Great wrap for a fine music year

Gugu Sibiya

Gugu Sibiya

If you are a regular disciple of the Ekurhuleni Oude Meester Comes Alive Jazz Evening on every first Friday of the month you will know that it always offers a treat for music lovers.

An air of anticipation and the excitement of discovery will permeate the spacious jazz venue when the young blood invade it.

Unleashing Ntando, Thembisile and Malatjie on November 7 at the Birchwood Hotel at 7:30pm will be a fitting wrap for a musically thrilling year.

Taking a risk by doing traditional music when most of his peers were hurting our ears with fake American accents, Ntando is enjoying the fruit of his courage, innovation and creative brilliance.

Not only are his rhythmic offerings on high rotation but he has gone on to sweep the boards at awards ceremonies.

He is also one of the most sought-after performers on the local festival circuit. So there is no doubt that you can expect an electrifying performance.

In a rags-to-riches kind of story Thembisile comes from the small town of Hammersdale in KwaZulu-Natal. Though young when her hometown was in flames in the Midlands, Thembisile nurtured her dream to one day become somebody.

She was set on leaving the desolate poverty, hopelessness and blood letting to heal souls through her music.

Realising that it was going to be a long haul, she pursued her dream through the Coca-Cola Posters. But even then her talent shone among Adilah, so it was not surprising when she finally pursued a solo career on the side. What a voice!

He might have been with another talented jazz group, LaBantu, but as a solo act known as The Prince, Malatjie is sheer magic.

Ever since he started performing sizzling hot numbers he has left bowled-over audiences in his wake.

A unique and childlike innocence encompasses his act in an industry saturated with cynics and lacklustre money-driven performances

So, for an amazing night with young artists who make us proud to be South African, join the convoy headed for the Birchwood on the East Rand.

The music extravaganza will be topped by a sumptuous threecourse meal, a complimentary bottle of Oude Meester and red and white wine. Bookings can be made at the hotel directly.