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ANDILE YENANA (article first published : 2002-08-26)

Andile Yenana will be the main attraction in a Durban Arts free lunch-hour concert on the City Hall Steps on September 11 at 13h00.

A former student of jazz professor Darius Brubeck at the University of Natal Durban, his interest in jazz was triggered at a very early age and he grew up amidst all forms of urban black music.

On completing his studies, Andile moved to Johannesburg and began working with many of the seasoned musicians in the country, beginning with Zim Ngqawana. Zim and Andile have since recorded two CD’s under Sheer Sound - San Song (Norwegian and South African collaboration) and Zimology which was also recorded in Norway.

The Mahube project, the 12-piece collaboration of South African artists, is yet another big musical achievement in Andile’s career. His relationship with Steve Dyer (producer of Mahube) dates back as early as 1991 in Durban. Andile and Steve have been involved in many Star projects and tours throughout the whole of the sub-Saharan countries.

Andile has worked extensively with legendary musicians such as: Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi, Mike Makhalemela, Barney Rachabane and Stompie Manana. His musical talents have also been put to good use by vocalists such as: S’bongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman.and Suthukazi Arosi.

In 1996, he took part in a tour of Chicago titled Black History Month with Zim Ngqawana, returning the following year for an extensive tour of the Midwest. He was also involved in a collaborative project between South African and British Jazz musicians, a band formed primarily in England which played at London’s Royal Albert Hall for which they received rave reviews. After the concert in London, the South African contingent, led by Zim Ngqawana, went on to play in France at Fin de Siècle (a Johannesburg festival in Nantes).

Andile’s quest to find a voice and chemistry in a group set-up led to the creation of Voice. The infectious passion and love of jazz projected by Herbie Tsoaeli, the resilience and inspiration from Sydney Mnisi, the wealth of life experience in the music projected by Lulu Gotsana and Morabo Morajele and the undaunted spirit of Marcus Wyatt resulted in the recording of Voice: A Quintet Legacy.

Andile has recorded his debut solo album with Sheer Sound, entitled We Used to Dance; this long-awaited album features Feya Faku, Sydney Mnisi, Kevin Gibson and Herbie Tsoaeli. The music shared by Voice served as a launching pad for this solo project.

More details on the Durban Arts concert from Patrick “Big Boy” Zungu on 031 312-1236.




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