SAMA nominee sings at Centre for Jazz
South African Music Awards (SAMA) Best Jazz Album nominee Ms Lindiwe Maxolo recently performed at UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music.
Lindiwe “Bongiwe” Maxolo has dabbled in afro-jazz, pop and gospel music but it is jazz and gospel that have stolen her heart. Vocally she’s been described as "a cross between Tania Maria and Oumou Sangare, with Busi Mhlongo’s sensibilities – pitchy and infused with the confidence of someone who’s comfortable with fronting a high-brow jazz trio".
Maxolo holds a cum laude Honours Degree in Jazz Music from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her musical highlights include: winning the 2002 Afro Vocal Category in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition, opening for the legendary Lee Ritemour, working with Sibongile Khumalo and Themba Mkhize on their project called Soul ‘n Turf; performing with the UCT Big Band; and also performing with and alongside some South African jazz personalities, including McCoy Mrubata (Saxophonist), Feya Faku (Trumpeter) and Andile Yenana (Pianist).
She co-founded Jo’burg’s finest jazz band Chilli&Lime and has graced many international stages. Her debut album TIME is a 13-track jazzy, soulful, and lyrical album, incorporating acoustic sounds while at its core it infuses traditional jazz with influences of African jazz. It was on sale on the night.
Lindiwe was joined by Thembinkosi Mavimbela (double bass), Sthe Bhengu (trumpet), Lungile Kunene (drums), and Jacob Thomo (piano).
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