Andreas Loven is a Norwegian jazz pianist who studied jazz in South Africa after having completed an engineering degree in Norway. He has now returned to the country of his birth after six years in the Western Cape.
He is becoming well known as a jazz pianist in Europe and in South Africa. Last year (2015) he released his debut album,Nangijala. He recorded this with saxophonist Buddy Wells, with Spha Mdlalose on vocals.
In February 2016 Andreas Loven released his second album, District Six recorded with his South African quartet, Buddy Wells (sax),Clement Benny (drums) and Romy Brauteseth (bass).
It is fifty years since the once thriving, although notorious, area known as District Six was dismantled by the Apartheid Government with its 60 000 inhabitants being resettled, mostly on the Cape Flats, and the music on the CD is bitter-sweet reflection of that national scar.
The style of playing on the CD is familiar to those who follow jazz generally, or even just the Standard Bank Young Artists for Jazz. The title track is, appropriately, the sixth one on the album. The musical style is reminiscent of “ghoema”, typically Cape syncopation introduced to Johannesburg audiences back in 2007 when David Kramer and Taliep Petersen unravelled this type of music so beautifully.
District Six is also easy listening. It is rooted in South African jazz with Nordic folk music intertwined. Andreas Loven and the South African quartet, with Spha Mdlalose, performed last night (7 October 2016) and will be peforming again tonight (8 October 2016) at The Orbit in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.