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Tuesday, August 29, 2017


(Ncamisa Nqana)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present Ncamisa Nqana tomorrow (August 30).

This vocalist from Mamelodi (24) started classical vocal training in 2006 while in Mamelodi High School. She went to MC art to study music and joined a choir that managed to work with Don Laka and later worked with Abe Sibiya and started singing as a professional backing vocalist, working with Judith Sephuma, Louis Mhlanga and Dr Sello Galane.

Nqana then went to Tshwane University of Technology in 2011 to study Jazz and Popular music, majoring in vocal jazz. Her style of music is influenced by jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Lindiwe Maxolo, Bheki Mseleku, Herbie Tsoaeli and Miriam Makeba. She is currently a vocal teacher at Simply Purely Music in Tembisa.

She was in the top 20 in the ESP Young Legends 2016. She performs her own compositions at various musical events such as the South African State Theatre and Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, to mention a few.

Ncamisa Nqana will perform with Sanele Phakathi (piano), Dalisu Ndlazi (bass), Tshiamo Nkoane or Bucco Xaba and Linda Sikhakhane (tenor sax). Featured artists will be Keorapetse Kolwane, Josie Matabola and Ayanda Thango on vocals with Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet.

The concert takes place tomorrow (August 30) at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30) at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.

General admission R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students). For more information, contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email