In association with Concerts SA, iSupport Music Business presents two performances by award winning vocalist and songwriter Mbuso Khoza. Khoza will be performing on Saturday 30 March at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale and Sunday 31 March at Artizen Restaurant & Lounge in KwaMashu.
Khoza is a rare musical talent from the rolling hills of Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal, whose sound is described as rich and unique, with a genre-defying voice. His music is referred to as a delicate mix of deep, traditional Zulu music infused with Jazz elements. This particular sound separates him from his peers, having an ability to reach long-gone memories- being of this world yet reaching beyond this world.
Joining Khoza on stage at Seaman’s Corner are Sphe Mngwengwe on keys, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass guitar and Sbu Zondi on drums.
He lists Salif Keita and Angelique Kidjo as some of the artists who have influenced his sound. No stranger to difficult times, Mbuso has used his life experiences as a backdrop to his album. Having lost his mother at an early age under mysterious circumstances and having never met his father, his music has a therapeutic message for those who’ve had their fair share of life’s challenges.
At Artizen two other bands will take the stage: Afro Soul and Scelo Gowane.
SATMA and Metro FM award winning group AfroSoul is an Afropop trio based in Durban. They met in 2000 and released their first album in 2007. The group has released four albums to date.
Scelo Gowane is an Afro-soul/R&B artist, self-taught producer, guitarist and composer from KwaMashu. He has worked with many artists, including Naima Kay, Tellaman, Lastee and Maxhoseni.
Mbuso Khoza has come along way since arriving in Johannesburg in 2000. Learning his music early as a herdsman for his father’s cattle at the age of five in the KwaZulu‐Natal mountains, using Zulu chants to call and direct them, he also learnt the spiritual ancestral music and listened to the songs of the Zionists at night. His first home in the big city was the streets and alleyways of Johannesburg. Job‐hunting at recording studios, he built up a reputation for himself as a top back‐up vocalist and songwriter and developed his sound by opening himself up to different types of musical influences. Before he launched himself in the industry as a solo artist, his vocal skills have seen Khoza working as a backing vocalist for some of South Africa’s most sought after musicians.
In 2006 his distinctive sound caught the attention of iconic jazz pianist and composer Themba Mkhize, who featured him on two tracks on his album, “Hands On”. This was the start of his solo career. After this, his debut album titled Zilindile won an award for Best Jazz at the Metro FM music awards in 2013. His vocal skills have thrilled audiences far and wide and Khoza has performed in countries like Senegal, Burkina Faso, Portugal, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands. Khoza’s authentic voice can be heard on several collaborations, such as with the Carlo Mombelli Quartet, award-winning Dutch pianist Mike Del Ferro and Brasilian musician Ivan Lindz.
These concerts are part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which 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.
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. For more information please visit our website http://concertssa.co.za, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ConcertsSA or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcertsSA.
Events Listing
Saturday 30 March
Seaman’s Corner – Hammarsdale
7pm / R40
Sunday 31 March
Artizen Restaurant & Lounge – KwaMashu
4pm / R80 (including canapes and Bisquit and Bulldog Gin tasting)