TARABU is an electrifying Jazz and World music group from the Cape Winelands. The word “Tarabu” is Swahili and, depending on the context, it translates in English to “joy”, “concert” or “instrumental music”. The group features Francois le Roux (saxophones and clarinets), Philip Malan (guitars) and Lucas Heinen (accordion). Special guests sometimes feature on bass guitar, percussion and voice.
All three musicians are highly accomplished performers and composers, each in his on right, and as a band they aim to fuse some of the essential elements of Jazz and World music. For their original music they draw inspiration from a wide variety of music genres, such as most Jazz styles, finger-style acoustic guitar music, Walzes, Tangos, Funk and Blues, Folk music from the Middle-East and France, as well as some popular styles and more. Experimentation, creativity and skill are a few of the key ingredients in the mix. – The Month, 2014
The talented trio Tarabu, entertained customers with the soothing sounds of an accordion, saxophone and guitar at The Sanctuary Shopping Centre in Somerset West over the Festive Season. The pleasant setting with a variety of restaurants on a wooden deck overlooking a lake was perfected by the wide variety of music genres they performed. Their professional demeanour was commendable from start to finish. – Christel Truter (x-potential), Jan 2018