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Saturday, August 27, 2022


(Left: Dalisu Ndlazi)

Durban bassist Dalisu Ndlazi will be performing his project, The Inevitable Calling, at Alliance Française de Durban, on September 1, 2022.

Ndlazi’s musical career began in 2011, when he was only 16 years old, at the Siyakhula Community Development Centre in Umlazi; He proves himself every time he gets on stage with his forever fresh and strong basslines. He is a young upcoming bassist whose playing is far beyond his age.

In 2012, he was selected as the National Schools Big Band bassist at the Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival, held in Grahamstown. He continued to hold that position for three years. He performs with great jazz artists such as Nduduzo Makhathini, Andile Yenana, and Salim Washington – who also featured him in his latest album.

He titled his project The Inevitable Calling, referring to one's response to a call from beyond oneself, the use of one's gift and strength to make the world a better place through the cultivation of one's creativity and one's imagination.

"It is the vocation that rests on the belief that life is more than just about ME! My music is drawn from memory and feeling of existence and life experiences through my surrounding, family, friends, commutation and society. It speaks more about who I am, my thoughts, beliefs, loved ones, influences and societal issues we as the current generation are facing," says Ndlazi.

During Ndlazi 's time as a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, he played for the UKZN Storytellers as part of an exchange programme with VCU called Jazz Bridge to Greater Understanding. This was not his only international adventure; in 2019, he attended the Louis Armstrong Summer Camp in New Orleans as part of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Youth Development Programme.

Ndlazi's band features Zibusiso Makhathini on piano, Thabo Sikhakhane on flugelhorn and trumpet, and Riley Giandhari on drums.

Doors will open at 18h00, and the entrance fee is R120; tickets are available on Webtickets and at the door.

The Alliance Française is situated at 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, Durban.