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Monday, March 4, 2024



(Left: Nomfundo Cele)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular proudly presents Jazz Safari: A Journey through African Jazz on Wednesday March 13, 2024, at 17h30.

Embark on a musical expedition across the diverse landscapes of Africa with Jazz Safari, a captivating showcase of African jazz fusion.

 Inspired by the continent's natural beauty, cultural richness, and rhythmic diversity, this show invites audiences on a thrilling journey through soundscapes that transcend borders and genres.

Each performance tells a story, drawing inspiration from different regions and traditions across Africa. From the infectious grooves of West African highlife to the soulful melodies of South African township jazz, from the hypnotic rhythms of North African Gnawa music to the energetic beats of East African Afrobeat, the repertoire showcases the diversity and dynamism of African musical heritage.

Join us as we embark on this exhilarating musical journey through the heart of Africa.

From the rhythms of the Sahara to the melodies of the Congo, from the bluesy notes of the Mississippi Delta to the improvisational spirit of New Orleans jazz, Jazz Safari celebrates the interconnectedness of music and the enduring legacy of African creativity and innovation. So, pack your bags, buckle up, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

On lead vocals is singer and songwriter Nomfundo Cele also known as “Cleo”. She fell in love with music from a very tender age listening to her father’s vinyl records of African jazz music, Umbhaqhanga, and gospel music. She is joined by backing vocalists Nomalanga Khanyile and Andile Hadebe, Samkelo ‘Njinji Street” Magwaza on piano, Blessing Twala on bass and Skhulile Mthembu on drums.

The concert takes place on March 13, 2024, at the Centre for Jazz. Doors open at 17h00, music starts at 17h30.

Tickets: R110 (R80 pensioners, R50 students). For bookings and more information, contact

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