Live music: Singing as a way of Being in the World – a concert cycle of three concerts, headlined by renowned SA pianist, Nduduzo Makhathini- March 11, 12, 13, 2022

What: Singing as a way of Being in the World – a series of three concerts, headlined by renowned SA pianist, Nduduzo Makhathini
When: Friday March 11 (8pm), Saturday March 12 (8pm) and Sunday March 13 (3pm) – 2022
Where: The Cellar, Glenelly Estate, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R350 and R900 for a weekend pass


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Nduduzo Makhathini:    

Nduduzo Makhathini is one of South Africa’s leading pianists. He will be headlining a sequence of three concerts: Singing as a way of Being in the World. The concerts are from Friday March 11 to Sunday March 13, 2022,at The Cellar, Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch and are being presented on the Jazz and Vines platform. Nduduzo Makhathini will perform in a band with a luminary group of musicians. Scroll down for box, with details of the lineup. Nduduzo Makhathini is a giant of an artist and has received acclaim and accolades in South Africa, the African continent and abroad. He received the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for jazz. His 2017 album Ikhambi, won Best Jazz Album at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) in 2018. African spiritual journey. In 2019, before the worldwide pandemic shut down live performance, he made his debut at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City and at the Lincoln Center. Info as supplied:

African spiritual journey

A torch bearer of African tradition Makhathini’s artistic virtuosity on piano will articulate an African spiritual journey in the three concerts which make up the series, Singing as a way of Being in the World. “The performances will form a three-part ritual of three evenings,” says Makhathini. “The symbolism of these rituals will be anchored on the trinity that governs an African worldview. We have been told from the wise ones that an African world is made up of the living, living-dead (ancestors) and the ones-not-yet-born -as being in a constant counterpoint,”

Concert themes: Preparation, Elsewhere and The Return

The symbolism of these rituals are clearly articulated in sequence of these three concerts. Each has a theme: Preparation, Elsewhere and The Return. See box for details of each concert and insights into the themes.

Concert 1 on Friday March 11, 2022 at 8pm.

Theme: Preparation: Featuring singer Thandiswa Mazwai.

One of the rituals to be explored is the period of ‘ukuphahla’, when a traditional healer is preparing to take a journey of a calling of healing. “This performance will explore the language of the spirits, thereby inviting through ukuphahla, to guide us on a journey ahead,” explains Makhathini. “The symbolic colour for this concert is red. A symbol of light.”

Concert 2 on Saturday 12 March 2022 at 8pm

Theme: Elsewhere: Featuring Msaki.

At this stage the traditional healer is undergoing training. “This performance seeks to enter the realms of the spirit and take the audience on a journey towards the unknown where healing resides,” explains Makhathini. “The symbolic colour here is green. A colour that symbolises spiritual growth.”

Concert 3 on Sunday 13 March 2022 at 3pm

Theme: The Return: Featuring Omagugu Makhathini.

The traditional healer graduates. “The symbolic colour is white- a colour that represents purity,” explains Makhathini. “This performance captures a celebratory spirit and new knowledge of self. The astounding band will play these rituals, and not only of a traditional healer but many more that connect us, as people with the spiritual world and the environment we live in. As an artist I have argued that my artistic practice enunciates from a cosmological standpoint. In other words, the articulation of my sound is a result of deep mediations and engagements with the worldview described above. Ultimately, the music I will be presenting seeks resonance with the greater ancestral paradigms, spirit worlds, the environment, and all living things.”

The band: Singing as a way of Being in the WorldMarch 11, 12, 13, 2022 – in The Cellar, Glenelly Estate,  Stellenbosch

Nduduzo Makhathini: Piano, Singing and Prophetic Word
Robin Fassie Kock: Trumpet and flugel horn 
Ariel Zamonsky: Double bass
Ayanda Sikade: Drums 
Gontse Makhene: Percussion  

Concert times: Friday March 11 at 8pm, Saturday March 12 at 8pm and Sunday March 13 at 3pm
Tickets: R350/R900 weekend pass

About Nduduzo Makhathini

Nduduzo Makhathini grew up in umGungundlovu in Kwa Zulu-Natal, where music and ritual practices were symbiotically linked. The church played a role in Makhathini’s musical understanding, as he hopped from church to church in his younger days, in search of only the music. The legends of South African jazz are deep influences as well, in particular Bheki Mseleku, Moses Molelekwa, and Abdullah Ibrahim Active as an educator and researcher, Makhathini is the head of the music department at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape. He has performed at renowned festivals including the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and the Essence Festival (in both New Orleans and South Africa). In 2019, he made his debut appearances the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City, as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center where he was a featured guest with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on their 3-night musical celebration, The South African Songbook in Rose Theater.

He is a member of Shabaka Hutchings’ band Shabaka and the Ancestors appearing on its 2016 album Wisdom of Elders. He has also collaborated with artists, including Logan Richardson, Nasheet Waits, Tarus Mateen, Stefon Harris, Billy Harper, Azar Lawrence, and Ernest Dawkins.

In addition to producing albums for his peers (such as Thandiswa Mazwai’s Belede and Tumi Mogorosi’s Project Elo), Makhathini has released eight albums of his own since 2014 when he founded the label Gundu Entertainment in partnership with his wife and vocalist Omagugu Makhathini. Those albums earned him multiple awards and include Sketches of Tomorrow (2014), Mother Tongue (2014), Listening to the Ground (2015), Matunda Ya Kwanza (2015); Icilongo: The African Peace Suite (2016), Inner Dimensions (2016), and Reflections (2016).

His 2017 album Ikhambi was the first to be released on Universal Music South Africa and won Best Jazz Album at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) in 2018.

His Blue Note debut Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds was released in 2020.

Biography supplied: Source  

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