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Friday, April 1, 2016


(Madala Kunene)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the Forest Jam Orchestra on April 6 at 18h00.

Forest Jam South Africa is an educational non-profit organization that consists of members who are mainly young music students, music teachers, veteran master musicians, music business experts and administrators from Southern Africa and Switzerland.

Forest Jam operates out of Durban. It works nationally with Concert SA and their main sponsor is the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia together with volunteers from the music industry who are supporting the cause of this educational organisation.

The Program Director for Forest Jam South Africa is Robert Trunz of world music label Melt 2000. The Forest Jam’s educational drive has an emphasis on tradition. Their educational drive includes music forms with the emphasis on traditional African music and teaches awareness of the musical heritage of countries in Southern Africa. The original Forest Jam Club was founded and is registered in Switzerland and has since organised two major educational events in Switzerland and Madagascar in 2014 and 2015.

The Forest Jam Orchestra line up will be Bernard Mndaweni (bass), Nicky Shange (vocals), Matthias Ab├Ącherli (bass and violin), Carlo Menet (electric guitar), Jul Dillier(keyboard), Cyril Michel (vocals), Lerato Ntsane Lichaba (electric & acoustic guitar), Gontse Makhene (percussion), Matchume Zango (timbila and Percussion), Chico Antonio (guitar) and Madala Kunene (guitar).

The concert takes place on April 6. Doors open at 17h30 and the show starts at 18h00. General admission R60 (R40 pensioners and R20 students.)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM) is situated at Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. For more information contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email