Talented vocalist Lu Dlamini will be performing at Seaman’s Corner, Hammarsdale on Saturday, November 28.
Acoustic by nature, her music features the exquisite instrumentation by the likes of Sbusiso Zondi on drums, Mazwakhe Gumede on Bass and Barney Bophela on Keys.
A product of the Inanda Seminary, Lu Dlamini moved to Johannesburg and enrolled at Fuba Arts College to study music. It did not take the music fraternity long to realise that this was an exceptional voice.
Soon she was in Kamazu’s band, then with Ali Katt, then with Brenda Fassie, where she stayed for three years. At the same time she was acting in Zikhethele 3, a TV youth series that was the South African equivalent to the American Fame.
This was followed by a 10-year stint in the band of Sipho Hotstix Mabuse. With this band Lu toured all over the world and gained vast amounts of experience on stage as well as in the recording studio. When her schedule with Hotstix allowed she would also work with Sankomota and Mango Groove amongst others.
In 2010, Ian Osrin of Digital Cupboard introduced Lu to the world-renowned guitarist Steve Newman and they immediately decided to work together in the studio. This culminated in the Jikanelanga project. A CD that must still rank as one of the most beautiful world music albums ever to come out of South Africa.
She has also been a backing singer for trombonist Jonas Gwangwa, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red and Grace Jones. In 2011 she also sang on songs by Beyonce, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay for Grammy Award-winning American producer, Kenny Young’s Rhythms Del Mundo project.
ut the call of the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast where she grew up was too strong. She relocated to KZN in 2012.
Lu composes her own music with lyrics in Isinguni, Portuguese and English.
Catch her Saturday at Seaman’s Corner, Hammarsdale (Unit 3). Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets R30 at the door, on http://www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick and Pay stores.
This performance is supported by Concerts SA a joint South African/Norwegian initiative that aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms.
It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.