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GLORIA BOSMAN BASH (article first published : 2003-12-23)

Andrew Lubbe of Kaya Cafe and Martin James of Southern Grooves both tenants of the BAT Centre will present the Gloria Bosman Jazz Bash on Saturday December 27 of 2003 at 20h00 at The Bat Hall.

With her recent release Nature Dances out and doing so well, one cannot afford to miss this show. The Soweto singer started her career like most of her jazz contemporaries such as Busi Mhlongo and Sbongile Khumalo by singing in a church choir. After a production at The Market Theatre in 1993, she was awarded a scholarship by Nedbank and Permanent Bank which enabled her to study opera at the Pretoria Technikon.

This journey culminated in her debut album titled Tranquillity which was produced and arranged by pianist and great jazz performer in his own right, Paul Hamner, along with Gloria and Mccoy Mrubata who were partly responsible for the compositions. At the South African Music Awards, she was a finalist in three categories: Best Female Artist, Best Newcomer and Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

After Tranquillity came The Many Faces Of Gloria a hauntingly happy and spiritual album which transcends many musical boundaries and takes the listener through the many facets of Gloria's personality. This album received two nominations at the prestigious 2001 Kora Awards for Best Southern African Artist and Most Promising Female Artist. Her last album before the recent release, Stop And Think was released in 2002. This album is a rendition of great songs of the past like Summertime, Time After Time and Ntyilo Ntyilo. She funded her latest release Nature Dances which she co-produced and co-composed with Wesels Van Rensburg.

Southern Grooves, a world music record shop whose focus is primarily to sell African music, has collaborated with Kaya Cafe to bring Gloria Bosman to Durban.

Tickets R60 available at Southern Grooves. More information from Martin of Southern Grooves on 031 332 5612 or Andrew of Kaya Cafe on 082 548 1438 or Faith Ka-Manzi of the BAT Centre on 031 332 0451.




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