Swiss Accordionist Mario Batkovic Set To Tour South Africa. Mario Batkovic is set to grace the land of South Africa as he tours the biggest cities Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Swaziland from 18 May until 5 May 2018. His visit will be the first after 13 years, which means that fans can expect some new material from the star known for traditional accordion sounds that melt the soul and heart taking ones breath away.
Batkovic’s playing has been described as challenging and experimental, yet maintain a masterful, beautiful quality. He scratches every nuance out of the instrument, integrating scratches and clicks into the arrangements which are usually eradicated from recordings and live performances.
Batkovic is set to collaborate with South African musicians to create new music. In collaboration with Steve Newman, Ben Badenhorst, Ronan Skillen, Hilton Schilder, Vuyo Katcha, Peter Ndlala, and Carlo Fabe, he will perform at various venues in Cape Town. Thereafter he will head to Johannesburg to perform at the John Kani Theatre at the Market Theatre and the MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland.
18 May: Alma Café, Cape Town, 7pm: R170 per ticket
19 May: Slow Life Jazz at the Olympia Bakery, Cape Town, 7pm: R150 per ticket
20 May: Jazz in the Native Yards, Kwa Sec NY 138 No52 Gugulethu, 3pm: R70 per ticket
24 May: The Market Theatre, Johannesburg, 8pm: R90 and R70 (pensioners, students) per ticket
25 May: MTN Bushfire Festival, Swaziland: R230 per ticket