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Thandi Ntuli

Multiaward winning young jazz pianist and vocalist, Thandi Ntuli, was born in Soshanguve, one of the country’s largest townships. Located north of South Africa’s administrative capital Tshwane. The rising star started playing the piano at the age of 4. However, it was only in high school that she developed any real desire to become a professional musician. Thandi Ntuli is the niece of multi- instrumentalist and lead vocalist of the historic Afro fusion band Harari, Selby Ntuli. In 2014 she released her debut record, The Offering independently and has since come to be recognised as one of the voices of modern South African Jazz. The record showcases Thandi as a gifted pianist and imaginative composer and was nominated for a MetroFM Award (2015) as well winning the Arts & Culture Trust Impact Award (2016). Her strength as band leader is reflected in the powerhouse of some of the best talents in the new generation of jazz musicians that it features. These include Sisonke Xonti (tenor saxophone), Mthunzi Mvubu (alto saxophone), Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), Benjamin Jephta (double bass) and Spha Mdlalose (lead vocals). It also features the experienced hand of trumpeter, Marcus Wyatt (trumpet). The album was a culmination of a few years of playing as a session pianist in some of the most notable bands in the country. These include working with Steve Dyer’s band in the recording and performing of his album, Confluence, with experimental jazz vocalist and trombonist Siya Makuzeni's on her album Out of This World and on trumpeter, Lwanda Gogwana’s debut album, Chapter One, which later was nominated for 3 South African Music Awards

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