Umuthiomkhulu Ensemble

The Umuthiomkhulu Ensemble starts a three night mini-Cape Town circuit entitled Healing, Peace and Equality on Thursday, 9 November 2023 at Selective Live on 189 Buitengracht Street in Cape Town at 8pm.

Led by Joburg-based trombonist Mthimkhulu Stuurman, the ensemble features Mzwakhe Cekiso on piano, Lebo Komane on trumpet, saxophonist Esihle Valela, drummer Nicholas Dlakavu and Bongani Nikelo on drums.

African spiritual jazz

Mthimkhulu is a South African based trombonist with over three years’ experience in African spiritual jazz. He was influenced by Dr Johnny Mekoa, who introduced him to jazz music and was later inspired by Malcom Jiyane. Mthimkhulu’s love for African spiritual jazz draws from his belief in ancestors and healing.

“In a world defined by turmoil and division, I seek to create art that transcends boundaries and nurtures the human spirit. My work is a testament to the profound healing power of creativity, an ode to the timeless quest for inner and outer peace, and a fervent celebration of the undying dream of equality,” explains Stuurman.

He further explains the theme of his music journey he will share with the Cape Town audience.

”Balm for the wounded soul”

“Healing, for me, is an artistic journey where every brushstroke and every note played become a balm for the wounded soul. In the intricate dance of colours and sounds, I explore the depths of human emotions, offering solace to those in need of respite from the chaos of life. Each piece I create is a sanctuary, a place where individuals can find solace, regain strength, and mend the scars left by life’s trials, “he explains.

“Peace, the universal longing, is at the heart of my artistic expression. I believe that art has the power to transcend language, culture, and creed, becoming a bridge that connects humanity through the shared desire for serenity.”

“Equality, the dream that propels us forward, is an essential part of my artistic vision. I use my creativity as a platform to challenge injustice and prejudice, to inspire dialogues, and to inspire change. Through my art, I aim to dismantle barriers, challenge stereotypes, and nurture a world where every individual can stand on equal ground, regardless of their background.”

Stuurman has worked with many South African and international musicians, including Dr Johnny Mekoa, Prince Lengoasa, Mthunzi Mvubu, The Spam All Stars, The Temptations, Luyolo Lenga, Dj Ed Noodles, Imbewu Marimba Community and The Amazing Thailand Band.

He has performed at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, US Embassy, Germany Embassy, Gaborone Convention Centre, AfrikaBurn and Expo Centre.

Gig dates for 2023

Thursday 9 November
At Selective Live, 189 Buitengracht St, Gardens, Cape Town
Booking link.

Friday 17 November
Athletic Social and Club, 35 Buitengracht St, Cape Town CBD
Booking link.

Sunday 19 November,
Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg
Booking here.

Who: Umuthiomkhulu Ensemble
Info: Luvuyo Kakaza Likwezi Arts 060 960 8935