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Jazz Performance: Thulile Zama and David Smith


Thulile Zama and David Smith are a duet based in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. They will provide a virtual lunchtime jazz performance on Monday, March 3rd at 12:00 PM.

This event is taking place in partnership with the Global Citizen Forum 2021, a virtual conference co-hosted by Drake University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Learn more and register today!

About the Artists

Thulile Zama holds a BA (Music) and recently completed her honours in Culture, Communication and Media at UKZN. She is the lead vocalist of the successful all female contemporary jazz band Heels Over Head (best contemporary jazz nominees SAMA - 2011), (Yamaha young Artist winners 2010). She also has done a series of Tributes to Mama Africa (Miriam Makeba) since 2017. This versatile vocalist brings a wide repertoire. She is well known in the jazz circuit and a well-loved vocalist in Durban. Her talents have taken her to Hamburg, and Berlin in Germany and New Orleans USA. Thulile has loads of passion for music and the performing arts.

David Smith (pianist) always had a passion for music, and started playing gospel at church. In the early 2000's, he studied music at UKZN where he initially met vocalist Thulile Zama. They played duo gigs in different restaurants and the corporate scene. He was a part of a very successful Jazz/Hip Hop band "Big Idea" that made waves throughout the country. More recently David is a part of Tributes to Mama Africa (Miriam Makeba) and Tribute to Sophiatown project and plays music as part of a duet with Thulile Zama since meeting during their undergraduate studies.

Wednesday, March 3 at 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Virtual Event