Kianja, Qadasi and Africa Month Celebrations

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Kianja, Qadasi and Africa Month Celebrations


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The Still Sessions with Kianja

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Wednesday 25 May
The Foundry, 43 Station Drive
6.30pm // R70
Tickets: Pick and Pay or

Africa Month Celebrations featuring Manelis [SA], Milton Chissano [MOZ], Dzepasi [ZIM],Dani Nieuwoudt [SA] & Mbijana Sibisi [SA]

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Wednesday 25 May
Luthuli Museum
6pm // R30
Tickets at the door

Qadasi at Seaman's Corner
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Saturday 28 May
Seaman's Corner, Hammarsdale, Unit 3
6.30pm // R30
Tickets at the door


Kianja117-year old vocal talent from UK Kianja at The Still Sessions

UK based vocalist KIANJA is writing & performing songs that show a maturity and skill far above what could normally be expected from a 17 year-old.

In three short years KIANJA has gained a scholarship at a Jazz Music school in Durban, South Africa, performed at the Edinburgh Festival, released a couple of singles, worked with the Jazz Warriors/Tomorrows Warriors, won the Bang Radio sponsored Bang Your Buskie competition, taken her GCSEs and been accepted to study music at the Brit School where she started in September 2015.

KIANJA has been soaking up musical influences from her family and friends and a myriad of musicians who are keen to work with this incredible raw talent.  She is equally at home in singing and writing pop songs and mixing this with Jazz, RnB, Roots, Reggae and Urban flavours, engaging her audience with intelligent lyrics, a stunning voice and a captivating stage presence.

At The Still Sessions KIANJA will be performing with an acousitic band and will bring the audience songs from her EP. It will be a mix of songs she recorded in South Africa and in UK. Copies of her EP titled “Nu Blu Flame” will be on sale.

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 distills fine spirits in small batches using all natural ingredients. Their range includes vodka, gin, rum, cachaca and absinthe.

Celebrate Africa Month at Luthuli Museum
A variety of musicians from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique celebrate their African heritage
Singer-songwriters Dani Nieuwoudt and Mbijana, rapper Manelis, Mbira duo Dzepasi and guitarist Milton Chissano will join forces and celebrate their African heritage in the exciting evening of performances.

Mbijana LRMbijana Sibisi is a singer-songwriter, poet and guitarist from Durban. His music is influenced by the colours of life, both dark and lighter shades, and in his songs you will find stories of hardship as well as beautiful stories of love. His lyrics- in English and isiZulu- portray society with a critical eye. Mbijana is musically most active in Durban KwaZulu Natal and in Belgium, as he has built his solo career since 2012. He has featured in numerous local radio interviews and was a contestant in The Voice South Africa 2016.

Durban born and bred Dani Nieuwoudt has been a singer and aDani songwriter from her earliest years. She completed her first fifty fully formed songs by age fifteen and began working on her debut album, Open Spaces, at 17. The album was first published in late 2011 and has been recently re- mastered in Nashville for iTunes. Following completion of  Open Spaces, Dani took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete a vocal degree, which she later converted to a BA (Hons) in Professional Music Performance, majoring in Song-writing at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, Brighton Campus. This was followed by a UK album launch in Brighton. Since her return to the South African music industry in 2015, Dani has made a splash at local festivals such as White Mountain Acoustic Festival and the brand new Durban Street Food Festival.

Dzepasi1Dzepasi is a duo- Robert Taipa and Willard Baye- from Zimbabwe that play the Mbira (thumb piano). Together they have over 30 years’ experience. In the Shona tradition of Zimbabwe, mbira musicians represent the wise men of the culture; their performances often serve as a catalyst for spiritual awakening.



Milton Chissano is a Mozambican born guitarist, composer andMilton arranger. This classically trained guitarist studied Jazz and Popular music at UKZN in Durban and has had countless collaborations with musicians from South Africa and Mozambique. Milton has performed in France, Swaziland and Namibia as well as throughout South Africa.


ManelisMANELIS is a hip-hop artist from Durban- one of the defining artists in this city’s rap development from its beginning in the mid 90’s. He was introduced to the art of Hip Hop as a dancer/b-boy, then theatre through high school, only later opting to focus on music performance- rapping in his case. MANELIS draws inspiration from old African flavours, particularly South African artists such as Harare, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Letta Mbulu, to weave an unmatched, genuine sound that has been described as “ripe, matured and professional”. His streetwise lyricism has an authentic Zulu feel with a colloquial touch that speaks of the African urban experience, with soulful and sometimes alternatively experimental instrumental backdrops that evoke sonic landscapes ranging from  village to global.

This concert is supported by Concerts SA and brought to you by iSupport Music Business in partnership with The Luthuli Museum. Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative that aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms.  It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. In addition to this performance the musicians will be performing for several high school learners during the day.

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