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Mbuso Khoza: Making it in Johannesburg

By admin
01 September 2013

Having worked extensively with composer, arranger and pianist ThembaMkhize’s various projects, Khoza went on to sharpen his skills with ThandiswaMazwai, Siphokazi, Sibongile Khumalo and even successful House music outfit, Revolution amongst others.

This journey has also seen him touring France – where he performed in Cannes at a Miriam Makeba tribute concert. He has also performed in Portugal, Switzerland, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Mali and Senegal as part of various South African musicians’ tours.

Defying all known categories, Khoza’s music can be best described as the meeting of the isiZulu and West African idioms. Not surprising from a man who lists Cameroon’s Richard Bona, Mali’s Salief Keita and KwaZulu’sPrincess Magogo, Sibongile Khumalo and Busi

Mhlongo as some of his biggest influences.

His voice betrays his early influence as a spiritual traveller alongside the highly musical Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe) followers. His lines speak of hope, love and Africanness.

Having worked with the awe-inspiring NduduzoMakhathini for the Zilindile project, Khoza went on to assemble a great band of musicians to embark on a promotional tour. Appearances in prestigious events such as the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (2012 and 2013), Ugu Jazz Festival and Siyagiya Arts and Cultural Festival, among others, are early confirmation of the potency of Khoza’s music. Joyous Celebration 17 opens with Khoza’s solo, yet another recognition of his growing status as an authentic talent.

Audiences in Johannesburg and KZN continue to confound doubting radio compilers by snapping the album even before it’s on high rotation. Khoza is a Metro Music Award 2013 winner in the Best Contemporary Jazz Category.

For Bookings and CD purchases, please contact Visual Domain Entertainment or Musa Ndwandwe: 031 – 3093806, 071 749 6167