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Monday, May 16, 2016


(Vickie Graaf- Raw , Ashleigh Robyn, Amanda Kunene & Cassie Moore)

The Centre for Jazz Popular Music will present the first ever Pop recital tomorrow (May 17) at 18h00.

This Pop recital is initiated by the four dynamic vocalists who are recent undergrad graduates and current honours students at UKZN School of Arts: Victoria Graaf- Raw, Amanda Kunene, Cassie Moore, and Ashleigh Robyn. This night, demonstrates what their years at UKZN accumulated to.

Victoria Graaf- Raw: While studying at UKZN, Victoria had the privilege of singing with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra; being on the top 30 singers in SA’s Got Talent (2014) and X Factor South Africa (2015). Her motivation to study music further came from her high school career as part of the KZN Youth Choir and being involved in productions. Although having studied popular voice at UKZN, she grew to love jazz and began fusing the two in both her singing and playing style. She is influenced by the smooth soul sounds of Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding and Snarky Puppy and hopes to start a solo career in and around Durban.
She will be joined by Riley G on the drums, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, Nick Pitman guitar, Siyabonga Mazibuko and Jaedon Daniels on keys. Some of the songs to expect are Gone Under by Snarky Puppy, What you don’t do by Lianne La Havas and an Adele and Nathi medley (Love you in the dark and Nomvula)

Amanda Kunene:: This musician began her journey for the love of the arts at a young age. She started singing in choirs from Primary School and High School, and has entered local competitions winning Gateway to Fame in 2010 at the age of 16 years and has worked with well recognized directors and artists in South Africa. At the age of 18, she won the South African competition ACT/DALRO Performing Arts Scholarship in 2012 to study at a university of her choice. She has performed around South Africa and abroad in Bangkok Thailand to represent Africa as continent for the ANOC Olympics 2016 Gala Dinner/Launch in 2014 with the legendary Madala Kunene. She has completed her BA Music and Drama Performance Degree and is currently doing her Honours in Popular Music, her love for music and performance never ends performing and sharing stages with phenomenal artists from the likes of Micasa, Locknville, recently T.I, AeonewolF, just to name a few and is motivated into pursuing the Music and Entertainment Industry.

Cassie Moore: Graduating with a BA (music), Cum Laude, Cassie Moore is now doing her Honours in Popular Music Studies. She also teaches piano and singing. Moore has recently started performing a show that she has put together for a number of old age homes and retirement villages just to brighten their days. She is also working on putting a cabaret show together. She will play with Dave Crundwell (guitar) a UKZN MMus graduate. They will be doing all acoustic songs in their simplicity and beauty. Some of the tunes to expect are Landslide - Fleetwood Mac, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Amy Winehouse (originally The Shirelles) and Blackbird - The Beatles

Ashleigh Robyn: This singer-songwriter is furthering her studies through an Honours degree in Drama and Performance studies with an interest in using music and drama for social change. She has a passion for writing and composing her own music and is working toward releasing an EP in August this year. She is also part of a non-profit organization for young women called 'She speaks' which focuses on encouraging women to tell their stories through music, drama and poetry. Ashleigh's long term goal is to open a performing arts high school that will provide arts education to underprivileged communities.

Join Pop Voice Recitals participants: Victoria Graaf- Raw, Amanda Kunene, Cassie Moore, and Ashleigh Robyn on May 17 at 18h00 with Wandile Molefe (piano) and Paki Peloeole on (drums) at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.

Doors open at 17h30 with the show starting at 18h00. General Admission R60 (R40 pensioners, R20 students). For more details, contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email