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AFRO BLUE (article first published : 2005-10-20)

The Suncoast Amphitheatre offers a regular programme of Jazz @ Suncoast from 14h00 to 17h00 which hosts some of Durbanís hottest Jazz talent.

The next Jazz @ Suncoast takes place on October 23 and features curtain raiser Ndu Makhatini Quartet warming audiences up for the headline act Afro Blue.

Ndu Makhatini is a young pianist graduated from DIT whose style and passion has already won him recognition amongst his peers. He focuses on meaningful renditions of works by classic jazz composers as well as his repertoire of original compositions. He features the extremely talented Ayanda Sikade on drums and Leon Sharnick on tenor saxophone, both of whom are playing for the Standard Bank national Youth Jazz orchestra this year.

Afro Blue comprises four of Durbanís most talented and experienced musicians. Led by jazz educator, performer and composer Sue Barry on electric piano and keyboards, the group includes Philani Ngidi on electric bass and Karim Dariess on drums. Vocalist Lihle Ngidi has a warm natural delivery and her vocal range is extraordinary. She goes from soft and low to full throated soprano delivery effortlessly and is equally at home with famous American standards as she is with the great South African numbers. Afro Blue repertoire includes fusion, jazz, Afro jazz and Latin jazz and thereís always a brilliant rendering of their signature tune!

The Jazz is free so head for Suncoast for an afternoon of pure listening pleasure overlooking the Indian Ocean and enjoying Durbanís spring weather.




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