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Monday, April 22, 2019


(Asanda Mqiki)

Afro-Soul revelation Asanda Mqiki visits KwaZulu-Natal

In association with Concerts SA, iSupport Music Business presents three performances of powerful vocalist Asanda Mqiki who will be appearing on April 26 at The Chairman in Durban, on April 27 at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale and on April 28 at Artizen Lounge in KwaMashu.

Port Elizabeth based Asanda Mqiki is a “true Afro-Soul revelation with an impressive amount of control over her notes”. Her music vibrates with visceral emotion, bringing together a range of influences from funk, jazz, soul & traditional genres such as mbaqanga to create a signature sound that is topped only by her phenomenally powerful vocals. Now signed to Arte Viva Management, Asanda Mqiki released her first solo album, Nobakithi, in 2018 and it has been lauded by jazz pundits such as Brenda Sisane and Africa Melane, the latter calling it a “beautiful, beautiful piece of music”.

“I am so looking forward to being back in eThekwini, I’ve always been received well here and I’m looking forward to sharing my music with old and new fans.” Says Mqiki. Joining Mqiki on stage are an all-local line-up including Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane on keys, Nthuthuko Hlongwa on bass guitar and Boyi Kabelo Mokhatla on drums.

At Artizen Lounge, Deep Breath will also be performing. Deep Breath fuses elements of jazz, kwaito, soul and dance music. The creative mind behind the musical concept is Thato Motsepe who, since 2015, has worked with some of Durban’s most talented musicians and vocalists on the Deep Breath project. Motsepe is a graduate in jazz studies from University of KwaZulu-Natal and a prolific drummers and studio producer with a colourful canvas of musical influences. The Deep Breath debut EP, titled Trinity, was launched in 2018. More recently the project released their singled Through the Fire featuring Lihle Ngongoma, who will also feature in their performance at Artizen Lounge.