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Saturday, November 11, 2017


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the Jazz recitals on November 15 2017 at 18h00 at Centre for Jazz and Popular Music.

The candidates for this year’s recitals are Phumlani Mtiti (saxophone), Zwelihle Kunene (piano) as well as Zibusiso Makhathini (piano).

Phumlani Mtiti is a saxophonist originally from the Eastern Cape. He started playing saxophone in his late teens and has never looked back. He has been involved in projects which have made appearances on local jazz clubs and festivals around the country. He is a novice music educator teaching part-time at high school level. Should all go well with this recital, Mtiti intends to study further and investigate if there is a place for South Africa's contemporary music ideas in the global scene.

Zwelihle Kunene is a pianist and an aspiring musician. Mostly interested in the production aspect of the entertainment industry. Started playing piano taking from his uncle around the age of 7 years old. He's strongly appreciates the support he has been receiving since he started playing.

Makhathini is a pianist, composer and producer born and bred in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal. His love for music became evident at the age of seven. Fond memories have been documented in childhood photos where he is fiddling with musical instruments and probing the existence of pitch, melody and harmony. Coming from a family of self-taught musicians inspired him to pursue music and after matriculating there was only one career wish for the young Zibusiso - studying music. He enrolled to study jazz and popular music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Apart from being a performer, Makhathini is an activist in the South African music scene. He has committed his life to the improvement and well-being of South African arts and orally engages with the youth of South Africa on socio-economic issues, to change the stereotype of music being seen as just a hobby.

Expect to hear songs like “My Little Willie Weeps by Charlie Parker, Mamelodi -Bheki Mseleku, E.S.P - Miles Davis, Fee fi fo fum - Wayne Shorter and Central Park West - John Coltrane.

The Jazz Recital takes place on November 15 at 18h00 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. Doors open at 17h30. General admission R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students).

For more information contact Concert and Jazz Centre Coordinator, Thuli Zama, on 031 260 3385 or email