Sisonke Xonti, a native from Gugulethu teams up with some of Cape Town’s finest musicians on June 16 to celebrate young people at kwa Sec, Ny 138 no.52 Gugulethu from 3pm.
The band comprises Kyle Shepherd (piano), Shane Cooper (bass), Jono Sweetman (drums) and Sabu Jiyane (percussion).
This concert is supported by Concerts SA through its Venue Circuit project and presented by the Jazz in the Native Yards.
The Concerts SA Venue Circuit aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape
Sisonke Xonti will also pay homage to Zim Ngqawana, one of legendary reed man that ever lived in our lifetime.
Sisonke started playing music at ten but it was only when he turned thirteen that he fell in love with the saxophone and continued playing classical saxophone until he got his UNISA Grade 8 Distinction in 2006.
His introduction to jazz came at the age of sixteen in 2004 when he joined the Cape Town based, The Little Giants, led by Geoge Werner and the late Ezra Ngcukana. That 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 now known as Makada. In 2007 he was also selected for the National Youth Band for the first time under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Lilley. He has since played with an array of highly acclaimed musicians including Jimmy Dludlu, Victor Ntoni, Hugh Masekela, Herbie Tsoaeli, Lira, Salif Keita, Abdullah Ibrahim and many more.
He has performed at various festivals including the ever growing Cape Town International Jazz Festival, The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz and the Calabar Jazz Festival in Nigeria as well as the Bushfire Festival in Swaziland.
In 2017 he released his debut album titled Iyonde which has been well received and is currently working on new music to be released at the end of this year.
WHERE: kwa Sec, 52 Ny 138 St, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7750
TICKETS: R100/R70 pensioners and students at the door
Refreshments on sale