The Arts Lounge with Spha Mdlalose

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Spha (Siphathisene) Mdlalose is a jazz singer, songwriter and voice over artist who was born in Durban in the township of Umlazi. She was accepted into the University of Cape Town’s South African College of Music in 2006, to study her Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Jazz Vocal performance. To date, Spha has performed alongside Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Micasa, Oliver Mthukudzi, Neo Muyanga, Zwai Bala, Sibongile Khumalo, Kabomo, Afrotraction, Monique Bingham and other formidable artists in the music industry.

Spha has performed at the Cape Town International Jazz festival on numerous occasions and performed as a solo act at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s free concert alongside US soul singers Allan Stone and Patti Austin. She was also fortunate to tour with Grammy nominee Josh Groban when he visited South Africa on his “Straight to You” tour and also with Grammy award winning gospel artist, Israel Houghton who performed in Zimbabwe. In 2016, Spha performed at the Oslo Jazz Festival and the Arendal Jazz Festival as a part of the Andreas Loven trio which features renowned saxophonist Buddy Wells.

The Arts Lounge with Spha Mdlalose focuses on all things arts and jazz. The show covers a range of topics from festivals, exhibitions, plays, music and theatre to name a few. Every week, Spha profiles a current artist, to delve deeper into the arts of jazz.

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Spha Mdlalose chat to Mbuso Khoza

Mbuso Khoza is an award winning vocalist and songwriter with a rich, authentic sound. A rare musical talent that rose from the rolling hills of Eshowe in Kwa-Zulu Natal and made sure to take the World Music circuit by storm.

Spha Mdlalose chat to Sibusile Xaba

Sibusile Xaba and Spha Mdlose discussing "NGIWU SHABADA" He bought his guitar so who knows what could happen, Sibusile Xaba is a remarkable artist who takes influence from all genres of life. An acomplished guitar player, Sibusile tells stories through his music, sharing the message of peace, love and happiness.

Spha Mdlalose chats to Dumza Maswana

Dumza Maswana is a full-time musician, doing Afrosoul music, have one album titlted Iphupha Lam (My Dream). After few years in the industry and many disappointments, He created opportunities for himself, started his own label

Spha Mdlalose chats to Fezokuhle Mtonti

Fezokuhle Mtonti is from Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. She is a drama graduate who fell into a politics degree which she completed at Rhodes University. Along with being a free lance writer, she currently curated a multi cultural space in Braamfontein called The Forge

Spha Mdlalose chats to Bokani Dyer

Bokani has recorded three jazz albums to critical acclaim. Alongside his jazz career, he also explores various other genres including electronic music. During his training he studied classical paino and played in a salsa band. These various influences have made him aware of the versatility of the piano as an instrument.

Spha Mdlalose chats to Shane Cooper

Shane Cooper is a bassist, composer and producer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is part of the new wave of South African Jazz artists pushing the music forward, and is also known for his work in the electronic/dance music world, as well as commissioned works for films and theatre.
Shane Cooper and his new band MABUTA launch their much anticipated debut album Welcome To This World. Recorded in 2017 on funds raised via crowd funding, the band presents a unique body of work combining various influences from jazz to world music, and electronic music.

Spha Mdlalose chats to Sifiso Khanyile

Sifiso Khanyile was born in Mbali township, Pietermaritzburg. Not unlike most township youngsters, he comes from a highly musical family. He attributes his love of music to many moments spent singing with his mother in her bedroom. It is thus not surprising that he studied music at Durban University of Technology majoring in Voice, Composition, Arranging and Harmony.
Sifiso Khanyile returns to Joburg theatre for his 7th edition of the Live Experience journey through music. His music has been described as fresh, unique and distinct.

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