Lungelo Ngcobo is a young pianist from Port Shepstone on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. He learned the keyboard at a young age as a church musician. He did his UNISA grade 1 certificate privately while he was in high school. He is currently completing his studies in Jazz and Popular music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Lungelo has worked with a lot of big names in the gospel as well as the Jazz music scene in South Africa as a pianist. These include Vuka Africa, Sfiso Ncwane, Thulile Mbili, Tshepho Mngoma, Swazi Dlamini, Khaya Mthethwa and many more. He has also been selected in the Standard Bank Youth Jazz Band and is part of the UKZN Jazz Legacy ensemble which has twice been invited to perform at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in the USA.
Sphelelo Mazibuko Born into a musical family, (grandmother asinger, father a vocalist and guitarist, three brothers also musicians), it was inevitable that Sphelelo Mazibuko would also feel and inherit the passion for music. Sphelelo also known amongst his peers as “Lelo” was born in the Northern KwaZulu-Natal town called Newcastle. He taught himself how to play drums at the age of 14 and, later got his formal training at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he read for his BA Music and Media degree under the tutelage of faculty director Neil Gonsalves. He has played with Lloyd Cele, the legendary Dorothy Masuka, UKZN Big Band, Dr Mageshen Naidoo, bassist Philani Ngidi, Naima Kay, Sfiso Ncwane and many other artists. He has also played with UKZN Jazz Legacy ensemble which has twice been invited to perform at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in the USA
Prince Bulo is a versatile bassist and composer who derives his musical style from a diverse range of influences. His love for music became evident at the age of 15 when he began learning the piano at church, whilst also juggling a promising soccer career. Due to a sporting injury he spent more time playing and making music which led him to naturally hanging his boots for the love of music. Prince graduated ‘cum laude’ in Jazz Composition, Arranging and Performance from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has produced and performed with artists like Sibongile Khumalo, Asanda Bam, Natalie Rungan, Mageshen Naidoo, Neil Gonsalves, McCoy Mrubata, Swazi Dlamini, Ernie B St Claire, Nicky Schrire and Bokani Dyer. He performed with international artists like The North Sea Big Band, Eric Arellano (USA), Mette Eker, Jeroen van Vliet, Toumas Turenen, David Back (Sweden), Mike Ruby (Canada) and shared the stage with leading jazz musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Esparanza
Spalding, Todd Gustafson, Phil Perry, Jeff Lober, Jimmy Haslip, Will Kennedy, Alexander O’Neal and Frank McComb.