The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music in conjunction with iSupport Creative Business have taken the initiative to marshal their resources by presenting a weekly concert featuring 3 artists that will present a 20-minute set each. The third edition of the new online concert series will take place on Wednesday 22 April and features a diverse line-up featuring Musa Mashiane, McCoy Mrubata and Nosihe Zulu.

To watch the concert there is a minimum charge and once sending the Proof of Payment the audience will receive a link to the concert. The full contribution of the audience will go straight to the artists in an effort to support and sustain South Africa’s beloved musicians through this testing time.

The Artists

One of South Africa’s favorite saxophone players McCoy Mrubata presents you with unique material from his performance at The Chairman in Durban that took place in May 2019. It is a vibrant performance with repertoire consisting of old favorites and new songs. Besides the South African influences, Mrubata’s new material is full of songs with beats and rhythms from North- and West Africa. 

Born in Witbank Mpumalanga the same town and province that gave birth to the great Hugh Masekela , it is not surprising that Musa Mashiane is following footsteps and soon winning hearts of many music lovers with his phenomenal vocal renditions that portrays both talent and great vocal technical abilities. At only 33, this young ndebele boy’s music oozes with maturity and sophistication. He is the voice that blends influences of African music , abstract African , funk and world. He pulls his inspiration from international singers like Victor Ntoni, Lokua Kanza Gerald Toto , Oumou Sangare , Steve Wonder and Bobby McFerrin but delivers it in a truly original African signature .

Nosihe brings a mix of video’s from different performances featuring some of her older works, but also brand new compositions that are featuring in her recently released raw footage experimental MIXTAPE. The vocalist has organically grown in her artistic expressions to be an eclectic soulful power force, solidly centred in her environment to interpret and translate through songs and its imagery. Some may liken Nosihe’s bold deposition in imaging to avant-garde styling of Grace Jones combined with the modern-day haunting melodies of Laura Mvula. One can describe her sound as soulful and emotive, her songs are flamboyant and filled with her vibrant persona. She is drawing from classical, jazz and gospel tapestry of rhythms. This artist is known for always looking for collaborations with other artforms, such as fashion, photography and design.

 

Background

Like many other performance spaces in the world, the Centre for Jazz and Popular and iSupport Creative Business had to suspend their weekly concerts due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the measures put in place to contain the virus. One of the consequences of the social distancing measures in place is that it effectively paralyzes the entertainment industry, both locally and abroad. Artists and various players in the sector are looking to technology and social media, which is remote in its very nature as a potential stop gap measure that could offer practitioners some financial recourse in the face of months of work that evaporated in a matter of days.

Submissions

Musicians can submit a video that is created especially for the concert, which is likely to be a solo performance or very small ensemble in this period of social distance. You can also submit previously recorded videos that are not widely available on the internet, and are part of your personal archive.

Tickets

Make your weekly payment to:

iSupport Music Business
FNB
62276064137
Reference: your email address

Send your POP to: zamat1@ukzn.ac.za and you will receive the link before 18h00 on Wednesday.

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