Tutu Puoane

Vocalist Tutu started playing music professionally in 1997 in downtown Johannesburg. In 2007 she released her debut song with Dutch label Saphrane and launched it at the 2008 Cape Town International Jazz Festival to critical acclaim. Tutu studied jazz vocals with Jelena Reveshin, Natasha Roth- Scholfield and Rachel Gould and performed in South Africa, Europe and the United States. She has also led the afro-latino band Tucan Tucan. In 2000 she was awarded the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Award and in 2001 received a merit award for young promising talent at the Daimler Chrysler South African Jazz Competition. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Music. She has shared the stage with the likes of Jack van Poll, Stacy Rowles, Mark Murphy and Roy Hargrove. Tutu is currently the vocalist for the Frits Bayens Big Band of Breda.

Lunch spot: Cafe Manhattan, Green Point