Photo essay: Hip hop meets jazz as rapper Stogie T collaborates with collective Rebirth of Cool

We can’t get enough of Rebirth of Cool, Joburg’s exciting music collective comprising soulful musicians such as renowned pianist Thandi Ntuli, award-winning bassist Benjamin Jephta on bass guitar, and the talented Siphelelo Mazibuko on drums, plus turntablists DJ Kenzhero and Tha Muzik.

We recently visited the ensemble in a Joburg studio where they rehearsed a collaboration with rapper Stogie T, better known as Tumi Molekane, of music delivering a fresh interpretation of hip hop and soul. Taking inspiration from Miles Davis album of the same name, Rebirth of Cool have honed their sound to meld the best traditions of the post-bebop jazz era with contemporary hip hop and R&B, proving that you don’t need to limit yourself to one genre to make sense.

“There’s the infusion of contemporary jazz and elements of purist old school jazz plus hip hop and R&B. So a young person will enjoy the newness of the sound while a seasoned jazz listener will appreciate the music too,” says Kenzhero.

Stogie T and Rebirth of Cool perform at The Lyric Theatre on Saturday, 29 July. WIN! To stand a chance of winning 1 of 5 x double tickets to the show, share this article on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #10and5Rebirthofcool.

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