School of Arts

Jazz Student Performs Songs Based on her Life

UKZN jazz student Ms Josie Matabola performed on stage with her band in Hammarsdale in a concert held in association with Concerts SA, Seaman’s Corner and iSupport Music Business.
Josie Matabola
Josie Matabola

Matabola sang a collection of original and inspirational songs in Tswana and IsiZulu and did covers of some of her favourite artists in a fusion of South African and American jazz.

Her performance blended voice with a rhythm section to create an evocative sound. Most of her songs are about her life and people around her.

‘My composition Mme Lentate is dedicated to my parents and I also performed a song titled Lerato which I composed after the occurrence of xenophobic attacks,’ said Matabola.

Matabola headed up her own band featuring seasoned players Sanele Phakathi on keyboard, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass guitar and Sbu Zondi on drums.

Matabola is a deep-rooted rising jazz vocalist with an alternatively defined sound. She honed her musical talent at MC Art at The South African State Theatre and later moved to the Vusi Mahlasela Music Academy.

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Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins of the United States.


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UKZN jazz lecturer, Mr Sibusiso Mashiloane, who won Best Artiste award at the All Africa Music Awards.

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