UKZN Alumni Band Africa Plus to Perform at Jazz CentreGeneral

Africa Plus band members (from left) Mr Lungelo Ngcobo, Mr Prince Bulo and Mr Sphelelo Mazibuko.Africa Plus band members (from left) Mr Lungelo Ngcobo, Mr Prince Bulo and Mr Sphelelo Mazibuko.

Three former UKZN Music students - Mr Lungelo Ngcobo, Mr Prince Bulo and Mr Sphelelo Mazibuko - who front the highly talented band Africa Plus, will perform at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music from 6pm on 8 March.

The performance is part of their album launch tour.

The band, formed in early 2013 while the members were studying Music together at UKZN, have been creating waves nationally working with an array of premier musicians in South Africa.

‘We are really looking forward to playing at the Jazz Centre, especially after such a long time,’ said Mazibuko.

‘This album tour launch brings Africa Plus closer to our audiences by sharing our music off the debut album Africa Plus which was released last October. We have all travelled across Africa and lived the African experience and distilled these individual elements and infused them into modern jazz, hence the name Africa Plus,’ said Mazibuko.

Africa Plus is an eclectic genre-crossing band whose parameters are expanded beyond what’s expected from a drums, piano and bass trio.

‘We craft the repertoire from innovative original music as well as creative renditions of covers by some of Africa’s greatest pioneers of jazz. Africa Plus continues to explore the same principles that inspire us, exploring infinite musical forms through the unprecedented exploratory power of jazz.’

Their debut album Africa Plus was recorded live at The Orbit in Johannesburg and later released worldwide.

The Band members are all well established and highly sort after musicians who have produced, recorded and performed with the ‘who’s who’ of the South African music scene as well as international acts.

Some of the artists include Marcus Wyatt, Black Coffee, Standard Bank Young Artists Award recipients Bokani Dyer, Afrika Mkhize, Siya Makhuzeni and Sibongile Khumalo, Lloyd Cele, Joyous Celebration and the UKZN Jazz Legacy which toured the USA in 2013 and 2014.

‘As Africa Plus, we aim to showcase and educate the world about the diverse cultures of South Africa through the medium of song,’ said Mazibuko.

Tickets costing R70 (R45 for pensioners and R20 for students) can be bought at the Jazz Centre on the night. Doors open at 5.30pm and the music starts at 6pm. A cash bar will be open.

 For more information, phone Thulile Zama: 031-260 3385.

Melissa Mungroo