KULTURE Blues Festival to rock Joburg Theatre

By CityLife Arts Writer

After the successful 2021 edition of the KULTURE Blues Festival held at the South African State Theatre, the 2022 iteration moves to the Joburg Theatre with performances from Malcolm Jiyane/ Uprize Ensemble, Tumi Mogorosi & Gabi Motuba, and LuyoloLenga. The performance will take place on March 12 from 15:00.

It will be the first time that Jiyane performs his globally acclaimed album, Umdalialongside the Uprize Ensemble which will feature talented vocalist, Nonku Phiri. Ever since inception, the Uprize Ensemble have never performed together live on stage.

“Ever since I ever worked with Nonku Phiri on the Spaza project I fell in love with her voice her work and her gift of ART instantly,” Jiyane says of their upcoming performance at the Joburg Theatre.

Both GabiMotuba and TumiMogorosi have consistently exuded a particular kind of intellectual rigour, in their approach to the music of our people, that has been truly impressive to follow. Their presence, therefore, at this year’s edition of the Kulture Blues Festival promises, not only a sonic feast for the devotees who will be in attendance, but really, an artistic experience supreme. They will be rendering offerings from their sonically astute collaboration album Sanctum/Sanctorium, exploring themes around the sacredness of family and Black communion. The band will take to the stage with the talents of Bokani Dyer on piano, DaliwongaTsangela on cello, DalisuNdlazi on bass, Gabi Motuba on vocals and Tumi Mogorosi on drums.

Malcolm Jiyane

Rounding off the gifts that the festival will offer is the enigmatic LuyoloLenga, a transcendent artist whose presently-lowkey status really defies belief. To listen to his 16-track album Sabela, released in 2020, is to encounter an artist whose deep reverence for his Xhosa culture and African spirituality is drenched in exuberance and humility. His is a fusion style of music that pays homage to the isiXhosa language, accessing ancestral sounds from ancient bow and percussion instruments. He will perform from 2019’s Siphiwo Sam and Sabela projects.

The host on the day will be renowned and highly regarded comedian, Roni Modimola.

*Tickets are R250 and are available from Webtickets/ Pick N Payhttps://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/event.aspx?itemid=1512826444

*The show is made possible by support from the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture’s Mzansi Golden Economy Programme.

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