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Karl-Martin Almqvist – saxophone
Nduduzo Makhathini (SA) – piano
Magne Thormodsæter (NO) – bass
Ayanda Sikade (SA) – drums

Karl-Martin Almqvist, a prominent Swedish saxophonist, and the well-known pianist in South Africa, Nduduzo Makhathini, lead this group that plays jazz rooted in a South African tradition with American 1960s influences in the footsteps of McCoy Tyner and John Coltrane.

The quartet has been around since 2014, when Nduduzo Makhathini took the initiative for a collaboration with Karl-Martin Almqvist in South Africa: a record recording and a few concerts. Karl-Martin Almqvist, who has been to South Africa several times, took over immediately and in 2015 the double album “Listening to the Ground” was released, which also features the Norwegian bassist Magne Thormodsæter and the South African drummer Ayanda Sikade.

“Ababhemu Quartet” in Sweden with Nduduzo Makhathini is a dream come true for Karl-Martin Almqvist:

“I think it feels important and fun to present Nduduzo Makhathini and his music to the audience in our part of the world. He has many unique qualities, both as a musician and a stage personality, which in my opinion we rarely get the opportunity to experience live. ”

Nduduzo Makhathini was early influenced by legendary South African jazz musicians such as Abdullah Ibrahim. Later he was strongly influenced by the classical The John Coltrane Quartet, which included pianist McCoy Tyner: “It was John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ that made me understand my voice as a pianist.”

In 2019, Nduduzo Makhathini played for the first time at the jazz club Blue Note in New York. His first Blue Note album, “Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds”, was released in 2020. The album is Nduduzo Makhathini’s eighth since

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