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Jazz lecturer Mrs Debbie Mari (left) will perform with School of Arts music students (right) for an evening of love and celebration through music on Valentine’s Day.

Songs of Love at UKZN Jazz Centre this Valentine’s Day

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music presents Songs of Love this Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, 14 February) featuring students from the School of Arts in a concert filled with songs to remind everyone that the world needs a lot more love!

Performers are Wandithanda Makandula, Nduduso Khulwayo, Nombuso Ratsha, Nosihe Zulu, Nomfundo Cele, Sanele Khubisa, Andiswa Maduna, Nomthandazo Madiya and Siphelele Mthiyane.

Also on stage is Durban vocalist and UKZN Jazz lecturer Debbie Mari.

Said Mari: ‘Mary J. Blige, Ricky-Lee , Bob Marley, the Beatles and many others sang about the need for love – not just romantic love but to love ourselves, our family, our friends, our animals and our environment. If we take a few moments each day to practice gratitude and to celebrate love in all its forms, we have the power to spread positivity and there’s no better way to do this than with a meaningful song!’

In the repertoire are love songs, celebratory songs, jazz treatments of much-loved pop songs and a few South African favourites.

Accompanying the students are Tazlo Jacobs, Sihle Mkhize and Obekeng Thamage (piano), Freeman Gumede (bass), Lesedi Tlholoe (drums), Moghethisi Nkotsi (trombone) and Sinalo Zulu (trumpet).

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) is on Level 2, Shepstone Building on the UKZN Howard College Campus in Durban. Entrance is R80 reducing to R50 for pensioners and R25 for students with a student card.

Doors open at 5.30pm and the performance starts at 6pm.

For more information contact Thulile Zama at email: or phone: 031-2603385