The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presented the UKZN Jazz Piano Showcase on Wednesday 29 May 2019.

The UKZN jazz piano faculty is particularly excited by its current crop of students. The concert featured first, second and third-year students who performed original compositions, jazz standards and arrangements.

First-year student, Sibusiso Ntenga, presented Molly Johnson’s arrangement of well-loved standard Summertime, while Phila Nyawuza played In my heart by Sibu Mashiloane. Second-year piano students offered solo performances of a selection of South African jazz composers. They included Kimeshnee Lutchmiah – Little Boy (Abdullah Ibrahim); Talent Mlomo – Icamagu Livumile (McCoy Mrubata); Mdumiseni Ngcobo – Rain Makers (Afrika Mkhize); Yola Ndzabe – Rwanda (Andile Yenana); Themba Nkala – Niza (Sibusiso Mashiloane); Sandile Nyanda – Lullaby of Birdland (George Shearing); Sibusiso Shabalala – Ngaliwe (Themba Mkhize); Nhlakanipho Zulu – Mhlekazi (Andile Yenana); Ndumiso Khubisa – Yanini (Bheki Mseleku); and Sibonelo Nxumalo – Mountain shades (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa).

Tazlo Jacobs is a third-year student from Mossel Bay currently doing his BMus: Jazz Studies. He plans to major in Composition and Arrangement and begin his Master’s in Composition abroad. He has been playing since he was 14 years old and has a musical upbringing in classical, jazz and gospel music. Tazlo played Dolphin Dance by Herbie Hancock and Passion Dance by McCoy Tyner.

Born in the small town of Krugersdorp on the West Rand, third-year student Obakeng Thamage is an adept pianist, composer and aspiring film scorer who exudes passion and discipline for music. He performed My romance and Tales of a young man medley.

This concert was one of a series of instrumental showcases that will be held over the course of the year to fundraise for the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship. Gearzone has kindly sponsored product awards for participating pianists for this and future concerts.

Words: Thulile Zama

Photograph: Obakeng Thamage