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The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music presents “Jazz Safari: A Journey through African Jazz”

Press release:

The Centre for Jazz and Popular proudly presents “Jazz Safari: A Journey through African Jazz” on Wednesday 13 March 2024 at 17:30.

Embark on a musical expedition across the diverse landscapes of Africa with “Jazz

Safari,” a captivating showcase of African jazz fusion. Inspired by the continent’s

natural beauty, cultural richness, and rhythmic diversity, this show invites audiences

on a thrilling journey through soundscapes that transcend borders and genres.

Each performance tells a story, drawing inspiration from different regions and

traditions across Africa. From the infectious grooves of West African highlife to the

soulful melodies of South African township jazz, from the hypnotic rhythms of North

African Gnawa music to the energetic beats of East African Afrobeat, the repertoire

showcases the diversity and dynamism of African musical heritage.

Join us as we embark on this exhilarating musical journey through the heart of Africa.

From the rhythms of the Sahara to the melodies of the Congo, from the bluesy notes

of the Mississippi Delta to the improvisational spirit of New Orleans jazz, “Jazz

Safari” celebrates the interconnectedness of music and the enduring legacy of African

creativity and innovation. So, pack your bags, buckle up, and get ready for the

adventure of a lifetime!

On Lead vocals is singer and songwriter Nomfundo Cele also Known as “Cleo”. She fell in love with music from a very tender age listening to her father’s vinyl records of

African jazz music, Umbhaqhanga, and gospel music. She is joined by backing Vocalists Nomalanga Khanyile & Andile Hadebe, Samkelo ‘Njinji Street” Magwaza on Piano, Blessing Twala Bass and Skhulile Mthembu on Drums.

Gig Listing

UKZN, Centre for Jazz and Popular Music

Wednesday, 13 March 2024

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


Mar 13 2024


5:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 13 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