Wednesday, 07 September 2011 17:30: The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music presents Cape Town vocalist, Sandile Gontsana.

Gontsana was born in Gugulethu Township and his uncle is the late great South African jazz drummer and UKZN alumnus, Lulu Gontsana. Sandile has completed both undergraduate and postgraduate study in jazz voice(cum laude) at the University of Cape Town and was a member of the legendary UCT Big Band and vocal ensemble during his time there. He performs with his own band in Cape Town, the Sandile Gontsana band and has performed in Europe as part of a Motown tribute show.

Gontsana underwent a gruelling audition to emerge as the chosen vocalist for this years’ edition of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, which has been working under the tutelage of prolific tenor saxophonist, McCoy Mrubata. It is the second time in a row that Sandile has achieved this and the band has just returned from two extremely successful performances at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival in Johannesburg.

The Durban gig is titled “Sandile Gontsana sings Jazz” and he will be collaborating with local pianist and UKZN alumnus Shemual Mahabeer (Piano/Keyboard), current UKZN music student Ildo Nandja (Bass), and Dillan Kanny( Drums).


DATE               :     Wednesday, 07 September  2011

TIME                :     17h30 (Doors opens at 17h00)

TICKETS         :     R30, (Pensioners R20) (Students R10)

VENUE            :    Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone.

TEL.                 :    031 260 3385

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Friday, 9th September, 2011

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music presents  JIKA NELANGA.

This band is special in that it was a spontaneous coming together of musicians who upon meeting at the Digital Cupboard recording studios sensed the amazing fresh potential of the line up and laid down a few tracks. They were so taken by what they achieved that it was decided to record a complete album showcasing their collaborative talents. Fascinating is the fact that each of the members had come down a different musical road resulting in this refreshing collaboration welded together by their common feeling for the rich heritage of African music as a world music..

The members are:

Steve Newman (guitars) of the legendary Tananas, Aquarian Quartet and Mondetta is one of SA’s most expressive acoustic guitarists with an uncanny ability to conjure up fresh percussive beats with matching baselines and catchy melodies.

Lu Dlamini (vocals and acoustic guitar).  This unique and beautiful textural singer musician comes from a deeply musical family which had her exposed to and participating with her brother, Sphelele, Njeza and Sazi,  she has done backing vocalist and/or session musician for artists like Jonas Gwangwa,  Sipho Hotstix Mabuse. She has toured extensively both locally and internationally with some of these artists.

Greg Georgiades ( oud,) and occasionally electric string instruments. His collaborations, sessions and music projects have included McCoy Mrubata, Miriam Makeba, Steve Newman, and Simphiwe Dana.

Zamo Mbutho ( vocals). He hails from Durban’s Kwamashu township and his amazing voice can be heard on many albums, amongst them the legendary Victor Ntoni  both on TV and on the Carling Circle of Jazz tour. He also spent years working with artists like Brenda Fassie, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, and toured extensively internationally over 14 years with Mama Africa Miriam Makeba. His beautiful vocal arrangements have a way of lifting a song to new heights .

Ashish Joshi  (tabla, darbuka, zarb, bongos, and other percussion) Ashish is classically trained in the Indian music tradition but has maintained an open ear to the many percussion sounds of music styles and cultures round the world. As a result he has a style that never fails to entrance and bedazzle. He has played on many albums including Strings&Skins, Passages in Time, IN THE CLOUDS, The Aquarian Quartet ‘World In a Guitar’, Prime Circle, Not My Dog ‘Braai Vibes’, VIVID AFRIKA and The Sur Bandits amongst others.. He has toured extensively with Greg Georgiades for the last 13 years as well as with Neo Muyanga, and has played live shows with Johnny Clegg, Madala Kunene, Not My Dog, McCoy Mrubata, Kesivan Naidoo, Ernest Mothle ,and Steve Newman amongst others

Godfrey Mgcina (percussionist/drums ) is one of South Africa’s most sought after percussionist/drummers. Mgcina is  big on feel with huge sensitivity and drive, Godfrey began his career with Moses Ngwenya of the legendary Soul Brothers. His credits include playing drums on Clarence Carters LIVE IN JOHANNESBURG album as well as Shirley Brown of Woman to Woman fame.


DATE                :     Friday, 09 September  2011

TIME                 :     17h30 (Doors opens at 17h00)

TICKETS          :     R50, (Pensioners + Students R20)

VENUE             :    Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone.

TEL.                  :    031 260 3385

Email                :


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