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Saturday, June 4, 2011


On June 8, The Centre for Jazz & Popular Music at UKZN presents Marcus Wyatt, a native of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, who has been blowing his horn since 1983. He is part of a new generation of South African musicians - moving forward, respectful of the past without being afraid of twisting boundaries. He has performed and collaborated with numerous musicians on four continents, from Miriam Makeba, Manu Dibango and Abdullah Ibrahim to Carlo Mombelli, Courtney Pine and the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra.

Marcus' new quartet album ZAR is testament to all this experience, with a seamless blend of tradition and progressive thinking, uplifting and poignant melodies, and inspired playing by some of South Africa's most innovative talent. Afrika Mkhize's powerful piano voice was added to the trio of Marcus, UKZN student Prince Bulo (bass) and Justin Badenhorst (drums). The quartet shared some amazing performances around the globe in 2010, including South America, France and here at home.

ZAR is Marcus' 4th solo album release, and together with his Language 12 - live @ House of Nsako DVD, and the acclaimed quintet Voice, he has accumulated a host of SAMA and Metro Award nominations.

The performance takes place on June 8 at 17h30 (Doors opens at 17h00) at the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music, UKZN. Tickets R30 (R10 students). More information on 031 260 3385 or email: