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Mandela Centenary concert at UKZN Jazz Centre

Performing at the Mandela Day concert is Michi Stulz.
Performing at the Mandela Day concert is Andile Yenana.
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UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presents a double bill gig with Andile Yenana Sextet: Umnqgonqgo Wabantu and UKZN lecturer Mr Burton Naidoo in Celebration of the Mandela Centenary on Wednesday 18 July 2018 at 18:00.

Mr Andile Yenana’s presents his latest compositions recorded during his Swiss residency in 2017. His music is notable for its evocative, soulful power and the sensitivity of his touch and ensemble playing. The project features arrangements of traditional Xhosa initiation songs worked into jazz-inspired sensibilities and pulses, all the while celebrating free and boundless improvisation.

‘Our Song’ is inspired by the life and character of Nelson Mandela. Pianist, composer and arranger, Mr Burton Naidoo has transcribed some of Mandela’s most iconic speeches. ‘The words are pitch classed and harmonized in the effort to create a musical backdrop to these iconic pieces,’ he said.

Naidoo has also written new compositions to compliment the performance. Written for piano solo, the audience can expect speeches from the Rivonia Trial, Praise Singing from Sthembile Mlangeni and Zolani Mkhiva at the Inauguration as well as Mr FW de Klerk’s announcement to free Nelson Mandela at Parliament.

The concert will also feature Marcus Wyatt: trumpet and flugelhorn, Linda Sikhakhane: tenor, Siyasanga Charles: trombone, Andile Yenana: piano, Ariel Zamonsky: bass, and Michi Stulz from Seitzerland on drum.

The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM) is located at Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.

R80 for general admission // R50 pensioners // R25 for students. For enquiries and ticket purchase, Contact Thuli on 031 2603385 or email for more details.

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