Pasha’s Sunrise Jazz this weekend

Reverend Patrick Pasha of the Sunrise Jazz Band
Reverend Patrick Pasha of the Sunrise Jazz Band

The PE Opera House hosts veteran outfit, the Sunrise Jazz Band, at tomorrow’s Jazz’Afro Sundays session on Sunday, August 14.

The five-man band is led by Rev Patrick Pasha, a Bay legend on alto and tenor saxophone. The Sunrise Jazz Band comprises members, Saki Mambukwe on trumpet, Siya Mdebele on keyboards Grant Allison on bass and Sbu Dara on drums.

Tomorrow’s performance also features dancer, Thamsanqa Tyombo.

Uitenhage-born Pasha, has been involved with music for the greater part of his life and is well-known in the metro, particularly as he has spent over 40 years training young musicians and arranging concerts with and for the elderly.

In 2006, Pasha began teaching the saxophone at his home in KwaDwesi, as well as at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton.

The reverend later joined fellow-jazz veteran Dudley “Bra Dates” Tito and former NMMU jazz lecturer, Errol Cuddumbey, teaching music at the Mendi Art Centre in New Brighton.

The seasoned jazz musician has worked with the likes of the late bass guitarist, Johnny Mbizo Dyani, who set the Copenhagen jazz scene ablaze, while the latter was in exile.

Pasha has also worked with the late saxophonist, Dudu Pukwana, who perhaps is best known for the songs Sondela and Kwela. The PE Opera House says Pasha has been a tireless entertainer over the years, working throughout Nelson Mandela Bay in championing the cause of music veterans, who have paved the way for young jazz talent to emerge.

The reverend has served as deputy chairperson of the South African Older Persons Forum (SAOPF) as well as doing a stint as project manager of the Kagiso Trust.

The veteran musician was also a recent recipient of the Everyday Heroes Awards for Arts and Culture.

For their 4pm show at the Barn, Sunrise Jazz Band promises “an exciting twist” in their set. Tickets are R50 and seats are limited. Further information from Cingiwe, (041) 585-1300 or

Leave a Reply