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Thursday, February 1, 2018


(Asanda Mqiki. Pic by Siphiwe Mhlambi)

Powerhouse jazz vocalist Asanda Mqiki celebrates debut solo album with an SA and Mozambique tour

The long awaited solo album from jazz chanteuse Asanda Mqiki is finally a reality and will be recorded live in her hometown of Port Elizabeth, on February 2 2018. The multi-award-winning entertainer will also be launching a much anticipated South African and Mozambique tour to celebrate the occasion, presented by Arte Viva Management and Concerts SA.

Mqiki has a larger than life personality, an even bigger heart and “an insane amount of control over her notes”. From ballads to funky soul-jazz, her music vibrates with visceral emotion, which combined with her spontaneity and explosive musical talent, attracts a growing and ardent following.  Tracking her career through her time as the lead singer for the band Take Note, regular guest appearances with The Soil (most notably the song Lizzy), and performances with the likes of the legendary Sibongile Khumalo, Freshlyground, Khaya Mahlangu, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Putuma Tiso and Berita, Asanda Mqiki comes of age with this album recording.

Those who have seen a live performance know the passion, energy and fun she brings to the stage.  Now backed by an exceptionally talented line-up, Mqiki has chosen to capture this for her first album entitled Nobakithi.

The tour includes two shows in Durban:

February 10 at 22h30 at late-night venue The Chairman, 146 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Durban.
Cover charge of R150 deducted from food & drinks bill. Enquiries:

February 11 at at 15h00 at the afternoon jazz session at the BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Durban.
No cover charge. Enquiries:

Asanda will be performing with her full band, featuring Thoba Goba on drums, Grant Allison on bass, Mthokozisi Mabuza on keys, Qaqambile Qingana on second keys, Kamva Goba on percussion and Joash Soobramoney on alto saxophone.

Asanda Mqiki’s tour is supported by Concerts SA through the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours. Project manager Violet Maila says: “We are proud to support the regional tour of a musical talent like Asanda Mqiki, who carries on the rich tradition of jazz storytelling that is part of the fabric of the South African journey.  We are confident audiences across SA and Mozambique will be moved by her uniquely soulful voice accompanied by her sextet of PE young jazz cats."