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Wednesday, March 13, 2013


The Centre for Jazz & Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will present The New Sounds, a Durban-based six-piece band comprising young, vibrant and talented musicians, on March 13.

The New Sounds was founded in 2011 in their quest to introduce a “new sound” to the Jazz scene. Their music is made up of original compositions by the band members. It contains elements of modern jazz sound interacting with traditional mainstream jazz sounds.

The band consists of Linda Sikhakhane (saxophone), Sbu Mkhize (trumpet), Senzo Mzimela (trombone), Lungelo Ngcobo (piano), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums) and Dalisu Dlanzi on bass. The individuals have been featured in - and continue to play with - various ensembles where they have travelled extensively and have gained vast experience.

Sikhakhane, Ngcobo and Mazibuko trained at UKZN and are also a part of The UKZN Jazz Legacy ensemble that is participating in an exchange programme with Virginia Commonwealth University (2012/2013). Mkhize’s highlights include being selected for the Standard Bank Youth Jazz Band which was led by Paul Halmer (2012). Mzimela is currently in a show that airs on SABC2 Gospel Classics. He has played with Joyous Celebration, The Soil, Siphokazi, and many more. Dlanzi is a promising and talented young bassist. He was selected in the National School’s Big Band at Grahamstown Nation Arts Festival In 2012. He is currently doing matric at Comtech high School.

The New Sounds concert will take place on March 13 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). A cash bar will be available. More information from Programme Administrator, Thulile Zama, on 031 260 3385 or email for more details