Afro Arts SA will celebrate Africa Month by hosting a virtual Rhythm and Blues programme on 27 and 28 May 2021. The programme will include the Workshop Programme on Songwriting on 27 May as well as the Rhythm and Blues Virtual Concert on 28 May.
The programme will be streamed via website and Facebook and features a range of artists that will resonate with the different genres and the different ages of music lovers.
“We have assembled an in-house rhythm and blues band, directed by acclaimed jazz artist Avzal Ismail,” says Roshnie Moonsammy, director of Afro Arts on the Rhythm and Blues Virtual Concert. “Comprising a stellar range of South African jazz musicians of the likes of Mandla Mlangeni (trumpet), Sisonke Xonti (sax), Sims Tshabala (drums), Thapelo Khumisi (keys), Nhlanhla Radebe (bass) and Mark Komane (guitarist).”
Guest artists also featured are contemporary vocalist Bonj and bassist Aus Tebza, who has toured and recorded internationally. In addition, Standard Bank Young Artist award winner, trombone player, vocalist and composer Siya Makuzeni will also make an appearance. Other featured artists performing will include piano maestro Yonela Mnana, The Brother Moves On, Albert Frost, Andre Kriel from Black Cat Bones, actress and singer Nelisiwe Sibiya, Themby Khumalo, Femi Koya, legendary SA guitarist Bra Themba Mokoena, Gunshot Blue and vocalist Lindsay McGuire.
Brothers Move On
As customary with Afro Arts SA, there will be an educational and enrichment workshop, this time focusing on songwriting. It will be presented by internationally acclaimed South African artists Msaki, Shekhinah and Vusi Mahlasela. The workshop programme will be streamed from 7pm to 8pm on Thursday, 27 May 2021.