The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music kicks off their programme for 2013 with a benefit concert for the late UKZN Alumnus Xoli Nkosi on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 at 18:00.
Xoli Nkosi was born on the 20th of August 1975. He passed away on the 10th January 2013 due to a very brief illness diagnosed as Guillain--Barré Syndrome. The proceeds of the concert will be donated to Xoli’s widow and their two children.
Nkosi was a well-respected and skilled pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger whose versatility ensured that he worked in, as well as across many genres. He dedicated most of his life to developing young up and coming artists (especially from his township of Duduza, Nigel) and also working as a sideman and musical director for numerous artists.
In 2004, Xoli Nkosi released his debut album entitled Sangena which was released under the Sheer Sound label. He also recorded and performed with numerous musicians such as Sipho Gumede, Prince Kupi, Siphokazi, Concord Nkabinde, Andy Narell, Khaya Mahlangu, Joyous Celebration, Mama Abigail Kubheka, & many more.
The concert will feature many Durban-based musicians who either played, studied or knew Xoli while he was still a student at UKZN including Dr Brian Thusi, Dr Sazi Dlamini, Neil Gonsalves, Philani Ngidi, Babalwa Mentjies and many more. The concert will take place at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus on Wednesday 13 February 2012 at 18:00.
Entry fee is R35 (Pensioners R20 and students R10). Please contact Thuli on 031 2603385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za for more details