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The Mkizwana Ensemble is the next attraction at Kwa Sec, NY138 No. 52 in Gugulethu this Sunday 20 November from 3pm.
Formed in 2014, this Joburg-based band performs a variety of original compositions, which are arranged by the collective.
Through the combination of keyboard, double bass, trumpet, alto and tenor saxophones the ensemble produces a unique sound and most importantly – Xhosa and other African genres. The ensemble’s organic style of creating and performing aids the adaptability of the young collective.
Having met at the Tshwane University of Technology, the collective has a variety of training ranging from jazz to popular music in addition to various qualifications from the Trinity Guildhall and the Royal School of London. Vast travel experience across African, Asian and European regions has also boosted the band’s understanding and creation of music – the craft which feeds the group’s collective spiritual journey.
In their brief period of being active, the ensemble has performed a variety of gigs both public and private. They also had the pleasure of gracing the Moratele Park festival addition to performing at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival which bears testament to the ensemble’s passion for performing. In addition to sharing the stage with legends, the Mkizwana Ensemble has also been interviewed by various radio stations.
Having been placed 3rd in the Puisano Competition in Gauteng, the ensemble has grand plans for the future. With an album recording and various live performances, Mkizwana Ensemble seems set to attain their goal of reviving jazz and making it more accessible to the youth.
This gig which forms part of the Jazz in the Native Yards is made possible by Concerts SA , a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.
Tickets at the door at R60/ pensioners and student discounts also available at the door.