Iza Ngoma is made up of, from left, Sibusiso Shabalala, Phuti Mofokeng and Charles Mdakane.
Durban’s Iza Ngoma, an up-and-coming jazz group, will take to the stage in Hammars­dale next weekend.

The band started in late 2016, when three University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) music students - bassist Charles Mdakane, trumpet player Phuti Mofokeng and pianist Sibusiso Shabalala - found that their styles suited each other.

Their music is influenced by South African composers such as Herbie Tsoali, Themba Mkhize, Busi Mhlongo, Moses Molelekwa and Ndikho Xaba.

They describe their sound as a mix of African jazz, kwaito and dance music, with thought-provoking lyrics in isiZulu, isiSotho and English.

“The audience can expect bliss and a sense of cognitive restoration, some storytelling, musical information and some compelling ideologies, which will send them back home with a broader perspective of modern civilisation. Overall an intriguing sonic journey.” said Shabalala.

This concert is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit that aims to support live music in communities, as well as anchor small and medium-sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KZN, and the Western Cape. The show is held with the support of Concerts SA and Seaman’s Corner, and iSupport Music Business. It will take place at Seaman’s Corner on Saturday, March 31. Doors open at 7pm and entrance is R30.

The Independent on Saturday