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Legendary Steve Dyer to launch “Enhlizweni – song stories from my heartland”

Press release:

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presents the legendary Steve Dyer “Enhlizweni – song stories from my heartland” album launch on Wednesday 10 April 2024 at 17:30.

Steve Dyer will celebrate the release of his new project “Enhlizweni – song stories from my heartland” at the UKZN Centre for Jazz and popular studies on the 10th April 2024. The musical themes are filled with personal and collective reflections on the state of our nation 30 years into democracy. “I’m grateful that the first show around the launch is my homecoming to KZN” says Steve. Enhlizweni is being released by the U.S. label Ropeadope in a joint venture with the newly formed AfricArise.

Joining Steve on this date are long time musical collaborator Andile Yenana on piano, Thuto Motsemme on acoustic bass, Sbu Ncube on drums and Ntokozo Nsibande on trumpet.

It promises to be a night to remember.

About the Artist:

Steve Dyer believes that no single culture owns the monopoly on human wisdom. Every human life born into whatever culture, ethnicity or spiritual belief system has the same value. He was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 1960 and completed a B Mus degree in performance at the University of Natal in 1981, majoring in saxophone and flute.

He helped form “Shakawe” led by Jonas Gwangwa and played in the band for 3 years. In 1988 after a stint in the U.K. he settled in Zimbabwe where after releasing his debut album Southern Freeway (1989) he formed a group with that same name.

Dyer conceptualised the Southern African music “supergroup” Mahube that has been an ongoing touring collaboration since 1997.. Steve also has extensive producing experience including 6 albums for Oliver Mtukudzi (1998-2002)

In April-May 2023 Steve toured the east and west coasts of the U.S.A. in a series of duo performances with Bokani Dyer called “Dyer-logue”. He also performed the Genesis of a different world repertoire at Dizzy’s Jazz club, Lincoln centre with a sextet.

Enhlizweni – song stories from my Heartland” is his 10th solo project called “This project will be released in April 2024 via a joint collaboration between Ropeadope and AfricArise

Gig Listing

Wednesday, 10 April 2024

UKZN, Centre for Jazz and Popular Music

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Howard College Campus, Dennis Shepstone Building, Level 2

Doors open at 17:00, Music starts at 17:30

Ticket Bookings and more information, please contact zamat1@ukzn.ac.za

Tickets: R110, R80 for pensioners, R50 for students


Apr 10 2024


5:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 10 2024
  • Time: 11:30 am
Centre for Jazz & Popular Music


Centre for Jazz & Popular Music
University of KwaZulu-Natal, 238 Mazisi Kunene Rd, Glenwood, Durban, 4041