Ayanda Sikade was born on 1 January 1981, the third in the family of seven kids. By the time he was eight, he had already started his long journey in music. At the age of 10, Ayanda was drumming for Vuka Jazz band in Mdantsane township in East London, where he was born.
In 1996, Ayanda attended the Grahamstown Youth Jazz Festival, where he was selected to represent South African youth jazz in Sweden, even though the trip never came to pass. In 1999 at the Grahamstown Youth Festival he met Darius Brubeck, who invited him to join the University of Natal’s jazz programme. Ayanda was selected to represent South African students at the IAJE (International Association for Jazz Educators) conference in Long Beach, California in the USA. In 2004, he won the prestigious SAMRO Overseas Scholarship, which he took in 2009.
Ayanda has worked with the most accomplished jazz musicians in South Africa and abroad, including Feya Faku, Bheki Mseleku, Robbie Jansen, Barney Rachabane, Zim Ngqawana, Simphiwe Dana and Darius Brubeck, just to name a few. In mid-2010, Ayanda was invited to collaborate with Swiss jazz musician Jan Galega Brönnimann on a theatre piece written and directed by Mr Jorg Lure in Berlin. His debut album was recently recorded with leading local jazz musicians Herbie Tsoaeli (contrabass), Nduduzo Makhathini (piano), Mthunzi Mvubu (alto and soprano sax) and Nhlanhla Mahlangu (tenor and soprano sax). He is also the drummer for Banz Oester & The Rainmakers, who in 2014 released their album ‘Live at the Bird’s Eye’.
Umgungundlovu, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Composer, Pianist, teacher
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. 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.
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. 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:
◾Mother Tongue (2014)
◾Sketches Of Tomorrow (2014)
◾Listening to the Ground (2015)
◾Matunda Ya Kwanza (2015)
◾Icilongo – The African Peace Suite (2016)
One of Eastern Cape’s legendary finest musicians who have a colorful love for jazz fused with the Eastern Cape sounds and echoes that everyone loves. He offers exclusive jazz music using a saxophone, piano and flute. His career and love of music was influenced by the likes of the prominent Eastern Cape jazz musicians namely Tete Mbambisa and Pat Matshikiza.
History and overview of his music career.
Claude’s music career started in 1979 in the dusty streets of Zwelitsha Township near King Williams Town. His first instrument was a melodica. It is from this point where his expertise in music grew to playing a piano, flute and the saxophone. In the early 1980s he has recorded with Aubrey Simani at SABC which was then called Radio Xhosa. His experience in music was further refined by further completing studies for a Diploma in Music Performance at the University of Natal in 1998. He has always offered exclusive legendary talent to lovers of jazz music not only in Eastern Cape but throughout the country and abroad.
Tours, Performances and Collaborations.
Throughout his talent in music, “Bra Claude” as he is commonly called has made numerous performances where he toured Netherlands, Belgium, Egypt. Featuring in his saxophone, piano or flute he has performed with local legends namely, Vusi Mahlasela, Mzwakhe Mbuli, the Ngcukana Brothers and recorded with McCoy Mrubata and currently producing the Slo Foot Jazz Band. With his flute Claude recently performed with the musical maestro, Dimpie Tshabalala on piano. In addition to numerous performances he made for his beloved locality of the Eastern Cape Province, Claude Gawe has performed amongst many others, on following highlighted events:
Wild Coast Cultural Festival, 29-31 October 1999.
Africa Day in Senegal leading the Komani Jazz Ensemble, 25 May 2015.
Claude Gawe Live Performance at Legends Showcase Venue, East London, 25 September 2015.
Continuous Jazz performances every Sunday at Mdantsane Sun, Mdantsane.
Carnival Lights in East London – December 2012, 2013, 2014 and upcoming 2015 events.
Do make sure to check mr Soul himself as he warms up Durban leading to the big race. He will also be running the ultra marathon on Sunday. Let’s see show love and support… #ECStandUp #TeamZolaKillsComrades #ZolaSoul
Gig guide for this week
23 May | YO.TV live on SABC 1 | 3PM
24 May | FreshlyCookedComedyNights | The Tarven, Maponya Mall
26 May | Hip Hop and Comedy Thursdays | El Nino lounge, Mafikeng
28 May | Time for music and comedy | Honeydew shopping center, Roodeport
29 May | Savanna newcomer showcase | Soweto theatre
Thulani TinyTools Ntlabati is a stand up comedian, writer, blogger, University drop out and film student at UJ. Born in Rusternburg, North West and grew up in the Eastern Cape. He started doing comedy in Newton Park, PE in 2013 and has never looked back since. In few years, TinyTools has performed all over the country and has went on to become one of the most sought after and funniest comedians in the Eastern Cape.
Style of Comedy
Inspired by comedians like Mitch Hedberg, Jimmy Carr and locally Dillan Oliphant, Yaasen Barnes Farhan Esat, TinyTools draws his material mostly from everyday life experiences and observations and puts a punny twist to them on stage with his one liner style of comedy utilizing the dead pan style of delivery for his sometimes dark but mostly clean humor.
TinyTools perfomances include, but not limited to
99% Xhosa comedy (EL and PE)
Headlining Tshwane Comedy nights at the South African State Theatre, Pretoria
Parker’s comedy club, Montecasino
Soweto comedy jam at Ozone Pub
Headlining #TNC at the Bohemian
Hleka Mzansi, Hillbrow Theatre
Morula Sun and Casino
Vaal Comedy nights
Eastern Cape film festival
Headlining the Uetinhage annual picnic
Currently he’s making a name for himself in the JHB comedy circuit and gathering a few standing ovations along the way.