A Grand Vocalist Shining out of the Silence


Pu2ma – Makes her Debut at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (5 – April 2013)

Pu2ma made her presence felt at the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013. She performed on the Basil “Manenberg” Coetzee stage ahead of Internationally a-claimed artist Kirk Whalum. This is what Pu2ma had to say about her performance at the International Cape Town Jazz Festival 2013

“It is a great honour to be performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival – it’s not every day that a developing artist such as me performs on the Basil “Manenberg”Coetzee stage ahead of Kirk Whalum, while Jill Scott is preparing to go on stage after my show over at Kippies. I know I will surprise a lot of people; they must just come and see us do ourthing. My set takes me back home – you know those mornings when you wake up in PE and the sounds of Winston Mankunku and Ella Fitzgerald greet you as the first sounds you hear while another neighbour plays Mbaqanga – I plan to have a lot of percussive and soulful elements in the music, and will include a tribute to some of the artists that have influenced me musically and spiritually.”

Pu2ma performed at the CTIJF 2013 with a 7-piece band on Friday 5 April at Basil “Manenberg” Coetzee stage from 22h45 to 23h45. For programme.

Click link below for more information on the International Cape Town jazz Festival 2013


Isabel Novella at Atlantic Music Expo


Isabel Novella’ and her record label Native Rhythms Records were delighted that she selected to showcase her music in a country that produced the late internationally acclaimed Cesaria Evora and Sara Tavares, one of the new generation of artists emerging from the Cape Verde Islands, off the Portuguese coast.

The Showcase
The showcase program offered daycases in the daytime venue Palacio da Cultura and night open-air showcases in the pedestrian area of Praia’s center called Plateau. Local and International traditional, classical, modern, popular or electronic bands and DJs showcased their craft to international audiences and delegates, which include record companies, festival promoters, booking agents, artist managers, music publishers, publicists and media.

Isabel was backed by a 3-Piece band from Cabo Verde comprising Drums/Percussions, Bass and Piano.

See link below to the media coverage of Isabel Novella’s performance in Cape Verde


Isabel Novella Releases Self-Titled SA Debut

“First and foremost I want to reach and touch as many people I can with my music and message. I’ve been fortunate enough to see much of the world, and can’t wait to see the rest & share my music & visions” – Isabel Novella


Isabel Novella was signed by Sipho Sithole of Native Rhythms Productions almost a year to the day, and since then has released a 4-track EP (May 2012) containing the single ‘Moya’ which is currently enjoying airplay on Metro fm, and was in the Top 10 most played tracks on RDP Africa for several weeks upon release.

After a good 2012 performance circuit season where Isabel Novella (Mozambique) featured prominently at the Road to Joy of Jazz, Buyel’eKhaya, and Ugu Jazz Festivals – she was ready to complete the recording in time for the launch of iTunes SA (Dec 2012).

Having developed a significant local following since the release of her EP (25 May 2012), and the launch of her EPK ( 1 March 2013), fans will be pleased to know that the album, Isabel Novella will be available in stores from 20 May 2013.

Isabel Novella’s music opens up to world of sounds that please the senses – a blend of Afro-pop-soul-bossa-jazz differentiated by her distinctive vocals. Listen to single ‘Moya’ and view her EPK – Introducing Isabel Novella

Last month Isabel Novella performed in Praia, Cape Verde at the Atlantic Music Expo to an international audience who experienced first-hand the artistic brilliance of this Mozambican sensation. Already her music is being well received in Portuguese language speaking countries including Portugal, Mozambique, Cape Verde , Guiné-Bissau and São Tomé.

With a growing local and international live performance schedule, Isabel Novella will travel to Europe from 29 June till 29 July 2013 where she will promote her album in over 4 territories including Portugal, Holland, Germany and France.

Two performances are planned for South African audiences next month – SkyRoomLive on 22 June and a performance at The Bassline in the same week.

To book an interview with Isabel Novella who will be in Johannesburg shooting her first music video for ‘Moya’ this weekend please contact maria.hadjidimitriadis@sonymusic.com or velile@nativerhythms.co.za