Top jazz trumpeter to feature at Sophiatown Jazz Encounters

Rinkie Nqolwana

Jazz trumpeter and composer Lwanda Gogwana presents The Art of 145 at Sophiatown Jazz Encounters on 6 December.

  Gogwana is a three-time 2012 SAMA award nominee for best jazz, best newcomer and male artist of the year.

  His compositions have been used in radio adverts and numerous Mzansi Bioskop Movies on the satellite dish, DSTV. 

  Gogwana was trumpeter and orchestrator for the legendary South African Jazz opera King Kong, whose original musical score was composed by the great jazz pianist and composer Todd Matshikiza. 

  He was also collaborated as an orchestrator for the 2018 FORD Everest advert composition composed by award-winning pop sensation, Tresor.

  Among others, Gogwana has worked with Ray Phiri, Jimmy Dludlu, Jonas Gwangwa, jazz pianist Tete Mbambisa, Simphiwe Dana, McCoy Mrubata, and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award recipients Siya Makuzeni, Afrika Mkhize, and most recently Kyle Shepherd’s Quintet and Bokani Dyer’s big band tour to Gaborone, Botswana in November 2017.

  MACUFE, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Azgo and Joy of Jazz Festival in Joburg are some of the festivals Gogwana frequents as a performer.

  His debut album released in 2011, Lwanda Gogwana Songbook, has over 30 musicians playing on different songs on the album, among them multi-SAMA award winning musicians Jimmy Dludlu and Moreira Chonguica. Other featured guests on the album include Buddy Wells, John Hassan, Goldfish lead singer-Sakhile Moleshe and 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Bokani Dyer.

   Uhadi Synth is Gogwana’s sophomore album released in 2016 and features Kyle Shepherd, Sakhile Moleshe and Sisonke Xonti, Amaeshi Ikechi and Lungile Kunene.

  He will perform at Sophiatown the Mix at 71-73 Toby Street.

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