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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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