Lex Futshane LIVE in KZN

• Centre for Jazz and Popular Music UKZN: Wed 26 March from 6pm
• KZNSA Gallery: Fri 28 March from 7pm
• Tatham Art Gallery, Pmb: Sat 29 March from 2 pm
• Rainbow Restaurant: Sun 30 March from 1pm

Bass player Lex Futshane will be in KZN in the last week of March, performing in a series of concerts sponsored by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian initiative which supports venues and artists in South Africa by creating essential live music circuits.

Jazz loving Durbanites who have been around a while will remember Futshane with great fondness. Not only was he much in demand as a double bass and electric bass player, but he was well known as a tutor and teacher, grooming many of Durban’s aspiring musicians.

Pursuing his love of music and education, Futshane is currently Manager of the Teacher Training Programme for the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company, a post he has held for over six years. As a bass player, Futshane has distinguished himself on the performance platform, and has played with some of South Africa’s greats, including such illustrious artists as Bheki Mseleku, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Ezra Ngcukana, Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku and Tu Nokwe. He has toured and performed extensively in Southern Africa, USA, Cuba, Korea, UK and Germany.

For the Durban performances, Futshane teams up with former colleague, pianist Neil Gonsalves, as well as Sidney Rash on drums and Zoe ‘The Seed’ Masuku on vocals. The group strips down to a trio for the Tatham Art Gallery gig in Pietermaritzburg, when Futshane and Masuku are joined by ethnomusicologist, composer and guitarist Sazi Dlamini. Jazz lovers can expect a rich and varied repertoire which will include contemporary jazz, some old fashioned mbhaqanga sounds and interesting arrangements of jazz standards.

As part of a community outreach programme and to support the development of jazz in KZN, Futshane and his band will visit Amatikulu Primary School to give the learners a taste of live jazz and they will also facilitate a workshop at Umsunduzi Music School in Pietermaritzburg.

The Lex Futshane KZN tour, which runs from Wednesday 26 through to Sunday 30 is supported by Concerts SA and produced by iSupport Music Business.

• Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative that aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

Lex Futshane LIVE in KZN
Wed 26 March
The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM)
Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus
Doors open 5.30pm and music starts at 6pm
Tel: 031 260 3385
Contact: Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za for more details.
Tickets: R40 (Pensioners R20 and students R15).

Fri 28 March
KZNSA Gallery
Address: 166 Bulwer Road / Glenwood / Durban
Doors open 6pm and music starts at 7pm
Tel: 031 201 9969 or 031 454 0840
Tickets: R60

Sat 29 March
Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
Opp City Hall – cnr Church st and Chief Albert Luthuli rd
From 2 pm
Tel: 033 392 2813
Tickets: R60

Sun 30 March.
Rainbow Restaurant
23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown
Doors open at 1pm, performance from 2pm
Tel: 031 702 9161
Bookings on www.webtickets.co.za
Tickets R60

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