Saxophonist, flute player, band leader and composer McCoy Mrubata, who is based in Johannesburg, heads up a quintet consisting of Durban-based talents Neil Gonsalves on keys, Paki Peloeole on drums, Sibusiso Mkhize on trumpet and Ildo Nandja on bass.
The exciting band performs lots of music from Mrubata’s forthcoming album titled: The Brasskap Sessions Volume 2. Mrubata’s upcoming album features an exciting line-up of new South African jazz talents: Moses Ngwenya, Sandile Gontsana, Mbuso Khoza, Lindiwe Maxolo and some of his old time friends: Paul Hanmer, Prince Lengoasa, Jabu Magubane and is produced by Luyanda Madope.
Murbata is known as one of the jazz greats who can had an interest in music from an early age. He started playing flute in 1976 and started playing professionally with a band in 1979. In 1988 he began a successful career in the United Kingdom and later with with many jazz greats, such as Hugh Masekela. Since this time he has always been around in the South Africa jazz scene and had a number of successes. In 2003 he won the SAMA award in the Traditional Jazz Category.