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Thursday, May 18, 2017


(Nina Mkhize)

In association with Concerts SA and Seaman’s Corner, iSupport Music Business presents Nina Mkhize Live in concert. Vocalist Mkhize and her band will visit Hammarsdale on June 3 when she will grace the stage at Seaman’s Corner.

Nina Mkhize is a jazz trained vocalist and composer and two-time winner of the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Awards from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Her repertoire includes original jazz and African music compositions and renditions of art songs standards. Her contralto voice has been described as breathy and sultry, and the style of her music ranges from swing to funk to boss nova. Many of the songs she performs are original compositions.

Mkhize counts the late Bheki Mseleku as one of her greatest influences, whom she met while a student at the defunct music school at the Durban Institute of Technology now housed at UKZN. In 2004 she performed as a guest singer as part of Mseleku’s communal at the Melody International Festival at the Mmabatho International Convention Centre.

Performance work has seen her front as a singer for the Shuttle Band, a Commission by the Nordic Council of Ministers which saw a collaboration between an ensemble of South African and Scandinavian musicians which included Ray Phiri, the late Gito Baloi, Concord Nkabinde (SA) and Stien Casternsen, Bendik Hofseth, Ricard Nettermalm (Norway). Formerly, she has led the Standard Bank Youth Jazz Band under the direction of saxophonist Barney Rachabane at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown

Her film work with Dr Sazi Dlamini has seen her contribute her singing and scoring talents on soundtracks for the documentary Bhambayi and movies Sky in Her Eyes and Izulu Lami-a winner of the Djibril Diop Mamberty Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

A well-travelled performer, Mkhize has played at an array of stages such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, SA 10thDemocracy Celebrations in Brazil, the Indoni Cultural, Joy of Jazz and Unyazi Electrical Music Festivals.

Additionally she has recorded with and performed on albums by Busi Mhlongo (Indiza), Ian Henderson (Free Falling) and Nibs Van Der Spuy (Flower in the Rain) while appearing in concert alongside accompanists such as Nduduzo Makhathini, Herbie Tsoaeli, Ayanda Sikade, trumpeter Feya Faku and famed Malombo sideman percussionist Gabriel Mabi Thobejane.

Following an erratic concert and recording schedule with minimal appearances in the live music circuit, she recently featured her voice on the Rhythms Del Mundo sessions by the Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Kenny Young.

She has also appeared as a guest singer on the Warm Days Ensemble, an outfit by DJ and producer QB Smith, which saw her perform alongside composer Thandi Ntuli, bassist Thembinkosi Mavimbela, percussionist El Hadji and house music vocalist Khensy.

On a part-time basis, Mkhize instructs learners on voice and music theory at Umlazi Comtech. She hopes to release her album of original music, inspired by a culmination of life experiences in the world soon-to which she attests have helped expand world view, thus growing her writing talents as an artist which chronicle her journey through life in the jazz and African music idioms.

The band for this performance would be Nina Mkhize on vocals, Mandla Zikalala on bass guitar, Bucco Xaba on drums and Mthobisi Mthalane on piano.

This performance 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.

The concert takes place on June 3 at 19h00 at Seaman’s Corner in Unit 3, Hammarsdale. Tickets R30 at the door: