Old and the new fuse in jazz at State Theatre

Ngwako Manamela
Ngwako Manamela

Young emerging artists will share a stage with legendary musicians in the jazz fraternity when Songs and Rhythms opens at State Theatre this Friday, March 31.

The SA’s self-proclaimed vibraphone, marimba icon Ngwako Manamela and the self-taught guitarist Sol will headline this musical experience.

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The South African Music Awards (SAMA) nominee Ngwako has been around for a while. He recorded with icons like Miriam Makeba, Don Laka, Moses Khumalo, Zim Ngqawana, Hugh Masekela, Julian Bahula, Vusi Mahlasela, Khaya Mahlangu and Banjo Mosele from Botswana and more other musicians. He also recorded his own album signed under Hugh Masekela’s Chisa recording company. He released an album titled ‘Ramelodi’ that was nominated for the SAMA awards in 2008. In his career, he shared a stage with Jazz artists like Zimqawane, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Kiepie Moeketsi, Hotep Galeta, Ernest Mothle, Moses Mogale, Bheki Mseleku, Banny Rachabane, Gabriel Tobejane Concord Nkabinde, Khaya Mahlangu and other top African musicians and International musicians. He now teaches young musicians in the country how to play the vibraphone.

Solomon Sindisa Shibambu also known as Sol
Solomon Sindisa Shibambu also known as Sol

Sol, whose real name is Solomon Sindisa Shibambu, plays acoustic guitar and sings Afro-pop in Xitsonga, English, IsiZulu, Sesotho and Shona. This emerging soul has been on stage with Jazz legends like Vusi Mahlasela, Judith Sephuma, Steve Kekana, Johny Motuba and many more, not forgetting his mentor Louis Mhlanga, who played an important role in his debut album with his the popular ‘Titilo’ song.

Songs and Rhythms is a musical show that promotes live performances from Jazz, African Indigenous Contemporary, Poetry, Afro Soul, and more. “AFCO is providing a platform for Pretoria artists, which was declared and known as the “Home of Jazz” due to the Morabi genre that originates from Marabastad. It is further aimed at celebrating and acknowledging legendary artists, to share the stage with young inspiring talents and preserve our indigenous heritage,” says Manamela.

The initiative is scheduled monthly until June. Next shows will be on 14 April; 09 May; and 02 June at the Rendezvous Theatre at 20:00. Tickets can be purchased at Computicket at R120.

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