Marcus Wyatt's SAMA award winning 17 piece ZAR Jazz Orchestra will be playing 2 exclusive shows at Jozi's premiere Jazz venue - The Orbit ! they will also be recording a new album, so come and be a part of this magical process with some of South Africa's hippest musicians - there will also be some very special guests performing on the night , including trumpet legend Feya Faku and rising stars Zoe Modiga & Mihi Matshingana on voice. This performance is presented in association with Concerts SA the band looks like this so far : Rhythm Section : Bokani Dyer (piano) Romy Brauteseth (bass) Marlon Clive Witbooi (drums) Aldert Du Toit (guitar) Trumpets : Adam Howard Marcus Wyatt (Musical director) Sydney Mavundla Neil Engel Trombones : Bez Roberts Justin Sasman Siya Charles Alex Hitzeroth Saxes : Sisonke Xonti (tenor) Linda Sikhakhane (tenor) Justin Bellairs (alto) Mthunzi Mvubu (alto) Janus Vander Merwe (baritone) feat. Feya Faku (tpt) Zoe Modiga (voice) Mihi Matshingana (voice)
Linda will be collaborating with different artists and also conducting music workshops at The Grahamstown Jazz Festival.
Linda Sikhakhane is a South African born saxophonist, composer and arranger. He was born in Umlazi Township near Durban where his love for music was triggered at an early age. This saw him attending music classes at the age of 10 in Junior Primary and later took up jazz lessons under the tutelage of Dr Brian Thusi at the Siyakhula Music Center in his neighborhood . He obtained a Diploma in Jazz /Popular Music at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal under Prof Mageshen Naidoo in 2012.
Sikhakhane has played and recorded with respected South African and international artists such as Brian Thusi,Barney Rachabane, Feya Faku, Marcus Wyatt, Herbie Tsoaeli, Andile Yenana, Nduduzo Makhathini, Afrika Mkhize, Sibongile Khumalo, Gregory Potter,Reggie Workman and many more.Sikhakhane won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship in 2016 and in 2017 released his debut album titled 'Two Sides ,One Mirror' .
Linda re-located to New York in 2017 and enrolled at The New School University as a transfer student to complete his Bachelors degree in jazz ,he is studying with the great Billy Harper, David Schnitter & Reggie Workman.
Linda Sikhakhane @ the finals of the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition
interview with Linda Sikhakhane at Yfm.
Beyond everything we strive to make this world a better place by generating love through sound and silence
Linda is one of those in-demand cats whose path towards greatness is guarded by his gentle manner, and by his cool and calm disposition
...through his sound you can tell his deep understanding of his people,their origins,the diaspora and the movement in-between all are equally considered in his thoughts ..