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Tuesday, September 29, 2015


(Salim Washington)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the Dialogue of Musical Sounds concert in association with The African Music Project 10th African Cultural Calabash featuring the Zvirmudeze Mbira ensemble (Zimbabwe) under the direction of Dr. Perminus Matiure and Durban based Salim Washington Ensemble (USA/SA) featuring Jo Kunnuji (Nigeria) tomorrow evening (Wednesday 30 September).

The first set will feature the Zvirimudeze Mbira Ensemble from Zimbabwe. Founded in 2011, its members are director Perminus Matiure (Bass mbira), Wonder Maguraushe (Rhythm mbira), Taona Muatengo (Lead mbira), Decent Chambwera (Drums), Absolom Mutavati (Percussion and technical support) and Elijah Chikomo (vocals).

The name Zvirimudeze was coined by Perminus Matiure. It literally means "what is enshrined in the calabash". The ensemble aims to preserve the legacy of mbira through contemporary performances (matandaro). The group performs its own compositions, traditional pieces as well as mbira songs composed by other players. Zvirimudeze has managed to gain popularity over the past four years by successfully conducting shows in Gweru, Beitbridge, Hwedza, Bulawayo and Harare. Preparations for recording new album with one of the most reputable recording companies in Zimbabwe are at an advanced stage.

The second set will be Salim Washington Ensemble, featuring trumpeter Jo Kunnuji. Kunnuji, who completed his B Mus degree in Jazz performance, B Soc. Sc. degree in Sociology, is currently studying for an M Mus degree in Ethnomusicology at the South Africa College of Music, University of Cape Town. He describes his sound as a blend of Jazz harmony and improvisational style with rhythmically exciting Ogu music, from Nigeria.

The Durban collaboration is complemented by UKZN Jazz and AMD staff and senior students, to indeed promote a dialogue between Cape Town and Durban, and Jazz and African Music, in the spirit of the ongoing International Council of Traditional Music African Musics Symposium being hosted by the African Music Project at UKZN.

Join Zvirmudeze Mbira Ensemble and Salim Washington Ensemble featuring Jo Kunnuji, with Jo Kunnuji (Trumpet/Cornet) joined by Salim Washington(saxophones), Neil Gonsalves (piano), Ildo Nanja (Double/Electric Bass), Jose Chemane (Drums) and Lindani Phumlomo (Percussionist) on September 30  at 18h00 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) Level 2, Shepstone Building. UKZN Howard College Campus UKZN.

Entry fee R50 (R30 pensioners R30 and R15 students). Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email for more information.