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Tuesday, October 8, 2013


(Tlale Makhene)

One of South Africa’s most remarkable drumming talents, Tlale Makhene has been in the music business for about 20 years. Highly regarded by musicians and musical fans alike, he has been featured in more than 300 jazz and world music albums and is a much sought-after indigenous music teacher, session musician and performer.

He will appear at UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and the KZNSA Gallery this week with his band which comprises Bongani Sokhela on bass guitar, Paki Peloeole on drums and Sibu Mashiloane on keys. The performances are supported by Concerts SA and SAMRO Foundation.

Gentle, focused and extremely wise for his years, he renders his listeners calm with his confident, soft-spoken voice. One of the finest jazz album releases around, one can sense his strength of a character through the music. With many Latino influences, beautiful piano pieces and soothing African vocals, the album is a far cry from simply a drumming album – it is a celebration of musical styles. A fusion of raw talent and honed skills, blending with the traditional elements that make these songs some of the best loved around.

His spiritual album, The Ascension of the Enlightened, is a sincere offering from a truly enlightened man. Born in Soweto, Tlale moved to Swaziland at a young age and began drumming at the age of four. Tlale Makhene has indeed been blessed. As a debut album, the quality and sophistication of the Ascension of The Enlightened is ageless and will be loved by many generations to come. The album was nominated and won the MTN SAMA award for Best contemporary Album. He was contending this category with established artists such as Hugh Masekela, Paul Hanmer, Water + Lights and Themba Mkhize.

“My ancestors remain close by to guide and protect me as long as I honour them and respect people” he says simply.

Makhene will perform on October 9 at the UKZN Centre for Jazz & Popular Music. Tickets R35 (R20 pensioners and R10 UKZN Students)

He will also appear on October 11 at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood at 18h00. Tickets R60 booked through 031 201 9969.