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(Above: Pat Zondi & the Mpolompolo Band. Pic supplied)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presents Pat Zondi and the Mpolompolo Band on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 17h30.

Heritage Month is here with us again, and this year, the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music celebrates the month with an exciting lineup of South Africa’s finest musicians and performers. On Wednesday September 13, Pat Zondi and the Mpolompolo Band, will dazzle audiences with a fusion of Afro-pop and traditional maskandi styles with a touch of jazzy vibes. His repertoire mainly comprises original compositions and will include covers of old-time township jazz and mbhaqanga hits on the night.

Pat started his creative career writing and reciting poetry in community groups in the late 1980s and, by 1992, gained admission to an Audio Producers Course at the then University of Natal in Durban. He recorded his first album titled Buya, followed by Nondaba’ in 2006, and in 2010, he released Isimanga sothando.

Performing with Pat on the night will be members of the Mpolompolo Band, which is made up of Nhlanhla Zondi (of Abahambayo) on acoustic guitar and vocals, Malusi Ndlovu (founder and leader of an arts and development organization ‘Vusani Isizwe Mawundlu’ based in Ntuzuma) on djembe, conga and vocals, Bheki Khalala (who has toured with Mfiliseni Magubane, Busi Mhlongo and Maqhinga Hadebe) on acoustic guitar, with Pat himself on accordion and lead vocals.

Pat and the band promise an exciting evening of Afro-fusion and a dash of nostalgia as they send us back to our heritage to relive some of the most beautiful sounds that have shaped our musical soundscape.

The performance takes place on September 13, 2023.  Doors open at 17h00, Music starts at 17h30. Tickets R100 (R70 pensioners and R40 for students) Booking:

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