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Thursday, February 27, 2020


(Ayanda Sikade)

iSupport Creative Business presents master drummer Ayanda Sikade performing with his trio at Alliance Française on February 28, 2020. Doors for the event open at 18h00 and tickets are R100 each and can be booked at Alliance Française .

Despite being alumni at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, it has been many years since Sikade performed in Durban. Just over a year ago, the drummer released his debut album titled Movements, but only now has he managed to find a gap to present his music to the Durban audiences. His compositions and live performances draw inspiration from masters like John Coltrane and Zim Nqawana, who was his mentor for many years.

His trio is all about exploring new soundscapes by introduction an African context within an American jazz approach. “We like to do this by composing music with a strong cultural and spiritual background of our great ancestors, but with a modern twist that represents our diversity in the new South Africa,” says Sikade. The performance promises to have elements of freedom and the strong rhythmical essence fans expect from this drummer.

Born in 1981, Sikade’s career goes back a long time, since at the tender age of 10, he was already a jazz band drummer for the band Vuka Jazz in East London, where he was born. In 1996 he attended the Grahamstown Youth Jazz Festival, where he was selected to represent South African Youth Jazz in Sweden, even though the trip never came to pass. He met Darius Brubeck in 1999 at the Grahamstown Youth Festival and Darius invited Ayanda to join the jazz programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Sikade was again selected to represent South African students at IAJE(International Association for Jazz Educators)in Long Beach California US. In 2004, he won the prestigious SAMRO Overseas Scholarship. Over the years, Sikade has worked with some of the most accomplished jazz musicians in South Africa and abroad. Namely Feya Faku, Bheki Mseleku, Robbie Jansen, Barney Rachabane and Darius Brubeck. One of the most impactful moments in his career is working with the International acclaimed saxophonist the late Zim Ngqawana with whom he has recorded two albums (Live in Basel Switzerland and Live in Heildiberg in Germany). Sikade has also worked with Simphiwe Dana and recorded a DvD that is called Siphiwe Dana Live at the Lyric Theatre in 2010.

Sikade was invited to collaborate with Jan Galega a Swiss jazz maestro to play in a theatre piece that was written and directed by the respected writer in Germany, Jorg Lure, in Berlin in 2010 from June to July. He is the drummer for Banz Oester and the The Rainmakers, which have released their New Album Banz Oester and The Rainmakers Live @ Bird’s Eye Switzerland.

Joining Ayanda Sikade on stage will be two great musicians in their own right, namely pianist Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane and Leon Scharnick on alto saxophone.

The concert takes place tomorrow (Friday February 28, 2020) at 19h00 (doors open at 18h00). Tickets R100. Bookings: or 031 312 9582

Alliance Française de Durban is situated at 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, Durban