Jazz, as the heartbeat echoing through the streets, encapsulates quintessential moments in our society. Its remarkable ability to evolve with time is a testament to its enduring appeal. Under the thematic banner of “SPOTLIGHT,” we are set to highlight some of the most exceptional jazz talents that have emerged in recent years. These dynamic artists, carrying the torch from their predecessors, have elevated the distinct South African jazz sound, infusing it with contemporary flair.
In December 2023, we are proud to launch this exciting gateway to the sounds of Jazz with the acclaimed Dr. Nduduzo Makhathini. A multifaceted talent, Dr. Makhathini embodies the roles of teacher, village crier, historian, and jazz artist. His exploration of the keys reflects a profound curiosity, and over the years, he has captivated audiences with soulful melodies that serve as a soundtrack to his life.
Presenting “Amathambo” featuring Mbuso Khoza, Dr. Nduduzo Makhathini’s work delves into the concept of divination. His improvisation style is likened to the act of throwing the bones (ukwebhula), aligning his practice with a broader understanding of Nguni prophetic traditions. In this concert, Makhathini will be joined by Mbuso Khoza, a cultural worker and singer deeply rooted in the Amahubo traditions of the Zulu people. Khoza’s unique approach serves as a powerful means of articulating jazz in the South African context.
This concert promises to be a mesmerizing journey into the realms of sound, where the captivating interplay between Dr. Nduduzo Makhathini and Mbuso Khoza unveils ‘other worlds’ and ancestral lands. The Lesedi Theatre will be the vibrant setting for this musical spectacle, as we officially switch on the “SPOTLIGHT” and invite you to join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the diverse narratives and sounds. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a new era in jazz exploration at Joburg City Theatres.
Come join us at the Lesedi Theatre as we switch on the Spotlight!