Dialogue of music sounds at UKZN

Zvirmudeze Mbira ensemble (Zimbabwe)

Zvirmudeze Mbira ensemble (Zimbabwe)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is hosting the Dialogue of Musical Sounds concert, in association with The African Music Project 10th African Cultural Calabash, at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 30. The concert will feature the Zvirmudeze Mbira Ensemble from Zimbabwe, under direction of Dr. Perminus Matiure, the Durban-based Salim Washington Ensemble (United States/South Africa) and Jo Kunnuji from Nigeria.

The first set will feature the Zvirimudeze Mbira Ensemble from Zimbabwe. Founded in 2011 the members are director Perminus Matiure (bass mbira), Wonder Maguraushe (rhythm mbira), Taona Muatengo (lead mbira), Decent Chambwera (drums), Absolom Mutavati (percussion and technical support) and Elijah Chikomo (vocals).

The name Zvirimudeze was coined by Perminus Matiure. It literally means “what is enshrined in the calabash”. The ensemble aims to preserve the legacy of mbira through contemporary performances (matandaro).

The group performs its own compositions, traditional pieces as well as mbira songs composed by other players. Zvirimudeze has managed to gain popularity over the past four years by successfully conducting shows in Gweru, Beitbridge, Hwedza, Bulawayo and Harare. Preparations for recording new album with one of the most reputable recording companies in Zimbabwe are at an advanced stage.

Salim Washington

Salim Washington

The second set will be Salim Washington Ensemble, featuring trumpeter Jo Kunnuji. Jo Kunnuji, completed his B Mus. degree in Jazz performance, B Soc. Sc. degree in Sociology, is currently studying for an M Mus degree in Ethnomusicology at the South Africa College of Music, University of Cape Town.

Jo Kunnuji from Nigeria

Jo Kunnuji from Nigeria

He describes his sound as  a blend of jazz harmony and improvisational style with rhythmically exciting Ogu music, from Nigeria.

The Durban collaboration is complemented by UKZN Jazz and AMD staff and senior students, to indeed promote a dialogue between Cape Town and Durban, and Jazz and African Music, in the spirit of the ongoing International Council of Traditional Music African Musics Symposium being hosted by the African Music Project at UKZN.

Join the Zvirmudeze Mbira Ensemble and Salim Wasington Ensemble featuring Jo Kunnuji, with Jo Kunnuji (Trumpet/Cornet) joined by Salim Washington (saxophones), Neil Gonsalves (piano), Ildo Nanja (Double/Electric Bass), Jose Chemane (Drums) and Lindani Phumlomo (Percussionist) at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) on Level 2 of the Shepstone Building, on the UKZN Howard College Campus in Durban.

Tickets are R50 (pensioners R30 and students R15). Inquiries: Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za

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