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Thursday, May 18, 2017


(Nicky Shange. Pic by Simanga Zondo)

In association with Concerts SA and Luthuli Museum, iSupport Music Business presents Nicky Shange Live in concert. Vocalist Shange and her band will visit Groutville on June 2 when she will grace the stage at The Luthuli Museum in Groutville. Shange will be supported by local artist Themba Msomi and his band.

The talented Durbanite was head-hunted by the legendary Busi Mhlongo as her backing vocalist in 1998. In 2001, she moved to Johannesburg to join the Joyous Celebration. Shortly afterwards, she did backing vocals for Thandiswa Mazwai, Malaika and the Jaziel Brothers to name a few. She was noticed by Jonas Gwangwa whom she worked and travelled all around the world with. She also worked with Themba Mkhize and Sibongile Khumalo.

In 2015, Shange moved back to Durban where she is currently focusing on her solo career. She has been performing all around KZN honing her craft. Her band consists of Bernard Mndaweni (bass), Sanele Phakathi (keys) and Sbu Zondi (drums).

She is in the process of recording her live album. An all-round artist who likes to experiment with different genres, it is not easy to pin her down to one genre. She ranges from Soulful, African Rhythms and Jazz. Her passion for music shines through in her performances.

Shange’s accompaniment for this performance includes Sanele Phakhathi on keyboard, Sbu Zondi on Drums, Bernhard Mndaweni on bass guitar, Sphelele Nyide on guitar and Bonga Linda on backing vocals.

Themba Msomi is well known in the ILembe Region. His body language, facial expressions and moves make him stand out from other artists on stage. He released his first album in 1997 titled Zulu Cowboy. The song Abafana (Boys) was popular, playing on radio stations across KZN. Besides being a musician, he has been seen in various films, including The Deejay Man, where he acted as a detective. Other films he has appeared in are Diepkloof Dutsmine, Ifa lakwaMthethwa and Emzini Wezinsizwa. The Zulu Cowboy, as Msomi is affectionately known, is making a comeback as an artist with his outstanding energetic melodies to claim his space in the music industry.

The performance takes place on June 2 at 15h00 at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville. Tickets R30 available at the door. This event is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.