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Saturday, February 23, 2013


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present Metro FM award “best contemporary jazz album (2013)” nominee Mbuso Khoza on February 27.

Eshowe born Khoza has been making waves in the music industry since the release early in 2012 of his debut album Zilindile which means “the nations are waiting”. The album was produced by iconic jazz pianist and composer Themba Mkhize of Mkhize’s Mavovo Music in conjunction with the KZN Music House which funded the project. Mkhize had featured Mbuso Khoza on two tracks on his album Hands On in 2006.

Khoza is a vocalist and songwriter with a rich and unique sound. This sound was developed by him uncovering different types of musical styles. He lists Salief Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Jabu Khanyile, and Sibongile Khumalo as some of his musical influences.

His fine vocal skills have seen Khoza working as a backing vocalist for some of South Africa’s most sought after musicians, including Thandiswa Mazwai, Siphokazi and Sibongile Khumalo. He has performed at stages across the world including France, Portugal, Switzerland, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Mali and Senegal.

Mbuso Khoza will be joined by Jimmy Chonco (guitar), Paki Peloeole (drums), Ildo Nandja (bass) and Sibusiso Mashiloane (piano). The album Zilindile will be on sale. With Nduduzo Makhathini as the music director, the album is a delicate mix of deep traditional Zulu music infused with jazz elements.

Mbuso Khoza’s performance takes place on February 27 at 18h00 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Entry R35 (R20 pensioners/R10 students) There is a cash bar available. More information from Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email