Kesivan Naidoo


From the age of 11 Kesivan Naidoo knew that he wanted to play drums. By the time he was 14 he had made his professional debut, playing at the 1993 Hogsback Arts Festival as part of the Webster Jazz Quartet, an international group featuring an Australian guitarist and an Israeli bassist. No surprise, then, that in 2010 the Standard Bank Young Artist award recipient for jazz finds himself in the position of South Africa's preeminent drummer � a title that possibly only the BLK JKS's Tshepang Ramoba could push him for. Whether it's with his Indian jazz outfi t, Babu, progressive electro-jazz project Closet Snare or his resident Cape Town jazz quintet, Restless Natives, Naidoo is always cooking in the proverbial kitchen. He is a fan of improvisation, so any gig which features him on drums is sure to be a unique and livewire event. Naidoo studied music at the university of Cape Town. While he was there he won the 1999 Samro Overseas Scholarship and studied under sitar guru Sanjoy Bandopadhyah, head professor at Rhabindra Bharati university in Kolkata, India. Since then Naidoo has performed in the uS and Europe as well as in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya and has played with everyone from Bheki Mseleku and Miriam Makeba to Hotep Galeta and Steve Newman. � Lloyd Gedye

Lunch spot: Lucky Bean, Melville, Johannesburg