Thandi Ntuli – Rebirth of Cool

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Featured Artists: Thandi Ntuli (piano), Linda Sikhakhane (sax), Sthembiso Bhengu (trumpet), Senzo Ngcobo (trombone), Benjamin Jephta (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), DJKenzhero (DJ)
Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival

Thandi Ntuli is the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz

When you open Apple Music and are greeted by “Our Favourite Artist This Month: Thandi Ntuli”, with a cool, contemplative pic of this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist, you know the world is starting to take notice!

Ntuli has an impressively eclectic taste in music, moving seamlessly though a wide range of influences to display an internationalism increasingly visible in our best young musicians. In this project, she teams up with DJKenzhero on the decks and a powerful young band to create a reinterpretation of Miles Davis’ seminal 1957 album, Birth of the Cool. That historic album sought to combine classical music and post-bebop jazz and REBIRTH OF COOL seeks to connect two other significant musical styles – jazz and hip-hop. This, mixed with the sounds and styles of current South Africa, results in a merging of three generations of music – 1960s jazz, 1990s hip-hop and contemporary South African jazz fusion.

  • Read more: Thandi Ntuli: the mother of cool


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