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Heritage Day – FMR 7th Take Note Jazz project

by | Sep 19, 2023 | Entertainment, News | 0 comments

7th Take Note Jazz project with Kujenga, Afro-Jazz band

The Heritage Day FMR 7th Take Note Jazz project with Kujenga, Afro-Jazz band is this Sunday 24th September at Guga S’thebe Theatre in Langa from 3pm.

The opening act will feature a performance by multi-instrumetalist Nomapostile Nyiki who will showcase African beats from sounds of indigenous traditional instruments such as uHadi (mouthbow) and mbira (17 key finger piano).

Nomapostile is also a singer, dancer with a passion for reviving and promoting indigenous African music and culture. She feels strongly that music is a powerful tool for uplifting communities, building intercultural bridges, and fostering a sense of self-worth among especially among young South Africans.

As a member of the award-winning duo Ancient Voices (with Lungiswa Plaatjies) she performs widely both internationally and locally and enjoys collaborating with a diverse selection of artists. She holds a Performer’s Diploma in African Music from UCT, and continues to work closely with her mentor Dizu Plaatjies to spread awareness and appreciation of South African cultural heritage. She also trains young musicians to particate in all aspects of this musical inheritance, including singing, movement and dance, storytelling and the playing of indigenous instruments.

Nomapostile will join Kujenga in the finale song of the concert. The FMR Take Note concert series is supported by the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and curated by the Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA) a non-profit organisation whose mission is to create performance spaces and opportunities for musicians across genres. These concerts take place every last Sunday of the month and are recorded live for a later broadcast on FMR.

Kujenga, a is seven piece instrumental collective whose sound is rooted in Black improvised music will perform songs from their upcoming album as well as songs from the African continent and the diaspora.

The word kujenga – meaning “build” or “create” in Swahili – symbolises the band’s belief in their calling as musicians; to build and create meaningful experiences with every single listener. The band consists of a four piece rhythm section featuring Owethu Ndwandwe on lead vocals and keys, twin brother Zwide Ndwandwe on bass, Thane Smith on electric guitar and Skhumbuzo Qamata on drums. The larger ensemble includes Bonga Mosola on trumpet, Matthew Rightford on tenor sax and Tamzyn Freeks on trombone. Kujenga released their debut album Nationality in 2019 and are currently working towards the release of their second full length studio album.


WHAT: Heritage Day – FMR 7th Take Note Jazz project
WHERE: Guga S’thebe,
WHEN: Heritage Day – September 24 at 3:00pm
TICKETS & BOOKING: Quicket and at the door
INFO: Luvuyo Kakaza CTMA- Projects Director T 060 960 8935 | E | Facebook:Cape Town Music Academy CTMA Instagram: @capetownmusicacademy


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