Philip goes back to his roots

THE next musical weekend at the Tincleton Gallery brings Philip Clouts and Ben Taylor to the Dorset venue on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May, playing jazz from 8pm on both nights.

Pianist Clouts has assembled a set featuring music from the greats of South African Township jazz, including Miriam Makeba’s Click Song and Abdullah Ibrahim’s hit Mannenberg.

Philip Clouts was born in Cape Town and has loved South African jazz from childhood. The founder of Zubop and his band benefited from exiled musicians’ input into their playing. As well as Mseleku showing Clouts the ropes, Thebe Lipere joined Zubop for their first few gigs, playing his distinctive African drum kit, and with this “rubber stamping” of their efforts, the band went on to be very popular on the live music circuit, subsequently expanding into ZubopGambia, which featured the BBC World Music Awards-winning riti, or one-string fiddle, player Juldeh Camara.

“It’s a great pleasure to re-visit some of my original sources of inspiration for this concert” says Philip. “We’ll be playing pieces that connect directly to the audience, very melodic and with catchy rhythms.”

For more details, telephone 01305 848909.