South African composers gallore in June!

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Nikcy Shange & Themba Msomi at Luthuli Museum in Groutville

Nina Mkhize at Seaman's Corner in Hammarsdale

South African Composers Concert in Durban


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Nicky Shange & Themba Msomi at Luthuli Museum in Groutville
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Doors 6pm, R30 at the door

 Nina Mkhize at Seaman's Corner in Hammarsdale
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Seaman's Corner

Unit 3, Hammarsdale
7pm, R30 entrance
Tickets at the door

UKZN & DMS Ensembles at The Jazzy Rainbow

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Jazzy Rainbow, Morningside, Durban
5pm, R40 entrance





An early June Celebration of South African Music

We are very proud to be hosting lots of South African musicians, performing South African Music in June. 
Vocalist Nicky Shange and her band will visit Groutville on Friday 2 June when she will grace the stage at The Luthuli Museum in Groutville. Shange will be supported by local artist Themba Msomi and his band.
The talented Durbanite Shange was head hunted by the legendary Busi Mhlongo as her backing vocalist in 1998. In 2001, she moved to Johannesburg to join the Joyous Celebration. Shortly afterwards, she did backing vocals for Thandiswa Mazwai, Malaika and the Jaziel Brothers to name a few. Nicky was noticed by Jonas Gwangwa whom she worked and traveled all around the world with. She also worked with Themba Mkhize and Sibongile Khumalo.


Nicky Shange by Simanga Zondo 2“A performance from myself and the band is an experience that's not easily forgotten. I take pride in the fact that I'll take the audience through a spectacular musical journey. Ranging from soul, jazz and mesmerizing African rhythms that leave avid music lovers fulfilled. I cannot wait to share with them what's in my heart, through song” , says Nicky Shange.

Themba Msomi is well known in the ILembe Region. His bodyScreen Shot 2017-05-26 at 10.55.57 AM language, facial expressions and his moves make him stand out from other artists on stage. When Themba Msomi tells you about his journey of Art and Music, which started 30 years ago, the passion and love for what he is doing is written on his face. He released his first album in 1997 titled Zulu Cowboy. The song Abafana (Boys) was popular, playing on radio stations across KZN. Besides being a musician Msomi has been seen in various films, including The Deejay Man, where he acted as a detective. Other films he has appeared in are: Diepkloof Dutsmine, Ifa lakwaMthethwa and Emzini Wezinsizwa The Zulu Cowboy, as Msomi is affectionately known, is making a comeback as an artist with his outstanding energetic melodies to claim his space in the music industry.


Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale can be treated by a fantastic performance by vocalist Nina Mkhize on Saturday 3 June. Nina Mkhize is a jazz trained vocalist and composer and two-time winner of the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Awards from Durban, KwaZulu Natal.  Nina’s repertoire includes original jazz and African music compositions and Renditions of art songs standards. Her contralto voice has been described as breathy and sultry, and the style of her music ranges from swing to funk to boss nova. Many of the songs she performs are original compositions.
Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 10.58.41 AM"I'm very excited and look forward to playing my music for the people of Hammarsdale. Being on stage, surrounded by musicians is a huge epiphany and shot in the arm for me. So the whole process of hearing melodies in your head, working on them, to performing the music live to an audience is somewhat scary but interesting every time. I’m a big believer in singing the songs we write as musicians, so people can expect a lot of original songs from my upcoming album and one or two covers in between.” says Nina Mkhize


 The performance by the UKZN Ensemble & The Durban Music School Band at The Jazzy Rainbow on 4 June is part of very special project dubbed “The South African Composer” Concert is a live performance by a big band comprising of music students from the University of KZN and Durban Music School who are under the direction of Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane. This ensemble will be performing some of the finest music composed by both South African seasoned and prominent young composers.  

The repertoire will include the music of Sydney Mnisi, Nduduzo Makhathini, Sisa Sopazi,Tutu Puoane/ Ewout Pierreux, Thutho Motsemme, Thandi Ntuli and many more.

Mashiloane who is the music director of this project indicates that this concert is not a once off project, but a crusade that has a long-term view of conscientising Africans about the value of their own works and aims to breed a new decolonised generation of musicians, music collectors and live music audiences who will pride themselves about their own African heritage.   

These performances 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.
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa.  It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.
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