Jazz pianist Mthobisi Mthalane to perform at Khabza de Khabza

2016-04-27 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  Jazz pianist Mthobisi Mthalane will perform at Khabza de Khabza in Hammarsdale.

PHOTO: supplied Jazz pianist Mthobisi Mthalane will perform at Khabza de Khabza in Hammarsdale.

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SOUTH Africa-trotting jazz pianist Mthobisi Mthalane is to perform at Khabza de Khabza Arts and Entertainment Centre in Hammarsdale on Sunday.

The place owned by well-travelled musician Vusi Mkhize is fast gaining popularity after it opened its doors to the public in December last year.

Hailing from Impendle, Mthalane has stayed in a number of places including Pietermaritzburg where he teaches music. He studied music at University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Apart from playing he is also composer, song arranger, voice training and producer.

Mthalane has worked with many high profile artists such as Dorothy Masuku, Camagwini, Ntando, Zulu Boy, Rebecca Maloepe, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Benjamin Dube, Jub Jub and Jazel brothers, to mention just a few.

In 2013 he worked with Madala Kunene, Maisha (multi-racial rock band) and is a pianist in the Vusi Mkhize Band.

He is the music director of the theatre­ production Long Journey, which received a standing ovation on its opening night at The Playhouse Company (Durban) in 2012.

Mthalane has also been part of big events such as SABC Gospel Music Crown Awards from 2008 to 2011 as a pianist and band leader. He also participated in Satma Awards in 2009.

Besides recording his debut album Africa My Beginning, he was involved in debut album recording in KZN Music­ House Studio with his mentor, Pietermaritzburg’s Nhlanhla Mnikathi­, whom he described as a wonderful guitarists.

He won the Shell Road to Fame in 1997 and the Standard Bank Jazz Encounter in 2005.

In 2010 Mthalane recorded Amaqhawe­ with Amantombazane Asogwini, produced by Atlas Philani Duma.

He also teaches music at the Bat Centre in Durban and at the Msunduzi School of Music in Pietermaritzburg.

He was enlisted by the Department of Education teach music at Glenmore Primary School from 2012.

Other artists who have performed at the Khabza de Khabza are purcussionist Dan Chiabori, maskandi duo Qadadisi and Maqhinga and and jazz guitarist Zazi Mncube.

Entrance to his Sunday concert is R40 per person. Food and drinks will be for sale.

The concert venue is 134 Esivivaneni Road as you leave Mpumalanga’s Unit 6 in Hammarsdale towards Ntshongweni.

For further information, phone Vusi­ Mkhize on 072 507 7344.

- Echo Reporter.

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