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Monday, October 6, 2014


The Centre for Jazz and Popular will present uSazi neSkokiana on October 8.

The band is led by Dr Sazi Dlamini who is a Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Arts (Music). Skokiana was founded by fellow music students in 1991. The vision was to explore the music's potential to validate the depth and diversity of our shared socialisation into music and hopefully sustain the integrity of black South African cultural practices in music.

Dr Dlamini has composed and recorded more than fifty original pieces of music, employing self-made, indigenous Nguni and other African musical instruments. In 2008, he was commissioned by SAMRO’s Endowment for National Arts (SENA) to compose Inkwishi. This 32 minutes work for jazz big band in the maskandi style premiered at the 2009 International Council for Traditional Music.

His collaborations include Yinkosi Yeziziba and a string quartet Jiwe (with Jurgen Brauninger), Destiny (with Ndikho Xaba and Madala Kunene) and Technodiaspora: An Internet Master Class Performance (with George E Lewis, Douglas Ewart, J D Parran, Ndikho Xaba and Madala Kunene).

Skokiana will be performing some of the material that was recorded by a quintet version of Skokiana in a 10 track album released 2011. Some of the songs to look forward to are Hoedown, Iqhude, Ummemezi, Lento and other jazz-influenced repertoire composed and arranged by Sazi Dlamini.

uSazi neSkokiana will feature Sazi Dlamini (guitar), Dalisu Ndlazi (bass), Sthembiso Ntuli (saxophone), and Paki Peloeole (Drums) with Mandla Zikalala on bass.

The performance will take place at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) Level 2, Shepstone Building. UKZN Howard College Campus on October 8. Doors open at 17h30 and music starts at 18h00. Entry R40 (R20 pensioners and R15 students). More information from Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email