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Friday, August 14, 2015


(Debbie Mari)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present UKZN’s Jazz voice lecturer, Debbie Mari on August 19.

Debbie Mari is a lecturer in the Jazz Studies programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and mother of two delightful daughters. She performs regularly in Durban as vocalist and pianist and has enjoyed collaborations with several local and international musicians including Melvin Peters, Darius Brubeck, George Mari, Mageshen Naidoo and Neil Gonsalves.

More recently, she performed with Sharon Katz and the reunion Peace Train band at the Durban International Film Festival and the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra at the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. In 2013, Debbie and George Mari established Marigold Music School as an opportunity to share their knowledge and skills as professional musicians, mentors and experienced educators with children and adults of all abilities in the greater Durban area. Debbie is also the Chairperson of the Board of the UKUSA Arts Programme.

She returns to the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music stage for this month’s Women’s Day series in a concert that celebrates her love for vocalese and poetry. Joining her will be Burton Naidoo (piano), Ildo Nandja (bass), Jude Kendrick (drums) and George Mari (trumpet). They will present a journey through selected poems by Cape Town-based performance poet Malika Ndlovu, and vocalese lyrics (in the jazz tradition words set to an improvised instrumental solo), by Anita Wardell and a selection of jazz standards including Moanin’, Blues On The Corner and LushLife.

The concert takes place on August 19 at 18h00 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.. Doors open at 17h30 with the show starting at 18h00. General Admission R50 (R30 pensioners, R15 students). For more information contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email