Afrika Mkhize

Live Act Jazz
Afrika Mkhize  - Jazz Live Act in Johannesburg

Afrika Mkhize Short Info

Afrika Mkhize has been playing piano since the age of 6, and has become very well known in the South African Jazz world, playing jazz that has a very distinctive South African sound, yet still palatable to the international jazz community. He has worked with many notable South African and African musicians, and had the honour of being musical director for Miriam Makeba in his early 20's. He has finally released his long-awaited debut album , RainDancer, which has been received with much love, support and admiration.

‘Jazz is truth,’ says Mkhize. ‘It’s pure emotion; it’s like taking a knife and cutting out your heart and saying “here it is, look at it, this is me”. And where does jazz come from? Well you can’t talk about jazz without talking about blues and gospel music, and you can’t talk about those without talking about the slaves that were taken from West Africa to America. For me, that’s where jazz really began. It was a way of expressing the pain felt by a displaced people. But then, amongst the pain there were also moments of joy and those were also expressed in the music. Essentially jazz is an expression of what we are feeling in the moment. Sometimes we go on stage and we don’t know what we’re going to play, but we come together and we play music. That is truth – being able to take your experiences during the course of the day and express them that evening at a gig. That’s jazz – you can’t just play it, it has to be lived.’

Afrika Mkhize has been playing piano since the age of 6, and has become very well known in the South African Jazz world, playing jazz that has a very distinctive South African sound, yet still palatable to the international jazz community. He has worked with many notable South African and African musicians, and had the honour of being musical director for Miriam Makeba in his early 20's. He has finally released his long-awaited debut album , RainDancer, which has been received with much love, support and admiration.

‘Jazz is truth,’ says Mkhize. ‘It’s pure emotion; it’s like taking a knife and cutting out your heart and saying “here it is...

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Past Gigs Afrika Mkhize

  • 11 | 2015 Johannesburg RainDancer - Album Launch
  • 11 | 2015 Johann A Big Band Tribute to Bheki Mseleku, arr by Afrika Mkhize

Discography Afrika Mkhize

  • 2015 RainDancer Album | Tune Up Music

Media

  • Video Afrika Mkhize Live and Unpl...
  • Sound XHENTSA
  • Sound SOUTH COAST (1)
  • Sound BEAUTY OF SUNRISE
  • Sound MARACATU
  • Sound RAINMAKERS

Origin

  • Johannesburg ZA

Founded

  • 2012

Members

  • Ariel Zamonsky Contra Bass
  • Siphiwe Shiburi Drums
  • Mthunzi Mvubu Soprano Sax & Flute
  • Kirsten Maple Vocals