UKZN Jazz Jol a Great Success
UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), recently hosted their 26th Annual Jazz Jol in partnership with The French Institute in South Africa and Alliance Française de Durban and featuring bands CAB and Unlocked Keys.
Unlocked Keys, led by UKZN Music Lecturer, Mr Sibusiso Mashiloane, opened . Asked about the band’s name, Mashiloane said: ‘The name of the band, reflects a desire to transcend the boundaries of genre and style and create music without limits.’
Discussing his band’s involvement in the Jazz Jol, he said: ‘Every moment with the Unlocked Keys was worth experiencing. We believe in capturing moments and being in the moment. The band is well rehearsed but there was also good-room to interact with audiences and that room differed with each audience.
‘And the partnership between UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and the Alliance Francaise de Durban produced fabulous collaborations. In 2012 they hosted Erik Truffaz a Swiss–born French jazz Trumpet. It is a good thing to see institutions with healthy working relationships.’
Mashiloane introduced some of his compositions and arrangements of jazz standards in 2007 in his Honours year at UKZN. He not only received a distinction for his recital, but his band attracted more work for jazz festivals, competitions and other music opportunities.
Sibusiso holds a Masters degree in Jazz performance, and is a part-time Lecturer in the School of Music at UKZN. The other band members - all noted for their sensitivity to music, originality, creativity and passion - are Sibu Mashiloane (piano), Ildo Nandja (bass), Zoe Masuku (vocals), and Sbusiso Zondi (drums)
With the event having become a popular feature on the Durban Jazz calendar, this year, the Centre was also excited to feature jazzy-African tunes played by CAB, which concludes its two- month tour of more than 10 African countries.
CAB is the meeting of African, Caribbean and Brazilian music orchestrated by Martinican pianist, Mario Canonge, Cameroonian singer and guitarist, Blick Bassy, and the talented young Brazilian percussionist, Adriano Tenorio.
Proceeds from the concert go towards The Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship which assists disadvantaged jazz students at UKZN on many levels with financial aid or support.
Melissa Mungroo and Thuli Zama