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Tuesday, February 19, 2019


(Bokani Dyer, Romy Brauteseth & Sphelelo Mazibuko)

The Centre for Jazz at UKZN will host multi-award-winning composer and pianist Bokani Dyer performing as a trio tomorrow (Wednesday February 20, 2019).

Dyer is the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Jazz in 2011 and 1st prize in the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competition in 2013. His sold-out shows at the Vortex in London (2014) were described as “thrilling” and “superlative”.

Dyer launched his fourth studio album, Neo Native in April 2018. The album is an intimate, inviting listening experience and a re-imagination of the sound of the standard piano trio.

His trio has made up his performance outfit for the past two years. The trio includes Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums). Born in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, Mazibuko was born into a family with generations of musical tradition. He completed his BA in Music and Media studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2013. He is also a part of the progressive musical Trio – Africa Plus and is a SonorSA Drums Endorsee.

Completing the trio is South African bassist Romy Brauteseth. Born in Port Elizabeth, she has become one of SA’s most sought-after young bass players and has played with top artists. Mazibuko and Brauteseth together with Dyer, have forged a sound in which all members are at home in the music allowing the freedom for new interpretations at every performance.

Bokani Dyer Trio was selected for and performed at the annual Jazzahead showcase in Bremen, Germany. Other notable activities in 2016 included: a collaboration with SA theatre director Mkhululi Mabija on his production My Daughter/Son, producing saxophonist Sisonke Xonti’s debut album Iyonde, and performing as a soloist at the launch of the SA/Russia Cultural Seasons in Moscow and St Petersburg.

Join The Bokani Dyer Trio on Wednesday February 20, 2019, at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30) at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students). For more information contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email