BY BILLY SUTER
REGGAE, Latin, Brazilian jazz, Spanish music, blues, Afro-pop, jazz and mbira … all find place in the repertoire of colourful Durban band Zisamo, which plans to record a debut CD at its performance at the city’s Jazzy Rainbow on Saturday (February 25).
Formed in Durban’s Claremont in 2013, the group features two members from Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and three that are local. Hence the band name – ZI (Zimbabwe), SA (South Africa, MO (Mozambique). Zisamo beat 50 other bands to take the award for Best Afro Jazz Band in a competition at Ushaka Marine World in 2013, and received a year’s contract from the Department of Arts and Culture to perform at the marine theme park.
The band has since performed all over KwaZulu-Natal – from Margate and Port Shepstone and Scottburgh to Ballito and Kloof.
“We don’t stick to any particular genre of music as we would like to perform to a wider audience and continue to try to unite our continent,” says band member Morgan Mchunu.
Morgan handles guitar and vocals for the group, while Manuel Masinga is on lead guitar and vocals (and also makes a trumpet sound using his hands and mouth). Magiza Shange is on bass, Thabani Luthuli on drums and Princess Dube on vocals and percussion. The music will flow at The Jazzy Rainbow, 93Smiso Nkwanyana Road (formerly Goble Road) from 8.30pm on February 25, when the R80 entry fee will include a drink.
Gordon Jackson will be the sound engineer for the evening and will also be doing the mixing of the CD.
Still talking music, note that a Durban trio called Deep Breath has been scheduled to entertain from 6pm tomorrow (February 21) at the Centre For Jazz and Popular Music, on the second level of the Shepstone Building at the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Deep Breath comprises Cebo Mthwane on vocals, Joseph Dube on keyboards and Thato Motsepe on drums. Their music is described as a unique blend of jazz, kwaito and dance music.
The trio has been composing and performing since enrolling to study jazz at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2007 and the Creative Arts College in 2015.
“Our intention is to inspire and uplift” explains Cebo, adding that the team have “incorporated an African voice with a grooving and percussive piano”.
Doors open at 5.30pm.Tickets, available at the door, cost R70 (R45 for pensioners, R20 for students).
Looking ahead to Friday, March 3… note that drummer Wake Mahlobo is scheduled to perform from 6pm at Groutville’s Luthuli Museum, 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street. Admission is R30 and tickets will be available at the door.
The gig is presented in association with Concerts SA, the Luthuli Museu and iSupport Music Business.
Mahlobo is a drummer, percussionist and vocalist from KwaMashu, who has been in the music industry for some 35 years.
He has made his name nationally and internationally after touring with different bands, and has now decided to return home to further spread his musical skills. He is passionate about youth development in music and art.
His band features Lebohang Qguwa on keyboards and vocals, Sandile Dlamini on bass and vocals, Aristides on lead guitar and Siyabonga Duma on sax.
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