Jazz at the 40th National Arts Festival #16: Nomfundo Xaluva

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This year 2014 sees the National Arts Festival celebrating its 40th anniversary. As usual the National Arts Festival includes the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, in JazzE’s opinion, the only pure jazz festival in the South Africa. Today we publish the sixteenth in our series of 38 articles on the acts that you can see as part of this annual jazz festival.

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National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival Artist Profile #16:
Nomfundo Xaluva

Nomfundo Xaluva is one of 38 highlights on the National Jazz Festival line up.
Nomfundo Xaluva is one of 38 highlights on the National Jazz Festival line up.

Returning to Grahamstown for this years National Arts Festival, Nomfundo Xaluva is a product of Victoria Girls High School and the UCT Music School. Xaluva graduated from University of Cape Town with a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies, where her dissertation was an analysis of the musical style of Miriam Makeba. Xaluva credits her years at boarding school with her discipline and for having given her access to a piano.

Nomfundo Xaluva’s debut album ‘Kusile‘ won the “Best Urban Jazz Album” award at the 2014 MetroFM Music Awards. Xaluva has also performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Honours Ceremony. In her career as a vocalist she has worked in Cape Town with bands like Umcimbi, Tucan Tucan and Loading Zone. Xaluva was also the opening act for Dianne Reeves concert at Montecasino in Fourways, Gauteng.

At the 2014 National Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, Nomfundo Xaluva will be accompanied by Sakhile Simani (trumpet), Nduduzo Makhathini (piano), Romy Brautseth (bass) and Lloyd Martin (drums).

See Nomfundo Xaluva at the Standard Bank Jazz & Blues Cafe
11 July 2014 at 21:30 – Tickets R65
12 July 2014 at 21:30 – Tickets R65

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne is a proud lover of South African jazz, and host of the weekly JazzE Radio Show on Bakgat Radio. He works as an IT Service Management consultant and trainer.
Etienne Shardlow

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