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Sunday, August 21, 2011


The Centre for Jazz & Popular Music (UKZN) presents Jaspar Lepak (vocals and guitar) on August 24.

Jaspar Lepak is a folk/country songstress from Minnesota whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. Playful, intimate, heartfelt, and intense, her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability as well as an art for storytelling, while her clear, strong voice penetrates the heart. Since 2003, she has performed for live audiences across the American Midwest, but in 2009, she moved to Durban. Now, surrounded by the overwhelming beauty of an African landscape, this American is on a quest to discover new sounds and audiences.

Joined by Kale Lepak (her husband) on accordion, Bryan Eaton on banjo and Richard Haslop on dobro and mandolin, this clever nightingale’s boot-tapping, soul-stirring, acoustic-guitar-driven musings promises to draw your heart out onto your sleeve and make you want to keep it there.

She has self-published a number of discs including Songs for Charlie (2004), Billboard in This Faint Little Light (2005), Good Morning! Sunshine (2006), Make a Pretty Thing (2008), and Send Me Home (2010),

She will perform at 17h30 on August 24 (doors opens at 17h00) at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building. Tickets R30 (R20 pensioners/R10 students). More information on 031 260 3385 or email: