Artists to en­thrall in se­ries

World-ac­claimed mu­si­cians will per­form live in EL un­til De­cem­ber 26

Daily Dispatch - - News - ARETHA LIN­DEN

If your soul thirsts for hearty live per­formed mu­sic, then thirst no more.

For the next few weeks, mu­sic lovers are in for a treat, with back-to-back live per­for­mances by world-ac­claimed and lo­cal artists.

The se­ries of live per­for­mance mu­sic, which starts this Sat­ur­day and runs un­til De­cem­ber 26, was made pos­si­ble by none other than East Lon­don-born songstress, Msaki.

To start off the se­ries is the Zulu Gui­tarist him­self, Madala Kunene, who will be per­form­ing at the Vel­vet Lounge at the East Lon­don har­bour on Sat­ur­day evening.

Kunene’s sound is of­ten likened to mban­qanga or maskandi, but he begs to dif­fer on this, and has dubbed his sound as the “Mada­line”.

Speak­ing at the Miriam Makeba Art Cen­tre, where he con­ducted a mu­sic work­shop for the mu­sic stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Fort Hare, he said he grew up lis­ten­ing to in­ter­na­tional jazz mu­si­cians, and that is where some of his sounds came from.

“Grow­ing up, I lis­tened to a lot of in­ter­na­tional jazz artists and that is where I picked up some of the sounds and merged them with my own sound,” he said.

The name Zulu Gui­tarist was given to him by his fans from abroad be­cause of the unique sound that comes from his gui­tar with every stroke.

At the work­shop, Kunene spoke about core is­sues that af­fect the mu­sic in­dus­try to­day, such as mu­si­cians strug­gling to make ends meet, the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion and the lack of love for each other in the in­dus­try.

“When you are a mu­si­cian, there will come a time when you will no longer be able to make mu­sic, and that is why you need to be ed­u­cated to have some­thing to fall back on, should you stop mak­ing mu­sic,” he said.

The group of mu­sic stu­dents, in­clud­ing the head of the mu­sic de­part­ment, Nduduzo Makhathini, was given an op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with Kunene, and was treated to live per­for­mances of some of his pow­er­ful blues.

Speak­ing about Sat­ur­day’s event, Kunene said the ev­i­dence could ex­pect the un­ex­pected.

“A sound that is unique and mu­sic that they have never heard be­fore,” he said.

Speak­ing to the Dis­patch, Msaki said a va­ri­ety of artists, such as Itai Hakim, a folk soul Tsonga and Venda singing gui­tarist, Umle Sound from Port Eliz­a­beth, Isandla Sem­fene, Dumza Maswana and Makhathini are some of the artists who are ex­pected to per­form in the se­ries.

“In East Lon­don we are lucky to treated to a lot of live mu­sic, but mostly those per­for­mances are from mega-fes­ti­vals where there are 20 acts in one day, and that kind of kills con­cert cul­ture. We need that con­cert cul­ture where peo­ple can just kick back and re­lax and lis­ten to a set of an artist and this se­ries is aimed at cre­at­ing that space,” she said.

The event will start at 7.30pm at Vel­vet Lounge where R100 will get you in. Kids en­ter for free.

Pic­ture: SIBONGILE NGALWA

IN­SPIRED: Nduduzo Makhathini, Madala Kunene and Msaki dur­ing a mu­sic work­shop at the Univer­sity of Fort Hare mu­sic de­part­ment on Fri­day.

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