Philani Ngidi & The Afro Divas connecting Durban and Maputo through music

Philani Ngidi

Philani Ngidi

Bassist and band leader, Philani Ngidi, and female vocal trio, The Afro Divas, are set for a tour that will connect two sister cities, Maputo and Durban, through the best African live music.

Philani Ngidi & The Afro Divas will be joined in a cross-border collaboration by two great Mozambican musicians (Stelio “Stelinho” Mondlane on drums and Zoco Dimande on lead guitar) and a South African pianist based in Maputo, Thapelo Motshegwe.

The tour includes three performances in Durban, from October 9 to 11, at Kud’ta Jazz Lounge, Egagasini MVG Lounge and Wahooz at Ushaka Marine World.

The idea behind this collaborative tour is to put on an exciting, high energy show which is entertaining, has depth, range, diversity, and a high level of music skills. This collaboration is inter-generational, as it includes musicians of all ages; and gender balanced, as three out of seven performers are women.

From jazz-funk to African jazz, fusion, pop and rock, Philani Ngidi seems to be one of the most versatile South African bass players around. Having toured internationally, Ngidi has established a strong reputation in Europe, Australia and the United States, wowing crowds with his diverse style.

With more than 25 years of experience in the music industry, Philani has worked with people like Ernie Smith, Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Pat Matshikiza, the late Lulu Gontsana, Tete Mbambisa, Sipho Hot Stix Mabuse, Jonathan Butler, Sharon Katz. He has toured internationally with the likes of Sipho Gumede, Mbongeni Ngema, Jerry Kunene and many more.

The Afro Divas

The Afro Divas

The Afro Divas is a female vocal trio which performs at music festivals, corporate and private functions all over the country. Comprised by Yolanda Cenge, Khuthala Mabhentsela and Ntombikayise Cenge, the trio was formed in order to preserve traditional and contemporary South African music.

Working and travelling the world with Philani Ngidi since 2010, they have performed in Dubai International Jazz Festival and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. They have shared a stage with Hugh Masekela, Phuzekhemisi, Mahotella Queens, Freshlyground, Rod Stewart and MiCasa.


October 9: Durban – Kud’ta Jazz Club (Wilson’s Wharf), 1 pm. Free admission. Bookings: 031 301 1650.

October 11: Durban – Egasasini  MVG Lounge, 4-6 Gillespie Street, 7 pm till 10 pm. Entry R50. Bookings: 079 539 3777.

October 11: Durban – Wahooz at Ushaka Marine World, 12 pm till 4 pm. Free admission. Bookings: 031 328 8000.


The Philani Ngidi & The Afro Divas tour is supported by the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism administered by Concerts SA which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours. Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the SAMRO Foundation.

It receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO and Concerts Norway.

By engaging with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, the project aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms.

For more information visit, follow ConcertsSA on Twitter @ConcertsSA or like the Facebook page: ConcertsSA.

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