SBYA Vuma Levin II

Jazz / Dsg Hall

Guitarist and composer Vuma Levin, 2022 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, uses music to try to make sense of the post-apartheid black South African self. He focuses on everyday stories that provoke the listener to react emotionally rather than intellectually to the political questions and dilemmas his music queries. He has come full circle – his first experience of live jazz was watching the National Youth Jazz Band at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival when he was 17 years old, which is a band he was later selected for, and he returns as this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist. His second SBYA gig in Makhanda will be as complex as his first, with a combination of Dutch and Swiss musicians on traditional and non-traditional jazz instruments collaborating with a quartet of top-class South African musicians, three of whom have won the Standard Bank Young Artist award themselves.

We are grateful to Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council and Fonds Podium Kunsten Performing Arts Fund NL for making this performance possible.


Vuma Levin (guitar)
Sisonke Xonti (sax)
Bokani Dyer (piano)
Benjamin Jephta (bass)
Jonno Sweetman (drums)
Matthias Spillman (trumpet – CH)
Andreas Tschopp (trombone – CH)
Domenic Landolf (sax – CH)
Reto Suhner (sax – CH)
Gustavo Cabrera (violin – NL)
Yanna Pelser (viola – NL)
George Dumitriu (viola – RO)
Pau Sola (cello – ES)
Tijn Wybenga (conductor – NL)

We are grateful to the Performing Arts Fund NL (Netherlands) and Pro Helvetia (Switzerland) for their support in making this performance possible.

  • Venue: Dsg Hall
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: Worcester St, Grahamstown, Makhanda, 6139
  • Ticket Price: R120.00
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Duration: 70mins
  • Ages: All Ages
July 01, 2022   20:30 - 21:40