Ndunduzo massages your minds with his chords…

Nduduzo Makhathini

Birth name
Nduduzo Makhathini

Umgungundlovu, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa


Composer, Pianist, teacher


Years active

Nduduzo Makhathini is a South African jazz musician from Umgungundlovu, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Growing up in the small town uMgungundlovu near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, Makhathini was surrounded by music as a child. Coming from a very musical family- his mother was a pianist and his father a guitarist- he was exposed to a range of music including traditional Zulu music. He recalls turning the knob on the radio until it reached the end, where he would listen to Indian music. He was part of the choir at school and would sing at church, and until he was finished school, his voice was his instrument. It was only after High School that he started to study jazz piano. Coming from a musical family, his love for music was triggered at an early age.[1] Makhathini has toured the world and shared the stage with musicians such as Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku Quintet, McCoy Mrubata. Nduduzo completed his Diploma in Jazz Piano in 2005. While pursuing his studies.[2][3]


Makhathini produced these award winning albums: Mbuso Khoza: Zilindile ( Winner Best ContemporaryJazz2013,MetroFM) Lindiwe Maxolo: Time SAMA Best Jazz 2013 Nominee Tumi Mogorosi’s Elo and Sisa Sopazi’s Images and Figures SAMA Best Jazz 2014 Nominee. Makhathini is the recipient of the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist Award in the category of Jazz.[4] This is part of the National Arts Festival where a maximum of five awards are made annually in any one of the disciplines of drama, music, jazz, visual art, dance and film. Since the inception of the awards in 1981 a total of 105 awards have been presented plus five special awards to artists in recognition of their contribution to the National Arts Festival and the arts of South Africa. A complete list of previous winners is as follows:[5]

◾Mother Tongue (2014)
◾Sketches Of Tomorrow (2014)
◾Listening to the Ground (2015)
◾Matunda Ya Kwanza (2015)
◾Icilongo – The African Peace Suite (2016)


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