MEMORIES of Sophiatown and District Six will be envoked when the Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble (UJE) performs at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 6.
The 11-piece band will be playing music from their debut album, Ezintabeni, which includes two cover versions — Sgaxa mabhande and Way Back Fifties by African Jazz Pioneers.
The album was recorded with the help of the eThekwini Municipality, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts & Culture and KZN Music House.
The musicians have drawn on the musical heritage of Durban’s Umkhumbane area, known by its residents as Ezintabeni due to the uneven landscapes which housed the informal settlements occupied by people of all races.
UJE is made up of drummer, Atlas Duma, Jerry Kunene (alto saxophone), Moses Sefatsa (tenor saxophone), Sithembiso Ntuli (tenor saxophone), Muntu Dube, Bheki Luthuli (trumpet), Eric Duma (trumpet), Vincent Mtetwa (piano), KB Maphumulo (bass), Atlas Philani Duma (drums), Adolphus Kunene, and Mduduzi Magwaza (alto saxophone).
Every member of the ensemble, which has a century of musical experience, had a hand in crafting at least one of the album’s 14 compositions.
Tickets for the UKZN concert is part of UJE’s September Legendary Tour, are R70 (R45 for pensioners and R20 students). Doors open at 5.30 pm.
Inquiries: Thuli at 031 260 3385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za
UJE’s album is available for sale via conventional music outlets and through iTunes. — Entertainment Reporter