In association with Concerts SA, Natalie Rungan will be presenting Up Close and Personal, a five-date tour in the Eastern and Western Cape. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Music Department is proud to be hosting her for one of these dates and she will be performing in the South Campus auditorium at 19h30 on Wednesday 2 March.
This will be Durban-born and based Natalie Rungan’s third visit to Port Elizabeth. A jazz and RB singer/song-writer, she penned and produced her long awaited debut album “Love is…” in 2008 with SAMA award-winner Ernie Smith. Her second album, “Natalie-This is Me” embraced both jazz and pop cultures. Her third album “Heart Aflame” was released in March 2014 and she launched a new album in November 2015 called “Grace is Shouting Out”.
For the Up Close and Personal concerts Natalie will be performing with several highly accomplished South African musicians. The instruments include piano/keyboards and a reduced drum set that is centred on a percussion instrument – the ‘Cajon’ played by her long-time collaborator Bruce Baker – which will strike a perfect balance with Natalie’s sultry vocals. The songs will be chosen from Natalie’s extensive repertoire of jazz standards and original compositions.
Natalie and Bruce will be joined on stage at NMMU by pianist/composer and NMMU Music Department Jazz Studies lecturer John Edwards. Although his favourite musical medium is acoustic jazz, his versatility has enabled him to perform, compose and record in various musical contexts including jazz, rock bands, jazz/classical fusions, dance productions and cabaret. He has performed with nationally and internationally renowned musicians including (amongst others): vocalist Melanie Scholtz, saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, trumpeter Feya Faku, guitarist Shawn Phillips, bassist Lex Futshane and drummers Ginger Baker and Lloyd Martin.
Natalie Rungan’s Tour is supported by the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism administered by Concerts SA which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. For more information please visit their website http://concertssa.co.za, follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ConcertsSA or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcertsSA.
Tickets: R60 (R30 Pensioners, R20 Students)
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