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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


(Professor Salim Washington)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will presents The Sankofa Band, tomorrow (April 26) at 18h00.

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 are led by Professor Salim Washington.

For this special ensemble, Professor Salim 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.

For this project sitting on piano is jazz pianist, Nduduzo Makhathini with Ayanda Sikade on drums, and Dalisu Ndlazi on bass line. The strong horn section is made up of trumpeter Syanda Zulu, Leon Scharnick on alto and the multi reeds man himself Professor Salim Washington on tenor saxophone, flute, bass clarinet and the oboe. This great sextet on some selections will feature a four piece vocal choir of students from UKZN which brings an amazing operatic sound to the sound of jazz. The music performed by this ensemble consists of original compositions by Professor Salim Washington.

Join The Sankofa Band at The Centre for Jazz & Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2 Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus, Durban on April 26. Doors open 17h30 and the music starts at 18h00 Tickets R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students) will be available at the door.