendships created by it.
GEE HYE LEE
2016-10-09 Musiktage, Weingarten, Germany 2016-10-10 Jazzclub Moods, Zürich, Switzerland 2016-10-15 Jazzclub Villingen, Germany 2016-10-23 Jazz u. Klassiktage, Tübingen Sudhaus, Germany 2016-10-27 Jazzclub Armer Konrad, Weinstadt, Germany 2016-10-28 IG Jazz Jazztage, Stuttgart Merlin, Germany 2016-10-29 Zehntscheuer, Ravensburg, Germany 2016-11-03 Eigenarten Festival, Hamburg, Germany 2016-11-05 Voices Festival, Ratingen, Germany 2016-11-23 Jazzclub "The Crypt", Cape Town, South Africa 2016-11-24 The Great Wizoo, Cape Town, South Africa 2016-11-25 Jazz In The Native Yard, Cape Town, South Africa 2016-11-27 Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, South Africa 2016-11-30 Orbit "Home Of Jazz", Johannesburg, South Africa 2016-12-03 Winnes, Johannesburg, South Africa 2016-11-04 Soweto Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa Next Tour is planned for May-July 2017