Frank Paco Art Ensemble

June 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
cafe roux, cape town

FPAE 1 LR - Photo by Nikki Froneman (1)


About the Frank Paco Art Ensemble 

The Frank Paco Art Ensemble was founded in 2014 and plays “Sub-Saharan Jazz”.  The band consists of 4 members, all recognised as top musicians in SA (Frank Paco on drums, Ramon Alexander on keys, Buddy Wells on sax,  Shaun Johannes on bass) as well guest vocalists from time to time.

The audience can expect to be taken on a journey through the World-Jazz landscape tapestry as Frank Paco and his Art Ensemble performs music that weaves through pulsating rhythms and sultry melodies from West -Central – East and Southern Africa, infusing these with jazz elements thus creating a unique sound.

The Frank Paco Art Ensemble has received excellent responses and reviews from audiences across SA including at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Native Yards and  Manenberg’s.

About Frank Paco 

Frank Paco was born in Mozambique but has lived in SA for some 30 years and brings together a very special blend of highly trained technique and heartfelt passion in his playing.  Frank began playing aged 11, using drums that were made from oil canisters – such was the shortage of musical instruments in a war-torn country at the time.

He is now recognised as one of SA’s top drummers and has played with some of the greatest names in the music industry and throughout the world.  From the 46664 Mandela AIDS concert performing with Queen’s Bryan May, drum duet with Roger Taylor, Bono, Angelique Kidjo, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Clegg, to international performances with Ronny Jordan, Monique Bingham, Lokua Khanza, Jonathan Butler, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Brenda Fassie and Jimmy Dludlu to name but a few.


As a session musician, Frank is featured on 60 albums, ten of which were award winners.  In 2000, Frank was invited to record with SA’s top musicians under the Sheer Sound Jazz Label, of which his composition Milagre was chosen for the music video. The album won the SA Music Award for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Subsequently the group was invited to Den Hague to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2001.


Frank is a co-founder of local bands Tucan Tucan, Virtual Jazz Reality, Loading Zone and Uhambo. In addition to performing live, Frank enjoys teaching and conducting workshops around schools in South Africa. He has also conducted the ArtsCape Youth Mentoring Programme and the MMINO Norwegian Youth Mentoring programs, Department of Sports and recreation mentoring programs as well as in Scandinavia, Madagascar, Reunion Island, Mozambique during his tours.

Video links:

Frank Paco Art Ensemble – performance at Cape Town International Jazz Festival (2014)