Sunday 25 June
The Rainbow and Concerts SA present the Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble’s long overdue debut album EZINTABENI.
South Africa is a country with multiple cultures and stories and, thanks to democracy, black people’s stories are no longer censored. The UJE in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts & Culture and KZN Music House, have recorded their long overdue debut album, featuring respected musicians who have dedicated their lives to their music.
The people of Umkhumbane endearingly called the area, Ezintabeni due to the “uneven landscapes” that housed informal settlements occupied by people of all races. The unification of races and cultures made it possible for the members of the band to tap into a broad landscape of memories when creating their debut album.
UJE have put huge effort into recording this album for the purpose of creating valuable archive material for arts and musical heritage.
The Sagiya Foundation made it possible for UJE to share the stories of their beloved home with us, aiming to hit the global market.
UJE features legends from eThekwini Municipality:
Reeds section: Moses Sefatsha, Jerry Kunene, Muntu Dube, Sithembiso Ntuli and Mduduzi Magwaza Brass section: Eric Duma and Bheki Luthuli
Vocals: Adolph “Mbova” Kunene
Keys: Vincent Mthetwa
Bass: KB ‘The Master’ Maphumulo
Guitar: Mduduzi Mahlobo
Drums: Atlas Duma
Every member of the 12-piece band had a hand in crafting at least one of the album’s 12 compositions. UJE then included some commemoration songs from African Jazz Pioneers: Sigaxa Mabhande and Way Back 50’s.
UJE has more than a century of musical experience between them, the number of years of musical prowess goes up even further when you factor in the 12 original band members and 9 featured musicians who held the band’s hand in the creation process. UJE has been giving out great vibes and grooves for such a long time that playing has become more of a reflex than a task. That has not stopped the band from seeking newer and inventive ways to bring their stories across, they have never stopped practicing, and they never will – that’s what makes them special according to Moses Sefatsa.
Music is much more than a sensory experience, it can be used to advance all types of ideologies, UJE’s philosophy is centered on the conservation of, “African music culture and heritage”. The band is a glowing sign for resilience with regards to pursuing your dreams – just think about how long they’ve been playing without releasing an album. Bring some extra cash and pick up this important record of our heritage.
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, the project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit. 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 twitter.com/ConcertsSA or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ConcertsSA.
VENUE: The Rainbow (23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, Durban)
TIME: Doors open at 1PM, concert starts at 2PM
TICKETS: R80 at the door or online at www.webtickets.co.za
INFO: 031 7029161 or email@example.com
Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble @ The Rainbow
Sunday 25 June