Jazz sensation Asanda Mqiki launches her debut solo album Nobakithi.

Durban - Next weekend sees the Durban leg of jazz vocalist Asanda Mqiki tour of SA and Mozambique to celebrate her debut solo album.

The album Nobakithi was recorded live in her hometown of Port Elizabeth and launches on Friday.

From ballads to funky soul-jazz, Mqiki's music vibrates with emotion, spontaneity and explosive musical talent and is attracting a growing following. From lead singer for the band Take Note, to regular appearances with The Soil and performances with Sibongile Khumalo, Freshlyground, Khaya Mahlangu, Bongeziwe Mabandla, the album marks Mqiki's comeing of age.

Her two Durban gigs are on February 10 at The Chairman, and February 11 at the afternoon jazz session at the BAT Centre.

Mqiki will be perform with her full band, featuring Thoba Goba on drums, Grant Allison on bass, Mthokozisi Mabuza and Qaqambile Qingana on 
keys, Kamva Goba on percussion and Joash Soobramoney on alto sax.

Sharing some of the insights behind this album, Mqiki explained why it has taken this long to record: “I've been performing a lot with different bands, but the main reason is because I've been trying to find my sound. I can't necessarily say that I've found my perfect sound yet because of all the various musical influences I have, but the path that I'm on is one that I'm excited about. I can say that I have found the perfect voice which is also part of finding the right sound and with that voice I am ready to re-introduce myself to the audience on this album and this tour.”

On the album title, she says: “This album is a dedication to my mother. Nobakithi is my mom’s favourite song and the first time I performed it for my family they loved it, and that moment felt like it was a blessing for the song, because when I finally decided to introduce the song to an audience, they loved it. That feeling and experience has shaped my career ever since.”

Catch Mqiki at The Chairman, 146 Mahatma Gandhi Road at 10.30pm on Saturday. Tickets R150 or the Bat Centre at 3pm Sunday and there is no charge.

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