AfroGong will perform at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on Tuesday 30 July in front of its Durban audience. They are a ten-piece music project spearheaded by vocalist Mandla Matsha. AfroGong’s music is not confined to one genre. It is a fusion of influences and experiences from various codes of music, from reggae to jazz, RnB, classical and Afropunk.
While performing and touring with theatre music and dance productions, Mandla composed music that is now part of AfroGong’s repertoire. In 2012 Mandla received an award from UKZN Dance Link for musical service to dance, and in 2014 AfroGong was the Outstanding Cultural Calabash Artist from UKZN. They are working on an album and upcoming tours and their single “Step Up” isavailable on iTunes and Spotify.
The rest of AfroGong band members are Thabo Gasa on vocals, José Albert on drums, Jazz Hlubi on bass, Daniel Sheldon and Curt Rix on trumpet, Siyalo Zulu on trombone, Sthembiso Hlela on percussion, Jaedon Daniels on keyboards and Aristides Manhique on guitar. Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is located at Level 2, Shepstone Building, Howard College Campus. Cover charge is R80 for general public, R50 for pensioners and R25 for students. Doors will open at 17h30 and the show starts at 18h00