Over the last fourteen years, guitarist, composer, songwriter, arranger, producer and bandleader João Cabral Armando has been a passionate musical innovator committed to the exploration of many different art forms on the African landscape.

A graduate of UCT’s South African College of Music, Cabral started playing guitar at the age of 17 and quickly fell in love with jazz.

Cabral considers himself an accomplished composer, whose music draws influence from Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Joe Pass, Lee Ritenour, Luis Salinas, Biréli Lagrène, Mark Whitfield, Kevin Eubanks, Brian Hughes, Henry Johnson, Michael Sagmeister, Nelson Faria, Djavan, Teddy Pendergrass, Emílio Santiago, Martinho da Vila, Barney Rachabane, Lokua Kanza, Bonga and Manu Dibango, as well as the music of his roots.

His numerous original compositions fall within the Afro-Jazz musical tradition, combining both traditional and modern elements of jazz with the sounds of West, Central and Southern Africa, and South American and Latin music.


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