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Thursday, March 31, 2022


(Right: Bethuel Tshoane)

Durban based guitarist and runner up for the 3rd Unisa String Competition 2021 Bethuel Tshoane, performs live at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on April 6, 2022, at 18h00.

Tshoane is a jazz guitarist based in Durban with an altered defined sound to his music. His guitar ability has since been vigorous from a very tender age and has allowed him to tutor other aspiring guitarist. He obtained his expertise at Music for Africa in partnership with Trinity College. He further went on to pursue his musical studies at University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Bethuel’s musical influence is drawn from various music genres such as: Bebop, Jazz, African indigenous music and Western Classical music. His guitar skill has been shaped by the sounds of George Benson, Grant Green, Pat Martino, Jimmy Dludlu, Pat Matheny and the great Wes Montgomery.

Some of his career highlight include working with great musicians such as Professor Salim Washinton, Nduduzo Makhathini, Neil Gonsalves, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Simphiwe Dana, Sazi Dlamini, Mbuzo khoza and the UKZN Asambe Band which perform at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond (USA).

In 2016, Tshoane went on to perform at Maun International Arts Festival held in Botswana. His most recent achievement is him being a runner up for the 3rd Unisa String Competition 2021. Moreover, Bethuel was part of MIAGIE African Jazz Ensemble promoting and embracing African cultures at Intra Africa concert.

The concert takes place on April 6 at 18h00 (doors open 17h30). Line-up: Bethuel Tshoane on guitar is joined by Thabo Skhakhane (trumpet), Zibusiso Makhathini (piano), Blessing Twala (bass), and Sbu Zondi (drums).

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. It is important to note that they 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 on the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Howard College Campus, Dennis Shepstone Building, level 2.