Lunch-Hour Concerts

The School of Arts : Music presents FREE lunch-hour concerts

Lunch hour concerts take place at Howard College Theatre at 12:15 - 13:00

unless otherwise stated.


Additional Wednesday concerts will be presented throughout the semester. All concerts are free.

All details subject to change

For more information about concerts presented by UKZN Music

contact the Concert Organiser  031-260 3385






Silvia, a graduate of pianoforte from the Conservatory of Alessandria    under Massimo Paderni. Silvia holds a degree with maximum marks in music from the University of Bologna and various courses, specializing with Szidon, Kontarsky, Micault, Damerini, Masi, Gottlieb, Celibidache and Rattalino. Silvia is also involved in research and census taking of musical assets on behalf of the Instituto per l Beni musical in Piemonte. Above all she teaches piano, runs workshops and master classes in various institutions in Italy.





HARINATH JHA (Indian classical) 

Harinath is one of the foremost disciples of Ustad Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar, who represents the 20th unbroken generation of the Dagars, the prime family in Dhrupad and Dhamar singing. Harinath is a renowned composer and a lead singer/director of Maithily. In his musical research & creation he incorporates guidance of Vidushi Khrishha Bisht, Pt.Hari Charan Verma and Pt. Rajendra Prasanna.







David Jenkins, also known as “Qadasi”, is an accomplished Maskandi musician who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age. Based in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, David and the ‘Qadasi’ band are on a quest to bring back traditional Zulu Maskandi music, however, also bringing in a fusion of traditional and more contemporary styles.






STEVE NEWMAN (Guitar performance & workshop)


Legendary Steve Newman, who has collaborated with a variety of world-class musicians and travelled all over the world with his guitar, defies generational attitudes as he continues to explore his instrument.  Steve Newman’s style of guitar playing is music’s quiet miracle. The stark simplicity of guitar taken to another level. A combination of experience with a creative approach delivering world-class music at our doorstep.   






KZNPO CAMPUS CONCERT Featuring Pu2ma (Afro-soul)

KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maum Rousin, featuring a classical instrumentalist, a Jazz guitarist, a Jazz vocalist, two 0pera Soloists, all from The School of Arts-Music and Pu2ma an award winning S.A afro Jazz singer. In less than three years of her album release Pu2ma has dazzled international and local stages. She has shared stages with Lallah Hathaway, Chris Botti, Fourplay, and Hugh Masekela during Tribute to Miriam Makeba at Joy of Jazz, Sibongile Khumalo, Rebbeca Malope, Benjamin Dube to mention a few. Now it’s time for our soon to graduate students to share a stage with their future counterpart in the industry.



 Please Note: This concert will take place at

OSCA, Jubilee Hall, Princess Alice Avenue



For further information about concerts presented by the UKZN School of Music contact the Concert Office:

Lu Dlamini

University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Music,

Durban, 4041

031-260 3353


Monday, 25 February

Fiona Tozer

What the folk?

Fiona Tozer is a Durban-based singer, guitarist and songwriter, a veteran of many Splashy Fen festivals and a regular performer at other national and local music events. Her songs, in contemporary folk and acoustic rock style, have to date been released on the albums; Odyssey, Neverland and Light and Sound, and the recently released Somewhere Else. She has been venturing into other genres of music and completed a Masters degree in composition at the University of KZN in 2008.


Monday, 4 March

UKZN Jazz Combo

 Students from the Jazz programme will perform a  selection of  Jazz standards

at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music


Monday, 11 March

Karthiegasen Pillay

Karthiegasen Pillay is the leading artist in the field of Carnatic Music (South Indian Classical Music) in South Africa. He has been performing music for 40 years and today, he is the only South African musician to have occupied the top slot in the Chennai Music Festival. Karthiegasen belongs to a family of music connoisseurs. From a very early age he was exposed to the classical arts, especially carnatic classical music.  His first concert was at the tender age of 2. Since then there has been no looking back. He has travelled widely in South Africa, India and abroad and won applause from connoisseurs and critics. He has been on tours to Mauritius, Malaysia, Africa and India on numerous occasions. He has received numerous awards and titles.


Monday, 13 March

African Music and Dance Ensemble (3rd year students:  GROUP 1)

Students from the African Music and Dance programme will perform a selection of traditional African pieces.


Monday, 18 March

African Music and Dance Ensemble (3rd year students:  GROUP 2)

Students from the African Music and Dance programme will perform a selection of traditional African pieces


Wednesday, 20 March

African Music and Dance Ensemble (3rd year students:  GROUP 3)

Students from the African Music and Dance programme will perform a selection of traditional African pieces


Monday, 25 March

African Music and Dance Ensemble (3rd year students:  GROUP 4)

Students from the African Music and Dance programme will perform a selection of traditional African pieces


Wednesday, 27 March

African Music and Dance Ensemble (3rd year students:  GROUP 5)

Students from the African Music and Dance programme will perform a selection of traditional African pieces


Monday, 08 April

Bavikile MaBhengu Ngema (Nguni musical bows, harmonica, voice) featuring UKZN Bow Music Ensemble

Was born in 1951 in the Nkandla district of KwaZulu-Natal. A prolific composer and virtuoso player on umakhweyana and umqangala (umbheleza) Nguni musical bows, she also performs harmonica and jaws-harp. Learning to play by watching and imitating her sisters and cousins, Bavikile perfected an extended umakhweyana stopping technique, which elicits an extra fundamental note on the higher-pitched segment. An acute rhythmic sense, dance and melodic sensibility, imbues both her original compositions and interpretations of traditional Nguni repertoires with a palpable, youthful vibrancy. On invitation by Dr Sazi Dlamini in 2012, Ms Ngema  gave a day-long bow music workshop to students of the UKZN music programme – leading to the establishment of the university’s first ever Bow Music Ensemble.  She will feature Sazi Dlamini (musical bows, percussion and vocals) and also members of the music school’s Bow Music Ensemble in a concert programme of songs .


Monday, 15 April

Andrew Warburton


Acclaimed South African concert pianist Andrew Warburton will present a recital of Spanish piano works by composers such as Isaac Albeniz and Enrique Granados. These composers were both virtuoso pianists (Albeniz having studied with Liszt), and their works explore the vibrant melodies and rhythms of their native land. Also featured and discussed will be the great influence that Spanish music has had on composers from other countries, most notably the French composer Maurice Ravel. Highlights of this recital will be performances of Ravel’s “Alborada del gracioso”, and the equally virtuosic “Allegro de concierto” by Granados.


Monday, 22 April

Amazwi Amyoli

Amazwi Amyoli is a group composed of four(4) singers.  All of whom are alumni of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and they refer to their music as Afro-classical. The group was formed in February 2009.  They perform a variety of African pieces together with jazz, pop and classical music.


Monday, 29 April

Fontana Trio

The group specialised in new musical elements. Their program comprises of contemporary works, baroque\renaissance music  interpreted in new ways with special formation including a baroque trombone as well as the alto and bass flute.  This includes pieces composed specifically by the group, also by Hieronymus Schaedler.  The performers are:         Ross Butcher, Hieronymus Schadler and Markus Hochuli.


Monday, 06 May

Opera and Choral Ensemble

The ensemble is comprised of students from the Opera Studio and Choral Academy, conducted by Mr Lionel Mkhwanazi.  They will perform operatic works that form part of their current studies.

at Jubilee Hall (OSCA)


Wednesday, 08 May

KZNPO Campus Concert

A special campus performance by KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring soloists from the UKZN Music discipline, and singers from the Opera Studio

at Jubilee Hall (OSCA), Princess Alice Avenue


Monday, 13 May

African Music and Dance Ensemble

Established in 1992, the ensemble boasts a varied repertoire of songs, dances and drumming styles from Southern, West and East Africa. Each semester the students present an energetic and vibrant celebration of traditional and modern African music.


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