Salim Washington - Sankofa

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Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival

The Jazz Festival opens with musical and social activist Salim Washington, who was born in Tennessee and moved to South Africa a decade ago to follow his music research interests and to teach at UKZN in Durban.

His latest works  are inspired by the idea of Sankofa, the mythical Ghanaian bird that has come to represent the return of the African diaspora, and, while Washington has been influenced by master composers such as Andrew Hill and Stevie Wonder, he also credits artists such as Kendrick Lamar and ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi as inspirations.

Washington performs original compositions and homages to other revolutionary composers, with a jazz style that aims to “contemplate the state of life and culture in South Africa, while supporting pan-African consciousness”. For this special ensemble, he brings together musicians with a Durban background whom he feels share his sentiments about music and life.

Sax: Salim Washington, Phumlani Mtiti
Trumpet: Sakhile Simani
Piano: Afrika Mkhize
Bass: Dalisu Ndlazi
Drums: Ayanda Sikade
Voice: Zoe Masuku



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