Best Jazz Series for UKZN

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Through Frank chemaly 23 October 2021

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The UKZN Jazz and Folk Music Center has reopened its live performances with three exciting jazz concerts scheduled for next month with some of the city’s biggest jazz stars.

The concert series, baptized Lyrics & Music, presents songs, new and old, timeless tales that resonate again in the troubled times in which we live.

Jazz singer Zoe the Seed will open the proceedings on November 3. On November 10, she will join trumpeter Thabo Sikhakhane and trio Neil Gonsalves. The series ends with the Durban N’den duo, led by singer Thulile Zama and pianist David Smith on November 17.

Seed is a jazz singer, music teacher and performer who has worked with notable artists Ernest Dawkins, Salim Washington, Themba Mkhize, Alou April, Africa Mkhize, Ernie Smith, and Nduduzo Makhathini. She led her group for six years, performing their music for festivals across the country.

She will perform with Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet, Siyalo Zulu on trombone, Zibusiso Makhathini on keyboards, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass and Sbu Zondi on drums.

N’den is a musical duo composed of pianist David Smith and singer Thulile Zama.

Neil Gonsalves is a composer, pianist, conductor and music teacher who has traveled the world with his music. His latest album, Blessings and Blues, was released in April. The trio is completed by drummer Riley Giandhari and bassist Talent Mbatha. The ensemble last performed together before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, so expect a festive concert with heartwarming melodies and grooves.

N’den is a musical duo of singer Thulile Zama and pianist David Smith who met in the early 2000s while studying music at UKZN. Smith was a member of a very successful jazz / hip hop group, Big Idea, which made waves across the country.

Zama, who is distinguished by her dazzling voice, is the lead singer of the all-female contemporary jazz group Heels Over Head. Her talents have taken her to Hamburg and Berlin, Germany and New Orleans in the United States.

Concerts are all held at Howard College with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and music starting at 6 p.m. R100 tickets from [email protected] and reservation is essential.

The concerts are also being recorded and will be available for purchase from November 17 through the ticketing platform www.nationalartsfestival.co.za.

The independent on Saturday

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