Louis Moholo-Moholo is one of the great drummers of jazz, a pioneer of free improvisation with an unmistakable drive and a uniquely distinctive style. In 2005 he returned to his native South Africa, after living in London for decades. In Five Blokes he plays with rising stars of new British jazz including saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming) and pianist Alexander Hawkins, who previously collaborated with Mulatu Astatke and Joe McPhee. Louis Moholo (the doubling of his last name followed later) made the scene in Europe after he moved to London in 1964 with the legendary Blue Notes. This band gave a new impulse to jazz and improvised music with influences of catchy songs from the South-African townships. Moholo has performed at the Bimhuis many times in the past, for example with Amsterdam players such as Sean Bergin and the ICP musicians. ‘It’s impossible to replicate the intensity and near overwhelming beauty of seeing the band live’ (The Quietus).