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Tuesday, September 15, 2015


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will present iSkokiana Esincane tomorrow night (September 16).

iSkokiana has been in existence for almost 20 years. The band is led by Dr Sazi Dlamini who graduated with a PhD in ethnomusicology at UKZN and lectures at the university’s School of Arts (Music).

Dlamini’s career highlights include composing music for films such as Sky In Her Eyes (2003) and Ikhaya/Home (2004) and the theme song for Takalani Sesame (1999).

He has composed and recorded more than 50 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 – a work of 32 minutes’ duration for jazz big band in the maskandi style premiered at the 2009 International Council for Traditional Music.

In June 2011, the quintet version of Skokiana recorded a 10 track album. Skokiana will perform some of the material that was recorded by the quintet eg. Hoedown, Iqhude, Ummemezi, Lento and other township jazz style tunes performed on indigenous Nguni musical instruments.

Join Dr Sazi Dlamini (guitar) with Ildo Nandja (bass), Paki Peloeole (drums) tomorrow night (September 16) 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 and R15 students). For more information contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email