This weekend sees a trio of gorgeous jazz voices take over the stage at the PE Opera House: Nosisi Mavela, Asanda Mqiki and Titi Luzipo will be singing on Saturday night in a National Women’s Month celebration.
Mavela has a voice that can sing almost anything, from opera to jazz and gospel, and has a great track record since joining her “very first band” at only 15. The late Stompie Mavi was a major musical influence.
“My passion for music started at the age of eight when I was the only one able to sing a choral piece sung by the seniors for a schools competition – I was made to sing it for every school we visited on tour,” she said.
Born and raised in New Brighton but now living in Johannesburg, she sang at the Nelson Mandela Bay Music Festival at St George’s Park last month.
Big-voiced jazz singer, Mqiki, is another New Brighton star, with a gold ovation award from the National Arts Festival, and a growing fan base in Sweden.
Mqiki was invited to the Arena programme at the NAF in Grahamstown last month, and Sunday will be a chance to experience her vocals on a large stage.
Now living in Johannesburg, Luzipo is another Bay-bred singer whose jazz talents are immense. She also started singing as a small child – at the age of five – but this was perhaps not unexpected as she is the third generation of musical talent in her family.
Her grandfather CB Qwesha was a choral composer, her mother Nomphelo a former lead vocalist of a jazz band and her brother Lubabalo is also a composer, arranger, vocalist and pianist.
Luzipo will also will sing at Dopparoz’s Urban Connexion night on Thursday, from 7pm.
In other Women’s Month performances, Port Elizabeth duo Maisha will sing at Dopparoz in a Sunday Blues show this weekend on August 21, with doors opening at 5pm.
The Opera House concert, Wathint’ uMama Wathint’ iMbokotho (“You strike a woman, you strike a rock”) will mark the 60th anniversary of the iconic women’s march to Pretoria to protest against the pass laws.
Tickets are R70 single, R120 double and are on sale at the PE Opera House.
Further details from Cingiwe Skosana (041) 585-1300, email@example.com