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Monday, January 16, 2017


(Concord Nkabinde, Nomfundo Xaluva, Mark Fransman & David Klassen.
Pic by Mark Wessels)

Concord Nkabinde began his pursuit of music as a kid in his hometown of Soweto. He later completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Performing as a bass guitarist led him to working with South Africa's top musicians such as Johnny Clegg, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Zim Ngqawana, Darius Brubeck, Vusi Mahlasela, McCoy Mrubata, Gloria Bosman, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ernie Smith and many more.

As a composer, Nkabinde has written for commercial projects, film and TV programmes, dance and theatre pieces, as well as commissioned works for the SAMRO Foundation and UNISA Music Competitions. In 2006 he received the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award

A new collaboration by Concord Nkabinde and David Klassen sees the two South African creative artists dig deep into their collective years of musical performance and production to deliver a performance that re-visits the essence and depth found in the words of Tata Nelson Mandela.

This production seeks to ensure that the impact created by the words of power, love, courage and healing that Madiba left us with, last for generations to come.

Nelson Mandela – The Song Lives On is a public concert that marries the well-known sound of Madiba’s voice with live music and spoken word. On January 22, 2017, forming part of the Oude Libertas Summer Season, Nkabinde and Klassen will present this work that carefully and respectively interweaves new compositions as well as existing songs with an audio-visual presentation. Suitable for all ages, this concert promises to be a special experience, one that carries history lessons from South Africa’s past whilst inspiring us to work together to create a future of bright possibilities. 

Along with Klassen, Nkabinde has invited three well-established and respected Cape Town-based artists to collaborate on this concert; Mark Fransman, a highly accomplished saxophonist, pianist, flautist, vocalist, composer and music educator; Nomfundo Xaluva, a dynamic new voice in the music scene, who is also a pianist, composer and music educator; and Bulelwa Basse, a prolific performance poet, language facilitator, speaker and community builder.

Support in kind has been provided by Sennheiser SA and The Famous Idea Trading Co.

Nelson Mandela – The Song Lives On will take place at Oude Libertas, corner Adam Tas and Oude Libertas Roads in Stellenbosch, on January 22 at 18h30. Tickets R180 booked at Computicket: