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Sunday, July 21, 2019


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the first Twosday concert of the second semester with local band AfroGong on July 30, 2019.

AfroGong is a ten-piece Durban-based music project spearheaded by Mandla Matsha. Their music is not confined to one genre; it is a fusion of influences and experiences from various codes of music, from reggae to jazz, RnB, classical and Afrofunk.

While performing and touring with theatre music and dance productions, Mandla composed music that is now part of AfroGong's repertoire. In 2012, Mandla received an award from KZN Dance Link for musical service to dance, and in 2014, AfroGong was awarded the Outstanding Cultural Calabash Artist from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

AfroGong is working on an album and upcoming tours. It has performed in various live music venues around Durban. The single Step Up is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Afrogong will perform with Mandla Matsha and Thabo Gasa (vocals), José Albert Chemane (Drums), Jazz Hlubi (bass), Daniel Sheldon and Curt Rix (trumpet), Siyalo Zulu (trombone), Sthembiso Hlela (percussion), Jaedon Daniels (keyboard) and Aristides Manhique (guitar).

The concert takes place on July 30 at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30) at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, Level 2, Shepstone Building on the Howard College campus 17h30.

General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students). For more details contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email