Ivan Mazuze

Location: Based in Cape Town



Ivan Mazuze is a composer, award winning saxophonist and world jazz artist of Mozambique origin, presenting world jazz at its best together with his band, the Ivan Mazuze Quintet/Quartet. His music is inspired by African music mixed with modern drumming tradition. Deeply rooted in jazz harmony, and with a rhythm section consisting of electric/acoustic bass, guitar and acoustic piano as pillars, his imcredible saxophone improvisations  over a landscape that moves between jazz and the African urban soundscape. 

The debut album Maganda is a reflection of Mazuze’s musical journey and experiences in jazz and African "worlds" of music. Maganda was nominated for the following categories and awards:

1. Best Afro World Group in the Oslo World Music Festival 2009.

2. Best Contemporary Jazz Album at SAMA awards 2010 (South African Music awards).

3. Winner in two categories for best Afro Jazz album and jazz/instrumental album at Mozambique   Music Awards 2010.

4. Recommended best newcomer and saxophonist of 2010 at African Jazz Network.

In 2012 Mazuze released the album Ndzuti which means, “shadow” in the ancient language of Xichangana of southern Mozambique. The music has elements from both southern and West African traditions with Jazz based structures. The album features African and Norwegian musicians residing in Scandinavian countries and guest artists such as the Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and the bassist and vocalist from Ivory Coast, Manou Gallo.

Ndzuti was chosen as recommended album at African Jazz Network 2012 and as one of the key albums of the year 2012 by Music Information Center Norway (MIC) during the summer 2012 as well as recommended 10 best album of 2012 at the Songlines Magazine.

In 2015 Mazuze released his third album Ubuntu (2015), a highly acclaimed album within the Nordic media critics. The album features Norwegian artists such as Jacob Young, Michael Bloch and southern african based musicians such as Frank Paco, Peter Ndlala and Sifiso Makalisa.

In 2016 the album Ubuntu was chosen to be part of the compilation album JazzCD.no – 7th Edition in Norway. This compilation gives a good picture of the Norwegian jazz scene today, ranging from mainstream to more modern forms, including what has come to be known as the Nordic sound. JazzCD.no – 7th set shows the variety, the versatility and the quality of jazz in Norway as of today. 

Noteworthy Performances

  • Peperoncino Jazz Festival 2017 (Italia)
  • International Academy of Music Festival 2017 (Italia)
  • Jazztage Gorlitz Festival 2017 (Germany)
  • International Jazz Day 2017 at Teatro della Fortuna (Italy)
  • Play Music Festival 2017 (Italy)
  • San Severino Blues Festival in Matelica 2017 (Italy)
  • Vossa Jazz Festival 2017 (Norway)
  • Amapa Jazz Festival 2016 (Brasil)
  • Oslo Kulturnatt 2016 at Cosmopolite Scene (Norway)
  • Hamilton World Music Festival 2016 (Canada)
  • Musikkfest Oslo 2016 (Norway)
  • Havana International Jazz Festival 2015 (Cuba)
  • Musica Festival 2015 (Zimbabwe)
  • Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015 (Denmark)
  • Xiquitsi Festival 2014 (Mozambique)
  • Grahamstown Jazz Festival 2014 (South Africa)
  • Verao Amarelo 2013 (Mozambique
  • Vuka Showcase Festival 2013 (South Africa)
  • Joy of Jazz Festival 2013 (South Africa)
  • Locomotive Jazz Festival 2013 (Italy)
  • Musicastrada Festival 2013 (Italy)
  • Valdarno Jazz Festival 2013 (Italy)
  • HIFA 2013 (Zimbabwe)
  • Mela Festival 2012 (Norway)
  • Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2011 (South Africa)

Media Quotes

"Ivan has the confidence of a runner who can go at top speed if necessary but who knows the value of superb phrasing and tone" - Anya Wassenberg, Arts and Culture Maven - Canada, 2016

"This is the third album that he has recorded and reveals a talented composer and multi-instrumentalist playing at the top of his game".  - Chris Baber, Jazz Views 

"This is the world of jazz and world-class jazz. The names may be unfamiliar, but this is the musical greats throughout heard behind Ivan Mazuze and his amazing and interesting saxophone playing. It is music that speaks, music that is not quite like what we are used to, but also no wonder. Ivan Mazuze is an exciting musician and Ubuntu feels like a cannonball". - Lennart Götesson, Dalademokraten - Sweden

"Mazuze uses the strong earthy and funky in the African beat with Africa clear with major / minor tonality. But then pops up anyway quite familiar world, the Nordic tone"... - Peter Rahbek, Jazzspecial Magazine - Denmark

Ubuntu is a South African word (Xhosa, Zulu) and refers to a quality connected with human virtues, such as compassion and humanity. This is reflected in the warm sounds, the energy and the joy of the music. It is music that connects rather than divides. - JAKOB BAEKGAARD, All About Jazz - USA

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Budget Range for Ivan Mazuze is

R5000 - R40000


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