Join us in the Arts Cafe on Friday 17th MAy at 6pm for some excellent live music with an extra special treat for the kids.

  • 17 May 2013
  • General



KZNSA Presents an evening of excellent live music, and entertainment for the kids.

Live atThe Arts Cafe, KZNSA Gallery

DATE: 17th May 2013

TICKETS: R50, 00



Special Theatre presentation for young ones by St Mary’s University College - London




Line up:

Babalwa Mentjies (Vocals), Neil Gonsalves (Piano), Ildo Nandja Bass (Double-Bass), Paki Peloeole (Drums)



Neil Gonsalves needs no introduction to Jazz/World and African Music lovers. He holds a Masters’ degree in Jazz Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He is no stranger to international and national stages and his performance credits include various national and international music festivals with numerous South African jazz and Afro-beat luminaries such as Bheki Mseleku, Winston Mankunku, Feya Faku, Robbie Jansen, Busi Mhlongo, Brice Wassy and Gito Baloi.  Neil has extensive international touring experience after a 4-year stint as part of Johnny Clegg’s band. He has two recordings to his name, ‘Tonk’ (2000) and ‘North Facing’ (2006). The latter was recorded in Gothenburg with some of the best young Swedish jazz musicians. It represents an interesting blend of modern South African jazz and Nordic cool. His music is joyous and communicative and seeks to reflect the attitude with which South Africans take on their responsibilities as new global citizens. This goes well with eThekwini’s theme, a Celebration of a cohesive city. Gonsalves is currently on the staff of the Music school at UKZN where he teaches various subjects in music. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music.


Babalwa Mentjies Is an accomplished young jazz singer, originally from Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province.

A polished songwriter and a great vocalist/entertainer, a graduate of UKZN: School of Music.  Babalwa performance credits include the Centre for Jazz - UKZN, BAT Centre, Jazzy Rainbow, and Rainbow Restaurant. With her powerful presentation that showcases her Nguni heritag, she has performed with a number of well-known jazz musicians to name a few; Feya Faku, Neil Gonsalves, Sazi Dlamini, Philani Ngidi and many more. In 2008 she was invited by the Embassy of South Africa in Greece to perform at the annual Heritage Celebration Event.


This event on the 17th of May at the KZNSA Gallery promises to be a great evening. Family friendly - bring your kids along - as they will be in good hands whilst you feast on great music and great food. The show will be complimented by a group of Drama students from the celebrated St Mary’s University College London who’ll be giving our young ones a theatre presentation.





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