Swingers is hosting a tribute to the band Pacific Express, on Sunday, November 25.
The Pacific Express was a jazz-rock band based on the Cape Flats of Cape Town in the 1970s. The band were the ground-breakers in both musical and political fields.
The founder members included Paul Abrahams - bass, Jack Momple - drums and Issy Ariefdien - guitar.
The trio took over the leadership of the band. In the beginning, there were different temporary members added but the line-up settled with the addition of Chris Schilder on piano and Zayn Adam(s) and Kitty Tshikana on vocals when they took up their residency at the Sherwood Lounge (John Petersen) in Manenberg. Percussionist, Vic Higgins joined the group in the mid-'70s.
The group were informal "jazz school" when there was no such thing in Cape Town. The more experienced players inducted new young players whom they identified as talented to sit in and even later join the band.