Sibikwa’s Phola Vibez, a new monthly platform for young performers, launches on the East Rand on Sunday, 29 April. April is the month of jazz appreciation so what better way to launch Sibikwa’s Phola Vibez with the cream of the crop of Mzansi’s young jazz cats.
We are thrilled to kick off Phola Vibez with an exciting line-up of exceptional jazz musos: Karabo Mohlala, Banda Banda and Sizwe Mashinini all under one roof. A jazzy afternoon concert celebrating young talent who have all three made their mark playing with their own bands as well as alongside some of the country’s jazz grootmanne.
Banda Banda, known for his unique way of approaching the bass, grew his skills under Bheki Mseleku and Sandile Shange and toured with top artists the likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Busi Mhlongo, Madala Kunene and Thandiswa Mazwai. He is Brand Ambassador Africa for Warwick Bass Guitars.
Reed-man Karabo Mohlala started out at the Gauteng Music Academy under the late Bra Johnny Mekoa, his spiritual jazz came to the fore with his ‘Zimological Encounters’ which premiered in 2017. He features on Hugh Masekela’s album Time and is a member of McCoy Mrubata’ s Brasskap Sessions.
Sizwe Mashinini, introduced to the music scene by Bra Hugh Masekela, toured with Moses Khumalo and soon ascended amongst the ranks of serious jazz musicians; deeply rooted into sounds, melodies, harmonies and rhythms, his musical prowess likened to Moses Molelekwa, he released his first album ‘A Child is Born in 2016 and is currently in the studio, working on his second one. He regularly plays with Stimela.
Come phola with us and catch Banda, Karabo and Sizwe on their way up! Majita die ouens, hoor net daar, musiek wat praat face to face met jou hart!