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What a great 2019 tour through South Africa!

After my first South Africa tour in 2018 I knew, I have to come back very soon to see those lovely people, my friends and fans over there again. This came true and so I headed off again to this beautiful country by the end of January 2019.

I call myself also as someone who is ‘on a mission’ to bring the history and meaning of Boogie Woogie and Blues to the students and to people all over the world. And so, on 31st January 2019 I taught my “The World Of Boogie Woogie and Blues Piano” lecture/concert for the students of the Assumption Convent School in Germiston together with jazz drummer Anthony Yoko. Special thanks are dedicated here to the school’s music department teacher Rob Stewardson.

On 02nd and 03rd February 2019 I had the pleasure to be part of the 7th Annual Jazz & Blues Weekend at the Theatre on the Square in Sandton. Together with the outstanding musicians Tony Yoko (drums), Wendy Allen Twyford (vocals), Phil Holder (saxophone), Mike Slavin (guitar) and Marc Duby (double bass) I performed two great and unforgettable sold out shows, one on Saturday night and the other on Sunday in the afternoon.

On Monday, 04th February in the afternoon I was again guest at the Pecanwood College in Hartbeespoort. There I could perform for 280 kids and did continue with my mission to bring Boogie Woogie and Blues Piano into schools. Special thanks go to Katie DeChaves and all the teachers for making this happen.

The next big concert show followed on Wednesday night, 06th February. I performed together with the amazing guest singer Cat Simoni, drummer Tony Yoko and bass player Mark Duby another sold out Boogie Woogie, Blues & Jazz show at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch near Cape Town. It was a magical place to perform with these great musicians.

The last concert of this fantastic tour was on Saturday, 09th February 2019. At lunch time I played together with Tony Yoko and Mark Duby at the Die Ou Pastorie in Hartbeesport.

This wonderful tour ended with an incredible farewell party on Sunday with the Swiss hosts and dear friends Kurt and Susan who hosted me at their farm.

It was again an amazing experience for me to give my concerts and lectures to the students, fans and music enthusiastic in South Africa. But also the other things I could witness made this two-weeks tour an unforgettable journey for me. I could enjoy some typical South African things like a delicious wine tasting at the Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch or a day at the beautiful Muizenberg beach in Cape Town. And even the pretended little things such as rain can be such a miracle for some regions and to be a part of this was simply wonderful. Thank you South Africa!