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Thursday, July 20, 2017


(Simthandile Mtolo)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present dynamic vocalist Simthandile Mtolo on July 26 2017.

This jazz and soul songstress is a performing and visual artist who carries over a decade of experience in the creative and entertainment industry. She has performed in a number of major musicals and theatre productions, and has groomed her gift in music through jazz on major platforms around South Africa.

In 2015, Mtolo won the title for East Coast Radio's #BeTheBand 2015 competition, and continues to grow in the world of corporate entertainment. Her recent projects include The Township Jazz Society. It is an intimate pop-up music production which tours the townships within the province of KwaZulu-Natal, featuring local acts performing a variety of South African jazz types, for an appreciating local audience; rich with information and connection to genuine South African jazz.

Her influences include Simphiwe Dana, Esperanza Spalding, Erica Badu as well as Whitney Houston, Jill Scott, Gregory Porter, Maleh, Lalah Hathaway, and Siphokazi.

Mtolo will be joined by Obakeng Thamage on piano, Nkululeko Freeman Gumede on bass, and Lesedi Tlholoe on drums.

The show takes place at the Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus on July 26. Doors open at 17h30, show starts at 18h00. General admission R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students). For more information contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email