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Tuesday, September 10, 2019


From Monday to Wednesday, September 23 to 25, 2019, the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music presents a Jazz & Heritage festival, featuring amazing young KZN talent to celebrate Heritage Month in music.

The three-day celebration kicks off with a Tribute to Mama Africa on September 23, a fundraiser in collaboration with the Manning  Road Methodist Church (MRMC), situated on the corner of Che Guevara and Lena Arendse Road. Miriam Makeba’s career influenced Thulile Zama and her band members to such extent that they found it fitting to do a tribute in honour of Mama Africa. Thuli and her band have chosen songs from different eras of her illustrious career including favourites like Pata Pata and Click song, but also the ballads like Promise and the heart-wrenching offerings that she penned when she was in exile are included in their set. Mama Makeba was hugely influential throughout the continent, both musically and politically. The aim of this concert is to build further connections between MRMC and the community and to fundraise so that the church can continue to support their community work, such as environmental care, care for street dwellers as well as bringing awareness to the realities of gender-based violence.

Heritage Day features Jazz & Heritage lunch concert. Patrons are welcome to join the organisation for lunch and prices are listed below. All proceeds accrue to the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship. The concert has a decidedly youthful look of and features young jazz talent from surrounding schools as well as student ensembles from the UKZN Jazz programme. The UKZN Big Band will headline the bill and promises a good dose of Township jazz arranged by legendary saxophonist, Khaya Mahlangu as well as tunes by iconic pianist and composer, Bheki Mseleku. The concert is the first in a series of planned events in preparation for International Jazz Day, 2020. The city of Cape Town will host the global concert on April 30, and will feature the Who’s Who of International and local Jazz superstars. In the two weeks leading up to this event, some of the most prominent jazz musicians and educators from across the globe will visit jazz programs across the country to support and help nurture the immense jazz talent that resides in South Africa.

On September 25, audiences can enjoy a special concert by Sankofa band, led by composer and multi-reedsman, Prof Salim Washington. The band will give a preview to what they are presenting at the prestigious Joy of Jazz Festival. One can expect a fabulous concert formulated by Durban’s most prestigious jazz musicians. For this special ensemble, Professor Washington has brought together musicians whom he feels share his sentiments about music and life. They are Sanele Phakathi on piano, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass guitar, Bucco Xaba on drums, Zoe The Seed on vocals and Phuti Mofokeng on trumpet.

Event listing – all concerts take place at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College, Level 2, Denis Shepstone Building.

September 23: Tribute to Mama Africa. Fundraiser for the Methodist Road Methodist Church. Doors open at 17h00, the music starts at 18h00. Tickets R100 (R80 pensioners, R50 students). Contact Nathi Fono:

September 24: Jazz & Heritage Concert. 13h00 to 16h00. Concert only: General admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students). Lunch: vegetable breyani R50; Chicken breyani: R70 – must be booked by September 12 from Thulile Zama at

September 25: SANKOFA Band. Doors open at 17h30, the music starts at 18h00. Adults R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students)