Frank Paco’s impressive career includes highlights such as 46664 Mandela AIDS concert performing with many of the world’s great musicians such as the legendary band “Queen”, Bono, Jimmy Cliff, Angelique Kidjo, Dave Stewart, Andrew Bonsu, Johnny Clegg, Brian May and Peter Gabriel.


Other collaborative highlights include performances with internationally acclaimed South African-born LA-based guitarist / singer Jonathan Butler; Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ragga Africa, an Indian-African collaboration that performed at Cape Town’s 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival; Award-winning guitarist Allou April and saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça; the highly acclaimed house music group Ananda Project from USA at the 2009 Cape Town International Jazz Festival; artists from USA, Norway and Israel at the Grahamstown Jazz Festival; British-born New York-based guitarist Ronny Jordan; Rabbi Jack Gabriels from Colorado, USA, performing Israeli folk music; New Yorker Monique Bingham, Norway-based award winner Ivan Mazuze and Mozambican Orlando Venhereque at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Award winner Jimmy Dludlu with whom he toured USA, performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Washington DC, New York, Switzerland’s Lugano Jazz Fest, Italy, France and Holland’s North Sea Jazz Fest just to name but a few.


 In 2000 Frank was invited to record with South Africa’s top musicians under the Sheer Sound Jazz Label, of which his composition Milagre was chosen for the music video. The group also won the South African Music Awards (SAMA), for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album and received an invitation to Den Hague to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2001.


In his career as a session musician, Frank has recorded on more than 40 albums, 10 of which received awards and 4 were nominated.


Frank’s most recent solo project is the "Frank Paco’s Art Ensemble", for which he is currently recording a debut album.


His original compositions feature some of the most prominent artists he has worked with to date, such as Andy Narrel, Jimmy Dludlu, Allou April to name a few.


The Art Ensemble has launch its first concert at Nassau Centre in August 2011 where the band enjoyed a standing ovation in the coversations concert series.

This concert was followed by a performance at the V & A Waterfront Amphitheatre and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.


The music can be described as Nu-World Jazz. An amalgamation of Jazz tones with its African roots from East to West. 


With high-energy rhythmic pulses and enchanting melodies, Art ensemble paints a musical landscape which offers a unique live experience. 


Frank Paco

Art Ensemble