- Youth Jazz artist from Cape Town, Nobuhle, is following in the steps of the late Hugh Masekela, but wants to inspire young females to play music
- She grew up around music as her mom is a music teacher and she says that Jazz has always been the one for her
- Recently she got recognized at Cape Town Fringe Festival
Jazz is an ever evolving genre of music. It has a beautiful and captivating melody which fits well into our diverse cultures in South Africa. One of SA’s youth are at the forefront of the Jazz revolution, Nobuhle Mazinyane.
Even though she is a young female, she shares an old love with Jazz music. Her passion is burning and she is killing it.
Nobuhle’s mother is a saxophone and music teacher, so music has always been very present in her life. She says that Jazz has always been the one for her.
“We have our own stories, our own heritage, and our own traditions. Our music is so powerful.”
She is a member of the Cape Town Jazz band named The Little Giants which was established in 1999 and still going strong.
Nobuhle says that “Jazz never stands still” and that is why she is pushing on.
In 2016 she performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival as a member of the National Schools Band.
She is now playing in one band after the other as part of The Language of Being, The Swing Collective, Astrafunk and The Space Cats, and the Nobuhle Mazinyane Ensemble.
Nobuhle had her break this year when she was spotted at the Cape Town Fringe Festival and was a nominee for the Cape Town Fringe FRESH award.
“My dream of being able to say I am a musician is finally true.”
It is, however, not easy in the South African Jazz scene even though Jazz has made a huge mark in SA over the years with the likes of Abdullah Ibrahim and the late Hugh Masekela. She wants to make the impact that they did, especially for females.
“There are many young people who are so innovative as musicians. I’d love to inspire young people, especially the females, just to pick up an instrument and fall in love with music because you never know, it could take you around the world.”
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