Solomon King Riba.
Durban - Durban’s jazz lounge, The Jazzy Rainbow, launched its first straight jazz programme on the eve of Heritage Day in 2016 and continues to follow up with the same concept.

“#JazzyStraightAhead is about introducing regular, live jazz concerts to our city in order to help keep the music alive,” says the lounge’s owner, Oliver-Rene Haas.

This show, 24 Years of Existence by Solomon Riba, is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in communities.

Solomon King Riba is an aspiring young bass player from Limpopo. He began his musical tuition in 2009 at the Music for Africa Trinity College London and is studying for a bachelor’s degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, majoring in jazz and popular music. For 24 Years of Existence Riba will be accompanied by Obakeng Thamage on piano, Freeman Gumede on bass, Lesedi Thloloe on drums, Kgethi Nkotsi on trombone and Sinalo Zulu on trumpet. His vocalists are Andiswa Maduna (soprano), Nomthandazo Madiya (alto) and Sanele Khubisa (tenor). “I will be playing my favourite jazz standards in the first set and my own compositions in the second set,” says Riba. - Lifestyle Reporter

Date: Friday, August 24

Entrance: 7pm R50, including a free drink for students (T&C)

Venue: The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, Durban.

* Bookings: phone 0313038398 or email [email protected]

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