The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus in Durban hosts a performance by Sereetsi & the Natives on Wednesday, August 31 at 6pm.
This concert is part of a tour of South Africa that will see the band playing a number of dates in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Mafikeng and Pietermaritzburg.
“This is part of our greater plan to grow our footprint internationally. We have just returned from an outing with Namibian world music star, Elemotho, at Windhoek’s Warehouse Theatre. The tour is a continuation of efforts to share the Natives rhythms with the rest of the world,” says Sereetsi.
Performing at the Centre for Jazz will be Sereetsi on four string guitar and lead vocals, American-born Terry Lewis on alto saxophone, young and dynamic Zimbabwean Leroy Nyoni on drums and vocals and well-travelled South African bassist Thabang Phora.
Sereetsi is a singer/songwriter and the author of the ground-breaking instructional book/CD, The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana. Durban was first introduced to Sereetsi and the Natives last year atUKZN’s African Music and Dance disciplines 10th African Cultural Calabash.
The act is one of the most popular in Botswana with a number of hits from its critically acclaimed 2015 debut, Four String Confessions, such as Robete, Thaa Kokome and Ke Boletsa Mongwe on regular rotation on radio. Its sound combines Botswana rhythms and verse with influences such as jazz and folk rock.
The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) is on Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN’s Howard College Campus. Doors open at 5.30pm and the show starts at 6pm. Tickets R60 (R40 pensioners, R20 for students). Phonet Thuli on 031 2603385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za for more details.