THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is hosting the KZN Music Imbizo showcase, featuring Sheila da Blue Note and Sheila Khumalo, at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 29.
Sheila da Blue Note is a singer, composer,actress and a dancer. She started her career in 1996 as a gospel singer and has worked with Lucky & friends and Clermont Merry Singers.
Iin 2004 she moved to Bat Centre in Durban where she was part of a programme called Artist in Action Residence and studied composition, ensemble, music theory, voice and music business. She also learned under the jazz legend, Theo Bophela.
Now recording her debut album, she specialises in Afro jazz, pop and blues.
Khumalo began her music career at an early age and was discovered by John Shawman of the Sheperds Music Group when she was 19. In the 1980s and 90s she worked as a back-up singer for Joyce Thabe and the Boots, and Sophie Mgcina.
Tickets for the show are R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students).
At 6 pm on Wednesday, August 30, the venue is hosting a performance by Ncamisa Nqana, a young vocalist from Mamelodi.
She started classical vocal training in 2006 while in Mamelodi High School and then went on to study music and joined a choir that worked with Don Laka and Abe Sibiya. Nqana has also worked as a backing vocalist for Judith Sephuma, Louis Mhlanga and Dr Sello Galane.
Her style of music is influenced by jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Lindiwe Maxolo, Bheki Mseleku, Herbie Tsoaeli and Miriam Makeba.
For this concert she will be joined by Sanele Phakathi on pPiano, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, Tshiamo Nkoane or Bucco Xaba and Linda Sikhakhane on tenor sax.
Also on stage will be vocalists Keorapetse Kolwane, Josie Matabola and Ayanda Thango and trumpeter, Thabo Sikhakhane.
Tickets are R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students).
The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM) is on level tw of the Shepstone Building at UKZN’s Howard College campus. Doors open at 5.30 pm. Inquiries: Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za