THE Ildo Nandja Trio will perform at the Jazzy Rainbow in Durban’s Morningside on Friday, July 7 as part of the Concerts SA circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.
The trio comprises Ildo Nandja on upright bass and vocals, Neil Gonsalves on piano and Sibusiso Zondi on drums.
Nandja, from Mozambique, began playing music at a young age, starting with percussion instruments. Later, through his involvement in a local music and dance company, he began playing the timbala, a traditional xylophone. His dedication led him to perform at festivals and events across Africa and Europe.
Now recognised as an outstanding and disciplined jazz musician, bass player and soloist, he has collaborated with international and local musicians across Southern Africa and abroad.
The audience should expect a concert that tells a story more like a painting as Nandja is exploring and trying new sounds.
“During the past few years I have been looking to further my studies in the field of jazz performance and education,” he says.
“I was recently accepted to the Masters programme at the Fontys Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in the Netherlands. I am motivated to take up this opportunity as I have a profound desire to develop my musicianship, collaborate with other artists and to advance as a jazz educator.
“This will be a totally new environment where I can be exposed to new challenges and learn from different perspectives. Most of all I view this as an opportunity to represent those like me who come from a background and situation where there are few prospects of following a career and gaining qualifications in the arts.
“When I finish my studies I plan to continue working with young upcoming musicians around Durban, who like me, are developing their skills in pursuit of their dreams.”
To cover his tuition, Nandja has initiated a crowdfunding campaign and he invites all his friends and fans to help to contribute.
“My decision to run this campaign came after I was awarded a partial scholarship that unfortunately does not cover the full cost of tuition. I realised I was going to need some help from my community!,” he says.
“Of course there can be something in it for you. If you like, you can purchase an online digital copy of my album on cdbaby.com/cd/ildonandja or directly through me at upcoming shows. You can also book me for workshops, studio session, a bass lesson or an exclusive concert in your home, workplace or community. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go directly to covering the remaining tuition fees. “
The Jazzy Rainbow, in association with Concerts SA, launched its first straight jazz programme on the eve of Heritage Day in September 2016 and is following up with the same concept in 2017. “#JazzyStraightAhead is about introducing regular, live, straight jazz concerts to our city in order to help keep the music alive,” says Oliver-Rene Haas.
Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are R70. To book phone 031 303 8398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org