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Tuesday, July 16, 2019


(Zinhle Msani & Tseleng Mokhatla)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present The Brass Showcase on July 24. 2019.

The Brass Showcase will feature the UKZN Big Band who are Sinalo Zulu and Phuti Mofakeng on trumpets, Kgethi Nkotsi, Siyalo Zulu and Mthunzi Mkhize, on trombones, Zinhle Msani, Tseleng Mokhatla, Lwandile Khoase, Thami Zungu and Thembelani Mkoka on saxophones, Owen Balaram and Tazlo Jocobs on piano, Mdu Mthethwa and Blessing Thwala (bass), Siya Zulu and Boy Mokhatla on drums, and Courtney Pendy and Sne Cele on vocals.

The UKZN Big Band features a programme that ranges from classic and student arrangements of contemporary music. They will also play one of Burton Naidoo’s compositions.

Also participating for the showcase with their ensembles are trombone players Siyalo Zulu, Siyalo Zulu, Phuti Mofokeng (trumpet) and Kgethi Nkotsi. Sinalo Zulu (trumpet) who will be playing his originals Olanis complication and Eshakaville.

(Left: Curt Rix)

Trumpeter Curt Rix from Port Elizabeth is currently a 2nd year student studying a degree in jazz at UKZN. Rix started playing the trumpet at the age of 12 and participated in orchestras and wind ensembles such as the ECPYO, BSO, NMUSO, SANYO and the Stellenbosch international Chamber Festival Orchestra. After high school, Rix became more interested in improvised music, which led him to play with local jazz musicians in PE. Since then he has played with the likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Khaya Mahlangu, Feya Faku, Lira, Judith Sephuma, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Big Band (Joy of Jazz 2017). He will playing Untitled by Vuyo Mjindi and One For Sakhi by Eldene Bruiner.

The Brass Showcase takes place at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus on July 24 2019, at 18h00. (Doors open at 17h30). General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students).

For more details contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email