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Thursday, October 22, 2015


(Madala Kunene)

The Centre For Jazz & Popular MUSIC (UKZN) will present internationally acclaimed veteran musician, Madala Kunene on October 28, closing off UKZN’s Wednesday Jazz series for 2015.

Kunene will present some favourites from his repertoire, as well as some new tunes from his latest offering 1959 that highlights and celebrates the Mkhumbane history. The album features a few collaborations with seasoned musicians such as Guy Battery, Sazi Dlamini, and Hugh Masekela as well as showcasing young musicians from his mentorship programme. This album, is set to be released on digital media and print CD on November 2.

Madala Kunene is also well-known for is successful duo with the late Syd Kitchen (Bafo Bafo). This cross-cultural musical collaboration between two highly individual guitar stylists created a musical landscape that was absolutely unique, and culminated in the release of their only album together, What Kind?. Bafo Bafo delivered a musical tapestry that was at once a living embodiment of the "new" South Africa.

Kunene recently participated in a project by the Flatfoot Dance Company at the Playhouse called Bhakti, which merges his music with contemporary dance pieces created by award-winning choreographer Lillian Loots. He also recently participated in the 2015 Poetry Africa festival alongside Nsiki Mazwai.

Kunene will be joined by Vishen Kemraj on tabla, and Mduduzi Magwaza on flute. The concert will take place on October at 18h00 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) Level 2, Shepstone Building, UKZN Howard College Campus.

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

NB: Jazz Recitals will take place at the Centre for Jazz over two nights, November 24 and 25.