Nduduzo Makhathini & Fifi the Rai Blaster in KZN

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Nduduzo Makhathini & Fifi the Rai Blaster in KZN



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Fifi The Rai Blaster & Manelis at Cool Runnings
Fifi- SkyArch - Poster 2 dbn

Friday 28 October
Cool Runnings
49 Milne Street, Durban
8pm // R40(R60 for 2)
Tickets at the door

Nduduzo Makhathini at Luthuli Museum in Groutville
flyer Nduduzo Luthuli

Friday 4 November
Luthuli Museum, Groutville
Doors 6pm, FREE entrance

Nduduzo Makhathini at Seaman's Corner in Hammarsdale
Flyer Nduduzo Seamans

Saturday 5 November

Seaman's Corner
Unit 3, Hammarsdale
6pm, R40 entrance
Tickets at the door


Master pianist Nduduzo Makhathini visits KwaZulu Natal

NduduzoIn association with Concerts SA, iSupport Music Business presents two KwaZulu Natal concerts of pianist Nduduzo Makhathini. Makhathini and his band will visit Luthuli Museum in Groutville and Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale.

Growing up in the small town uMgungundlovu near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, MAKHATHINI was surrounded by music as a child. Coming from a very musical family- his mother was a pianist and his father a guitarist- he was exposed to a range of music including traditional Zulu music. He recalls turning the knob on the radio until it reached the end, where he would listen to Indian music. He was part of the choir at school and would sing at church, and until he was finished school, his voice was his instrument. It was only after High School that he started to study jazz piano. “I reached a point where my voice limited me from expressing the music, and that’s when I focused on the piano.’’

He feels his career has developed in what he describes as an organic process, starting with his upbringing and the influence of his mother being his first piano teacher. “Over the years I have learnt that if you submit yourself to the music or whatever your dream is then mother-nature has a way of taking care of the rest”.

NDUDUZO MAKHATHINI has six albums out namely: Sketches of Tomorrow, Mother Tongue (nominated for best jazz album at the 2015 SAMA's), Listening To The Ground (nominated for best urban jazz album at MMA’s 2016 and Best Jazz Album SAMA 2016), Matunda Ya Kwanza, Icilongo-The African Peace Suite and Inner Dimensions.

The performances by Nduduzo Makhathini at Luthuli Museum and Seaman’s Corner are part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to grow a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

In association with Concerts SA, iSupport and Fifi the Rai Blaster present the national tour of Sky Arch, a musical exploration on how oral traditions and “indigenous” mythology and astronomy affect and shape our collective consciousness.

Using digital tools of today alongside live instruments, the performance fuses music and rhyme-driven storytelling combined with projected visuals and movement, movement, in a modern interpretation of the classic opera style. Sky Arch was premiered at the Joburg Theatre in February 2016, receiving positive media reviews. As part of this Mobility Fund-supported tour, the show will be presented at Cool Runnings on 28 October in Durban. Other artists on the bill are the local rapper MANELIS and DJ’s Rawkidd, Sosha and 2daXha.

Fifi the Raiblaster - Pic by Boitumelo Moroka 12Art of the melodic lyric and sound of Fifi the Rai Blaster carries a piercing stance to modern electronic instruments, hip-hop and dub to open a gate way vortex inspired by jazz, funk and punk-rock. This sound is the melting pot of the progressive alternative music scene in South Africa. “My gesture to music is avant-garde in that it is not meant to be boxed or understood.  Although the art scene is filtered and sound is ever changing over time, I make music with the intention of creating sound and that is what makes it what it is.”

Fifi first started recording in 2005, whilst working with the group Ba4za and well known Hip-Hop producer Nyamz, soon after featuring on two songs for Tumi Molekane's debut album “Music from my Good Eye’, as well as on dub/ska band 340ml’s second offering. At the time her song "Hip-Hop God' with producer Nyamz also received considerable airplay. In 2008 she started working with Dj Kenzhero, performing regularly at ‘Party People' events. Through Party People she toured extensively, performing on stages from Cape Town to Mozambique, Carfax to Oppikoppi.

By 2009, still working with Kenzhero she released the Epitome album “Fifi - the Ep Release”. The independently released 5 track EP became somewhat of a collector’s item, and can be found selling in concept stores for up to R250. She is currently working on a full-length album with Hip-Hop super-producer Kanif under indie label Iapetus Records, set for release in 2016. They recently gave us a hint of what to expect with the single Light, the video to which was featured at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival in 2013.

She continues to perform regularly as a solo artist as well as along-side fellow Iapetus stable mates such as Yugen Blakrok, Hymphatic Thabs, Gin-I Grimes as well as the late great Robo the Technician.

MANELIS BWLyrically and flow-wise MANELIS is very imaginative – out of the box. Within the sound you can hear lots of retro inspiration combined with the freshness of music nowadays. You can hear rap, combined with punk-rock, Dubstep and Drum & Bass – basically a very wide variety of inspirations. The end product is distinctively South African. When you listen to the music you immediately hear it is Mzansi-Made.

MANELIS draws inspiration from old African flavors particularly South African artists such as Harare, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Letta Mbuli to weave an unmatched genuine sound that has been described by Isolezwe Newspaper as “ripe, matured and professional”.

His streetwise lyricism has an authentic Zulu feel with a colloquial touch that speaks of the African urban experience on soulful and sometimes alternatively experimental instrumental backdrops that inspire from a village to a global sonic landscape.

The development of MANELIS’ sound has panned over a 10-year period through various recordings, performances and groups.

Fifi the Rai Blaster’s ‘Sky Arch’ Tour is supported by the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism administered by Concerts SA which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. The project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. For more information please visit our website http://concertssa.co.za, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ConcertsSA or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcertsSA.

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