Lwanda Gogwana at Sophiatown Jazz Encounters

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South African-born jazz trumpeter and composer Lwanda Gogwana presents The Art of 145 at Sophiatown Jazz Encounters on 6 December at 20:00.

Lwanda Gogwana - Uhadi Synth
Lwanda Gogwana

Lwanda Gogwana, from the Eastern Cape, is a 3-time 2012 SAMA award nominee for best jazz, best newcomer and male artist of the year.

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His compositions have been used in radio adverts and numerous Mzansi Bioskop Movies on the satellite dish, DSTV. Gogwana was trumpeter and orchestrator for the legendary South African Jazz Opera King Kong, whose original musical score was composed by the great jazz pianist and composer Todd Matshikiza. Gogwana has also collaborated as an orchestrator for the 2018 FORD Everest advert composition composed by award-winning pop sensation, Tresor.

Among others, Gogwana has worked with Ray Phiri, Jimmy Dludlu, Jonas Gwangwa, jazz pianist Tete Mbambisa, Simphiwe Dana, McCoy Mrubata, and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award recipients Siya Makuzeni, Afrika Mkhize, and most recently Kyle Shepherd’s Quintet and Bokani Dyer’s big band tour to Gaborone, Botswana in November 2017.

MACUFE, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Azgo and Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, are some of the festivals Gogwana frequents as a performer.

Lwanda Gogwana at Sophiatown Jazz Encounters
Lwanda Gogwana at Sophiatown Jazz Encounters

His debut album released in 2011, “Lwanda Gogwana Songbook”, has over 30 musicians playing on different songs on the album, among them multi-SAMA (South African Music Award) award-winning musicians Jimmy Dludlu and Moreira Chonguica. Other featured guests on the album include Buddy Wells, John Hassan, Goldfish lead singer-Sakhile Moleshe and 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Bokani Dyer.

In aid of the production of the album, sponsorships were received from the following bodies: Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council and Western Cape SABC RBF.

‘Uhadi Synth’ is Gogwana’s sophomore album released in 2016 and features Kyle Shepherd, Sakhile Moleshe and Sisonke Xonti, Amaeshi Ikechi and Lungile Kunene.

Catch him live this December at Sophiatown the Mix at 71-73 Toby Street.

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