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Saturday, November 10, 2018


(Josh Swanson)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the Jazz recitals featuring guitarist Josh Swanson (Bmus), and vocalist Josie Matabola (Diploma in Jazz and Popular music) on November 15, 2018.

Swanson is a versatile musician and performs weekly at different events for a wide variety of audiences. He has enjoyed playing for larger audiences at venues such as the Botanical Gardens, Makaranga Garden Lodge and the Nelson Mandela Capture site, and has had numerous experiences playing in more intimate settings where he thrives on his connection with the audience. A highlight of his time at UKZN has been attending the Standard Bank Jazz Festival. Swanson also composes, drawing on his life experiences and his love of nature for inspiration.

He will be joined by musicians Juran Sibanda-Clarke on drums, Giyani Shangase on bass and  Jaedon Daniel on piano.  Expect to hear songs like Days of Wine and Roses, Have you met Miss Jones and Donna-Lee.

(Josie Matabola)

Blooming artist Josie Matabola is a deep-rooted rising jazz vocalist from Pretoria, with an alternatively defined sound to her music. She acquired her expertise at MC Art at The South African State Theatre and later moved to Vusi Mahlasela Music Academy, she is currently studying Jazz at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Currently looking to break barriers and advance her brand, she is working on building a reputable image through her music and possessing a number of tracks to her name, that she anticipates to serve to the public. Her band is a quintet consisting of a bass player, drummer, pianist, saxophone and her being the vocalist.

Matabola is carrying out her music just as she has always wanted as it is a culmination of where she's been and where she's going, and one that is sure going to win her notoriety that is demanded by the depth and quality of her songs.

Matabola (vocals) will be joined by Zwelihle Kunene (piano), Freeman Gumede (bass), Boy Mokgatla (drums), Mxolisi Mdlalose (alto saxophone).

The concert will take place on November 15, 2018, at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30) at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.

Entrance is free. Reminder: a longer concert than usual. For more details contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email