Saxophonist to play favourite hymns

2015-12-17 06:00
=Curtis Kettledas will share the stage with talented singer, Enrico Damons and guitarist Mano Smith on Sunday during a special Christmas Concert in Uitenhage.       Photo: BRUCE GORDON

=Curtis Kettledas will share the stage with talented singer, Enrico Damons and guitarist Mano Smith on Sunday during a special Christmas Concert in Uitenhage. Photo: BRUCE GORDON

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Superb saxophonist, Curtis Kettledas, who has travelled abroad as a member of an international jazz band, will perform in Uitenhage during a special Christmas Concert.

He will share the stage with the talented singer, Enrico Damons as well as one of the Eastern Cape’s best guitarists, Mano Smith. The evening will be filled with many sing-along carols as well as beautiful sounds of well known Christmas songs.

His debut album, Hymns Vol. 1, will be on sale for R100, but there will also be a few to be won during the show. It is an ideal Christmas gift, showcasing his take on a collection of traditional hymns that Kettledas has played at different performances over the past decade.

As a 10-year-old boy, Kettledas started playing the saxophone in the Uitenhage Community Wind Band. Since then his passion for this instrument has evolved and he has featured on various international stages.

As a member of Mirage Live Jazz Band, an international six-piece band, he has travelled Taiwan and also performed at the Taichung International Jazz Festival. He has gained invaluable experience on stage, being the saxophonist of the local jazz band Company of Prophets and featuring with bands and artists such as the Justin Leigh Band, Patrick Duncan, Feya Faku and Exodus as well as ensembles across South Africa.

As part of the Jazz ensembles of NMMU and others in Nelson Mandela Bay, he opened and shared the stage with various international artists such as Fletch Wiley, Ernie Smith, Jonathan Rubain, Hugh Masekela, George Benson, Gloria Bosman – a few of many.

Kettledas’ concert will be held on Sunday, December 20th at the Elim Assemblies of God, opposite Riebeek College Girls High School. It starts at 18:00 and tickets are R60 per person. Pastor Haydon Ownhouse will briefly share about the reason for this season.

Curtis obtained a BMus Degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and lectures music students majoring in the saxophone as well as beginners at NMMU.

  • To book tickets call 071 280 3314 or visit Tickets will be available at the door, but they are limited.

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