Thulile Zama Band Tribute to Mama Africa Picture: Simanga Zondo
Thulile Zama Band Tribute to Mama Africa Picture: Simanga Zondo

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music presents the UKZN Jazz & Heritage Festival, with a Tribute to Mama Africa and the Sankofa band led by Prof Salim Washington.

It features young KZN talent at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music in Durban from Monday to Wednesday, 23 to 25 September, 2019.

Tribute to Mama Africa

The 3-day celebration kicks off with a Tribute to Mama Africa on Monday 23 September, a fundraiser in collaboration with Manning Road Methodist Church (MRMC), on the corner of Che Guevara and Lena Arendse Road.

Miriam Makeba’s career influenced Thulile Zama and her band members to such extent, that they found it fitting to do a tribute in honour of her. Thuli and her band have chosen songs including favourites like Pata Pata and Click Song, but also ballads like Promise and the heart-wrenching offerings she penned in exile.

Jazz & Heritage lunch concert

Heritage Day features a Jazz & Heritage lunch concert. Proceeds accrue to the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship. The concert features young jazz talent from surrounding schools as well student ensembles from the UKZN Jazz program. The UKZN Big Band will headline the bill and promises a good dose of township jazz arranged by saxophonist, Khaya Mahlangu as well as tunes by pianist Bheki Mseleku.

The concert is the first in a series of planned events in preparation for International Jazz Day, 2020. Cape Town will host the global concert on 30 April 2010, and will feature the Who’s Who of international and local jazz superstars.

Salim Washington fronts Sankofa
Salim Washington fronts Sankofa

Sankofa band

On Wednesday 25 September, audiences can enjoy a concert by Sankofa led by composer and multi-reedsman, Professor Salim Washington. The band will give a preview to what they are presenting at the prestigious Joy of Jazz Festival. One can expect a fabulous concert formulated by Durban’s most prestigious jazz musicians. For this special ensemble, Professor Washington has brought together musicians whom he feels share his sentiments about music and life.

They are Sanele Phakathi on piano, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass guitar, Bucco Xaba on drums, Zoe The Seed on vocals and Phuti Mofokeng on trumpet.

Event listings
Centre for Jazz and Popular Music
University of KwaZulu Natal
Howard College
Level 2, Denis Shepstone Building

Monday 23 September
Tribute to Mama Africa
Fundraiser for the Manning Road Methodist Church
Doors open at 5pm, the music starts at 6pm
Adults R100, pensioners R80, Students R50

Tuesday 24 September
Jazz & Heritage Concert,
1pm – 4pm
Concert only: R80 / pensioners: R50 / students: R25
Lunch: vegetable breyani: R50 // Chicken breyani: R70

Wednesday 25 September
Sankofa Band
Doors open at 5:30pm, the music starts at 6pm
Adults R80, pensioners R50, Students R25

What: UKZN Jazz & Heritage Festival Durban