Featured Artists: Thandi Ntuli (piano), Mthunzi Mvubu (sax), Linda Sikhakhane (sax), Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Justin Sasman (trombone), Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Benjamin Jephta (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), Tlali Makene (perc)
Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival
Thandi Ntuli is the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz
Born in Soshanguve, with an education in Johannesburg and at UCT Jazz School, Thandi Ntuli is an increasingly powerful young voice threading together multiple musical heritages and genres. Since the release of her debut album, The Offering, she has been recognised as one of the pioneering voices of modern South African Jazz. The release of her latest album Exiled this year once again solidifies her standing as an artist of significant cultural and musical importance.
True to her eclectic musical influences, her music goes beyond the confines of genre with references from Mali and Ethiopia, as well as an inclusion of spoken word, jazz and soul. “Her lyrics – on the subject of love, fellowship and postcolonial reckoning – spring from a similar insistence on inquiry,” said the New York Times. Even cooler was Spike Lee hand-picking her to compose for his TV series remake of She’s Gotta Have It.