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Monday, July 17, 2017


(Nina Mkhize. Pic by Simanga Zondo)

In association with Concerts SA and The Luthuli Museum, iSupport Music Business presents Nina Mkhize Live in concert at the 50 years Remembrance Concert of Chief Albert Luthuli.

Vocalist Mkhize and her band will visit Groutville on July 22 at 11h00 where she will grace the stage at The Groutville Market Grounds as part of the 50 years Remembrance Celebrations of The Luthuli Museum. Alongside her, the local poet Let Da Poet will perform. The concert will be free of charge.

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 now-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 the late 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.

As 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 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, and has 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.

She instructs learners on a part-time basis 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 & African music idioms.

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

Let Da Poet, Lethu Nkwanyana, is a humble man who expresses his love for God and creation through a simple way of putting words on paper turning them into poetry, which was first realised in the year 2012 at his local church thereafter his art grew. for he believes that God is the ultimate poet so he simply Lets Da Poet Speak. A versatile Christian poet, who has an exuberant stage presence.

This concert is part of the Luthuli Legacy Walk and Half Marathon and the Concerts SA Venue Circuit. The 11,5 km walk will commemorate Chief Luthuli's final walk to the railway bridge where there was allegedly a train accident that led to his untimely death. The walk will end at The Groutville Market Grounds where the concert will take place.

The concert takes place on July 22 at 11h00 at the Groutville Market Grounds from 11h00. Entrance: is free.