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Saturday, July 30, 2016


(Salim Washington)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present The Sankofa Band on August 3.

Drawing its’ inspiration from the Sankofa bird, a Ghanaian symbol of the return of diasporic Africans to the motherland, the Sankofa band is a true representation of moving forward whilst looking back. With matured sounds honouring the traditions of jazz and sounds of today that tell stories of modern day life, this collective of South Africa’s great jazz musicians is led by Professor Salim Washington.

For this special ensemble, Professor Washington brought together musicians whom he feels share his sentiments about music and life. Now residing in South Africa for the past three years, Salim has recorded his third album upon his return to the motherland. For this band, 2016 begun on a high note in January as they left crowds in great admiration after their performances in Johannesburg at the Afrikan Freedom Station, an Afrocentric multimedia gallery in Westdene and the warm sophisticated bistro venue and jazz club, The Orbit. Recorded at the SABC Studios, lovers of jazz music are patiently waiting for the release of the spiritually moving music they experienced, enticing all those that were not present to experience it live through the rave reviews the shows received. The album is due for release before the year ends.

This project includes jazz pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, Ayanda Sikade on drums and Dalisu Ndlazi on bass. Joining Professor Washington in the horn section are Siyanda Zulu and Leon Scharnick. Some selections will feature a four-piece vocal choir of students from UKZN bringing an operatic element to the sound of jazz. The music performed by this ensemble consists of original compositions by Professor Washington.

Join the Sankofa Band on August 3 at 18h00 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