The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presents Xolisa Dlamini on Wednesday 18 May 2022 at 18:00.


Xolisa’s passion for music has manifested in her quest to impart a piece of her passion in people’s hearts when she performs. Dlamini has performed at many high-profile events, to critical acclaim, and was a highlight at the Sista’s Healing Our Soul in Cape Town. She also performed in Scotland for the 2014 Common Wealth games with Philani Ngidi, Hugh Masekela, Mahotela Queens and Micasa and in the inauguration of President Thabo Mbeki.


She has also recorded and performed with Busi Mhlongo, Serio Diaz from Brazil, Elie Kihonia from the Republic of Congo as a backing vocalist and Hanse Genzo from Australia. Dlamini released her second album “Afro Blue” in June 2010 which includes hits like “Vuma” and “Ndim Ndedwa”. More recently , she released her 3rd Album Fireborn.


A SAMA award nominee for her first album Times which was nominated in two categories for the best female composer and best contemporary album.  She is also a Metro award nominee for her album Afro Blue for the best contemporary jazz album. She is inspired by the music of Busi Mhlongo, Dianne Reeves, Bheki Mseleku, Chaka Khan, Feya Faku, Demi Fernandez, Susan Barry, Miles Davies, Sibongile Khumalo, Miriam Makeba, and many more. Dlamini completed her Bachelor of Practical Music (B-Prac) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is due to graduate this year (2018).



Gig listing:


Xolisa Dlamini

UKZN, Centre for Jazz and Popular Music Wednesday 18 May 2022 18:00.

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Howard College Campus, Dennis Shepstone Building, level 2

Doors open: 17:30

Show starts: 18:00

Tickets: R100, pensioner tickets are R70 and student tickets are R40

Booking is essential:



Xolisa Dlamini (vocals)

Bheki Khoza (guitar)

Lwazi Mlotshwa (bass)

Sibusiso ‘Mash’ Mashiloane (piano)

Sbusiso Zondi (drums)


Please note that The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is practicing social distancing, hand sanitizing and the policy of ‘’no mask, no entry’ in accordance with government regulations. Consequently, we can accommodate 90 people in the venue only, and patrons are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment

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