In It to jazz it up in Gugulethu

2017-06-22 06:01
Thembelihle Dunjana on piano, drummer and percussionist Tefo Mahola, Shakeel Sohail-Gibran Cullis and saxophonist Ofentse Moshwetsi

Thembelihle Dunjana on piano, drummer and percussionist Tefo Mahola, Shakeel Sohail-Gibran Cullis and saxophonist Ofentse Moshwetsi

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In It is the name of a band of young musicians who are studying music at UCT’s Collage of Music.

They aim to bing fresh jazzy vibes in the native yards at kwa Sec, NY 138 no. 52, Gugulethu this Sunday 25 June from 4pm.

Formed in late last year, “the initial concept which produced the idea of the collective was the need for young musicians to play original music as well drawing on the cultural music histories which surrounded them”, says bass player Shakeel Sohail-Gibran Cullis.

Other members of the band include Thembelihle Dunjana on piano, drummer and percussionist Tefo Mahola and saxophonist Ofentse Moshwetsi.

They currently perform around the local music scene on different stages.

“The band’s focus is to highlight the musical histories of Southern Africa with specific focus on jazz and the South African sound, in order to explore and develop it for ourselves,” explains Sohail-Gibran Cullis.

The band’s repertoire can be described as a blend of iconic South African jazz drawing influences from artists such as Bheki Mseleku, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Winston Mankuku, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kyle Shepherd, Nduduzo Makhathini, Hugh Masekela to mention a few.

On Sunday they will perform original tracks and some South African jazz standards.

Tickets are R70 at the door, student and pensioners’ discounts also available.


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