Q&A: Tumi Mogorosi and Nduduzo Makhathini

By Drum Digital
05 March 2015

Interview with Tumi and Nduduzo, two upcoming young jazz musicians in Gauteng.

Tumi Mogorosi (28)

Album: Project Elo

1. How old were you, when you realised your love for music?

I was 14 when I first consciously started  wanting or listening to Jazz.

2. Why did you move from playing guitar to drums?

The move from the guitar to drums was something not anticipated, like the cliché alludes the drums chose me, thinking about in a more esoteric format the drum being the channel of African spiritually I see it as a conduit of ancestral messages that must still come to pass.

3. What influences your Elohim belief?

My influence of the Elohims are of a non circular dogmatic approach. Something far beyond the concept outwards or inwards.

4. How has the industry (booking) been, since the SAMA nomination?

The work never becomes easy even with all accolades and credentials, we must focus on the work of social regeneration and social justice focusing on human relations focusing on race, gender, psyche and identity Justice that is the focus.

5. Where and when can music lovers catch your next performance?

The next gig is at the Orbit for the pre-launch of a book on Winston Mankunku's Yakhal'ikhomo on Sunday 8th March 2015.

Tumi Mogorosi Tumi Mogorosi. (Pic: Muntu Vilakazi)

Nduduzo Makhathini (32)

Albums: Mother Tongue and Sketches of Tomorrow

1. What inspired you to go solo?

I don't know if going solo is what I did but I do know that documenting my story and sharing it with the world was important so recording some compositions was the closest thing I could do. I believe I have a gift of healing and improvised music is an answer to this calling.

I still play a lot as a sideman as I strongly feel that a life of an improvisor exists in the unknown.

2.  How has the industry been since/after the Standard Bank: Young Artist of the year?

The industry has always been very kind to me and I am forever grateful, what Standard Bank has helped me with is through their strong publicity support thus enabling my stories to reach even a greater number of people and for this I stay humble.

Nduduzo Makhathini Nduduzo Makhathini. (Pic: Mbasa Twani)

3. How do songs that are not in your ‘mother tongue’ complement the album’s title?

Mother tongue for me is what you get from 'ebeleni likaMama' as a kid, as for me I got music and being in such a musical family and community meant I could sing a lot of songs before I could speak a word of any language. I believe music herself is my first language. So the album title refers to that which comes naturally to and through me.

4. Why is it that you hardly take your hat off?

Improvisation for me takes place before I sit on the piano and play, its in everything I do, my life is an improvisation, how I dress up is an improvisation also this has a lot to do with a need to express myself artistically.

I have a collection of hats most of them with really great memories and in their different colors, textures and shapes I see a lot of poetry and this helps me express my feelings in a very calm manner. I love my hats

5. Where and when can music lovers catch your next performance?

Music lovers can catch me at the Orbit in Johannesburg on the 13th of March, at NMMU in PE on the 18th of March.

For more please follow my artists page https://www.facebook.com/ndududzom or follow @nduduzo_m on twitter.

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