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Thursday, July 25, 2019


The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present the first Twosday concert of the second semester with local band AfroGong on Tuesday July 30, 2019, and Riley Giandhari Collective part 2 on Wednesday July 31 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, Matsha composed music that is now part of AfroGong's repertoire. In 2012, he 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.

Join Afrogong 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) at the Centre for Jazz on July 30, 2019.

(Riley G)

The Riley G Collective part 2 is headed by Riley G, a Durban based drummer who performs with various bands playing different styles of music such as Jazz, Pop, Latin Jazz, House and Soul. He is currently the drum teacher at Kearsney College and also teaches music privately. Riley has performed with many artists such as Jan Lundgren, Hugh Masekela, Raphael Clarkson and Lloyd Cele to name a few.

Riley is influenced by music greats such as Chick Corea, Dave Weckl, Elvin Jones, Antonio Sanchez, John Pattitucci and Steve Gadd. As part of his Masters degree, this is the second band that Riley G has put together. This band consists not only of brilliant musicians, but also composers and arrangers in their own right. The band’s sound can be described as electric/acoustic, rooted in the realm of Jazz with African and European influences. They will perform Riley’s compositions as well as some of his arrangements of jazz standards and popular music.

Join The Riley G collection part two with Riley Giandhari on drums, Sebastian Goldswain and Dane Francis on guitar, Dalisu Ndlanzi on bass, and Burton Naidoo on piano, at the Centre for Jazz on July 31, 2019

In both cases, the concerts take place at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, Level 2, Shepstone Building on the Howard College campus at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30). General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students). Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email for more details.