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Saturday, August 20, 2016


The Rainbow Restaurant and Concerts SA will host Andile Yenana and his Quintet on August 28.

Pianist Andile Yenana is no stranger to the Rainbow. He has played there numerous times with his different collaborations. Joining Andile in the quintet will be Ildo Nandja (bass); Leon Scharnick (sax); Sandile Cele (violin) and Bucco Xaba (drums).

Yenana was born in King William's Town in the Eastern Cape in 1968. His father' music memories helped inspire his music career. "Already, around nine, my old man had opened my eyes to the world of the arts. Because of that heritage, there's no way I could be older in this genre of jazz, he says and when he began learning piano, it was with a mission. "When I picked up that instrument in Zwelitsha Township, it was to play jazz."

He did his B. Mus studies under Darius Brubeck at the University of Natal, Durban's pioneering School of Jazz and Popular Music. There, he discovered the professional music scene around Durban's clubs, and struck up a firm friendship with two other highly focused music students, saxophonist Zim Ngqawana and trumpeter Feya Faku.

From the start, Yenana’s career has involved a range of projects and collaborations that have taken him far beyond the conventional jazz small group. He collaborated with saxophonist Steve Dyer and other musicians on pan-African music projects under the title Mahube. He has acted as arranger for vocalists Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman and Suthukazi Arosi among others, and produced albums for other instrumentalists. He has also played in the Afro-pop band of guitarist Louis Mhlanga.

Andile Yenana and his Quintet can be seen on August 28 at The Rainbow, 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown. Doors open at 13h00. Tickets R80 booked through

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