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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


(Andile Yenana)

Andile Yenana, the featured pianist in the next KZNSA Playdate on February 28, was selected as the 2005 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz.

He made an indelible mark switching from teaching to studying jazz and produced and worked with many South African as well as international artists!

Born in 1968 in King Williamstown, Yenana’s love for music was triggered at an early age, growing up in a household where music was really loved. His dad Felix Thamsanqa Yenana, had an extensive collection of music, ranging from jazz to Motown, all the forms of urban black music and this had a huge influence in the young musician’s life.

Yenana obtained a teaching diploma from the University of Fort Hare before taking up music studies under Darius Brubeck at the University of Natal's School of Jazz and Popular Music. It was here that he became friends with the late saxophonist Zim Ngqawana and trumpeter Feya Faku.

He joined Zim Ngqawana's quartet and worked with Ngqawana on all five of his album's including San Song recorded with Bjorn Ole Solburg and his Norwegian San Ensemble.

He worked on the pan-African music project Mahube with saxophonist Steve Dyer and others. He has also worked as arranger for Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman and Suthukazi Arosi.

Yenana will appear in the KZNSA’s Playdate programme at the KZNSA Gallery on February 28 from 19h00.

(NB: Andile Yenana will also perform at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on March 1 from 14h00 and at the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown on March 2 from 13h00.)