Mark Fransman

A 2008 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner, Mark is a composer, arranger and band leader with a string of awards under his belt. In 1996 he received the FNB Vita for most outstanding performer in musical theatre; in 2000 the Adcock Ingram Jazz Award; and in 2004 and 2007 was voted Best Producer at the South African Music Awards. He has participated in major festivals across Europe and locally has graced stages at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Old Mutual and Standard Bank Jazz festivals. Mark has performed alongside big names such as Papa Wemba, Youssou N'Dour and Zim Nqawana. He has recorded with Errol Dyers on Kou-Kou Wa and Jimmy Dludlu on Winds of Change. A musician to be noted, Mark is currently devoted to working with his new group Strait and Narro on their debut album Ahead and the Johnnie Walker Jazz Impressions Vol 1.

Lunch spot: Wasabi Constantia, Cape Town