SBYA Sisonke Xonti

The 2020 Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz, Sisonke Xonti, continues to offer listeners an exciting array of new musical material. In November 2020 his highly-anticipated second album, ‘Migration Suite’, was released, exploring rural and urban identity and the perilous spiritual journey from homeland to the global village. The album has been a resounding success. Known for years as an outstanding saxophonist and first-call collaborator in a variety of top South African Jazz ensembles, Xonti’s debut release, ‘Iyonde’, not only provided a showcase for his superlative horn work, it also showed his thoroughly compelling voice as a composer and his creativity as an arranger. As one of South Africa’s most prolific young talents on the tenor sax, he presents the new face of South African jazz – urban, erudite, international and skilled, but rooted no less in his culture. For this gig, he says, “It’s an exploration of modal opportunities with an explosive rhythm section”.

  • Ticket Price: R50.00
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Duration (minutes): 60mins
  • Release Date: July 09, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59



Saxophone: Sisonke Xonti
Piano: Nduduzo Makhathini
Bass: Dalisu Ndlazi
Drums: Ayanda Sikade


Sisonke Xonti is a jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. As a passionate collaborator, Xonti has worked with and performed alongside artists such as Hugh Masekela, Lira, Bokani Dyer, and Simphiwe Dana to name a few. His full-length album ‘Iyonde’ was released in 2017.