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Jam Mecca is a project group, made up of changing combinations of musicians that explore musical idioms from jazz to hip hop and almost anything in between, generally under the production of Howard Butcher. If there’s anything consistent about it perhaps it’s the world music approach. Jam Mecca’s first recording was a set of live material the group played at Harry B’s, eight shows part of the 2001 Nederberg Arts Festival. The recordings contain anomalies, both from a technical and performance perspective, but they are an intriguing reference to the head spaces that prevailed amongst the musicians at the time. Significantly the guitarist, Ben Bardenhorst, was a mere 13 and the drummer, James K, 19 when Howard recorded this, his head cocked to the ear piece of headset while playing bass and mixing the house sound simultaneously.
Jam Mecca has played a number of festivals in South Africa, similar to the Summer Sessions presented by Peace of Eden. In early 2001 they played the Savannah Up The Creek Festival and the Nederberg … — Read more »