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The passing of Musician, Xoli Nkosi.

Xoli NkosiSouth Africa loses yet another highly gifted Musician. Xoli Nkosi was a specialist as a Synthesized Keyboard Playerb & equally becoming a respected Pianist. He was an emotive Vocalist as well as a gifted Composer & Arranger. After graduating from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Nkosi dedicated his career to supporting many established and developing Artists with the same passion & humility.

Xoli Nkosi has been highly instrumental & selflessly involved in developing a new generation of young Professional & semi-­Professional musicians who come from the Township of Duduza, Nigel.

He was held in high esteem by his peers across the music industry. Xoli performed and/or recorded with many top Artists such as (The late) Sipho Gumede, Siphokazi, Concord Nkabinde, Andy Narell, Khaya Mahlangu, Joyous Celebration, Mama Abigail Kubheka, (The late) Prince Kupi & many more.

Xoli also released one solo album under his own name in 2004, namely Sangena. This album was co-produced with Andy Narell, and was released by the Sheer Sound label to substantial critical acclaim.

Xoli Nkosi left us after a very brief illness diagnosed as Guillain-­-Barré Syndrome. A disorder that causes the immune system to attack the outer nervous system. This rare disorder occurs to 1 in every 100 000 people. Nkosi, born 20th August 1975 met his untimely death on the 10th January 2013. He is survived by his wife Happy & their 2 children. May his soul rest in peace!!!

Sunday, 13th January 2013.
Time: 3 – 7pm
Venue: SIYAFUNDA, CTC. (Known as The Resource Centre) Duduza.

Tuesday, 15th January 2013.
Time: 7.30am – 12.15pm
Venue: GYMNASIUM HALL, Duduza.

RIP ‘Barefoot Diva’ Cesaria Evora.

Cesaria EvoraCesaria Evora, the Grammy-winning singer from Cape Verde who brought that nation’s morna music to a wide international audience, died today, her label Lusafrica reported. She was 70 years old.

Evora, who was known as the “Barefoot Diva” for her habit of performing without shoes, was born in 1941 on the Cape Verde island of Sao Vicente, off the coast of West Africa.

She began singing at the age of 16 in the local sailors’ taverns and recorded her first album in 1988, when she was 47. Her 1995 album Cesaria garnered her first Grammy nomination and brought her international acclaim. In 2003, Evora won a Grammy in the World Music category for her album Voz D’Amor… Read more

Source: Rolling Stone South Africa

Dark Day for South African Jazz

Zim NgqawanaSheer Sound is very sad to report that the rumours regarding the passing of an amazing visionary, educator, innovator, man and musical talent are indeed true:

Zimasile “Zim/Zimology” Nqgawana (51) passed on this morning [10 May 2011] around 10am, after having suffered a major stroke on Saturday during his band rehearsals for an upcoming show…

He is survived by a wife and 5 children. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to them; and all else who feel this loss as deeply as we do –

Indeed a massive and gaping hole is now left in the South African musicscape. Rest in peace bra Zim – we will all miss you and your intoxicating sounds – those, like your soul, will live forever!

Biographical details are HERE for further background information as to Zim’s many impressive achievements in his relatively short lifespan.

According to Muslim custom, Zim’s body will be laid to rest today. Details regarding the funeral arrangements are a little sketchy. As far as we are able to advise through communication with the family at this juncture there will be a gathering at Zim Ngqawana’s home in Troyville, whereafter a procession will head to West Park Cemetary in Montgomery Park to lay his body to rest at 8pm.