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Sunday, December 16, 2012


(Zarcia Zacheus)

The fourth edition of the ever-popular Carols Go Jazz festive season concert will take place at Howard College Theatre on December 19 and 20 with celebrated award-winning singers Zarcia Zacheus and Sandile Gontsana.

Carols Go Jazz is a fusion of jazz music and timeless Christmas Carol classics with a jazz swing,” says producer Mahlasela Nhlengetwa.

Carols Go Jazz began in 2009 and was staged over three nights with Thulile Zama of the all-girl band Heels Over Head. The following year brought a national tour around South Africa which included Howard College in Durban, Broadway Theatre in Cape Town and The State Theatre in Tswane, with performances from award-winning Melanie Scholtz, world-acclaimed pianist Sylvester Mazinyaye and Zarcia Zacheus.

Zarcia returns to Durban for this year’s Carol Go Jazz to team up with the smooth jazz singer Sandile Gontsana with the five-piece local band Unlocked Keys in what promises to be an evening to be remembered.

Zarcia began her music career in church at the age of nine and has performed and recorded alongside Joyous Celebration, Patrick Duncan, Feya Faku and many more South African music icons. Her blend of Gospel, Jazz and African elements is soulful and fresh, making her performances an exhilarating experience.

Sandile Gontsana, whose mellow and ardent voice is hauntingly emotive, was born in Gugulethu, Cape Town. He is the nephew of the late great drummer Lulu Gontsana and started singing at the age of 13. He enrolled into the Cape Town School of Music in 2004, studying African Music under the world renowned musician and multi-Instrumental Dizu Platjies and singer Lungiswa Platjies. Sandile Gontsana’s music has taken him to Spain in 2008 and he also toured South Africa as the lead singer of the Standard Bank National Youth Band.

Carols Go Jazz takes place on December 19 and 20 at 19h00 in Howard College Theatre, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Tickets R120 booked at Computicket or Shoprite Checkers or purchased at the door on the night. Light refreshments will be on sale. For more information email: