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Sunday, December 20, 2020


(Zoe Masuku)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and iSupport Creative Business, supported by Concerts SA, will present the second Live and Unlocked concert as part of its ongoing online shows. It features talented vocalist Zoe Masuku (ZoeTheSeed), recorded live at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music. The concerts represent the closest thing possible to a return to in-person shows at the Centre. The concert offers patrons a high-quality audio-video production of performances and concert footage of the artists describing the challenges of COVID in 2020 and their plans and aspirations for 2021.

Zoe is a jazz vocalist, music educator, and performer. She has worked with notable artists, including Ernest Dawkins, Salim Washington, Themba Mkhize, Allou April, Africa Mkhize, Ernnie Smith, and Nduduzo Makhathini. She studied and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz and popular music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She also holds a certificate in education and actively gives private lessons to aspiring vocalists. Zoe has led her band for six years, performing her own music and covers at venues and festivals all over the country. The band has participated in the Essence festival, Durban Jazz Festival, and Imbokodo jazz festival. She draws her inspiration from Lalah Hathaway, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Busi Mhlongo, Sibongile Khumalo, and Rachell Ferrell.

Her sound carries sultry modal African sounds that project stories influenced by her own life experiences and social issues that affect the present communities. For this concert, Zoe the Seed will feature Dalisu Ndlazi (bass), Thabo Sikhakhane (trumpet), and Sbu Zondi (drums). This concert is recorded by Audiosuite.

The concert is made possible by The SAMRO Foundation/Concerts SA. Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project under the auspices of SAMRO and managed by IKS Cultural Consulting. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative, and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, and the SAMRO Foundation. The project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa in collaboration with musicians, promoters, venue owners, and audiences. Also, by providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals. It seeks to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

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ZoeTheSeed Live & Unlocked takes place on December 23 at 18h00. Tickets R50 available from Webtickets -