Amidst the cacophony produced by the buzzing hoots, scratching tires and yelling taxi money collectors in the “Mother City”, you could find solace in the serenading mush of jazz, fusion, pop, Afrobeat and highlife from well synchronized marimba, saxophone, steel pan and drums, courtesy of Kirya Kuti Project.
The Kirya Kuti Project, which bears the name of its founding member who is the saxophonist and steel pan player, was established in 2009. The 4-piece band consists of two marimba players, Saxophone-steel pan player and the drummer. The artists’ different township living backgrounds is a rich garnish for the unique flair and an entirely unique sound which gets enjoyed locally, nationally and internationally. The fruits of this vibrant assemblage of musicians were a debut album, The Architect, which was released in mid-2015.
The founder and owner, known as Kirya Kuti fell in love with the saxophone from a young age and created his own sound which he calls “the sound of Kirya Kuti”. He attended several music schools in Cape Town such as Frank Pietersen music school , Jazz workshop , Ntonga music school, and the Cape Town Philharmonic youth ensemble. All these gave him a foundation to his musical development. Having played with several bands in Cape Town he founded the Kirya Kuti Project in 2009 while he was on tour in Europe (Germany, Denmark and Austria). Upon his return to Cape Town the idea was effervescent and went into full explosion immediately. Together with the band, they played at local festivals, cooperate functions and clubs both local and international promoting their album.
He has also left a mark with a variety of artists on several festivals, for instance 2016 at Ele Escales in France with Native Young, Cape Town lights festival with Frank Paco project, Durban July with Rene and vibrations, Taste festival in Cape Town and Durban for savannah, Oude Molen Jazz Festival 2017, The Saljah festival in Dubai 2013, opening for Cape Town Marathon 2016, and at Blankets and Wines in Uganda.
Kirya has expanded his solo career and saxophone skills into other genres to produce a new fusion of sounds. He shared stages and collaborated with several local and international Djs such as Dj Rene the French Man during the Durban July Handicap and the Cape Town J&B Met, Dj Mamba at Moyo big bay and Cappello long street, and Dj Dino just to mention but a few. He has fussed sax and steel pan which has created a great live element of his work to the audience.