In conjunction with Concerts SA, a wonderful piano playing duo takes to the stage this Sunday in a spiritual double bill at Afrikan Freedom Station in Westdene, Johannesburg
Zoe Molelekwa is a remarkable young man, flowering and rising like the fabled phoenix from the tragic yet fertile grounding and legacy left by his late father, Moses “Taiwa” Molelekwa, and mother, Florence Mtoba.
This young pianist has travelled quite some journey and is now living his musical dream, letting the music flow through his hands to the keys.
And he is in fine company. Hailing from Mgungundlovu near Pietermaritzburg, Nduduzo Makhathini was also surrounded by music as a child. His mother was a pianist and his father a guitarist and he was exposed to a range of music including traditional Zulu music. He recalls turning the knob on the radio until it reached the end, where he would listen to Indian music. He was part of the choir at school and would sing at church, and until he was finished school, his voice was his instrument. It was only after High School that he started to study jazz piano.
“I reached a point where my voice limited me from expressing the music, and that’s when I focused on the piano.”
He feels his career has developed in what he describes as an organic process, starting with his upbringing and the influence of his mother being his first piano teacher. “Over the years I have learnt that if you submit yourself to the music or whatever your dream is then mother-nature has a way of taking care of the rest”.
Makhathini has three albums out: ‘Sketches of Tomorrow’, ‘Mother Tongue’ (nominated for best jazz at the SAMA’s 2015 and ‘Listening To The Ground’. He is also this year’s (2015) Standard Bank Young Artists For Jazz and 1st recipient of the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship Masters Scholarship.
Makhathini has played and recorded with Busi Mhlongo, Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Jimmy Dludlu, Herbie Tsaoeli and many others. He has also produced albums for Lindiwe Maxolo, Sisa Sopazi, Mbuso Khoza and others.
Date: 6 December 2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm