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Young Jazz Talents Iza Ngoma in Hammarsdale

In association with Concerts SA and Seaman’s Corner, iSupport Music Business presents Iza Ngoma live in Hammarsdale. The concert will take place at Seaman’s Corner on Saturday 31 March 2018, doors open at 19:00 and entrance is R30.   

The audience can expect bliss and a sense of cognitive restoration, some storytelling, musical information and some compelling ideologies, which will send them back home with a broader perspective of modern civilization. Overall an intriguing sonic journey.” Says Shabalala.

     The band started late 2016 when three UKZN music students, namely bassist Charles Mdakane, trumpet player Phuti Mofokeng and pianist Sibusiso Shabalala gravitated towards each other, with a common interest and resonance in musical preferences. The three spent time in the practice rooms for hours unravelling, jamming, immersing themselves in sound, mostly South African jazz and head to their respective homes with great delight. They eventually decided to take this delight to audiences and started performing on campus and realised the music resonated with the audience as much as it did with the trio. The band is constantly exploring other colours in the music spectrum, besides jazz, which happens to be what they study academically.
     Lately the trio started focusing on getting their music out there by performing live as much as they can, while developing and composing their own original compositions. They state that they feel the music does not belong to them and that they are merely channels to convey its message. They strive to contribute to a productive community and that is why their music addresses pertinent matters, which all members of society can relate to.
     You will hear that the music is influenced by many legendary South African composers, such as Herbie Tsoaeli, Themba Mkhize, Busi Mhlongo, Moses Molelekwa and Ndikho Xaba. The sound is a mix of African jazz, kwaito and dance music, with thought provoking lyrics in isiZulu, Sesotho and English.

Iza Ngoma in Concert | Saturday 31 March | Seaman’s Corner, Unit 3, Hammarsdale | 19:00 | R30 at the door

Iza Ngoma
Left to right: Sibusiso Shababala, Phuti Mofokeng and Charles Mdakane

     On the band stand will be Hlubi Vakalisa Jele on saxophone, Phuti Mofokeng on trumpet,, Sibusiso Shabalala on piano and vocals, Charles Mdakane on bass guitar and Zolani Rafuza on drums.
     This concert is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit that aims to foster 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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