Discipline of Music

BA Music & Drama Performance
Ayanda Mpama

"We should not only be creating, we also have to look at the way we live"

BA Music (2007)
Thulile Zama

“Thulile Zama keeps the fires burning at Africa’s oldest Jazz Centre”

MA (Applied Ethnomusicology)
Thabile Buthelezi

h African student to receive the prestigious Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage Scholarship. Choreomundus is an Erasmus Mundus programme that investigates dance and other movement systems (ritual practices, martial arts, games and physical theatre) as intangible cultural heritage

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Important Notice

Please be advised that following the President's statement which has banned gatherings of more than 100 people, we have POSTPONED all Center for Jazz and Popular Music gigs until further notice. Please Stay Safe.

Prof. Salim Washington

Cluster Leader

Email | 031-260-3060

Welcome Message from the Head of the Discipline

Welcome to the University of KwaZulu Natal’s Discipline of Music website. Here you will find a vibrant community of staff members who are active musicians and scholars. Their commitment to mentoring students in the multifaceted art of music-making (including performance, theory, aural, history and technology) ensures that students can mature into musicians capable of performing, composing and producing research at the highest levels. Our discipline boasts a state of the art electro-acoustic studio and a well-stocked library. Feel free to contact us for detailed information about our course offerings at undergraduate and post graduate levels.  

Press Releases

Top Stories

Ms Thulile Zama’s birthday gig and Fotobooth collaboration at Jazzy Rainbow.

UKZN Alumnus and Jazz Singer in Concert in Durban

July 19, 2019

Durban vocalist and UKZN staffer Ms Thulile Zama, who recently...

UKZN Alumnus and jazz musician Mr Linda Sikhakhane

UKZN music alumnus graduates from prestigious New York school

July 12, 2019

UKZN alumnus Mr Linda Sikhakhane, who is also a well-known...

UKZN Jazz student, Mr Dalisu Ndlazi

UKZN Jazz student takes on New Orleans

July 12, 2019

UKZN Jazz student and bassist, Mr Dalisu Ndlazi is attending...

Music Student Behind Fashion Meets Jazz Show

July 4, 2019

Music student Ms Nomfundo Cele partnered with Okwabantu Events to...

SA Music Rights Organisation bursary winners (from left) Ms Nobuhle Myeni, Ms Nomthandazo Makhanya, Ms Noluthando Maphumulo and Ms Zoliswa Michelle Mchunu.

African Music and Dance Students Win Bursaries

July 4, 2019

Nine students of the College of Humanities won 2019 Southern...

UKZN Jazz lecturer Mr Sibusiso Mashiloane.

UKZN Jazz Lecturer Nominated for SA Music Award

May 13, 2019

Closer to Home by UKZN Jazz lecturer Mr Sibusiso Mashiloane...

Coming this Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Piano Passions Thanksgiving concert featuring over 20 pianists

The Thanksgiving concert will feature an impressive 20 pianists coming from South Africa, but also from the UK, USA and The Netherlands. The event forms part of the weekly UKZN Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and iSupport Creative Business’ Music Unlocked Sessions. Tickets are R80 each and available on Webtickets, with the option for patrons to donate more.