The Tribe of Sakumzi jazzing up Johannesburg with over 100 performances

By Khaya
The Johannesburg music scene has been electrified by a relatively new live performance band, The Tribe of Sakumzi. In just under a year, this band has taken the city by storm, claiming more than 100 performances and earning themselves a dedicated following. Led by Sakumzi Ngomeni, the band’s unique blend of instrumental jazz infused with elements of Afro pop, RnB, and neo-soul, has captured the hearts of music enthusiasts. In this article, we’ll delve into the journey of this emerging musical sensation and their exceptional performances at the “Church of Jazz.”

The Band’s Journey:

The Tribe of Sakumzi, comprising Sakumzi Ngomeni on the lead guitar, Siphelo Sphesh Mwale on the bass guitar, Kwenzokuhle Sibeko on keyboard, Lesedi Phasha on the decks, and Caleb Ngobeni on the drums, emerged from the heart of Johannesburg. Their youthful energy and innovative approach to jazz have breathed new life into the local music scene. Despite their short time in the industry, the band’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Resisting the Norm:

As they embarked on their musical journey, not everyone was supportive. Sphesh, the bass guitarist, revealed that some of his family members had dreams of becoming musicians but faced difficulties in achieving them. However, Sphesh is determined to prove that their music venture is more than just a passing phase. The band’s commitment to their craft has not only won them success but also a dedicated fanbase.

Church of Jazz:

One of the highlights of The Tribe of Sakumzi’s journey is their association with Curiosity Johannesburg, where they have a weekly residency known as the “Church of Jazz.” Every Sunday, from 7 pm to 10 pm, music enthusiasts gather at Maboneng to witness the band’s enchanting performances. Since mid-2022, this event has seen over 40 soulful performances, solidifying the band’s place in the local music scene.

Collaborations and recognition

The band’s talent has not gone unnoticed, and they’ve forged partnerships with notable figures in the entertainment industry. They’ve joined forces with stand-up comedian Bongani Dube for “The Friday Night Show,” with Bongani as the host. This partnership has introduced their music to a wider audience. Moreover, The Tribe of Sakumzi had the honor of being featured on The Insider on SABC3, and their song “Beyond Soweto Skies” serves as the opening jingle for The Morning Show on Etv.

One-year nnniversary

The Tribe of Sakumzi celebrated their one-year anniversary in April 2023, marking a significant milestone in their musical journey. With their exceptional momentum and unwavering passion for what they do, the band aspires to continue performing and creating more music. Sakumzi Ngomeni’s words reflect the band’s dedication and ambition, “We just want to keep performing and making more music, we love what we’re doing and we want another 100 performances for this year and beyond.”

The Tribe of Sakumzi’s rise in Johannesburg’s music scene is a testament to their talent, dedication, and unique approach to jazz. With over 100 performances in less than a year, partnerships with influential figures, and their weekly “Church of Jazz” residency, the band has made an indelible mark. As they continue to captivate audiences and push the boundaries of their musical prowess, there’s no doubt that their journey is one worth following closely.

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