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Soweto-born novelist Mr Niq Mhlongo has completed a stint as the first Artist-in-Residency at UKZN’s School of Arts.
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Closer to Home by UKZN Jazz lecturer Mr Sibusiso Mashiloane has been nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA) in the category Best Jazz Album.
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The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music in the School of Arts has celebrated Jazz Appreciation Month with a series of school visits to increase the awareness of jazz.
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Fine Arts student Ms Georgina Calder recently held an exhibition, titled Arranging Retrieved Memories at the Jack Heath Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. Calder’s work is shaped around her memories of her childhood in the city. She uses the weaver’s nest to serve as a metaphor for her memories.
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Dr Lolie Makhubu-Badenhorst of the African Languages and Linguistics Cluster in the School of Arts is the head of the recently established KwaZulu-Natal Chapter of the South African Translators' Institute (SATI).
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Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize and academics Professors Ernest Khalema, Maheshvari Naidu, Nobuhle Hlongwa and Nogwaja Zulu recently met with Dr Saleem Badat of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation to discuss their research projects that were made possible through funding from the Foundation.
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Mr Eloff Pretorius received a Master of Fine Arts for his innovations in non-toxic materials for intaglio etching. His ground-breaking research found that metal salt etchants are a safe alternative to strong acid etchants. It also proposed that cleaning solvents be replaced by vegetable oil, and that acrylic mediums be used instead of rosin dust and bitumen.
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Ms Hazel Ncube, daughter of MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mrs Nomusa Dube-Ncube, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree.
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Up-and-coming Hip Hop artist Mr Bongani Ndimande graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree. He is passionate about music, having started his musical journey three years ago.
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Lead singer of the highly acclaimed Heels over Head band and UKZN staff member Ms Thulile Zama was awarded her Honours degree in Social Sciences.
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Dance and Performance Studies lecturer and founder of the Flatfoot Dance Company, Dr Lliane Loots, graduated with a PhD for her research titled, Choreographies of Identity, Self and the ‘African’ Dancing Body in Negotiating Contemporary Dancing Histories and Practices in KwaZulu-Natal Post 1994: A Case Study of Flatfoot Dance Company.
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Music lecturer and renowned pianist Dr Andrew Warburton graduated with his PhD in Music for his thesis on Towards a personal interpretation of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in E, Op.109.
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Mr Thando Masiko was awarded an Honours in Media and Cultural Studies. His dissertation recorded the inspiring stories and testimonies of individuals who pursue their passion.
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Mr Andrew Bevis graduated with his Masters degree in Linguistics. His research falls within the field of theoretical linguistics, specifically syntax, which deals with the structure of language.
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Bachelor of Arts Honours graduate Ms Germaine Cecil conducted a study on print media’s effect on in-store Point of Sale Materials. As someone who works in print media, she is of the view that ‘there will always be a space for print media even though a lot of the world is moving digital (in advertising).’
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Known by many for his way with words and his creative clothes and hairstyles, Mr Yanga Sibembe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He was headhunted by the Daily Maverick to join their team as an intern and says that this has been an exciting experience.
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Mr Siphamandla Ngcobo, who graduated with an Honours degree in Applied Ethnomusicology, is making his mark as an ethnographic film maker. The title of the film he produced as part of his Honours research is “Passing on the Baton: Investigating the contributions of Brother Clement Sithole in the development of the Zulu Umakhweyane Bow.”
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Renowned musician Professor Darius Brubeck who founded the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music 30 years ago will be at the 31st annual UKZN Jazz Jol on Saturday, April 6.
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UKZN Music lecturer Demi Fernandez performed alongside his wife Linda Vargas and son Ramon at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music for one show only on Saturday, 23 March.
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The Centre for Visual Art (CVA) at UKZN held its Works in Progress exhibit at the Jack Heath Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, featuring works by masters and doctoral students with an emphasis on the creative progress made thus far in the academic year.
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East Coast Radio’s Darren Maule will headline the ninth edition of KZN’s premier evening entertainment series Jokes & Jazz on March 26 at the UKZN Centre for Jazz and Popular Music.
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