The UKZN Jazz Storytellers Ensemble who gave a
performance recently at the Centre for Jazz and
Popular Music.

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music recently hosted the UKZN Jazz Storytellers Ensemble who delivered Traditional African poetry, Indian Rhythms and Free Jazz Improvisation with loads of groove.

The UKZN Storytellers is part of the third year of the VCU/UKZN “Jazz Bridge to Greater Understanding” community engagement project.

The group includes Drummer Mr Jude Ganasen, who describes his musical journey so far as an incredible experience; Guitarist Mr Rogan van de Burg and Bass Player Mr Dalisu Ndlazi, whose musical skills were recognised while he was still in his school band at Umlazi Comtech.

The three recently attended the Grahamstown National Arts Festival to represent UKZN. 

Also in the band are Vocalist Mr Kwena Ramahuta of Lephalale in Limpopo and Pianist Mr Lungelo Ngcobo, who was a member of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band in 2012.

All the members of the ensemble are students in the Jazz programme at UKZN and active in the South African music scene.

UKZN Jazz Storytellers is directed by Mr Burton Naidoo, who said: ‘Every person, culture and event has a story. Storytelling predates writing and is a form of preserving key events. The UKZN Jazz Storytellers Ensemble tells the story of hope, peace and the beauty of diversity in South Africa through the eyes of these young “born frees”.

‘The ensemble portrays the image of living in the beautiful coastal city of Durban. Most of the music comprises original compositions by the students as well as compositions by Bheki Mseleku and Winston Ngozi.’

The VCU team will be in Durban during their Spring Break in March next year, when they will have collaborative concerts with the premiere of four commissioned works.