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CENTRE FOR JAZZ (article first published : 2005-06-7)

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music has an exciting line-up for June.

June 8: Carol Weaver & Rebecca Campbell (vocals, piano & guitar) from Canada with Jeff Robinson (sax), Mageshen Naidoo (guitar), Duane Nichols (bass), Natalie Rungan (vocals) and Ayanda Sikade (drums).

June 15: Darius Brubeck & Almost Everybody* NB: Double Show R20 (students R5)

June 22: Mats Up (six-piece band) from Switzerland plus Nana's Band from Swaziland and Mozambique featuring Nana Magagula (vocals), Nhlanhla Shongwe (pianist), Hipolito Eugenia Salvador (bass), Mabasso Walter Dionisio (guitarist), Sifiso (vocals), Zweli Simelane (drums) in collaboration with Alliance Francaise & IFAS.*

Swazi diva, Nana will tour South Africa and the SADC countries for the Fête de la Musique celebrations sponsored by the French Cultural Network. Nana has been compared to Eartha Kitt, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, yet there is nothing derivative about her and many predict that she could well be one of the hottest new talents on the South African music scene. The French cultural networks of Alliance Française and the French Institute of South Africa have selected Nana to be the touring artist for their Fête de la Musique tour.

Every year the French cultural network’s Fête de la Musique is celebrated worldwide in week of musical festivities that are aimed at encouraging artistic innovation and interaction on a musical platform. Swazi born Nana is no stranger to South African audiences, especially since her debut album Five Loaves & Two Fish garnered three SAMA award nominations last year. 2005 has been a good year for the singer with her track Koboyi having just been licensed by Warner Brothers for a film soundtrack.

*NB: Double Show R20 (R5 students)

Admission R10 (R5 students with cards). The music starts around 17h20 and there is a cash bar available. More information on 031 260 3385. Programme subject to change.

Directions: Travel along South Ridge Road, turn right into Queen Elizabeth Avenue and first left into 75th Anniversary Avenue - UKZN Gate No 2. Continue until you come to traffic circle - Jazz Centre (sundeck on left) with Shepstone Student Car Park (on right). Please note: UKZN Gate No 2 shuts at 17h20, after which time use main UKZN entrance Gate No.1.




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