Music Unlocked Sessions 17 June 2020: Cebo Ngema, John Edwards and Mbuso Khoza
Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and iSupport Creative Business in proud association with Casio as per every weekly concerts, once again presenting three musicians, this coming week’s edition will feature guitarist Cebo Ngema (DBN), pianist John Edwards and the Nelson Mandela University Jazz Quartet (PE) and talented singer who is originally from Eshowe Mbuso Khoza. All three artists will present the audience with a 20-minute set each.
Cebo Ngema is a Durban guitarist, Composer, Song writer & Poet who plays Jazz, Maskandi, Gospel & African music. He previously enrolled at the University of KwaZulu Nalal and obtained an access to the Jazz and Popular music diploma. His inspirations are George Benson, Jimmy Dludlu and Alan Kwela.
He has worked with many artists including Sisanda Nelson, Bheki Nqoko, Scelo Gowane, Xolisa Dlamini to name a few. He has featu two Maskandi recordings by 2 Bhobho. He has performed at various Fetivals including Ugu Jazz festival, Jazz in July and Hazelmere Dam Jazz festival. He has worked with various bands including Fiso Fakude, Gospel Choir, Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble, He i s currently working with Clermont Choir, DimDep Musical and has also recorded a Live DVD with them. He plays the Guitar for the In Blood Musical by African Sinakho which is a disability theatre. He is a Music Facilitator at The Batcentre.
JOHN EDWARDS AND THE NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY JAZZ QUARTET
John Edwards is a jazz pianist/composer and educator. Originally from Durban, he was a student of Darius Brubeck at the University of Kwazulu-Natal; he graduated in 2004 with a Masters (cum laude) in Jazz Performance and Composition. Although his preferred medium is acoustic jazz, his musical versatility has enabled him to perform, compose and record in numerous musical contexts including jazz, pop and rock bands, jazz/classical fusions, dance productions and cabaret and cruise ship engagements. He has been the recipient of several awards including winning the regional jazz band category in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition in 2003. He has been a lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth since 2010 and he is still active as a performer. His creative outputs are channeled through a parallel career as a jazz performer and he works extensively with local Eastern Cape-based musicians in this regard. In addition to this, he has performed with nationally and internationally renowned musicians including, amongst others, vocalists Natalie Rungan, Titi Luzipo and Melanie Scholtz, saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, trumpeter Feya Faku, guitarist Shawn Phillips, bassist Lex Futshane and drummer Ginger Baker.
In 2019 John took a six month sabbatical during which he researched, transcribed and arranged notable works by renowned South African jazz composers and musicians. His principal focus was on the Eastern Cape born-reeds player Zim Ngqawana and KZN-born pianist Bheki Mseleku. The Nelson Mandela University Jazz Quartet is one of the mediums by which Edwards intends on commemorating these and various other South African artists’ work. The band features colleagues and senior students from the Nelson Mandela University, namely, Edwards on piano, Curtis Kettledas on tenor saxophone, Elviro Vrolik on bass and Siphosethu Mtsulwana on drums. Repertoire also includes original compositions and interpretations of works by global jazz artists.
The Nelson Mandela University Jazz Quartet has performed to full houses at several venues in the Eastern Cape in recent months and has enjoyed an excellent response from the audiences. The band is excited to be part of the online ‘Music Unlocked Sessions’ that are currently being hosted by the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of Kwazulu-Natal.
Mbuso Khoza, a vocalist and songwriter with a rich and unique sound, and a genre-defying voice. His music is referred to as delicate mix of deep traditional Zulu music infused with Jazz elements. This particular sound separates him from his peers, with an ability to reach down to long gone memories. His sound is of this world yet reaches beyond this world.
In 2012 Khoza successfully release his debut album “Zilindile”. He has since been occupied with composing, rehearsing and recording music and with lots of performances around KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and the world. He has also been commissioned by the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini to teach schoolchildren about Amahubo – traditional Zulu hymns and war chants. He is taking it further and is planning to record an album of these hymns with an orchestra.
Musicians can submit a video that is created especially for the concert, which is likely to be a solo performance or minimal ensemble in this period of social distance. You can also submit previously recorded videos that are not widely available on the internet, and are part of your archive.
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Music Unlocked Sessions
Wednesday 17 June
Cebo Ngema, John Edwards and the Nelson Mandela University Jazz Quartet (PE) and Mbuso Khoza.
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