Blending original African rhythms and sounds that people can listen and dance to, musical outfit Hassan’adas saw the light in early 2010 and is the brainchild of its Cape Town-based leader, John Hassan.
The group was inspired by a global career during which John played and recorded with notable musicians such as the late Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Brenda Fassie, Ra Phiri, Stimela, Simply Red, Toto, and many others.
Since its inception, Hassan’adas has performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Standard Bank Jazz Festival and at the acclaimed City Hall Sessions music series at Cape Town City Hall, which coincided with the African Creative Economy Conference.
Apart from John on percussion, vocals and acoustic guitar, the group consists of Lucas Khumalo on bass and backing vocals, Allou April on backing vocals and guitar, Bokani Dyer on keyboards, Sisonke Xonti on saxophone, Jason Ward on drums, Dj Rene Tanguy (AKA the Frenchman) and Thabo Bopape, the latter two providing vocal stylings and humour in French and Sepedi respectively.
Their latest single, “Peace and Love”, is in fact woven from an entire tapestry of languages: from English, Zulu, Shangaan, Sepedi, to Portuguese and French. “So it caters to everyone,” John says.
You can experience Hassan’adas in action here at @istudioslapa tomorrow, 19 August 2018, at 4pm. #istudioslapa #hassan’adas #johnhassan #afrojazz #jazz