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In the picture is Cathy Peacock, Mokgethisi Nkotsi (pic by Sufi Don), Karendra Devroop

Brass and Woodwind players unite for Action in Autism

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (UKZN) and iSupport Creative Business are proud to present the Brass and Woodwind concert featuring seventeen talented brass and woodwind players. The virtual concert aims to raise funds for Action in Autism and will take place as part of the regular Unlocked Music Sessions on Wednesday 20 January at 6 pm. Tickets are R80 and available on Webtickets.

Action in Autism is a dynamic and inclusive organisation that works from a social human rights paradigm, providing resource, learning, support and advocacy for Autistic people, their primary caregivers, extended families, educators, medical and allied health professionals and the wider community. Based in Haig Road in Park Hill, Durban North, this non-profit has served thousands of families since its inception in 2005. As a non-government, public benefit organisation, Action in Autism relies on the generosity of kind donors, local business and community fundraising initiatives for support.

The online experience features trumpeter Cathy Peacock who plays for KZNPO, teaches trumpet part-time at various schools and runs the 8-piece  jazz band ‘Platform Jazz’, and South Africa’s leading saxophonist and University of South Africa lecturer Karén Devroop, and well-loved Durban trumpeter George Mari. 

Also contributing to this exciting virtual concert are Phumlani Mtiti, a Mthatha born saxophonist and composer, extremely talented saxophonist Mxolisi Mdlalose, Nokwanda Nkala, who is appearing alongside Heels over Head, Canadian band Avataar led by Sundar Viswanathan, New Zealand based UKZN Alumni , saxophonist Thabani Gapara and South African Music Rights Organization(SAMRO) overseas scholarship for best instrumentalist (2016) award winner Linda Sikhakhane.

Also showcasing their talents are theatre sensation saxophonist Kirsty van der Linde, Cape Town-born reedman McCoy Mrubata and Durban band Jazz Minkeys, whose performance is dedicated to the late Tom Hare who was part of the band.

Completing the lineup are Beatrootz, led by Stacey van Schalkwyk,  creative and versatile Lesley Jennings, the founder of Gigculture, Tembisa born trombone player Mokgethisi (Kgethi) Nkotsi, Mpumalanga born Saxophonist Tshepo Mphela fondly known as Kats Kats and Kwamashu based brass band Locrean Music Project.

This concert is made possible by The SAMRO Foundation/Concerts SA. Concerts SA  is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed under the auspices of SAMRO and managed by IKS Cultural Consulting. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO and the SAMRO Foundation. 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.

For more information, please visit our website http://concertssa.co.za, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ConcertsSA or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcertsSA.

Event Listing

  • Mxolisi Mdlalose
  • Nokwanda Nkala (with Heels Over Head)
  • Mokgethisi Nkotsi
  • Linda Sikhakhane
  • Kirsty Van Der Linde
  • Tshepho Mphela
  • Lesley Jennings
  • Daniel Sheldon
  • McCoy Mrubata
  • George Mari
  • Cathy Peacock
  • Avataar (Canada)
  • Stacey van Schalkwyk (Beatrootz)
  • Locrean Music Project
  • Phumlani Mtiti
  • Karen Devroop
  • Thabani Gapara


Jan 20 2021


6:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jan 20 2021
  • Time: 11:00 am



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