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(Steve Dyer. Pic by Joanne Olivier)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presents the legendary Steve Dyer Enhlizweni - song stories from my heartland album launch on Wednesday April 10, 2024, at 17h30.

 Steve Dyer will celebrate the release of his new project “Enhlizweni - song stories from my heartland” at the UKZN Centre for Jazz and popular studies on the 10th April 2024. 

The musical themes are filled with personal and collective reflections on the state of our nation 30 years into democracy. 

“I’m grateful that the first show around the launch is my homecoming to KZN” says Steve. 

Enhlizweni is being released by the U.S. label Ropeadope in a joint venture with the newly formed AfricArise.

Joining Steve on this date are long-time musical collaborator Andile Yenana on piano, Thuto Motsemme on acoustic bass, Sbu Ncube on drums and Ntokozo Nsibande on trumpet.

It promises to be a night to remember.

Steve Dyer believes that no single culture owns the monopoly on human wisdom.  Every human life born into whatever culture, ethnicity or spiritual belief system has the same value. He was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, in 1960 and completed a B Mus degree in performance at the University of Natal in 1981, majoring in saxophone and flute.

 He helped form “Shakawe” led by Jonas Gwangwa and played in the band for three years. In 1988 after a stint in the UK he settled in Zimbabwe where, after releasing his debut album Southern Freeway (1989), he formed a group with that same name.

 Dyer conceptualised the Southern African music “supergroup” Mahube that has been an ongoing touring collaboration since 1997. He also has extensive producing experience including six albums for Oliver Mtukudzi (1998-2002).

In April-May 2023 he toured the east and west coasts of the USA in a series of duo performances with Bokani Dyer called Dyer-logue.. He also performed the Genesis of a different world repertoire at Dizzy’s Jazz club, Lincoln centre with a sextet.

Enhlizweni - song stories from my Heartland is his 10th solo project called “This project will be released in April 2024 via a joint collaboration between Ropeadope and AfricArise.

The concert takes place on April 10, 2024. Doors open at 17h00, Music starts at 17h30 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Dennis Shepstone Building, Level 2.

Tickets: (R110, R80 pensioners, R50 students)

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