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Friday, October 19, 2012


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will present Dichotomy 3, the final gig of the 2012 programme.

This ensemble is led by award winning Durban vocalist, Natalie Rungan who has a musician grandfather and a father who was a drummer in a popular Durban dance band in the 70’s. This songbird holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance, Composition and Arranging. Her music has seen her travel all around the world.

Rungan has two albums, Love is … released in 2008 in which she collaborated with SAMA award-winner, Ernie Smith, and the latest Natalie - this is me.

On Natalie-This is me, she has brought together an array of talented musicians, including a live string section. The two collaborations on this album that have been most rewarding for her are world-renowned American saxophonist Gerald Albright and South African Kwaito star, Mandoza. “My music expresses my thoughts and ideas about the many truths and faces of what I believe love and life to be. I wanted people to see me through the windows of my songs,” says Rungan.

Albright says: "Natalie Rungan is a dynamic vocalist, writer, and recording artist. It was a pleasure to be a part of her new project. Her talents soar in eloquent fashion throughout the project and it would be an honour to continue to work with her in the near future.”

The Dichotomy 3 line up is Bruce Baker (drums), Neil Gonsalves (piano), Demi Fernandez (guitar) and Manesh Ramjathan (santoor).

The concert takes place at the Centre for Jazz at UKZN on October 24 at 18h00.