Sisonke Xonti will be performing at the Afrikan Freedom Station, 41 5th Avenue, Westdene, Johannesburg at 8pm on October 16.
His introduction to jazz came at the age of 16 (2004) when he joined a Cape Town-based band, The Little Giants, led by George Werner and the late Ezra Ngcukana.
That same year, Sisonke was selected to be a part of the School’s Big Band at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. And in 2007 he was also selected for the National Youth Band for the first time under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Lilley.
He has since played with an array of highly acclaimed musicians, namely Jimmy Dludlu, Victor Ntoni, Lira, Hugh Masekela, Judith Sephuma, Dj Christos, DJ Vinny Da Vinci, Herbie Tsoaeli, Feya Faku, Freshlyground, Neo Muyanga, Bheki Khoza, Barney Wailer from Bob Marley and the Wailers, Mike Campbell and the UCT Big Band, Abdullah Ibrahim and The Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, CODA, Kyle Shepherd, Bokani Dyer, Marcus Wyatt, Goodluck, Lwanda Gogwana, The International Youth Jazz Band, Simphiwe Dana, and Andile Yenana.
He has also performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, The Grahamstown Jazz Festival, and The Calabar Jazz Festival in Nigeria. He has performed in China, Mozambique, Angola, Reunion Islands, Switzerland, Dubai and many more countries.
This show is more focused than previous projects he’s lead, so fans can expect the night to be very special as they witness a man who totally loses himself in his saxophone.