Enjoy a tribute to Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba – at the Centre for Jazz

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DUE to unforeseen circumstances, Nono Nkoane will not be playing at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on Wednesday, July 19. Replacing her will be Thulile Zama, who is paying tribute to Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba.

Makeba’s career influenced Zama and she felt it would be fitting to do a tribute. She and her band have chosen songs from the different eras of Makeba’s illustrious career.

Zama Holds a BA (Music) from the University of KZN and is the lead vocalist of successful contemporary jazz band Heels Over Head.

Accompanying her on piano is David Smith, who has always had a passion for music, and started playing gospel at church. In the early 2000s, he studied music at UKZN where he initially met Zama.

On bass will be Sbusiso Mkonza, who has a flare and natural love for the arts. He is now registered at UKZN and is currently doing his second year BA Music.

Drummer Rebekah Pillay completes the band. She was born into a musically inclined family and in 2009, she joined the SA Army as a military musician where she currently serves. She is also a founding member of Heels Over Head.

Catch the Makeba Tribute Band at the Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN’s Howard College Campus. Doors open at 5.30pm.

Tickets are R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 for students).

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