Spirit Music

AmaReflections

Spiritual philosophy of jazz in the shrinking space of music
By Malibongwe Ngcai

The East London air on 12th of May 2017 was graced with great young jazz maestros like Nduduzo Makhathini, Siya Makuzeni, Linda Sikhakhane, Shane Cooper, Ayanda Sikade and the legendary Feya Faku. Nduduzo and Siya count the 2015 and 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards respectively among their great accolades. The Friday was great throughout!

It’s a spark that was ignited by the Nduduzo Makhathini’s Ikhambi project, a deeply spiritual musical journey that delimits the reach of jazz music far beyond the horizons of entertainment. It’s a concept that locates music within the context of social ills and decolonisation. Music is seen by Nduduzo as a device with which the society can ‘heal’ itself with and use it as ‘ikhambi’ (medicine) to facilitate that healing. What is much more intriguing is the portrayal of music as a…

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