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Sunday, March 15, 2020



(Left: Mthobisi Mthalane)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present pianist, composer and producer Mthobisi Mthalane on March 18 2020.

Mthalane was born in Impendle outside Pietermaritzburg. He obtained a diploma in Jazz and Popular Music from University of KwaZulu Natal in 2007 and a Post graduate certificate in education obtained from University of South Africa in 2018. He has worked with high profile artists including Dorothy Masuku, Camagwini, Ntando, Zulu Boy, Rebecca Malope, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Benjamin Dube, JubJub and Jazel brothers, Madala Kunene and Maisha (a multi-racial rock band). He is a pianist in Vusi Mkhize Band. He has worked as a music director of different projects and theatre productions.

His 2019 performance highlights include the Durban Jazz Festival, A Christmas Celebration Concert and the Tribute Jazz Concert at The Playhouse Durban. He was invited to play piano welcoming the guest at the Consulate General of USA in August, 2019; Ayishe World Music. Mthalane was a part of the SABC Gospel Music Crown Awards 2008 to 2011 as a pianist and band leader and the Satma Awards 2009. Beside recording his dynamic Debut album Africa My Beginning he was also involved in debut album recording in KZN Music House Studio with his mentor, a guitarist by the name of Nhlanhla Mnikathi who won the Shell Road to Fame in 1997 and the Standard Bank Jazz Encounter in 2005. In 2010 he recorded Amaqhawe with Amantombazane Asogwini produced by Atlas Philani Duma.

Join Mthobisi Mthalane on piano, Mzamo Zungu on drums, Andile Ndlovu on bass, Vusi Mkhize on guitar, Jeff Khoza on trombone, Luyanda Mchunu on trumpet, Siya Duma on saxophone, and vocalists Simpiwe Ndlovu and Sanele Cele on March 18, 2020, at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30). General admission R90 (R60 pensioners, R30 students).

The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM) is situated on Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.

For more details contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email