Kyle Shepherd

Kyle Shepherd (8 July 1987 in Cape Town) is a South AfricanJazz musician (Piano, Saxophone, Xaru, singing, composition) and poet. Musically, Shepherd is based on the roots of Township-Jazz and Goema-Beat. [1]

Kyle Shepherd

Kyle Shepherd at Aarhus Jazz Festival 2010
Background information
Born (1987-07-08) 8 July 1987 (age 34)
Cape Town, South Africa
Genres Jazz
Instruments
Website Official website
Musical artist

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Shepherd, whose mother worked as a violinist at Abdullah Ibrahim school M7, received classical violin lessons from the age of five. As a teenager he discovered improvisation and learned to play the piano as a self-taught. Since 2009 he has recorded several albums with his trio or quartet. On the album Into Darkness he acted as a solo pianist. He wrote the soundtrack for the feature film “Noem my Skollie: Call Me Thief (2016). [2]

Shepherd has worked with musicians such as Zim Ngqawana, Louis Moholo, Robbie Jansen, Errol Dyers, Hilton Schilder, Mark Fransman and Ayanda Sikade . His tours led to southern Africa as well as to Europe, Japan and China. Shepherd appeared as a guest musician on the albums of Carlo Mombelli,[3]Kesivan Naidoo, Andreas Tschopp and in the band Skyjack [4] with. As curator of the SWR New Jazz Meeting 2016 he gave several concerts with his group and the soloists Lionel Loueke and Mthunzi Mvubu. [1]

Shepherd’s album fineArt was nominated in 2010 for the South African Music Awards (SAMA) in the category “Best Traditional Jazz”, his album “A Portrait of Home” in the following year. In 2014 he won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for the genre Jazz. [5]

  • fineArt (Sheer Sound 2009, with Buddy Wells, Dylan Tabisher, Claude Cozens)
  • A Portrait of Home (Sheer Sound 2010, with Shane Cooper, Jonno Sweetman)
  • South African History! X (Sheer Sound 2012)
  • Dream State (Sheer Sound 2014, with Shane Cooper, Jonno Sweetman and Buddy Wells)
  • Kyle Shepherd, Lionel Loueke, Sound Portraits from Contemporary Africa (Jazzhaus 2017, with Mthunzi Mvubu, Shane Cooper, Jonno Sweetman) [6]
Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2016 Noem My Skollie: Call Me Thief Daryne Joshua
2019 Fiela se Kind Brett Michael Innes
2019 Lui maar op, Belinda TV Series
2021 Barakat Amy Jephta
2021 Swirl: A Letter to Hair on the Cape Flats Quanita Adams TV Movie

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