UKZN alumni from the Music discipline performed on stage at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music.
The first gig of the year featured Deep Breath while the other was by Sibusiso ‘Mash’ Mashiloane.
Deep Breath is a band from Durban comprising Cebo Mthwane on vocals, Joseph Dube on keyboard and Thato Motsepe on drums. Their music involves arrangements which the group says are unique. Stylistically, they borrow from jazz, kwaito and dance music.
The trio have been composing and performing together since enrolling to study jazz at UKZN in 2007, ‘Our intention is to inspire and uplift,’ says Motsepe, adding that they have ‘incorporated an African voice with a grooving and percussive piano’.
The other performance at the Centre features UKZN lecturer and renowned musician Mashiloane playing alongside UKZN students Lungelo Ngcobo (2nd keys), Dalisu Ndlazi (bass), Nic Pitman (guitar), Riley Giandhari (drums), Linda Sikhakhane (sax), Njabulo Shabalala (percussion), and Zoe Masuku (vocals).
A UKZN alumnus, Mashiloane, said: ‘Studying at UKZN was the best decision for my career and future. I am able to interact with musicians from across the world and talk the musical language with no fear. My compositions are well informed and my playing skills are at an international level. Plus I am an all-rounder in terms of being a musician.’
He describes his music as African, spiritual, soulful, funky and jazz.
Doors for tonight’s show (February 22) open at 5.30pm. Tickets are available at the door for R70 , reduced to R45 for pensioners and R20 for students