The set that Feya Faku will perform with his quartet at the Jazz & Classical Encounters 2021 this weekend at Spier Wine Farm will be dedicated to late pianist and friend of Feya's, Andre Petersen. He will perform with Bokani Dyer on piano, Shane Cooper on bass and Ayanda Sikade on drums.
Feya Faku. | Photo: Siphiwe Mhlambi
The New Brighton-born trumpeter started playing music informally at a young age and got help from local musicians. He then enrolled at the University of Natal to study with Darius Brubeck. It is there, in Durban, that his career blossomed.
In the late 80s, Faku started touring the world with artists such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku, Mankunku Ngozi, Sylvia Mdunyelwa and many more. He has recorded six albums under his name as band-leader.
I caught up with Faku last week:
The new decade means:
To enjoy life after my ill health and more music.
Fame is about:
I don’t subscribe to fame.
Retirement will happen when:
My body gives up.
I don't do:
What does music mean to you?
It is a way of life, brotherhood, feeling and sound.