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Sunday, August 26, 2018


(Salim Washington. Pic by Lindo Mbhele)

In association with Concerts SA, iSupport Music Business presents The Khaya Mahlangu and Salim Washington Quintet in Groutville. The renowned saxophone players will visit Luthuli Museum in Groutville on August 31 and Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale on September 1.
For these performances Mahlangu and Washington will be accompanied by a talented backing back consisting of Neil Gonsalves on Keys, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, and Stanley Matlou on Drums.

Mahlangu is a top-league artist, working with various artists like Hugh Masekela, Tsepo Tshola, Busi Mhlongo, Vusi Khumalo, Moses Molelekwa, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Jonas Gwangwa and guested on many recordings. He formed a band called Iconoclast with Victor Ntoni, Hilton Schilder, and Vusi Khumalo. 2001 was also an important year for him. Bejazzled, a jazz TV programme, offered a chance for Mahlangu to do TV work as Musical Director and he also composed the signature tune. The show ran for 13 weeks.

 (KhayaMahlangu. Pic by Steve Gordon)

Salim Washington’s story of jazz saxophonist-composer- scholar-activist Salim Washington paints a harlequin voyage in search of one’s roots. His parents were born and raised in the sharecropper plantations of Mississippi, met in Caperville, Tennessee, got married and moved to Detroit with hopes of a better future. Prof Salim is a composer, and multi-instrumentalist, playing saxophone, flute, oboe, and bass clarinet. He has played as a jazz musician throughout The United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and has performed and recorded with many of jazz’s greatest luminaries. As implied by the name of the band, Washington has emigrated from jazz’s epicentre, New York, to make South Africa his home.

This series of performances by Mahlangu and Washington is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in South African communities, as well as anchor small and medium-sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa.  It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

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Entrance for each concert is R30 at the door. The concerts take place as follows:

August 31 at 18h00: Luthuli Museum, Groutville.
September 1 at 19h00: Seaman’s Corner, Unit 3, Hammarsdale.

For more information contact 083 337 2518