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Thursday, April 19, 2018


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present Standard Bank Youth band members, New Age Offering, on April 25, 2018.

After successfully making the selection for the 2017 Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band in Grahamstown, the New Age Offering is an octet of talented young upcoming jazz musicians from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Though the band was formed through the National Youth Jazz Band, the members have always admired each other as young artists. Receiving the opportunity to collaborate has been a highlight of their participation in the National festival, especially for members such as Dalisu Ndlazi and Thami Mahlangu who have made the selection for three consecutive years.

As the National Band, they headlined the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and the Joy of Jazz performing original music. They have since made their debut performance as an independent collective at The Orbit in Johannesburg and are now touring nationally with international tours on the pipeline.

Within the band are graduates and final year students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town and Tshwane University, all majoring or majored in their respective instruments.

The sound offered by the band is founded on influences they draw from traditions of jazz and modern sounds. Originating from different cities across South Africa, there are also compositions which are a representation of the sounds of their home towns. These young jazz musicians have been under the mentorship of great South African jazz musicians and lecturers. They have performed internationally with various ensembles and participated in exchange programmes with Universities abroad.

The repertoire is a representation of their journey, experiences and knowledge they have acquired through music at the dawn of their youth. With this collaboration, they wish to join the community of young musicians producing music that has the ability to reach wider audiences.

If you have not been to Grahamstown you will definitely get a feel of what goes down at South Africa’s biggest National Art Festival.

Join the New Age Offering for The Jazz drum Showcase on April 25 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 R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students). For more information contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email