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Wednesday, May 4, 2022


(Left: Sakhile Simani)

Sakhile Simani brings ‘People of My Community’ to Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on Wednesday May 11, 2022, at 18h00.

Simani began trumpet in the Salvation Army Brass Band at a very young age. His love for music let to a degree in Jazz from University of KwaZulu-Natal. Some of his achievements include being selected as a member of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band from 2009 to 2011.

A community brings people together to urge and support each other to overcome obstacles that may come across. As human beings, we need a sense of belonging and sense of belonging is what connects us to the many relationships we develop.

A community allows us to support one another, share experiences and life struggle. Your strength may be someone else's weakness, vice versa. Having an open bond with others, is what builds valuable relationship and gives sense of belonging.

Simani’s voice is his instrument, the trumpet. The project is called People Of My Community, it brings light where there's darkness. He says: ”People of my community have lost faith, hope and love. It is not about me any more, it is about the community.”

The influences and compositions he brings come from the people he is surrounded with family, neighbours and people from the streets. He believes his community is where he finds peace in difficult times.

Simani is prolific collaborator, this performance gives him a chance to highlight his original material, fused with the sounds and traditional hymns from his Eastern Cape community.

The concert on May 11, 2022, starts at 18h00 (doors open 17h30). Entrance is free.

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

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