Ticket delivery: the jazz show ends with a dynamic duo

The third and final performance in the Words & Music concert series takes place this week at the Center for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a duo, N’den will take the stage on November 17.

N’den is a musical duo made up of singer Thulile Zama and pianist David Smith. The duo met in the early 2000s while studying music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The duo began by performing at various restaurants and corporate events.

Speaking to the Berea Mail, Zama said N’den’s upcoming show features two never-before-played songs as well as audience favorites. N’den will perform original songs featuring music reflecting the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Instead of feeling the negativity during the lockdown period, we used the time in a positive way and wrote a lot of new music. We are working on releasing a new album in the next few months, ”Zama said.

Their single, Coffee in the Morning, was released on April 9 on all digital platforms. The single will be part of their next album.

Nden’s music is based on several genres. “Our music is rooted in jazz, but it is influenced by other genres such as RnB and neo-soul. Our music is very relatable. It’s almost like a bridge between pop and jazz. Our influences include George Duke and Jill Scott, ”Zama explained.

Zama, who is distinguished by her dazzling voice, is the lead singer of the successful all-female contemporary jazz group, Heels Over Head (SAMA Top Nominees for Contemporary Jazz – 2011 and 2010 Yamaha Young Artist Laureates). Her talents have taken her to Hamburg and Berlin in Germany and New Orleans in the United States.

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Smith has always had an unquestionable passion for music and was a member of the successful jazz / hip-hop group Big Idea, which made waves across the country.

While N’den typically performs as a duo, their next show will feature bassist Freeman Gumede and drummer Lesedi ‘T-luminous’ Tlholoe. “This is the second time that we have played with a full group. We received funding from Concerts SA and this allowed us to hire other musicians, ”Zama said.

Words & Music concerts are supported by the Digital Mobility Fund of Concerts SA. Concerts SA is a live music project that has reached over 12,000 artists and 900 venues across southern Africa. The Digital Mobility Fund has its roots in the Music Mobility Fund of Concerts SA.

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