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Monday, June 15, 2015


(Mbuso Khoza)

A rare musical talent has risen from the rolling hills of Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal and is taking the World Music circuit by storm. Mbuso Khoza, a vocalist and songwriter with a rich and unique sound, has come a long way since boarding a taxi to Johannesburg armed with R120 and a desire to meet his icon, late gospel legend Vuyo Mokoena.

In February 2012, Khoza launched his album Zilindile at a glittering event at Bassline, Johannesburg. His first single Eshowe named after his birthplace, was a mid-tempo, easy listening tune which talks of the challenges he has overcome. The 12 track album is a delicate mix of deep traditional Zulu music infused with jazz elements and was produced by KZN jazz pianist and music director Nduduzo Makhathini.

A spiritual man by nature, tracks such as Ibusise and Zulu’elphuzulu give thanks to his maker for blessing the works of his hands. In 2013 Zilindile was awarded with a Metro FM award for Best Contemporary Jazz.

Khoza recently returned from a European tour and is happy to bring his music to the people in Hammarsdale and also finally to perform in his home-own: Eshowe. Khoza’s mini-tour through KZN is supported by Concerts SA and presented by iSupport.

On June 19 during the day, a concert will take place for various learners from schools in the Eshowe area and in the evening the concert will be opened up for the community. Bassist Prince Bulo, pianist Lungelo Ngcobo and drummer Sbu Zondi will be part of Khoza’s band.

The performance takes place on June 19 at Eshowe High School (Shepstone Road, Eshowe). Doors open at 19h00. Tickets R25 at the door.