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Tuesday, March 22, 2022


(Above: Senzo Mdamba)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present Senzo Mdamba tomorrow (March 23, 2022), at 18h00.

Senzo Mdamba is a composer, song writer, session musician, bassist from the small town of Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Now based in Durban where he studied Diploma in jazz and popular music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

He has worked with various artists around South Africa such as Naima Kay, Mondli Ngcobo, Sphelele Ngcobo (from Idols), Zandie Khumalo, Kelly Khumalo, Mthunzi Namba (from Joyous Celebration), Precious Khomo, Sbu Mashiloane, Xolisa Dlamini and Andile Yenana, just to name a few.

Mdamba participated in the SABC Crown Gospel awards for the past four years and the Trumpet gospel awards. Has worked in musical Maria (gospel musical) and African Sinakho In Blood. His music can be described as a mix of Modern jazz, Hip hop and a little bit of Gospel.

In 2017, Mdamba started working on his original music. He is currently working on his EP which is set to be release soon. His debut single “CULO” which means SONG, is available in all the digital platforms. Mdamba describes his music is a mix of all the music he grew up listening to (jazz, R&B, Hip pop, afro pop and gospel). African sounds with a modern feel.

Mdamba will be joined by Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass, Sivumintando Mdamba on drums, Nhlakanipho Zulu on piano and Portia Luthuli on vocals. He is very excited about the inclusion of the brass players Thabo Sikhakane (trumpet) and Siyalo Zulu (trombone) and special guest Siphelele Nyide on guitar The repertoire will consist of mostly his original compositions and the gig is a build up to the recording of the ep.

The concert takes place tomorrow (March 23) at 17h30 for 18h00 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music. Tickets R100 (R70 pensioners and R40 students). Booking is essential:

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


Please note that the venue is practicing social distancing, hand sanitizing and the policy of ‘’no mask, no entry’ in accordance with government regulations. Consequently, it 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 it has sold 90 tickets.