Soothing Moments With Wandithanda Makandula

This performance by Wandithanda Makandula at The Jazzy Rainbow on Saturday 6 April 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.
Wandithanda Makandula is a cheerful young Xhosa lady born in King Williams Town, Eastern Cape. Due to her father’s musical background she grew up with jazz and her musical journey began with piano lessons at the age of seven, when she learned the basics of classical music. While growing up she discovered her love for singing. During high school she counted herself fortunate to be able to study music as one of her major subjects. Within her high school curriculum, “Wandi” would often run her own vocal ensemble for special occasions- in and outside of school- and was part of the school and chamber choir.
She also honed her individual singing outside of school by performing at open concerts and Youth Music Festivals in Grahamstown. In 2014 Wandi participated at the National Eisteddfod and received gold for her jazz solos. She has also participated in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival for the last three years. In 2015 she auditioned for the top band and was knocked out only in the final round. In 2016 she was the vocalist for the National School’s Big Band. In 2017 the songbird had her very first soul session show in Durban, performing her musical journey at the BAT Centre, and participated at the Exceptional Sounds of Heroines Festival in August later that year. Makandula is now in her 3rd year studying Bachelors in Music (Jazz Voice) at Howard College, UKZN.
On the night she will perform jazz standards and some of her own compositions and is accompanied by Obakeng Thamage on piano, Freeman Gumede on Bass, Lesedi Thloloe on drums, Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet and Tshepo Mphela on saxophone.
Date: Saturday 6th April
Entrance: 7pm- R50, including a free drink for students (T&C)
Address: The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Rd, Morningside
Bookings: phone 031-303 8398 or email
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, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at or like us on Facebook at

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