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Saturday, July 14, 2018


(Andile Yenana)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will presents a double bill gig with Andile Yenana Sextet: Umnqgonqgo Wabantu and Burton Naidoo in Celebration of the Mandela Centenary on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 18h00.

Andile Yenana presents his latest compositions recorded during his Swiss residency in 2017. His music is notable for its evocative, soulful power and the sensitivity of his touch and ensemble playing. The project features arrangements of traditional Xhosa initiation songs worked into jazz-inspired sensibilities and pulses, all the while celebrating free and boundless improvisation.

(Burton Naidoo)

Our Song is Inspired by the Life and Character of Mr Nelson Mandela. Pianist, composer and arranger, Burton Naidoo has transcribed some of Mandela’s most iconic speeches. The words are pitch classed and harmonized in the effort to create a musical backdrop to these iconic pieces.

Burton has also written new compositions to compliment the performance. Written for piano solo, the audience can expect speeches from the Rivonia Trial, Praise Singing from Sthembile Mlangeni and Zolani Mkhiva at the Inauguration as well as Mr FW de Klerk’s announcement to free Nelson Mandela at Parliament, 1990.

Featuring Marcus Wyatt (trumpet and flugelhorn), Linda Sikhakhane (tenor), Siyasanga Charles (trombone), Andile Yenana (piano), Ariel Zamonsky (bass) and Michi Stulz from Switzerland (drum), the concert will take place on July 18 at 18h00 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.

The doors open at 18h30. General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students) For more information, contact Thulile Zama, Concert and Jazzcentre Coordinator, on 031 260 3385 or email