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DR THOKOZANI Mhlambi, an internationally recognised cellist and composer, and his group Iza Ngoma will visit the Luthuli Museum on June 1 at 6pm. His style of music draws from the rich heritage of KwaZulu-Natal, while asserting global standards of quality music-making.
“The audience can expect music that is simple yet incisive, showing a deep engagement with the archive (the rich history of southern Africa) while wrestling with contemporary forms; conveying the rigours of Western classical discipline, with the imaginative limitlessness of African performance traditions,” says Mhlambi.
Mhlambi is a winner of the African Studies Prize and in 2016, New Music SA commissioned him to compose an electronic piece which was performed at the Unyazi Electronic Music Festival in Cape Town.
Iza Ngoma was started in 2016 when three UKZN music students – bassist Charles Mdakane, trumpet player Phuti Mofokeng and pianist Sibusiso Shabalala – gravitated towards one another with a common interest and resonance in musical preferences.
The three were constantly exploring other colours of the music spectrum besides jazz, which they study.
“Our audience should look forward to a change in African-brewed jazz, which is one of the wonderful things about modern jazz,” says Mdakane.
On the Iza Ngoma bandstand will be Hlubi Vakalisa Jele on saxophone, Mofokeng on trumpet, Shabalala on piano and vocals, Mdakane on bass and guitar Kabelo Mokhatla on drums.
Iza Ngoma’s performance is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit, which aims to foster a love and support for music in communities, and anchor small and medium-sized venues in urban and rural communities.
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