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Saturday, September 1, 2012


A concert taking place this evening at the BAT Centre celebrates Spring Day and also launches the 2012 Heritage Month.

Iziqhaza is a young, dynamic and energetic duo specialising in the Afro Jazz genre conceptualized in year 2009. Khanyisa Mbuthu and Mbongeni Mavusa started off with strictly acappella songs and have grown to include an eight-member band that uses both traditional and contemporary musical instruments.

IziQhaza present inspiringly fresh and unique African music, self-composed, with inspiration from the likes of Tu Nokwe, Siphokazi, Simphiwe Dana, the late Busi Mhlongo,etc. IziQhaza has three years of experience in the music industry. Despite the fact that the duo has not released an album yet, it has worked hard make in impact in KZN and beyond. Currently, the bands one of the finalists is the 2012 SA Has Got Talent SABC programme.

“Our music is unique and reminds one of what it means to be an African”, says the band who recently performed in a Woman’s Month civil reception event that hosted Mbaleka Mbethe in Durban as well as in a Woman’s Day Concert at the BAT Centre. They have attracted major crowds in both Newcastle and Pietermaritzburg where they have held their own shows. They are in the process of releasing their new album.

Featured poets for the day are Lara, Khumbulani, Lyrical Voices, Goo Da Poet and Microphone Mthembu.

The concert takes place this evening (September 01) at 18h00 in the Sipho Gumede Hall at the BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place in the Small Craft Harbour in Durban. Tickets R70 at the door. More information from the BAT Centre on 031 332 0451/ 0402.