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 chats to Nolan Baynes and crooner Raheem Devaughn

Soweto International Jazz Festival promises to provide a platform that showcases the beauty of African music and culture.
Debuting at the Soweto Theatre on 14 June, it runs until 17 June. Nolan Baynes, International Arts Solutions representative, said the idea of the festival arose from a need to bring jazz to the people, with Soweto being an ideal place due to its rich history as well as its cultural and artistic diversity.
Raheem S. DeVaughn is an American singer and songwriter.His debut album, The Love Experience 2005, reached No. 46 on the US Billboard 200 album chart.

Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe chats to Spha Mdlalose

Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, is gradually making his mark in the New York jazz scene. Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music (Spring 2015) at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festival's main stage in February of 2015.

Blinky Bill chats to Spha Mdlalose

Blinky Bill (born Sellanga Ochieng') is a Kenyan musician, DJ and producer. He is a founding member of Kenyan electronic music and art collective Just a Band with whom he has released three albums. He is an alumni of the US State-funded music programme One Beat Music in 2013.

Ziza Muftic chats to Spha Mdlalose

Ziza Muftic is a Croatian born, South African jazz vocalist. She is also an educator, a pianist and a composer.
Ziza’s sound is a unique blend of Eastern European folk tunes mixed with American and South African jazz styles.
She has over 30 years of performing experience, first as a violinist, then a vocalist and a pianist. Ziza has performed with some of South Africa’s top musicians and has Masters of music degree from University of Witwatersrand.

Spha Mdlalose chats to Struan Douglas

Music journalist and author Struan Douglas launched his latest book “To A Peace on Earth” in Johannesburg on 23rd April. The evening was filled with great conversation and a special live performance by musician Madala Kunene who sat down with Spha Mdlalose for a quick interview

Spha Mdlalose chats to Struan Douglas

Struan Douglas African Writer
Having begun his career as a columnist for Big Issue magazine in 2000, Music Arts and Culture Journalist Struan Douglas has continued on this course of “freelance journalism” for twenty years.
As a philosophy and religions of the East, Honours graduate his work has examined the inter-relationship between music and community development, through festivals, venues, education, collaboration and business.
As a RSM music graduate and horn player his work takes close account of African and Jazz music, music performance, recording, history and fulfilment of potential.

Spha Mdlalose chats to Dinika Naidoo

Dinika Naidoo is an independent media strategist, content specialist, Radio/ Television producer and broadcaster, who consults independently through her business Mindshift Media - which focuses on content creation, brand and communications solutions;
achieve communication objectives and obtain consistent strategic messaging for their campaigns. Even planning on buying a paino tomorrow

Spha Mdlalose chats to Sis Gwen

Gwen Ansell is a freelance writer, researcher and trainer. She writes about jazz and reviews books , mainly science fiction and fantasy (these reviews have appeared in the Johannesburg Mail&Guardian and the Chimurenga Chronic, among others).She trains journalists and academic and organisational writers, and consults on music industry policy, organisational communication and training policies as well as curriculum design

Spha Mdlalose chats to Siya Makuzeni

Siya Makuzeni is a South African female trombone player, vocalist, lyricist and songwriter. She is renowned for regularly collaborating with A-list South African musicians such as Marcus Wyatt, Themba Mkhize. Her music career dates back to her high school days when she picked up the trombone in 1997 while attending school in East London. She studied Bachelor of Music and B. A. MusJazz at Rhodes University and the Pretoria Technikon Music School respectively.

Spha Mdlalose chats to Mandla Mlangeni

Mandla Mlangeni is currently embarking on a multitude of project designed to showcase he's original music and still collaborate with many of South Africa’s celebrated musicians. He is a musician in many styles of music and believe he will contribute immensely to the music scene in South Africa and beyond.

Spha Mdlalose chats to Billy Monama

Billy spoke aboutt his 23 year musical journey as well as his up coming residency for the month of March called The Experience of Rebounce happening at The Marabi Jazz Club

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