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Monday, August 19, 2019


(Nosihe Zulu)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present Nosihe Zulu on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Nosihe Zulu is a performer, songwriter, bandleader and session vocalist. She is currently based in Durban and is a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, pursuing a degree in Jazz and Popular Music.

Apart from growing up in a musical home, Zulu’s interest in singing began in her formative years where she sang and excelled when singing in school choirs. Once selected to join the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Choir in her primary school years, her musical aspirations continued to grow throughout her high school years, winning numerous singing competitions and touring throughout KZN.

Her singing voice provides her with a diverse musical range that produces songs inspired by many genres. The game-changing highlight of her career thus far was her participation in Season 12 of the international singing competition Idols-South Africa in 2016. Out of thousands of entries, she claimed the Top 8 position.

Zulu is passionate about making a mark and sharing her love for music and is by no means slowing down the momentum gained over the last few years. As she completes her degree, she spends her time touring with her band and performing in and around South Africa. She performs at corporate events and various private and prestigious occasions.

Her highlights for 2018 include collaborating with Echoes Studios and featured on the song When it’s over. The song features various internationally acclaimed artists and producers including: International producer, Micah Tawlks from the USA, Majozi (SA Artist), John Ellis (Band: Tree63), Brad Kynsmith (Band: Gangs of Ballet), Jude Kendrick (Duo Easy Freak) and Steve McKeller (Band: Civil Twilight).

She’s also launched an exciting new venture called #uncutexclusives. Through #uncutexclusives, she will be sharing her unreleased music at intimate concerts throughout South Africa and sharing her life and experiences with her social media followers.

Zulu launched #uncutexclusives because she felt a deep need to show an uncut, unedited, unfiltered journey through her music. She explains: “In a world that is filtered and curated, it became more and more important for me to find a way to communicate a message of "Life is messy but beautiful”. The platform is designed to foster connection through song and the feelings that come along with it.

Join Nosihe Zulu joined by Sanele Phakathi on piano, Freeman Gumede on bass, Lesedi Thloloe on drums and Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus on August 28 at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30). General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students).

Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email more details.