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Monday, January 14, 2019


(Sanele Phakathi)

In association with Concerts SA, Artizen Lounge and Luthuli Museum and iSupport Music Business presents two concerts of pianist and composer Sanele Phakathi. Phakathi and his band will be performing Stones Left Unturned in KwaMashu on January 27 2019 and in Groutville on February 1, 2019.

Umlazi born Phakathi is a contemporary singer and pianist. He is widely known for playing the piano/keys for some of South Africa’s well-known and celebrated jazz musicians such as Mbuso Mbusuyeza Khoza, Xolisa Roro Gqoli-Dlamini, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Philani Ngidi to name a few. He started playing the piano at the age of 17 and his personal sound bears reference to the sound of yesteryear soul and jazz legends he in turn refers to as his musical inspirations, such as George Benson, Al Jarreau, Bheki Mseleku, Keith Jarret and Oscar Peterson.

Phakathi and his band, The Sanele Phakathi Quintet, are currently performing at a variety of venues in and around Durban.

Phakathi creatively themed these concerts Stones Left Unturned. He highlights that often humans just head forward with their lives, sometimes leaving and forgetting elements of life that helped them walk towards the right path and he feels it is important to revisit the same elements. “I will be conveying and celebrating his initial influences musically, like my parents, my siblings and the music we all would listen to as family. I am bringing the audience the sound that sparked my passion and love for Modern Jazz," he says.

Alongside Phakathi on keys and vocals are Leon Scharnick on saxophone, Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass guitar, Sbu Zondi on drums, Siyalo Zulu on trombone and Zoe The Seed on vocals.

These concerts are part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit that aims to foster a love and support for live music in our 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. For more information please visit our website, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at or like us on Facebook at

Stones Left Unturned first performance takes place on January 27, 2019, from 17h00 until late at the Artizen Lounge, KwaMashu. Tickets: R50 at the door // R100 per cooler box

The second performance takes place on February 1, 2019, at 18h00 at Luthuli Museum in Groutville. Entry R30 at the door.