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Wednesday, July 26, 2023



(Above: Thulile Zama & David Smith. Pic supplied)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present Sisingathiwe featuring N’den on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at 17h30.

N’den is proud to share original music from their debut offering, Sisingathiwe, which dropped on all digital music platforms on June 16, 2023. The music duo N'den had a pre-launch party for Sisingathiwe the evening before at a glitzy and packed event in Morningside Durban.

The album echoes the essence of guardianship, warmth, protection, and love for humanity. It weaves around a musical collaboration brewed within the quirky nature of the duo's camaraderie and stylistic nuances that straddles Jazz, neo-soul, and a hint of contemporary Durban jazz feel.

With a friendship of nearly two decades, the originality and musical chemistry brought to bear on the album will leave listeners admiring creativity and musicianship. Sisingathiwe is a culmination of the success of their debut single Coffee in the Morning' which received a warm reception.

N'den comprises vocalist Thulile Zama and pianist David Smith who met in the early 2000s while studying music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Their humble musical beginnings as a duo took off performing in various locations in Durban. Smith’s passion for music is undeniable, playing a vital role as a member of the successful Jazz/Hip Hop band Big Idea which made waves throughout the country. Zama, distinguished by her dazzling voice, is the lead vocalist of the thriving all-female contemporary jazz band Heels Over Head (best contemporary jazz nominees SAMA - 2011; Yamaha Young Artist winners 2010). Her versatility as a vocalist is well-known and loved within the jazz circuit in Durban. Her talents have taken her to Hamburg, Berlin, and New Orleans.

Together they have been part of the Tributes to Mama Africa/Sophiatown band since 2017. The band has performed in various venues nationwide and recently headlined the No Franco#5 festival in Maputo, Mozambique. In the last few years, in addition to writing original songs, the duet has covered some of their favourite songs for their YouTube channel and social media pages.

The concert will take place on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. Doors open at 17h00, show starts at 17h30.

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

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