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(Right: Siyangoba Mthethwa)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presents UKZN Alumni Siyanqoba Mthethwa on Wednesday March 9, 2022, at 18h00. Pianist Mthethwa will be accompanied by Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, Sbu Zondi on drums and ‘Slash horns’ Siyanda Zulu on trumpet, Phumlani Mtiti on saxophone and on Neo Mogotsi on trombone as well as vocalists Unathi Mzekeli, Nolwazi Dlamini, Dudu Makhoba and Ndu Shezi.

After a decade in the music industry, Siyanqoba Mthethwa, the musical director of Joyous Celebration, has released his long-awaited LOVE themed debut album with an African jazz sound, titled Coming Out,

Known for his captivating master of art and unique sound production, Mthethwa has made a name for himself in the gospel music industry. For more than 10 years, he has been an integral part of the well-known gospel ensemble Joyous Celebration, where he served as a music producer.

Hailing from Esikhawini in KwaZulu-Natal, Mthethwa’s new album embodies all that's great about blending soul, blues, and Afro-jazz with an African touch. The contemporary musician has earned a name for himself in the hearts and minds of South Africans.

Mthethwa shared: “All of my life's experiences, inspirations, and triumphs have been infused into this project in the hopes of bringing a love culture, joy and some sense of peace to the many who have an acquired taste for a soulful, African and jazzy music feel.”

Many well-known performers, including Unathi Mzekeli, Nolwazi Dlamini, Ndu Shezi, Sfiso Khanyile, Bheka Mthethwa and Brenda Mtambo, feature on the album. Songs with titles like iLobolo, an African practice known as the "Customary Law of Marriage" in South Africa, are part of the album's infused feel.

“My first album is made up of years of impromptu musical pieces that would emerge during random jam sessions, project rehearsals, personal studio time, and even while driving. In my brain, I'd jam to a song phrase, which I'd then translate into a melody and record it, only to have an amazing song as the end-product”, shared Mthethwa.

Siyanqoba Mthethwa’s debut album Coming Out will be available on all digital streaming platforms.

The concert takes place on March 9 at 18h00 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Howard College Campus, Dennis Shepstone Building, level 2. (Doors open: 17h30)

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