The Centre for Jazz and
Popular Music in association with Agetv presents Beneath the Mask, featuring
seasoned and up-coming musicians. On Wednesday 8 June 2022 at 18:00 featuring Kgethi
Nkotsi on Agetv and Centre for Jazz and Popular Music Facebook pages.
Kgethi Nkotsi is South African
Trombone player based in Tembisa, Johannesburg. He started playing the Trombone
at the age of 16. He first started playing the Trombone at the Moses Taiwa
Molelekwa Arts Foundation under the guidance of Jerry Molelekwa, the father of
the late Moses Molelekwa. A year after he started playing the Trombone he was
awarded with the opportunity to go to Makhanda for the Standard Bank Youth Jazz
Festival where he would be part of several workshops. Consequently, he moved to
Durban in 2016 to pursue his music career and study music at University of
Kwazulu-Natal. He has been exposed to a lot of musicians that he has looked up
to, and has been fortunate to have played with them and jammed with them too.
The likes of Salim Washington, Andlile Yenana, Khaya Mahlangu, Billy Harpe,
Steffon Harris, Leon Scharnick and many more. He has shared a stage with the
legendary Trombone player Steve Turre.
Kgethi Nkotsi has a debut project
called Maswitsi consisting of his original compositions. Maswitsi a colloquial
name for sweets. Kgethi Nkotsi’s music concentrates on the township lifestyle,
township childhood games, humour, children, colours and sweets. He tells a
story through titles of each song and structure of each composition.