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Thursday, June 15, 2017


(Linda Sikhakhane)

Durban born Linda Sikhakhane was one of three SAMRO Overseas Scholarships award winners who travelled to the Netherlands to be featured as part of the Jazz Laureates Initiative at the Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz Festival between June 8 and 11, 2017.

This initiative is part of a Dutch/South African cultural exchange initiative fostered over a number of years by Dr Alexander Beets, representing Amersfoort Jazz Festival, Prof Karendra Devroop from the UNISA Music Foundation, Masindi Mantwa Chinoamadi from the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz and André Le Roux from SAMRO.

Sikhakhane, along with Bokani Dyer and Zoë Modiga performed as a trio of laureate winners.

Winner of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship in 2016, saxophonist, composer and arranger Sikhakhane was born in Umlazi Township near Durban where his love for music was triggered at an early age. This saw him attending classes under the tutelage of Dr Brian Thusi and Khulekani Bhengu at the Siyakhula school of music. He obtained a Diploma in Jazz /Pop Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal under Prof Mageshen Naidoo in 2012.

Sikhakhane has played with respected South African and international artists such as Barney Rachabane, Feya Faku, Marcus Wyatt, Herbie Tsoaeli, Andile Yenana, Nduduzo Makhathini, Afrika Mkhize, Sibongile Khumalo, Gregory Potter, Malcolm Braff and many more. He features on Nduduzo Makhathini's Mother Tongue album and formed part of Afrika Mkhize's Septet. He is part of the H3 ensemble who feature on many South African records including McCoy Mrubata's Brasskaap record, Zakes Bantwini's Dance, Thuto Motsemme's My Dream. Sikhakhane won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship in 2016.