As part of the celebration of culture and heritage during Heritage Month, the Headroom, in association with The Playhouse Company, presents Lu Dlamini Live at The Playhouse in Durban at 8pm on Friday,September 30.
With a personal history that reflects a range of African and African Diaspora cultures, composer and songstress, Lu Dlamini, has been delighting audiences around the country with her vibrant performances, meaningful lyrics and effortlessly magnificent voice.
“Heritage is a gift handed down from the past as a tradition and this September I celebrate my heritage with the sounds of hope, purpose, truth and wisdom,” says Lu. “I celebrate family for standing strong when times are tough. I celebrate all South African communities for thriving in hard conditions and fighting together to create a healthy, cohesive environment for our children.”
Lu, who recently performed at both the National Arts Festival and the State Theatre in Pretoria, will be presenting a broad and exciting repertoire. She will be joined by her regular trio – Barney Bophela on keyboards, Mzwakhe Gumede on bass and Mzamo Zungu on drums. Together they weave a magical sound that recalls a powerful past and links it to a hopeful future whilst speaking clearly and truly about the present.
Lu Dlamini comes from a large family filled with illustrious musicians. Her brother, ethnomusicologist Dr Sazi Dlamini, was recently awarded the coveted eThekwini Living Legend Award.
Her eldest brother, Njeza Dlamini, will provide the opening act for her concert at the Playhouse. Njeza, who plays guitar, T Box Bass and sings, will be accompanied by Sphelele Dlamini on penny whistle, bamboo flute and vocals and the trio features Njabulo Shabalala on percussion and vocals.
“This show is also a comeback platform for Njeza Dlamini, who suffered a minor stroke and was diagnosed diabetic,” says Lu. “We were not sure if we would ever hear Njeza play again, but after a year long treatment, he picked up his T Box Bass.
“It took a few months of determination, dedicated practice and drinking rain water; but he is managing to get those rare and beautiful sounds out of his home made instrument once again. Those attending the concert will experience this gentle sensitive soul and his magical music.”
Tickets are R100 at Computicket.