uNqulo is a eulogy of compositions that seeks to give reverence to the ancestral and eternal spirit/s that amaXhosa called Qamata. This project also explores various aspects of modern Xhosa township living in urban Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay). These compositions are coloured by young artists from the Bay and East London who have and are still immersing themselves into the blank canvas of sound. All this is done in folk Xhosa sounds that are being reinterpreted with a fresh outlook. Spontaneous playing is employed in all possible ventures. The jazz idiom can be always caught via a seemingly screeching alto saxophone, lingering around the strong vocals fluctuating from traditional Xhosa sounds to urban contemporary jazz. All are carried through by a web of soft classical guitar sounds imitating Uhadi and modern jazz guitarists. This is a carving out of a sound that is still unraveling itself from the composers. A pouring out of the soul from young Eastern Cape musicians drawing a picture of how they see the world from where they are.
- Ticket Price: R25.00
- Duration: 36mins
- Age Recommendation: All Ages
- Genre: Jazz
- Language: IsiXhosa and English
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Concept: Kumkani Mtengwana(Luvuyo Plum)
Director: Kumkani Mtengwana
Artists: Kumkani Mtengwana (guitar&vox), Sinelizwi Hole (vox), Phakamile Msizi (alto sax)
Videography: Luntu Lonke Media
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Kumkani Mtengwana (Luvuyo Plum), is the founder and bandleader. He fine tunes his craft in PE and around the Eastern Cape mostly. Has been playing guitar for over ten years and a student in NMU.
Sinelizwi Hole, is a vocalist from East London. She has been making waves in her short years in the bay already and is a promising spark worth to follow. She is a music student in NMU.
Phakamile Msizi, is budding saxophonist, flutist and bassonist from the Bay. Making waves with many local bands and boasts a long line of playing, teaching and learning music in the Bay. He is also a graduate of NMU.