Native Rhythms does South Africa proud at the Shanghai Expo
It’s been a good year for Native Rhythms and its artists. Native Rhythms was appointed to plan and executive the cultural and music programme at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.
The Shanghai Expo, which started in May and will only finish in October this year, has seen an array of artists performing at dedicated South African concerts coinciding with its national days. South Africa’s Mandela Day, July 18, also saw Zuluboy and Pu2ma joining artists such as Gloria Bosman, Afro Tenors, Tidal Waves and Blk Jks. Zuluboy rocked the Mandela Concert whilst Pu2ma performed at the infamous JZ Club where crème de la crème of jazz musicians have set foot.
Noukoumunda El Hadj Cissoko, who travelled from Paris to join Zuluboy’s band as Kora player, also conducted master classes at the JZ School, teaching Chinese the art of Kora and djembe drum.
Native Rhythms has already taken artists such as Jimmy Dludlu and Nothembi for Africa Day, Danny K and Thembi Seete for Youth Day, Thandiswa Mazwai, Deborah Fraser, Sibongile Khumalo, Loveline Madumo and Chomee for Women’s Day to the Expo. Ringo Madlingozi and Mahotella Queens will on Heritage Day, whilst the Gauteng Jazz Orchestra featuring Jonas Gwangwa, Don Laka as well as Shaluza Max Mntambo with Malatji will conclude South Africa’s cultural expedition in October.