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Thursday, May 23, 2024



(Above: Bantu’s Clef: Leon Scharnick & Milton Chissano. Pic supplied)


Jazz, Music and Dance in Celebration of Africa Month at Centre for Jazz and Popular Music

Concerts SA in collaboration with Zimboni and iSupport Creative Business presents Afro-Jazz band Bantu's Clef, which headline a night of music along with guest performers Ikusasa Lethu at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music University of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday May 29 as part of Africa Month celebrations.

The concert is funded by the Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture (South Africa) - Mzansi Golden Economy, as part of ‘30 years of Democracy: A Celebration of African Music and Heritage’.

Hailing from a dynamic musical crossroads, Bantu's Clef weaves together the rich tapestry of Afro-Jazz. Led by the masterful Mozambican guitarist Milton Chissano and the soulful South African tenor saxophonist Leon Scharnick, the band brings a unique sound that is both deeply rooted in tradition and invigoratingly fresh.

Their music is a captivating exploration of Bantu rhythms, the lifeblood of sub-Saharan African music. These infectious grooves form the foundation upon which Chissano and Scharnick, along with their band members, Doc Vezi on electric bass and José Albert Chemane on drums, layer improvisational flourishes and sophisticated harmonies, all expressed through the universal language of Jazz.

Expect a riveting performance featuring a blend of original compositions, where the band pushes the boundaries of the genre, alongside treasured works by Mozambican and South African composers. Bantu's Clef promises a journey that will transport you to the heart of Africa, all while keeping you on the cutting edge of contemporary Jazz.

Vibrant dance and music ensemble Ikusasa Lethu founded by Dr Patricia Opondo, is comprised of African Music and Dance students from UKZN. This dynamic group that has the pulse of the country running through its blood, has captivated global audiences wherever they have performed or conducted workshops including in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Peru, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Seychelles, Thailand, Uganda, and of course right at home in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Grahamstown, and East London.

The concert takes place on May 29, 2024. Doors open at 17h00 and the concert starts at 17h30.

Tickets R110, (R80 pensioners and R50 students) can be booked through Webtickets or through

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