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Based in Cape Town, the South African Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Buddy Wells has had the pleasure of performing and recording with many well-known South African and international music legends.  

He has performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival every year from 2000 to 2019, and is a regular performer at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the Joy of Jazz festival in Johannesburg.  

International peformances include several North Sea Jazz Festivals in the Netherlands; the Swedish Jazz Celebration, Stockholm, the National Jazz Scene in Oslo, the Nehru Center in Mumbai India, the Festival d'Automne à Paris, the Oslo Jazz festival, the Brussels Jazz Festival, and the Berlin Jazz Festival.


Current projects include The Buddy Wells Quintet, The Reza Khota Quartet, The Asher Gamedze Quartet, John Hassan's Hassan'adas and The Adamu Trio.


Buddy has performed live with Feya Faku, Judith Sephuma, Moses Mololekwa, Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba, Bheki Mseleku, Kyle Shepherd, Louis Moholo, Simpiwe Dana, Freshly Ground, Bokani Dyer, Shane Cooper, Joe McBride, Musa Manzini, Melanie Scholtz, Carlo Mombelli and The Prisoners of Strange, Victor Masondo, Tete Mbambisa, Africa Mkhize, Hassanadas, Marcus Wyatt, Andre Peterson, Rahul Sharma, Ibrahim Khalil Shihab, Victor Ntoni, Voice, Interzone, Dondo, Gerald Veasely, Loading Zone, Flat Stanley, Vusi Khumalo, Ernie Smith, Thandi Klaasen, Abdullah Ibrahim, Gloria Bosman, Tucan Tucan, Tina Schouw, Alou April,  Babu, amongst many others


Recorded with Tribe, Kyle Shepherd, Reza Khota Quartet, Asher Gamedze, Bokani Dyer, Feya Faku, Shane Cooper and Mabuta, Oliver Mtukudzi, Mark Fransman's Strait and Narro, Alou April, Jimmy Dludlu, Musa Manzini, Marcus Wyatt, Moses Mololekwa, Loading Zone, Kabelo, Clair Philips, Virtual Jazz Reality, Feya Faku, Offshore, Maxwell Vidima, James Stewart, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Tucan Tucan, Jack Van Poll, Melanie Scholtz, Gito Baloi, David Leadbetter, Blues Broers, Truly Fully Hey Shoo Wow Band, Moreira Project, The Clearing , Hassanadas, Andreas Loven, Asher Gamadze and many others.  

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