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Saturday, November 21, 2015


(Tsholofelo Mapisa)

On November 26, The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present Reflections by Tsholofelo Mapisa.

Tsholofelo Mapisa is a young singer-songwriter from Johannesburg and Empangeni. She is currently based in Durban and studying at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, doing her honours degree in popular music. She is also part of a duo called MOE for Music Over Everything who, among other things, have opened for SAMA-nominated all female jazz band Heels Over Head at the KZNSA Gallery.

Mapisa started playing the guitar at 15 and began singing at about 18 and has since developed her sound. She is largely influenced by the alternative/urban r&b soundscape, hip hop, jazz, indie/folk, pop-soul, etc while some of her sonic inspirations include Maxwell, Robert Glasper, Lianne La Havas, Lauryn Hill, Adele, Miguel, Frank Ocean, the list goes on. Because of the vastness of this soundscape, Tsholo has worked tirelessly towards creating music just as broad, just as honest and just as authentic as her innermost being. For her, music is escapism, its passion, its magic , a form of teleportation and for most musicians alike, it’s all she's ever had. Her music is a reflection of who she was, who she is and who she is yet to become. It’s a way of life that one day she hopes the rest of the world will relate to.

Join Tsholofelo Mapisa accompanied by Sivumintando Mdamba (drums), Senzo Mdamba (bass), Sanele Phakathi (piano), Nick Pitman (guitar) and Menzi Mkhize (percussion) as she debuts her solo show.

Reflections takes place on November 26 at 18h00 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) Level 2, Shepstone Building, UKZN Howard College Campus. Entry R50 (R30 pensioners and R15 students). For more information contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email or visit