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Monday, December 6, 2021


(Bheki Khoza by Simanga Zondo)

iSupport Creative Business, in collaboration with the Luthuli Museum and supported by Concerts SA, presents legendary guitarist Bheki Khoza in concert at Luthuli Museum on December 11, 2021.

The legendary left-handed guitarist and composer from Umlazi will be performing with his band. Khoza’s music has an authentic Mzansi flavour, and the joy of his playing is infectious, so the concert promises to bring some incredible South African jazz music to Groutville.

Organisers, iSupport Creative Business, are excited to finally be back with performances at Luthuli Museum: “We have been hosting concerts in partnership with the Luthuli Museum since 2014 and been missing the music community that exists at the venue in the past two years during which we had to pause the concerts due to the pandemic. We are delighted to come back and bring live music to Groutville once again.” says Marlyn Ntsele.

In 1991, Khoza received a Talent Award and scholarship to study music in America. He returned in 1995 from studying at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, with the great Jackie McClean, one of the few living legends.

Some of the musicians he had the opportunity to play with included Kenny Barron, Hilton Ruiz, Kirk Lightsey, Cecil McBee, Virgil Jones, Charles Davis and Steve Davis, who now runs Anarchy, a jam club for African music, in particular. Gigs stemming from the African connection included backing vocalist Floxy Bee from Nigeria and Thuli Dumakude, a singer from South Africa, of Mabatha Fame.

Prior to studying in America, he played with the African Jazz Pioneers, Abie Cindi, Sipho Gumede, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Rene McClean, Victor Ntoni, Mike Makhalemala, George Lee, and Berry Rachabane, among others. He also backed South Africa’s famous songbirds, Sibongile Khumalo, Sophic Mgina, Dolly Rathebe, Abigail Kubheka, and Themi Mtshani.

Khoza recorded an album entitled Asambe in 1995. The album comprises original compositions, some of which used to be Shonilanga. He also composed the African Jazz Pioneers hit Sgaxa Mabhande.

He is musical director for the South African film production of Drum, a fictional account of the razing of Sophiatown. The film features a high-profile international cast, a wide variety of new musical production selections which defined the Sophiatown sound, and many of the surviving musicians who played in the bands of the time.

The concert will take place at Luthuli Museum in Groutville, Kwadukuza on December 11, doors open at 14h00 and tickets are available on Webtickets for R40 or at the door.

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