Band excited to perform at Impilo

2019-04-04 06:00
Members of Vukuhambe Jazz Band performing at Gugulethu Jazz Lounge.

Members of Vukuhambe Jazz Band performing at Gugulethu Jazz Lounge.

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Jazz is not for everyone but a few people can listen and understand it said the members of Vukuhambe Jazz Band. They said they want to change the perception that people have about the music being only for elderly or well-educated individuals.

The Gugulethu-based band is among the groups that are going to perform at the Impilo Jazz Experience 2.0 Edition Festival that will be held at Eziko Catering Restaurant in Langa on Saturday 27 April.

The seven-member band was established in 2015 from jam sessions.

One of the band members Athi Sokuyeka, who plays drums, said initially they performed for fun.

“We perceived that people love our music. And they encouraged us to form a group. We started the band as five members and the other two members joined along the way,” said Sokuyeka.

Like most musicians, some of the band members learned about this genre from their family members.

“I used to listen to my grandfather (Rooi Sokuyeka) who was a member of Brass Big Band from Nyanga. My grandfather used to take me with him when he was going to a gig and I ended up loving the music,” he said.

Sokuyeka said they’ve been performing at various places in the province including Great Wizoo in Rondebosch East in 2017, Empolweni Tshisa Nyama in Paarl in 2018, Mojo Market in Sea Point early this year.

“We also perform at corporate events, weddings and private parties,” said Sokuyeka.

He described the upcoming event as a stepping stone as it will give them exposure.

“We are very excited about it. The festival will give us a platform to showcase our talent and exposure. And as a band it also boosts our self-esteem and encouraging us to work hard,” he said.

Another band member Zukile Bushula, 56, described jazz as unique music.

The bass player said their objective is to groom young children and educate them on how to play it so that the music can be played by the next generation.

Bushula described their music as an African Jazz Music.

He said they are inspired by life in general. “We compose our songs based on our experiences. It depends on the mood at a particular time,” he said adding that they write their songs about everything that is happening into their society.

Bushula said they are busy working on their first album.

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