A newish gig is going down in Braamfontein called Refugee Sundays with Planet Lindela. It's all about promoting jazz amongst the youth. 30 bucks and you're in. Sounds good, no?
I'd briefly heard Planet Lindela at the Neighbourgoods market, in-between eating and shopping my way around. I left thinking maybe my idea of jazz was all wrong. The band has a cool name. I dig Kitchener's and, let's face it, there isn't that much to do on a Sunday evening anyway.
I rounded up a crew. They were supposed to start at 18:00. They started after 19:00. But that's okay. We made do with the cracked seats that belong to the second oldest bar in Jo'burg and talked the time away.
Finally, the band got to it and everyone filtered through to sit under the disco ball's light - mainly 20- to 30-something trendy types, casually sipping on ciders and vino. Nothing too hectic for an end-of-weekend gig.
Three dudes make up Planet Lindela: Bradley Mngomezulu Maponya (double bass); Tebogo Mokoena (saxophone) and Gontse Makhene (percussionist and drums). Their sound reverberated loud and clear through the tiny hole in which they played.
I'll be the first to admit that I know nothing about jazz. In fact, I don't think I have one song of its kind in my entire iTunes library. Shameful. So I can't comment on each musician's skill because I'd sound like one of those pretentious idiots trying to go into detail about something that they just can't.
All I know is they were good. Really good.
They drew us in even more when Maponya said "Thanks for coming to Church, you will be cleansed shortly" and went straight back into the song. You could feel they were having a good time, which rubbed off on everyone else. It was soulful.
Catch Planet Lindela every Sunday at Kitchener's Carvery Bar (Corner Juta and De Beer Street, Braamfontein) from 17:00 'til late.
by Nicole Samakosky