Sanele Phakathi Quintet at The Jazzy Rainbow

Friday 31 March
This performance by the Sanele Phakathi Quintet at The Jazzy Rainbow is 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.
Durban’s longest-running jazz lounge, The Jazzy Rainbow, in association with Concerts SA, launched its first straight jazz programme on the eve of Heritage Day in September2016 and is following up with the same concept in 2017. “#JazzyStraightAhead is about introducing regular, live, straight jazz concerts to our city in order to help keep the music alive,” says Oliver-Rene Haas. “
Umlazi born Sanele Phakathi is a contemporary singer and pianist. He is widely known for playing the piano/keys for some of SA’s well-known and celebrated jazz musicians such as Mbuso Mbusuyeza Khoza, Xolisa Roro Gqoli-Dlamini, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Philani Ngidi.
He started playing the piano at the age of 17 and his personal sound bears reference to the sound of yesteryear soul and jazz legends he in turn refers to as his musical inspirations, such as George Benson, Al Jarreau, Bheki Mseleku, Keith Jarret and Oscar Peterson. Sanele and his band The Sanele Phakathi Quintet are currently performing at a variety of venues in and around Durban. His Quintet comprises of Durban’s finest bass guitarist Dalisu Ndlazi, the experienced and much celebrated drummer Sbu Zondi, one of the best alto saxophonists in South Africa, Leon Scharnick, and the very young trumpet maestro Thabo Sikhakhane. Sanele is also currently working on his project “The New Anthem”, which will be recorded later this year. During the concert you will hear Sanele’s own compositions and music pieces by his favourite jazz musicians.
Date: Friday 31st March
Time: 7pm
Entrance fee: R70 including a free drink (T&C)
Bookings: phone 031-3038398 or email
The Jazzy Rainbow 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road 4001 Morningside
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.
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