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Wednesday, October 1, 2014


The Centre for Jazz and Popular welcomes back Durban’s best reggae band - The Meditators Band – this evening (Wednesday October 1).

The Meditators band was founded in 1991 and has established itself as one of the hardest working and most popular bands in Durban.

Under the exceptional leadership of Sandile ‘Shante’ Bekwa, the Meditators provide quality reggae music ranging from Bob Marley to Peter Tosh, Lucky Dube, UB40, Jimmy Cliff,  Ras Dawit Menelik Tafari as well as an extensive repertoire of original tracks from their four albums. Tacklin’ Beast by the Horns (1991), Break Down Chains (1999), Jah Kingdom (2009) and Special Request (2011).

The full time members of the band are Ras ‘Barret’ Thabani Hlela (bass guitar) Ras Sfiso Mpanza (keyboards/vocals); Ras ‘Bunny ’Nathi Mkhize(drums); Ras Dan Msomi (guitar/vocals); Simphiwe Mthembu (trombone/percussion/vocals); Albert Chemane from Mozambique (percussion) and Ras Sandile ‘Shante’ Bekwa (lead vocals/lead guitar/songwriter).

The band performs at uShaka Marine World at Moyo Restaurant every Sunday, as well as regularly at Cool Runnings in Durban.

Catch the Meditators tonight at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30) at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) Level 2, Shepstone Building on the UKZN Howard College Campus. Entry fee R40 (R20 pensioners and R15 students). Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email