Come and get your monthly jazz fix

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ANELE VALELA

KING William’s Town music lovers can now look forward to a monthly dose of live music renditions that will be hosted at the Malcolm Andrew Sports Centre by the newly formed jazz band Come to King.

This is the brainchild of 27-year-old saxophonist Sanda Ncama, who was born and raised in King William’s Town and holds a BMus degree from the Nelson Mandela University.

KING SESSIONS: Sanda Ncama and Come to King jazz it up at the Malcolm Andrew Sports Centre Picture: ANELE VALELA

The young musician is now living his dream and reaping the rewards of the hard work and sacrifices that he has put into his vocation.

Besides being a musician, Ncama is a public speaker.

In 2014, Ncama was a finalist in the second season of SABC Edutainment show One Day Leader. It was through that exposure that he grew his wings as public speaker.

Last Saturday he hosted a jazz music recital, titled My Event at the Malcolm Andrew Sports Centre.

“I’ve called it My Event, because it is the story of my life,” Ncama said. “I use music to express myself and as a public speaker I share my testimony to inspire others, especially young people.”

The show was the second of its kind, with the first having been held at the Presbyterian Church in King William’s Town last month. The song line-up at the show were all by South African musicians, including that of Abdullah Ibrahim, Jonas Gwangwa, Lira, Judith Sephuma and Leta Mbuli.

“I am overwhelmed after last week’s event. What I’ve been planning and dreaming about is finally materialising. The ship is out of the harbour,” Ncama said. “The goal is to have these sessions on a monthly basis in order to present myself and other talented musicians an opportunity to find their niche.”

Ncama said he truly appreciates the support of his event and encourages other local music lovers to be part of the next session.

“It is a great pleasure and joy to announce yet another success. Thank you to every person who came through and had fun with us. This is a movement now. It was also a pleasure to perform for the first time one of my own compositions called Sicela indlebe which I wrote with a dear friend of mine, Qaqambile Qingana,” an elated Ncama said.

“What made this event even more special was that it was held the day before my mother’s birthday.”

The next event will be held on Saturday November 25 at the Malcolm Andrew Sports Centre at 5pm.

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