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Friday, March 22, 2019


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present Bantu's Clef on March 27, 2019.

Bantu’s Clef is a band led by Mozambican guitarist Milton Chissano. Its musical sounds of Bantu people meets other musical influences of the world. The Bantu's Clef music is expressed through the hearts and art of five talented and creative musicians from Mozambique and South Africa. Milton Chissano (guitar), Leon Scharnick (alto and tenor sax), Bucco Xaba (drums), Njabulo Shabalala (percussion) and Doctor Vezi (electric bass guitar).

The Bantu's Clef project launched its first official concert in 2008 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (UKZN) where the band enjoyed performing and was filled with love and support from the Jazz Centre audience. From there the band decided to continue feeding the "world" its possibilities with this musical gift.

The concert was followed by several other performances at Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and at some other venues in Durban such as Suncoast Casino, Jazzy Rainbow, The Chairman and private function gigs. The Bantu's Clef music can be best described as “World music” in the language of contemporary Jazz, rooted in strong African Rhythms, Latin American Afro jazz and other global musical influences.

The repertoire is comprised mainly by Chissano's original compositions and some interpretation of African music and Latin American Jazz tunes. Chissano (guitarist, composer and arranger) was born in Maputo, Mozambique. From an early age he was passionate in playing the guitar. He met a Spanish Catholic priest who introduced him to classical guitar; flute dolce, musical sight reading and musical theory.

Growing up in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, he had opportunities to meet and mingle with many musicians of various musical backgrounds; from traditionally-orientated musicians, Mozambican folk music players to the Afro, jazzy, brazilian/cuban (Latin music) and pop orientated musicians.

In the last 12 years he's been based in Durban where at first he came to study music (jazz and popular music) at the UKZN ( Howard College ) He has been playing with various local musicians , his own Tropic Jazz Trio as well as being a Solo performer (fingerstyle guitar picking) .

For the presentation at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, the "Bantu's Clef” will be performing mainly original compositions and interpretations of some pieces of Brazilian, South African and Mozambican composers

The concert takes place at 18h00 at the Centre for Jazz on the UKZN Howard College Campus. For more information contact Thulile Zama on 031 260 3385 or