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PHESHEYA FO SHO (article first published : 2008-08-19)

At its next jazz evening on August 20, the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music (UKZN) on the Howard College Campus will present Phesheya Fo Sho featuring Steve Black, Milton Chissamo, Ildo Nandaja and Paki Peloeole.

South and North; East and West; African and American; Black and White--these are artificial dichotomies. Luckily, jazz can not be contained within such categories. "Phesheya fo sho" continues a century-old tradition of intellectual and artistic exchange across the Atlantic ocean, right in front of your eyes.

Phesheya is a Zulu word that means "overseas" or "that side" / "the other side." The title is a play on the SABC advertisement, "Mzanzi fo sho" (which means "south /South Africa for sure"), so that "Phesheya fo sho" means something like "That side / the other side/ overseas, for sure." The title is appropriate because Steve Black (tenor saxophone) comes from the USA from Los Angeles; Milton Chissamo (guitar) and Ildo Nandja (bass guitar) from Mozambique; and Paki Peleloele (drum set) from the North West Province.

Since Steve Black arrived in Durban in February, 2008, these musicians have worked hard to understand each other and learn about each other's musical and cultural backgrounds. This performance will be a culmination of their patient, empathetic efforts in cross-cultural interaction. The music will include three swing tunes composed by Steve, three African jazz songs composed by Milton, and some jazz standards arranged in the spirit of interplay and exchange.

The jazz evening on August 20 runs from 17h30 to 19h00. Admission R20 (R10 students). A cash bar is available. More information on 031 260 3385.




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