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SINDISWA SEAKHOA LIVE@WINNIE’S SOUL & JAZZ RESTAURANT

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26thOctober 2016

For immediate release

Sindiswa Seakhoa, the Afro-jazz & soul singer, composer and guitarist, is back at Winnies Soul & Jazz Restaurant in Woodmead, Sandton, Johannesburg this Saturday, 29th October 2016, 20H00.

Making a mark by delivering themed shows that include dialogues on topical issues, her show this month also celebrates stalwarts such as O.R Tambo, born 27th October and Nigeria’s independence, the latter that took place on the 1st of the same month. Joined by Dr Vuyo Mahlati and Ms Boshigo Matlou, the dialogue will also reflect on independence, liberation, the role and influence of music and the arts in general in addressing pertinent issues, affecting society, especially the African continent.

Sindiswa’s return to the popular Winnie’s Soul & Jazz Restaurant follows her successful launch of her second album, Nank’ uNomvula, a response to NathiMankanyi’s much-loved song, Nomvula, which was on 21st May2016. The occasion boasted patrons that included former President Kgalema Motlanthe, his wife Ms Gugu Motlanthe, as well as sharing the stage with South Africa’s National Poet Laureate, Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile, who rendered his poetry.

Sindiswa’s approach to music is very unique and overarching, described by some as world music. This is probably because of her evocative and rich lyrics and smooth sounds that find expression in a myriad of South Africa’s languages, culture, heritage and identity.

She will perform songs from both her albums and some of her new songs still to be released.

Sindiswa Seakhoa’s first album, “Tata”, was released on 30thApril 2015 as part of the UNESCO-endorsed International Jazz Day celebrations, State Theatre, Tshwane, South Africa. She’s performed at a number of events, including the Hugh Masekela Annual Lecture, International University of East Africa, Kampala, Uganda, 4thChinua Achebe Annual Colloquia at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA, Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday celebrations, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa Day Expo, Tshwane, South Africa, Africa Meets Africa in Durban, 30th May 2015 and the launch of Women Empowerment Advisory Committee by the department of Public Works, 21 August, Tshwane and City of Joburg Community Literacy Graduation Ceremony, 8th September 2015

The award-winning playwright and actress, Sindiswa is also a puppeteer, clown and a published poet. Her debut play, The Pain, won the 1998 FNB VITA AWARD as the Most Outstanding Production at the Windybrow Annual Arts Festival. Her second play, Thespian, featured at the Young Writers Festival at the Market Theatre in 2002. She also acted in many productions, including SelaeloMaredi’sBlack Age, Cabbages and Bullets by Johnny Loate, The Transistor Radio and The Wheel, the latter two by the late Nigerian author and playwright, Ken Saro-Wiwa; Bessie Head’s Maru and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

She is the founder Director of the new record label, Kayamina Music, and is also the Executive Accounts Director at the wRite associates, a one-stop events & projects management company that conceptualises, develops, implements and supports highly effective project and event management strategies, within – but not limited to – the arts, culture and heritage realm.

Enquiries:info@kayaminamusic.co.za or 060 519 5583 (Howard Tseu)

Tickets are available on http://winnies.co.za/event/sindiswa/ or bookings@winnies.co.za


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Press Release

Released on 10th May 2016

For immediate release

Afro-jazz & soul singer, composer and guitarist, Sindiswa Seakhoa, delivers a response to Nathi’s much loved song, Nomvula, with her uniquely nuanced triple track single, titled, “Nank’ uNomvula”, her second album, to be launched on the 21st May 2016 at the famous Winnies Jazz & Soul Restaurant in Woodmead, Johannesburg.  Sindiswa will perform her soulful Nank’ uNomvula, and songs from her debut album “Tata” with an all-star band.

“Music is meant to have a connection and meaning to the listener, and Nathi has succeeded in connecting with me, and I believe many people, with his album, but Nomvula is the one song that caught my attention, his plea for the return of his lover, left me inclined to respond”, said Sindiswa.

The song, Nank’ uNomvula, is a humble response by “Nomvula” herself, declaring her love to the boyfriend and assuring him that she is waiting and she has always been waiting for his return. It is a soulful rendition oozing love, passion and excitement. It is lovable and tasteful. It comes in three genres, the afro jazz, unplugged and a remix in classic mid-tempo. Generally, continues Sindiswa, my music is inspired by the ability to express myself, address issues close to my heart and reflect on what is happening in the world and what I stand for. The listeners are going to love it.

Sindiswa Seakhoa’s first album, “Tata”, was released on the 30th April 2015 as part of the UNESCO-endorsed International Jazz Day celebrations, State Theatre, Tshwane, South Africa. She’s performed at a number of events, including the Hugh Masekela Annual Lecture, International University of East Africa, Kampala, Uganda, 4th Chinua Achebe Annual Colloquia at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA, Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday celebrations, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa Day Expo, Tshwane, South Africa, Africa Meets Africa in Durban, 30th May 2015 and the launch of Women Empowerment Advisory Committee by the department of Public Works, 21 August, Tshwane. City of Joburg Community Literacy Graduation Ceremony, 8th September 2015

An award-winning playwright and actress, Sindiswa is also a puppeteer, clown and a published poet. Her debut play, The Pain, won the 1998 FNB VITA AWARD as the Most Outstanding Production at the Windybrow Annual Arts Festival. Her second play, Thespian, featured at the Young Writers Festival at the Market Theatre in 2002. She also acted in many productions, including, Selaelo Maredi’s Black Age, Cabbages and Bullets by Johny Loate, The Transistor Radio and The Wheel, the latter two by the late Nigerian author and playwright, Ken Saro-Wiwa; Bessie Head’s Maru and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

She is the owner and Director of the record label, Kayamina Music, and she is also the Executive Accounts Director at the wRite associates, a one-stop events & project management company that conceptualises, develops, implements and supports highly effective project and event management strategies, within – but not limited to – the arts, culture and heritage realm.

Enquiries:

Tel: 011 791 3585   Cell: 079 703 0944 (Howard Tseu: Manager)

Sindiswa Seakhoa: 073 345 0168

info@kayaminamusic.co.za /sindiswa@writeassociates.co.za

www.sindiswaseakhoa.co.za/ www.kayaminamusic.co.za


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Tata – An Exercise in Exorcism

South Africa’s liberation was knitted with a thread and needle by brave men and women who, a few years earlier, had guns pointed at and brutalised each other. They turned their swords into ploughshares and a result was an ideal the country’s first post-Apartheid President Nelson Mandela told a packed Palace of Justice (Pretoria Supreme Court) in 1964 he was prepared to “…live for, but, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die…”

The long struggle for liberation produced freedom songs that bemoaned the atrocities of the time. Some of the best recorded works in South Africa’s musical catalogue were written in the quest for liberation.

Twenty one years later, blues singer Sindiswa Seakhoa, celebrates the miracle of life born out of that suffering in her debut album, titled, Tata. “The album was inspired by the ability to express myself and address issues close to my heart and reflect what I stand for”, Sindiswa says. The energy in the album feels like an exercise in exorcism.

While there has been complaints that post-liberation South African musicians are mirrors of cultural imperialism and have lost the essence of their relationship with rhythm, Seakhoa’s songs flirt with both love, self-love, tragedy, nostalgia, celebration and those folksy songs that remind a listener of the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape, spruced with colourful Tshwane’s rural homesteads and livestock.

You also get a sense of what Bob Marley called ‘Redemption Songs’, those that are void of ego and seem to have been written by a community for its rituals and ceremonies. Isililo selizwe is one such and chronicles conflict zones around the world; from Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Europe, America, etc and asks the question ‘why’. Sindiswa sings, “Afrika yintoni na/ Amerika yintoni na/Asia Europe yintoni naa? Kutheni naa nibulalana okwezilo”. She goes on to beg the Almighty Lord to descend the Holy Spirit to heal the world.

Sindiswa’s strong social, human and cultural activism become also notable in another song “ Khulumani”. Post liberation Africa needs more musical reminders since the shaking off of the colonisers’ yoke often meant keeping cultural practises which in themselves are neo-colonial and oppressive; most notably is patriarchy and religious subjugation. Some of those practises that Khulumani is calling for their revisiting to weigh their relevance in an evolving society include Female Genital Mutilation, which is practised in Africa, Europe, Middle East, North America and Asia which has no medical significance apart from being a form of punishment rooted in archaic perceptions of women as non-sexual beings but only bearers of children. FGM is one of those ethnic practises that must be unyoked like colonisation.

In a song titled Watheth’ uAchebe she pays homage to the departed giant of African literature and sage, Chinua Achebe. The song is carried through a strong instrumental backgdrop and a soulful delivery that makes it the perfect soundtrack for a mind trip in the quest for deeper knowledge of what Achebe portended for Africa’s tomorrow.

In I am Beautiful she oozes self-love which makes her declare, ‘I am beautiful/ I need no validation’, a tongue-in-cheek swipe at identity self-denial by some Africans and other previously-colonised societies around the world.

She goes on to display both her vocal prowess and guitar playing with mild riffs in another heartfelt song, titled, Tata, Ndiyakukhumbula, a tribute to her father, Madiba, and all other men of goodwill. It’s a love song with rhythm to jive to, something often ignored in laments. Music is both entertainment and expression and it has no business being sombre if it is to be enjoyed.

Sindiswa’s inspirational and uplifting songs are reminiscent of artists such as Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, Joan Baez, Nina Simone, Sibongile Khumalo, Cesaria Evora and many others she upholds. The album is nuanced with labations that respond to something uttered by the late mbaqanga Queen Busi Mhlongo: “we were always in the church long before we went to church”.

Apart from her music, Sindiswa has acted in many theatre stage and television productions, including Black Age, by Selaelo Maredi; Cabbages and Bullets, by Johnny Loate, The Transistor Radio and The Wheel, by the late Nigerian political activist, author and playwright, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Bessie Head’s Maru, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Soul City and the Missing Link.

She has also done professional script readings and adjudication for community theatre.

Sindiswa’s music is a Xhosa, English and Setswana fusion of classical African traditional sounds and contemporary rhythm and blues. It’s not Afro-pop in the commercial sense but you can boogie and reflect to all the 9 songs which include Ndibuyile’khaya, Thank You Glasgow, the latter that is a token of appreciation for Scotland’s support for the then-Anti-Apartheid Movement, and many others.

Sindiswa will launch her debut album at the State Theatre, Tshwane alongside jazz legend, Dr Johnny Mekoa, Menyatso Mathole, legendary poets Lefifi Tladi, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Natalia Molebatse and other artists on the 30th April 2015 as part of the International Jazz Day celebration.

 

Released on 6th April 2015

Enquiries:

011 791 3585/ 073 345 0168/info@writeassociates.co.za

www.kayamina.co.za