Legendary guitarists will show off their talents at a solo concert

BHEKI Khoza and Madala Kunene will showcase their skills in concert at the KZNSA gallery in Glenwood, Durban on Saturday December 4th.

iSupport Creative Business, in collaboration with the gallery and supported by Concerts SA, has concocted this legendary experience.

Khoza, a well-known left-handed guitarist, is from Umlazi and the Zulu guitar king, Kunene, was born in Cato Manor.

They both have long musical careers, which is why iSupport Creative Business organizer Marlyn Ntsele thought it would be great to feature the two guitarists in an intimate, semi-acoustic concert.

Musicians like Khoza and Kunene are vastly underestimated in the industry, yet have contributed immensely to South African guitar sounds. At iSupport, we believe this should be celebrated, and doing it at our first live concert since the start of the pandemic wouldn’t be a better time, ” said Ntsele.

iSupport invites the public to appreciate and show their support for these musicians, who have not been able to perform in these difficult times of a pandemic, she added.

In 1991, Khoza received a Talent Award and a scholarship to study music at the University of Hartford, Connecticut in the United States. He returned with one of the few living legends, the great Jackie McClean, in 1995.

Legendary guitarist Bheki Khoza will set the KZNSA gallery stage on fire in Glenwood. PHOTO: Submitted.

He has performed with Kenny Barron, Hilton Ruiz, Kirk Lightsey, Cecil McBee, Virgil Jones, Charles Davis and Steve Davis. The concerts stemming from the African Connection included backing vocalist Floxy Bee from Nigeria and Thuli Dumakude, a singer from South Africa, from Mabatha Fame.

Khoza is also famous for his composition of the African Jazz Pioneers hit. Sgaxa Mabhande. He is the musical director of the South African film production of Tumble, a fictional tale of Sophiatown’s shaving.

Born in 1951, Kunene began playing music on Durban’s waterfront at the age of 7, making his first guitar out of a can of cooking oil and fish gut for the strings.

He was encouraged by friends such as Sandile Shange to take his guitar playing more seriously. In a short time, he became the most prominent guitarist, which led him to be discovered by Sipho Gumede.

In his rise, he shares the stage with luminaries such as Doc Mthalane, Songamasu, Shor Philips, Mankunku Ngozi and Busi Mhlongo.

The concert is made possible by The SAMRO Foundation / Concerts SA. Concerts SA is a joint South African / Norwegian live music development project hosted under the auspices of SAMRO and managed by IKS Cultural Consulting.

The show takes place at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood, Durban on Saturday December 4th. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are available on Web tickets for R60.

For more information, please visit ConcertsSA, to follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter or like their Facebook page @ConcertsSA.

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