On Friday 22 February vocalists Thulile Zama and Pinkie Mtshali are bringing a special Blues Meets Jazz concert at The Jazzy Rainbow in Morningside. Doors to the venue open at 7pm and the general entry is R100, R50 for students. The duo will feature a four-piece live band and guitarist and vocalist Eston Lloyd will be the opening act.
As mentorship director for the Durban International Blues Festival Mtshali experienced a lot of confusion between the two genres of blues and jazz. Therefore, she approached jazz singer Thulile Zama to bring the genres together in one concert, this to highlight the similarities and differences. The concert aims to be an exploration of the sweet jazz sounds and sultry Blues lyrics.
“People will be treated to duets and solo performances by us and our band. Amongst the repertoire you will find classics by Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Etta James, but also music by local artists, such as Hugh Masekela and The African Jazz Pioneer.” Says Mtshali.
Joining them on stage will be David Smith on keys, Brandon Pick on guitar, Lee Ngidi on bass guitar and Rebekah Doty on drums.
Thulile Zama Holds a BA (Music) from UKZN and is the lead vocalist of successful all female contemporary jazz band Heels Over Head and recently developed a Miriam Makeba Tribute. This versatile vocalist performs a wide repertoire that ranges from Jazz to Covers to Afro effortlessly. She is well known in the jazz circuit and a well-loved vocalist in Durban. Her talents have taken her to Hamburg and Berlin in Germany and New Orleans in the USA. Thulile has loads of experience and plenty of passion for music and the performing arts. Thulile has done performances for Bona Magazine, Weekend Live (SABC 2), SAB, Top Billing (SABC 3), HIVAN, Camel, Glenfiddich and countless events companies and institutions.
Umlazi born soul – songstress Pinkie Mtshali is well known within the music circles as a Durban Diva – a singer with a flexible vocal range and a huge repertoire from African, Classics, Blues, Pop, Rock, Jazz Spiritual and Disco music. She sings with different bands, orchestras and cabaret shows with different musicians. She has toured South Africa, America, Europe and Germany with different shows and concerts as well as singing at high profiled corporate events for heads of state, including the late First South African black president Nelson Mandela.
Friday 22 February
The Jazzy Rainbow
93 Smiso Nkwanyana Rd (Ex – Goble Rd )
R100 general entry // R50 students with valid ID