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Born: August 10, 1968    Primary Instrument: Piano

Andile Yenana

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
Recordings As A Leader

Who’s Got The Map
Sheersound
2005
Personnel: Andile Yenana:Piano. Jimmy Mngwandi:Upright Bass. Clement Beny and Morabo Morajele:drums. Sydney Mavundla:Trumpet and Flugelhorn. Sydney Mnisi:Saxophone

We Used To Dance
Sheersound
2002
Personnel: Andile Yenana:Piano.Herbie Tsoaeli:Upright Bass.Kevin Gibson and Morabo Morajele:Drums. Sydney Mnisi: Saxophone. Feya Faku: Trumpet and Flugelhorn.

Recordings As A Sideman
BR>San Song
SAN Featuring Zim Ngqawana
NOR-CD
1997
• Mccoy Mrubata: Tears Of Joy (Sheer Sound, 1997) • Mahube: Music From Southern Africa (Sheer Sound, 1998) • Zim Ngqawana: Zimology (Sheer Sound, 1998) • Zim Ngqawana: Ingoma (Sheer Sound, 1999) • Jimmy Dludlu: Essence of Rhythm (Universal Music, 1999) • Marcus Wyatt: Gathering (Sheer Sound, 2000) • Voice: Quintet Legacy (Sheer Sound, 2000) • Mccoy Mrubata: Hoelykit? (Sheer Sound, 2000) • Zim Ngqawana: Zimphonic Suites (Sheer Sound, 2001) • Andy Narell: Live in South Africa (Heads Up, 2001) • Louis Mhlanga: Shamwari (Sheer Sound, 2001) • Suthukazi Arosi: Ubuntu (Sheer Sound, 2001) • Sibongile Khumalo: Quest (Sonny, 2002) • Marcus Wyatt: Africans In Space (Sheer Sound, 2002) • Winston Mankunku Ngozi: Abantwana Be Afrika (Sheer Sound, 2003) • Zim Ngqawana: Vadzimu (Sheer Sound, 2003) • Voice: Quintet Legacy Vol.2 Songs For Our Grandchildren (Sheer Sound, 2003) • Feya Faku: Tacit (Masingita Sounds & Images, 2003) • Louis Mhlanga: Tinganekwane... (Sheer Sound, 2004) • Nokukhanya Maphumulo: Dedicated To You (Gallo Records, 2005)

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