HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 3 (ACN) Cuban musical group Madre Tierra, led by young saxophonist Michael Herrera, successfully premiered at the South African jazz festival Art Alive, Prensa Latina in Pretoria reported Tuesday.
Herrera and his musicians performed with South Africa's best-known and best-loved bands to nearly 20,000 people gathered in a square in Johannesburg,.
We did not expect such a positive reaction from the crowd that every year comes to enjoy the good music of Art Alive, Herrera said.
We brought a repertoire that defends the Cuban music and jazz roots we make on the island, as well as some contemporary sounds," Herrera remarked, who is visiting South Africa for the second time.
The music played worked perfectly and we could perform before a crowd we were not used to, the Cuban musician added.
Madre Tierra will carry out a varied program that includes presentations in Johannesburg and Pretoria, radio and television programs, and a workshop on Cuban music hosted by the Morris Isaacson Community Music Center in Soweto.
The young jazzman thanked all those who made it possible in Cuba and South Africa to attend Art Alive, also known as Jazz in the Park, and announced other presentations in local clubs in this country before traveling next September 6 to neighboring Botswana to participate in the Jazz Festival.