Jazz vocalist for Hammarsdale

2016-04-27 06:00

PIETERMARITZBURG’s jazz vocalist Thobeka Langa is to perform at Seaman’s Corner in Mpumalanga, Hammarsdale on 1 May, accompanied her three instrumentalists.

Langa is a 27-year-old jazz vocalist who developed her love for music at a very young age. She started singing with a community gospel group called Change, in PMB.

She then studied performing arts at the Mbongeni Ngema Academy after completing matric.

She further pursued her music studies at University of KwaZulu-Natal - Howard College School of Arts where she specialised in jazz and popular music.

In Hammarsdale, Langa will perform some of her compositions and favourite jazz standards, and will also perform pop songs by her favourite vocalists from way way back.

Langa’s band will be Ndumiso Ndlovu on keys, Senzo Mdamba on bass guitar and Stanley Matlou on drums and her on vocals.

Langa has shared the stage with Lira­, Judith Sephuma, Ronnie
Jordan, MiCasa and Ernie Smith.

She has also worked with musicians Change Gospel Group, Victory Sonqoba Arts Company, Beat-Route Jazz Band, Soul Force Jazz Band and Unlocked Keys.

Langa has over the years also graced Vodacom Durban July, MTN Durban Jazz Festival, Ballito Prawn and Jazz Festival, SAIFTA Awards, KZN Department of Arts and Culture High Tea Party and Pam Golding Awards with her music.

As part of her bachelor of practical music degree, Langa passed “performance” cum laude.

This as well as her performance at the launch of the Unisa School of Music earned her a scholarship to study towards her Master’s degree at the North Carolina Central University.

She was also selected lead vocalist for a student band that represented the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal School of Arts Music Exchange Programme­ at the Virginia Common Wealth University Music School (Virginia­, Richmond) in October 2013.

This concert is supported by Concerts­ SA and the eThekwini Municipality­ Arts and Living Cultures and brought to you by iSupport Music Business.

The concert starts at 6pm, and tickets­ cost R30 at the door.

Concerts SA is a joint South African­-Norwegian initiative that aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms.

It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

Additionally to this performance Langa and her band will performing at Sansikane­ Primary School in Cato Ridge.

- Supplied.

She was selected lead
vocalist for a student band that represented the University of KZN School of Arts Music Exchange Programme­ at the Virginia Common Wealth University Music School in October 2013

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