Maya Elizabeth Spector is making a visit to Durban where she will perform at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Centre for Jazz and Popular on Wednesday 21 August. She is a rising star in the South African music and theatre world. Coming from a culturally diverse musical family, she grew up in Japan, Swaziland, America and South Africa.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from UKZN in 2009 where she majored in jazz performance and music education. Maya has appeared on stages around South Africa in international and South musicals and she has been a lead vocalist and back-up singer in many different music groups. She has performed and recorded with a number of leading South African artists.
Her voice has a texture that might be best described as an old soul, weathered by life and schooled by adversity, yet still so alive in vocal tone and bubbly in its expression. Maya will be joined by Burton Naidoo on piano, Freeman Gumede on bass, and Donovan Jacobs on drums. The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is located on Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.
Cover charge is R80 for the general public, R50 for pensioners and R25 for students. Doors open at 17h30 and the show starts at 18h00. Durban should give a warm welcome to its former student and a well – travelled artist whose voice has often been described as pure honey, as she tells her stories convincingly.