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Home Events Press Release The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music Proudly presents ‘Sisingathiwe’ featuring N’den on Wednesday, 02 August 2023, at 17:30.

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music Proudly presents ‘Sisingathiwe’ featuring N’den on Wednesday, 02 August 2023, at 17:30.

N’den is proud to share original music from their debut offering, ‘Sisingathiwe,’ which dropped on all digital music platforms on the 16th of June, 2023. The music duo N’den had a pre-launch party for Sisingathiwe the evening before at a glitzy and packed event in Morningside Durban.

The album echoes the essence of guardianship, warmth, protection, and love for humanity. It weaves around a musical collaboration brewed within the quirky nature of the duo’s camaraderie and stylistic nuances that straddles Jazz, neo-soul, and a hint of contemporary Durban jazz feel. With a friendship of nearly two decades, the originality and musical chemistry brought to bear on the album will leave listeners admiring creativity and musicianship. Sisingathiwe is a culmination of the success of their debut single ‘Coffee in the Morning,’ which received a warm reception. 

N’den comprises vocalist Thulile Zama and pianist David Smith who met in the early 2000s while studying music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Their humble musical beginnings as a duo took off performing in various locations in Durban. David’s passion for music is undeniable, playing a vital role as a member of the successful Jazz/Hip Hop band Big Idea which made waves throughout the country. Thulile, distinguished by her dazzling voice, is the lead vocalist of the thriving all-female contemporary jazz band Heels Over Head (best contemporary jazz nominees SAMA – 2011; Yamaha Young Artist winners 2010). Thulile’s versatility as a vocalist is well-known and loved within the jazz circuit in Durban. Her talents have taken her to Hamburg, Berlin, and New Orleans. 

Together they have been part of the Tributes to Mama Africa/Sophiatown band since 2017. The band has performed in various venues nationwide and recently headlined the No Franco#5 festival in Maputo, Mozambique. In the last few years, in addition to writing original songs, the duet has covered some of their favorite songs for their YouTube channel and social media pages.

Gig Listing

N’den Sisingathiwe

UKZN, Centre for Jazz and Popular Music

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

Wednesday, 02 August 2023

Doors open: 17:00

Show starts: 17:30

Booking is essential: zamat1@ukzn.ac.za

Tickets: R100, pensioner tickets are R70, and student tickets are R40.


Aug 02 2023


5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 02 2023
  • Time: 11:00 am