UKZN Musician Adds Vibey “Sound Spark” for 24th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience
UKZN alumnus and Durban-based musician, Mr Nick Pitman has created a vibey “sound spark” called “Power Station” for the 24th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience promotional video.
The dance festival opened on Tuesday, 30 August 2022 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.
The JOMBA! promo video has been created and edited by Mr Wesley Maherry and features small snippets of the works being presented at JOMBA!
The JOMBA! trailer can be found here at https://youtu.be/wQtS0kXbAbA.
‘Power Station is electric, something lacking in Mzansi at the moment. I’m glad I could contribute a small spark to the prestigious JOMBA! Festival 2022,’ said Pitman.
JOMBA! Artistic Director and UKZN Dance lecturer, Dr Lliane Loots, said, ‘We love the idea of any dance and music collaboration, and this is such an uplifting piece to set the tone of just how celebratory we are feeling being back in the theatre and creating opportunities for artists - in person and live again!’
Pitman is a guitarist, producer, and music teacher with over 10 years’ experience as a recognised musician within the city’s performance scene. He graduated summa cum laude from UKZN in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music majoring in Composition and Arranging. Over and above these recognitions, he was selected for the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band in 2016 and 2017, toured to Cape Town to perform original music, and played at the Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway in 2016.
This year, he has performed with McCoy Mrubata at the Rainbow Restaurant, Lu Dlamini at UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and for Concerts SA Digital Mobility Fund (available on YouTube), as well at the Barnyard Theatre for their current production: Thank You for the Music. His music can be found on streaming platforms (YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music).
Go to https://www.youtube.com/Jomba_Dance to watch JOMBA! and subscribe to their channel.
The festival runs from 30 August to 11 September. Tickets are available at Computicket.
For the full programme and more information, go to https://jomba.ukzn.ac.za.
Words: Melissa Mungroo
Photograph: Alastair Fraser