The third cycle of Jazz’Afro Sundays @ The Barn is going full steam ahead and this week we’ll be serenaded by the powerful voice of Nomabotwe Mtimkhulu.
Nomabotwe’s love for singing started from an early age as she grew up in a home that was always filled with Gospel Choral music. She later formed a group with two of her close friends calling themselves Maisha. Maisha set the Afro-Soul industry alight with their unique tone and melodic tones. During the height of their popularity, ne of the members sadly left the group for greener pastures. That did not slow down Nomabotwe and Kiki and continued perform locally and nationally often lending their beautiful voices as backing vocalists to some of the much loved Jazz and Gospel’s stars such as Ringo Madlingozi, the late Stompie Mavi, Siphokazi and Thandiswa Mazwai.
As it often occurs, Maisha called it quits in 2015 and Nomabotwe as a solo artist was born! Nomabotwe draws inspiration from vocal powerhouses young and old – Simphiwe Dana, Miriam Makeba and Busi Mhlongo however hints of her gospel and choral background can still be heard in her music. The material she writes and produces have strong links to what affects her generation and bight possibilities our country has to look forward to in the future. For Nomabotwe, her music is to be enjoyed by all, wanting everyone to feel celebrated and embraced regardless of race, age or cultural background with songs such as ‘Qhakaza’ an original composition that inspires women to nurture themselves and their communities and fan favourite ‘Loyiso’ a song about young love and heartbreak.
She will be backed by some of the finest Nelson Mandela Bay musicians Siyabulela Mdebele on Keys; Edgar Muzah on Bass Guitar; Bongani Tulwana on Lead Guitar and Khayalethu Njikelana on Drums.
Nomabotwe’s star is on a steady rise and Nelson Mandela Bay music lovers are in for a special treat this Sunday!
Date: 28 May 2017
Venue: The Barn Theatre, PE Opera House
Admission: R70.00 (R50.00 Pensioners) – limited seating be sure to be early
Next act: Nosisi Mavela 04 June followed by Tarynne Swarts (Pachamama_za) on the 11 June
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