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Sunday, May 1, 2022


(Above: Nhlanhla Zondi, Frankie Buthelezi, Oudskool & Barry Clausen)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presents Abahambayo on Wednesday May 4, 2022, at 18h00.

Abahambayo is a four-member musical group that has been performing around KwaZulu- Natal for three years. Their mission is to preserve African folk music by appealing to everyone. They do this by infusing modern jazz and pop sounds. Their main target audience are music lovers and those interested in learning more about the Zulu folk's history. Their music is described as “The embodiment of the land, its people, their dreams and the pulse of life”.

The co-founder of Abahambayo, Nhlanhla Zondi, is no stranger to art and music performance as he was trained in theatre. Among his accomplishments in 2017, he won the best Zabalaza production award. The other co-founder, the rose amongst the thorns - Frankie Buthelezi. is known for her sweet vocals and is a writer, thespian, musician, and director and holds a Bachelor of Arts.

The third member is Barry Clausen who has played with the likes of Cape Jazz’s greats including Robbie Jansen, Mac MacKenzie, and Basil Mannenberg Coetzee, to name a few. He is a bass player for Abahambayo.

The last member of the band is Oudsk├╝l. He merges tradition and modern beats together with his percussion. This composer and recording artist whose multi-genre career spans the realms of Soul, Indie, Neo-Zulu, and Hip Hop.

Abahambayo takes place on May 4 at 18h00 (doors open 17h30) at the UKZN, Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Howard College Campus, Dennis Shepstone Building, level 2

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

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music practices social distancing, hand sanitizing and the policy of ‘’no mask, no entry’ in accordance with government regulations. Consequently, it can only accommodate 90 people in the venue, and patrons are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets are also available from Quicket:

Tickets may also be available for sale at the door, but only if and until 90 tickets have been sold.

Abahambayo has recently been awarded the Digital Mobility Fund by Concerts SA. This concert is made possible by The SAMRO Foundation/Concerts SA. Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed under the auspices of SAMRO and managed by IKS Cultural Consulting. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO and the SAMRO Foundation. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

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