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SMITH & KUNENE FOR SIBAYA (article first published : 2007-02-16)

Two of South Africa's most respected jazz artists - legendary guitarist, Madala Kunene and the jazz hero Ernie Smith - join forces to present what promises to be a concert to be remembered in the next Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom Jazz Club event on March 9:

Madala's guitar playing blends Blues and African Folk, and is soulfully mixed with the transcendental quality of his healing voice. His music is deeply spiritual, derived from ancient divination music he goes into trance whilst performing. His music is magically mind-altering, more trance-like than traditional. Madala has developed a completely original style of playing guitar based on ancient divination music and most of his inspiration comes to him in dreams.

Ernie Smith, known for his mix of jazz grooves interwoven with smooth R&B moments, has featured with artists like Hugh Masekela, Family Factory, Themba Mkhize, Mthunzi Namba, Joyous Celebration and many others. His debut album is called Child of the Light and has been released by Sheer Sound. The album was produced by Ernie and co-produced by Jasper Williams and features a duet with Gloria Bosman and guest musicians like Themba Mkhize, Paul Hanmer and Marcus Wyatt. The album is a mixture of African musical styles, incorporating jazz and gospel and a definite R n' B influenced Soulful music.

The concert starts at 20h00 in the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya. Kunene performs first on the bill followed by Smith. Tickets are R150 (includes light snacks and a welcome drink) and can be booked through Sibaya Box Office on 031 580 5555.




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