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Saturday, May 27, 2017


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is proud to present the Jazz Piano Showcase on May 31.

After a successful debut run of showcase concerts at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music that featured students from the UKZN music programme last year, this initiative continues into 2017. The proceeds from the showcase concerts accrue to the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship.

KwaZulu-Natal has a history of producing some of the finest jazz pianists in the country and this year the Jazz Piano Showcase will highlight the most recent generation of exciting pianistic talent, young musicians who will take the music forward and no doubt move on to much greater things. The concert is being recorded and it is envisaged that the recording will serve as an important document that will capture an important period in young and promising careers.

Sibusiso Mashilaone has achieved significant success in a relatively short time. He is currently registered for a PhD in Music Performance at UKZN and has also recently released his debut CD, Amanz’ Olwandle. His second recording is due for imminent release and part of a seven-year plan to release a recording every year.

Sanele Phakhathi is a powerhouse of a pianist and even though he studied at UKZN briefly, is largely self-taught. His musicianship and vibrant pianism has seen him emerge as a first-call pianist in Durban, and he is fast breaking into the Joburg jazz scene as well.

Jaedon Daniel and Zoe Molelekwa are the descendants of jazz piano nobility in South Africa. Jaedon is the nephew of the legendary Melvin Peters and Zoe is the son of the iconic Moses Molelekwa. Both young pianists are also fantastically talented composers.

Obakeng Thamage is a phenomenal talent. He is a first year student and the youngest pianist on the program. He recently performed a set at EJazz Appreciators session as part of International Jazz day and brought the house down. Zibusiso Makhathini is in the final year of his degree and performed at the Oslo Jazz festival last year. He has a wonderfully relaxed style and presents his exquisite harmonic sense and right lines with liquid cool.

The concert will also feature the best of the semester’s work from selected jazz piano students.

Jazz Piano Showcase takes place on May 31 at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30) at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus..

General admission R60 (R40 pensioners, R20 students). Contact Thuli on 031 2603385 or email for more details