Gugs own son returns to play in home street

2016-03-03 06:00
 Gugulethu born saxophonist Sicelo Xonti on stage

Gugulethu born saxophonist Sicelo Xonti on stage

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The Jazz in the Native Yards’ concert sessions which are generously supported by Concerts SA continued last Sunday with Sisonke Xonti playing Kwa Sec, in NY 138 in Gugulethu.

Gugulethu born Saxophonist Sisonke Xonti returned to his roots-in the street where he was born- to perform two sets of African jazz consisting mostly of his own compositions at the Jazz in the Native Yards.

Sisonke started playing music at the tender age of ten but it was only when he turned 13 years old that he fell in love with the saxophone and continued playing classical saxophone, receiving his Unisa Grade 8 Distinction in 2006.

His introduction to jazz came at the age of 16 when he joined the Cape Town based band, The Little Giants, led by George Werner and the late Ezra Ngcukana.

The same year, he was selected to be a part of the School’s Big Band at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown.

In 2007 Xonti was selected for the National Youth Band for the first time under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Lilley.

He has since played with acclaimed musicians including Jimmy Dludlu, Victor Ntoni, Lira, Hugh Masekela and Judith Sephuma.

He has performed at various international Jazz festivals, including The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, The Grahamstown Jazz Festival to name a few.

He continues to pursue a performance and recording career and is working on an electronic music project, the Deluge, of which he is the founder. Joining him on stage were no strangers to the Gugs and Cape Town jazz scene; Nick Willams on piano, Romy Brauteseth on bass, drummer Claude Cozens and guitarist Keenan Ahrends.

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