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Tuesday, February 12, 2013


(Xoli Nkosi)
The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal kicks off its programme for 2013 with a benefit concert for the late UKZN Alumnus Xoli Nkosi on February 13.

Xoli Nkosi was born on August 20, 1975. He passed away on January 10, 2013, due to a very brief illness diagnosed as Guillain-BarrĂ© Syndrome. The proceeds of the concert will be donated to Xoli’s widow and their two children.

Nkosi was a well-respected and skilled pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger whose versatility ensured that he worked in, as well as across, many genres. He dedicated most of his life to developing young up and coming artists (especially from his township of Duduza, Nigel) and also working as a sideman and musical director for numerous artists.

In 2004, Xoli Nkosi released his debut album entitled Sangena which was released under the Sheer Sound label. He also recorded and performed with numerous musicians such as Sipho Gumede, Prince Kupi, Siphokazi, Concord Nkabinde, Andy Narell, Khaya Mahlangu, Joyous Celebration, Mama Abigail Kubheka, and many more.

The concert will feature many Durban-based musicians who either played, studied or knew Xoli while he was still a student at UKZN including Dr Brian Thusi, Dr Sazi Dlamini, Neil Gonsalves, Philani Ngidi, Babalwa Mentjies and many more.

The concert will take place at 18h00 on February 13 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Entry fee R35 (R20 pensioners/R10 students). A cash bar will be available. Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email for more details