Marimba sounds to tide Sunday at Sec’s

2016-10-27 06:00
 Percussionist Bongs Sotshononda hard at play

Percussionist Bongs Sotshononda hard at play

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ongani Sotshononda, an internationally-acclaimed chromatic marimba player, percussionist and composer, returns to Kwa Sec in NY138 no.52 in Gugulethu on Sunday.

He will perform with his band, the United Nations of Africa, from 3pm.

This time he also features a special guest, percussionist Jongi Monatsi, his long-time friend with whom he started the Phambili Marimba Ensemble.

United Nations of Africa comprises pianist Nelson Malela, drummer Nikolas Dlakavu, Jackson Kiria Kuti on saxophone and bassist Ricky Kleinsmith.

The band has been featured twice at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2013 and 2014.

Their repertoire is African jazz with a mixture of world music.

For the past twenty years, Bongani has wowed audiences in the country and internationally.

His work includes collaborations with world renowned vibraphonists like Stephon Harris, Pascal Schumacher, Magda de Vries, a classical Marimba player, who now lectures in Japan and the UCT Big band, headed by professor Mike Campbell.

Some of the musicians he has played with include the Brubeck Brothers, Morris Goldberg, Willie Van Zyl Haubrich and Shannon Mowday.

He also co-produced and directed the opening ceremony of the World Association of Engineers at the CTICC in October 2005.

He has performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival with his 13 piece ensemble.

Tickets R60/R40 for pensioners and students at the gate. For more details call: Luvuyo Kakaza on 060 960 8935

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