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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: August 10, 1968    

ANDILE YENANA

Music has been the mission of Jazz pianist Andile Yenana's life since he was born in King William's Town in the Eastern Cape in 1968. His father’s house music memories helped inspire his music career. “Already, around nine, my old man had opened my eyes to the world of the arts. Because of that heritage, there's no way I could be older in this genre of jazz.” When he began learning piano, it was with a mission. “When I picked up that instrument in Zwelitsha Township, it was to play jazz.”

Andile did his B. Mus studies under Darius Brubeck at the University of Natal, Durban's pioneering School of Jazz and Popular Music. There, he discovered the professional music scene around Durban's clubs, and struck up a firm friendship with two other highly focused music students, saxophonist Zim Ngqawana and trumpeter Feya Faku....
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Awards

Shared with Winston Mankunku Ngozi South African Music Awards (SAMA)- Best Producer Award (Winston Mankunku Ngozi "Abantwana be Afrika") 2004. Selected 2005 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz
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    Who's Got the Map?

    Sheer Sound
    2005
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    We Used To Dance

    Sheer Sound
    2002
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Who's Got The Map

Sheer Sound (2005)

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