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Monday, August 11, 2014


Vocalist and percussionist, Princess Dube, vocalist and rhythmic guitarist, Morgan Mchunu, vocalist and lead guitarist, Manuel Masinga, bass guitarist, Magiza Shange and drummer, Thabani Luthuli all form a central part of Durban based Afro Jazz band, Zisamo.

Zisamo, translated from Xhosa, meaning 'bring some more'. The band members stem from bordering countries South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and have come together to collaborate their musical talents and bring African people together through their music.

The band was formed in 2013 in Clermont, a small Durban township, with only three members, Morgan, Thabani and Princess who would meet at a local kiosk, writing, practising and planning performances due to limited rehearsal space. A short while after the band was formed, they were soon joined by the other two members, Manuel and Magiza. "Getting gigs was tough but we stuck together through the hard times because of our shared vision," they added.

The band can already celebrate successes with them having won the best Afro Jazz category at the uShaka Marine World's Search for the Stars 2013, and have since performed at various places in and around Durban.

Zisamo describes their genre as versatile, ranging from Latino, Brazilian jazz, Spanish, Blues, Afro soul, Afro pop, Afro jazz and also Mbira music. The band added, "We don't stick to any particular genre of music as we would like to perform to a wider audience and continue to try and unite our continent. 

Catch Zisamo at Wahooz on the uShaka Marine World promenade every Sunday between 12 noon and 16h00, which is free to the public.