national Arts Festival Banner

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Two great jazz evenings tonight and tomorrow from The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal:

March 4: Raphael Imbert (FRA) and Neil Gonsalves in Concert
March 5: Composer Sihle Zungu’s project: Journeying On Live

Sax player, composer, improvisator, teacher, researcher RaphaĆ«l Imbert (Fra) (March 4) is the Artistic director of Cie Nine Spirit since 1999. He started playing the saxophone at the age of 15 and has gone on to develop his own vision of music and jazz, linked to the specific spirituality of jazz creation. He creates the “Nine Spirits” to play the sacred musics by Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others. He recorded 5 CDs for Zig Zag Territoires Label, including Bach Coltrane, an original work about improvisation, creative music and classical expression.

Journeying On (March 5) is an offering by young, talented composer and lyricist Sihle Zungu, who brought some of Durban’s most talented young and high skilled jazz musicians together to perform his compositions. His music has a basis of jazz, but also reggae and gospel influences. He brings you his unique perspective and experience through love songs, social awareness songs and spiritual songs. On sale will be the Journeying On live album which was recorded in 2013 at the Grahamstown Arts Festival and The Jazzy Rainbow. The band consists of Ndu Shezi (lead vocal), Lindelwe Ngonelo (piano), Mxolisi Mdlalose (sax), Sidney Rash (drums) and Ildo Nandja (bass)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) is at Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Doors open at 17h30 and music starts at 18h00. Entry fee is R40 (R20 pensioners and R15 students). For more details contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email