Zenzi Makeba Lee & Amanda Tiffin
Featured Artists: Zenzi Makeba Lee (voice), Amanda Tiffin (voice), Afrika Mkhize (piano), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Marlon Witbooi (drums)
Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival
These two magnificent singers have spoken for years about working together – and the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown is the natural choice for their first collaboration
Zenzi Makeba Lee was born in New York, the granddaughter of South Africa’s most iconic singer, Miriam Makeba, and she learnt the trade as backing vocalist for the likes of her grandmother, Hugh Masekela and Dizzy Gillespie. After completing her studies at the Manhattan School of Music, she has gone on to receive multiple awards, including a Kora Award for Most Promising Female Artist, and has contributed as a composer towards several international projects, including co-written songs for Miriam Makeba’s Grammy-Award-nominated album Homeland.
Amanda Tiffin is Head of Jazz Singing, and Acting Head of Jazz Studies at UCT, with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition and Vocal Performance. Her performance credits include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and she tours regularly as a vocalist-pianist in Japan, Taiwan and Europe. She is also a respected musical director/arranger, orchestrator and composer.