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Thursday, February 29, 2024



On Tuesday March 5, embark on a musical journey like never before with the dynamic duo, Steve Newman and Nish Pillay at Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at 17h30.

Brace yourself for an unforgettable evening of world-class music that transcends borders and captivates hearts. Steve Newman, a virtuoso guitarist with an illustrious career, takes centre stage, bringing to life the magic of his renowned bands, including, internationally-acclaimed - Tananas, All in One, In the Clouds, and more.

From enchanting audiences worldwide with Tananas' mesmerizing performances in countries like Australia, Japan, France, to his global collaboration with Tony Cox as the Road Warriors, Steve's musical odyssey has left an indelible mark on the international and South African music scene and is regarded as a national treasure and legend.

Joining forces with Steve is the extraordinary percussionist, Nish Pillay, whose nomadic rhythm echoes through his soul-stirring tabla performances. Nish's rhythmic prowess has graced stages alongside South African pop legends like Ard Matthews and Arno Carstens; SAMA winners Qadasi, and the Jack Mantis Band - in this project a highlight being the support act for 3-time Grammy Award winner Ben Harper, in 2019 at the Grand West Arena, Cape Town. With roots in South Africa and extensive musical journeys through India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and Rwanda, Nish brings a fusion of genres that adds depth and rhythm to every composition.

Be prepared for an exceptional showcase of virtuosity and musical brilliance. This rare collaboration promises an evening filled with soulful melodies and captivating rhythms. Immerse yourself in Steve Newman's brand-new original compositions, alongside timeless favourites from his iconic bands. Nish Pillay will unveil a seamless fusion of traditional Indian grooves expressed authentically, in an African context.

Secure your tickets now for the Steve Newman and Nish Pillay Live tour—a one-of-a-kind experience that will transport you into a realm of musical enchantment by emailing Thulile on

Don't miss your chance to be part of this magical evening. Grab your tickets today and join us for a night that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary!

Tickets: R110, R80 for pensioners, R50 for students

Bookings and more information, contact

Twosday Steve Newman and Nish Pillay Tuesday, 05 March 2024

Doors open at 17h00, Music starts at 17h30

UKZN, Centre for Jazz and Popular Music

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Howard College Campus, Dennis Shepstone Building, Level 2