Jazz Jol in its 39th year

Big Band members Zintle Msane and Tseleng Mokhatla. Picture by Ayanda Mfiki.


DURBAN’S popular annual Jazz Jol has a stellar line-up for this year’s edition that takes place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at 7pm on Saturday, October 27.

Celebrating its 30th year, the event features composer-pianists Burton Naidoo and Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane and the much-loved UKZN Big Band.

Samro Award-winning, Durban-born pianist, arranger and composer Burton Naidoo will lead the UKZN Big Band, and will also perform his much-talked about composition, Our Song. This work creates a backdrop for iconic speeches of President Nelson Mandela and other famous leaders of South African politics.

Written for solo piano and track, the work features speeches from the Rivonia Trial, praise singing from Sthembile Mlangeni and Zolani Mkhiva at the inauguration, as well as FW De Klerk’s announcement to free Nelson Mandela at Parliament in 1990.

Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane, is a prolific young pianist whose academic and performance credentials speak volumes for the kind of passion and discipline he has for music.

He tours extensively, has produced three albums in three years, and was recently nominated for the international Afrima Awards in the categories of best male in Southern Africa and best African Jazz.

Mashiloane is currently studying for his PHD, focusing on South African composers. He also finds time to teach and organise live music performances with his students, focusing on South African composers.

Mashiloane will perform a selection of his own compositions inspired by the South African music landscape.

Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane.

Speaking of his love for SA music and composers, Mashiloane says: “The musicians and composers that inspire me are the ones that take pride in their identity and are not only driven by their musical skills, but also by their relevance and accuracy. It is so important that we embrace the different characters that our society breeds. If we do not do let our identity influence our music, the significance of being part of a society is lost.”

Mashiloane will perform with Menzi Cele and Zoe The Seed on vocals, Boyi Mokhatla on drums and Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass.

The UKZN Big Band will perform some old Big Band favourites including Have You Met Miss Jones, Take the ‘A’ Train and I’ve Got You Under My Skin.

New arrangements from John Kordalewski, as well as arrangements by students Micale Leon, Phuti Mofakeng, Kgethi Nkotsi and Sinalo Zulu, will also be featured.  And just to get everyone into a festive spirit the Big Band will perform two Christmas carols.

As a warm-up and precursor to the annual Jazz Jol, the UKZN Jazz Ensemble will perform at 6pm on October 24  at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban campus.

Proceeds from this and the Jazz Jol will go to the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship that assists disadvantaged jazz students at UKZN with financial aid or support.

As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of this scholarship, the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is also proud to announce a legacy project of the release of a double CD of the Piano Passions concert held at UKZN’s Howard College Theatre earlier this year.

The solo piano concert featured Darius Brubeck and his former students and illustrious UKZN alumni Melvin Peters, Nishlyn Ramanna, Burton Naidoo, Debbie Mari, Andile Yenana and Neil Gonsalves.  To purchase contact Thuli Zama on 031 260 3385 or zamat1@ukzn.ac.za .

Tickets for the Jazz Ensemble concert on October 24 cost R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for students). Tickets for the Jazz Jol are R130 (R90 for pensioners, R70 for students) and can be purchased at the door.

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