A local jazz muso on tour in the United States [watch]

Award-winning jazz musician Nduduzo Makhathini is taking the United States by storm with a tour of some of his best-known songs. In the United States, Makhathini is preparing to release his 10th album, In the mind of Ntu.

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WHO IS NDUDUZO MAKHATHINI?

Nduduzo Makhathini grew up in umGungundlovu, Pietermaritzburg. According to Blue Note Records, the church played a big role in Makhathini’s love of music. The 39-year-old musician was also inspired by the great names of local jazz, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and Moses Molelekwa.

“The first musicians put a lot of emotion into the music they played. I think it may also be related to the political climate at the time,” Makhahini said.

Over the years, the talented jazz musician has released nine albums and an EP, collaborating with Ayanda Sikade and Jonathan Crossley.

He has also been described as “the rising star of South African jazz”.

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NDUDUZO MAKHATHINI TAKES THE WORLD

Makhathini kicked off his US tour in Los Angeles on April 22. The talented musician will perform in the United States until June 11 before traveling to France, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The KwaZulu-Natal-born musician has also linked up with British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings.

“We haven’t played together or seen each other in over two years. It was a short visit he paid me that turned into a 45-minute prayer,” he said. writes on his Instagram.

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‘IN THE SPIRIT OF NTU’

Speaking to DailySun about his upcoming album, In ntu’s spiritMakhathini shared that “Ntu” is “an ancient philosophy from which the idea of ​​ubuntu stems”.

“I grapple with these cosmological ideas as a way to situate jazz in our context. I pulled out Modes of communication: letters from the underworld using the letter as a metaphor for sounds coming from the underworld.

“Previously, I had left listening to the ground, with reminder in this idea to listen as to know. In the mind of Ntu lives in this paradigm of listening to things that emerge from the ground.

The album is set to be released on May 27.

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