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 but showcased 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 saxophone, he presents the new face of South African jazz – urban, erudite, international and skilled, but rooted no less in his culture.

  • Ticket Price: R100.00
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Duration: 60mins


John Kani Theatre
July 4, 2021

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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.