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Tuesday, February 22, 2022


(Above: Blessing Twala, Sibusiso Shabalala, Dimitri Barry, Hlubi Vakalisa Jele, Oudskul Omello, and Damien Roodt)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presents Bandless, an enterprising group of talented musicians on March 2, 2022, at 18h00. Doors open at 17h30.

Bandless is made up of musicians who played together in different situations and eventually formed a comradery called Bandless. Led by Hlubi Vakalisa Jele on Reeds, Sibusiso (Mabulal’umthakathi) Shabalala on keys and vocal, they are joined by Dimitri Barry on guitar, Damien Roodt on guitar, Blessing Twala on bass and completed by drummer/percussionist Oudskul Omello.

Although some of the group members are academically studying jazz, they offer a wide spectrum in their music varying from Afrobeat, traditional music, house, progressive rock, hip hop etc. The group has been infamous for having a broad repertoire of rearranged classics and original.

Thulile Zama, Concert and Jazzcentre Co-ordinator says: The resumption of the Centre’s popular Trios concerts, took place in November 2021 with three concerts after a 20-month hiatus due to the Covid -19 pandemic. The Centre for Jazz is looking forward to hosting their exciting line up of musicians over the next few weeks. Please note that we are practicing social distancing, hand sanitizing and the policy of ‘’no mask, no entry’ in accordance with government regulations. Consequently, we can accommodate 90 people in the venue only, and patrons are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be available for sale at the door, but only if and until we have sold 90 tickets.”

Tickets: R100 (R70 pensioners and R40 students). Booking is essential:

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is situated at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Howard College Campus, Dennis Shepstone Building, level 2.