Music in MAY

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Music in May: Thobeka Langa, Qadasi, Maqhinga, Ildo Nandja & Heels over Head


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Thobeka Langa at Seaman's Corner in Hammarsdale

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Sunday 01 May
Seamans Corner
Unit 3, Hammarsdale
6.00pm // R30

Qadasi & Maqhinga at The Still Sessions
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Wednesday 4 May
The Foundry, 43 Station Drive
6.30pm // R70
Tickets: Pick and Pay or


Heels over Head & lldo Nandja at The Jazzy Rainbow
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Wednesday 4 May
The Foundry, 43 Station Drive
6.30pm // R70
Tickets: Pick and Pay or


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Jazz vocalist Thobeka Langa at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale

Thobeka Langa is a 27 year old Jazz vocalist from Pietermaritzburg (South Africa); developed her love for music at a very young age. She started singing at grass root level with a community gospel group called Change, in PMB. It was therefore no surprise when she enrolled for her studies in Performing Arts at the Mbongeni Ngema Academy, immediately after completing her Matric. She further pursued her music studies the University of Kwazulu Natal - Howard College School of Arts where she specialised in Jazz and Popular Music.

 In Hammarsdale Langa will be performing some of her compositions and favorite jazz standards, but she will also perform some pop songs by her favorite vocalists from way way back. Langa’s band for this performance will be: Ndumiso Ndlovu on keys, Senzo Mdamba on bass guitar and Stanley Matlou on drums and of course Thobeka Langa on vocals.

This concert is supported by Concerts SA  and the eThekwini Municipality Arts and Living Cultures and brought to you by iSupport Music Business.

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Both professional musicians in their own right and sharing the same vision, joining forces has resulted in an international calibre of music which represents the heart and soul of South African roots music.

David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, is an accomplished Maskandi musician who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age growing up in Empangeni, right in the heart of Zululand. Now based in Durban, Qadasi is following his dream of being a professional Maskandi musician and is proud to be a SAMA (South African Music Award) and two-time SATMA (South African Traditional Music Achievement) Award nominee.

With the release of his latest album titled, Uhambo Olusha (A New Journey), Qadasi’s quest to revive traditional Zulu Maskandi music is well underway.

Maqhinga Radebe began his career as a Maskandi musician in the mid 80’s and has received numerous awards for his amazing musical skills, which also include SAMA and SATMA Award nominations.

Well-travelled, he has performed to audiences in several countries, including Zimbabwe, England and the USA and throughout Southern Africa, sharing stages with top artists such as Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phuzekhemisi and Soul Brothers, to name a few. He is presently most well known for his key role as the guitarist in popular Maskandi group, Shabalala Rhythm.

The talented musicians later decided to join forces after realizing the musical potential that was possible by combining their artistry.

The Still Sessions is a monthly music and dining experience brought to you by Distillery031 and iSupport Music Business. Distillery031 is Durban’s first craft distillery and home to an intimate cocktail bar and dining area. UK trained chefs Jordan and Net Semple server gourmet street food prepared with locally sourced ingredients to accompany the distillery’s range of signature cocktails. D031 distils fine spirits in small batches using all natural ingredients. Their range includes vodka, gin, rum, cachaca and absinthe.

DSC05999Heels over Head honor South African Composers and invite Ildo Nandja to celebrate Africa Month

Heels over Head’s music is referred to as smooth jazz or easy-breezy pop jazz, they developed a notable and clever signature sound that consists of current African-influenced music and uniquely re-arranged standards. The band is known for making the audience get on their feet and dance to their rhythmic bass lines and their cheerful melodies. No doubt that fans take joy in listening to some Heels over Head; the African jazz ambiance, skilled musicians and vocalists and well-founded rhythm works enchanting.

With their sparkling stage presence the ladies of Heels over Head always look classy and stylish and you cannot miss the charm and charisma of their lead vocalists Thulile Zama and Nomkhosi Mazibuko. They are joined by skilled drummer Rebekah Doty and accomplished pianist Mandy Cobbing. Last but not least smoking hot guitarist Chillie Wardell-Stent joins the band and the flaming fusion of musicians is complete. For this performance Durban’s own all-female jazz band has prepared two special sets that only comprise of South African music. Part of the repertoire will be songs from artists like Mimi, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie and of course the band’s original material.

We have so much talent in our own country, that we want to make the audience aware of this” says vocalist Zama. Drummer Doty adds “ People must learn to appreciate South African composers and musicians, this is how we as Heels over Head contribute to this”. “Our band is so diverse and that makes  our music so colourful, this is our tribute to the colours of South Africa” Says painist Cobbing.

Africa Month inspired the ladies to invite  Mozambican born doubleIldo Nandja Photoshoot 1 HIGH RES all colour 12 of 26 bassist Ildo Nandja to share the stage with them. From a young age he engaged with playing music, starting with percussion instruments. Through his involvement in a local music and dance company, Ildo began playing the timbila, a traditional xylophone, as well as percussion instruments. His dedication led him to perform at events and festivals around the world.

Ildo Nandja’s debut album Paz A Todos (Peace to All) features a range of sounds and influences that combine his background in traditional music with the harmonic and melodic complexity of jazz. For this performance Nandja prepared a special solo set in which he mixes double bass, percussion and vocals through the use of a loop station

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