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Monday, March 31, 2014


(Lindiwe Maxolo)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present SAMA19 Best Jazz Album nominee, Lindiwe Maxolo, at UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on April 2.

Lindiwe “Bongiwe” Maxolo has dabbled in afro-jazz, pop and gospel music but it is jazz and gospel that have stolen her heart. Vocally she’s been described as “a cross between Tania Maria and Oumou Sangare, with Busi Mhlongo’s sensibilities – pitchy and infused with the confidence of someone who’s comfortable with fronting a high-brow jazz trio”.

Maxolo holds a Cum Laude Honours Degree in Jazz Music, from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her musical highlights include winning the 2002 Afro Vocal Category in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition, opening for the legendary Lee Ritemour, working with Sibongile Khumalo and Themba Mkhize on their project called Soul ‘n Turf; performing with the UCT Big Band; and also performed with, and alongside some of South African jazz personalities - namely, saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, trumpeter Feya Faku and pianist Andile Yenana.

Lindiwe Maxolo co-founded Jo’burg’s finest jazz band Chilli&Lime. Internationally she’s graced many stages. Maxolo’s debut album TIME is a 13-track jazzy, soulful, and lyrical album. It incorporates acoustic sounds and at its core it infuses traditional jazz with influences of African jazz. It will be on sale on the night.

She will be joined by Thembinkosi Mavimbela (double bass), Sthe Bhengu( trumpet), Lungile Kunene (drums), Jacob Thomo (piano)

The performance will take place on April 2 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music. Doors open at 17h30 and music starts at 18h00. Entry R40 (R20 pensioners and R15 students).

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) is at Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. For more information contact Jazz Centre Co-ordinator Thulile Zama on 031 260 3385 or email