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Saturday, May 13, 2017


(Ményatšô Mathôlê)

In association with Concerts SA Mobility Fund, band leader, composer and arranger Ményatšô Mathôlê – member and lead guitarist of Sakhile – embarks on a national tour with his ensemble that will take him to Gauteng, Free State, KZN and the Western Cape.

Ményatšô Mathôlê Ensemble will consist of a mixture of young and senior practitioners: legendary Mendla Zikalala (bass) will be touring with Ményatšô to all the cities, and they will be joined by some of the most versatile living legends: in Durban by highly talented young Leon Sharnick (sax) and one of the most experienced drummers, Baco Xaba.

Mathôlê's style typifies the constantly shifting boundaries between jazz and its ‘poppier’ cousin mbaqanga that, through the 70’s and 80’s, provided creative stimulus for both. His music inspiration is drawn from various South African folk and modern styles

Performances take place on:

May 12 at 20h00: The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Rd, Morningside, Durban. Tickets R100. Bookings: 031 303 8398 /

May 19 at 19h00: The Headroom, 21 Bridlington Road, Seaview, Durban. Tickets R60. Bookings: 031 459 0840 /