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Monday, September 2, 2019


(Sanele Phakathi. Pic by Lindo Mbhele)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will presents Sanele Phakathi on September 11, 2019.

Umlazi-born Phakathi is a talented contemporary jazz singer and pianist. He is widely known for being pianist  for some of South Africa’s well-known and celebrated musicians such as Mbuso Mbusuyeza Khoza, Xolisa Roro Gqoli-Dlamini, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Philani Ngidi to name a few.

He started music formally in Comtech high school where he learnt theory, practice, and music appreciation from his music teacher Xolani Hlongwa. His personal sound is influenced by the sound of yesteryear soul and jazz legends such as George Benson, Al Jarreau and Bheki Mseleku, Keith Jarret and Oscar Peterson.

To Phakathi, music is a way of life as it has got him through hardships and he has learnt to channel those through composing music. Every composition he writes gives him hope that there’s more to look forward to in life than the current situation.

Phakathi and his band have performed at a variety of venues in and around Durban. He is also currently working on his project called The New Anthem which he hopes to record in the near future. The audience can expect nothing but the best experience, a great vibe.

Phakathi will be joined by his band, bass guitarist Dalisu Ndlazi, drummer Sbu Zondi,  alto saxophonist Leon Scharnick, young trumpeter Thabo Sikhakhane,  Siyalo Zulu on trombone , Nomcebo Luthuli and  Zoe Masuku on vocals, and special guest Mpumi Dhlamini on alto saxophone.

The concert takes place at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus on September 11, 2019, at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30). General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students). Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email for more details.