The Jazz Gallery in Mbabane, Swaziland will host a performance by 23-year-old saxophonist Zwile Bhembe on Friday 12 July. Largely influenced by his father who was also a saxophonist, Zwile first learned to play the trumpet while in high school which earned him a place in its brass band. His father would perform as a saxophonist for the school since it didn’t have its own while teaching his son the instrument.
Zwile plays in church every Sunday, and with other gospel groups but jazz remains his passion. His favourite artists are Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair and Nhlanhla Mahlangu. In a quest to learn about jazz he helps out in Eswatini’s only jazz club, the Jazz Gallery, where he has been fortunate to be introduced to and featured in performances by great musicians such as Mandla Mlangeni’s Time Recreation Committee, Abraham Mennen and Reza Khoza, Lebo Mabe, Luyanda Madope Quartet and the Afro Tenors among others.
He is very excited to have his own gig at the Jazz Gallery, where he will perform five of his own compositions and some standards. Zwile’s band is comprised of his friends with whom he has jammed with for some time. They are Sibusiso Malindzisa on first keys, Phumla Dlamini on second keys, Nshisekelo Simelane on drums, Siza Sihlangu on guitar and Mvelo Tsabedze on vocals. This will be their first outing and they are all excited and hyped. Cover charge is E120 and the concert starts at 7pm.