The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will host a performance by pianist, composer and producer Mthobisi Mthalane on Wednesday 18 March 2020.  Mthalane was born in Impendle outside Pietermaritzburg.  He obtained a diploma in Jazz and Popular Music from UKZN in 2007 and a post graduate certificate in education from University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2018.

Mthobisi has worked with high profile artists including Dorothy Masuka, Camagwini, Ntando, Zulu Boy, Rebecca Malope, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Benjamin Dube, Jub Jub, Jaziel Brothers, Madala Kunene, Maisha and is a pianist in Vusi Mkhize Band.  He has also worked as a music director of different projects and theatre productions.  His 2019 performance highlights include the Durban Jazz Festival, a Christmas Celebration Concert and the Tribute Jazz Concert at The Playhouse Durban.

He was invited to play piano welcoming the guest at the Consulate General of the USA on the 29th of August 2019.  Mthalane was part of the SABC Gospel Music Crown Awards from 2008 to 2011 as a pianist and band leader at the SATMA Awards in 2009.  Besides recording his dynamic debut album “Africa My Beginning” he was also involved in debut album recording in KZN Music House Studio with his mentor, a wonderful guitarist by the name of Nhlanhla Mnikathi who won the Shell Road to Fame in and the Standard Bank Jazz Encounter in 2005.  In 2005 he recorded “Amaqhawe” with Amantombazane Asogwini produced by Atlas Philani Duma.

Mthalane will be accompanied by drummer Mzamo Zungu, bassist Andile Ndlovu, guitarist Vusi Mkhize, trombonist Jeff Khoza, trumpeter Luyanda Mchunu, saxophonist Siya Duma, vocalists Simphiwe Ndlovu and Sanele Cele.  The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is located on Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.  Cover charge is R90 for general admission, R60 for pensioners and R30 for students.  Doors open at 17h30 and the concert starts at 18h00.