Zim Ngqawana

Zim Ngqawana

Zim Ngqawana, composer/saxophonist/flautist, was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  He has recorded five CDs, San Song, Zimology, Ingoma, Zimphonic Suites, Vadzimu.  Three of them received South African Music Awards (SAMA).  Zim has composed for theatre, dance companies, films, as well as a commission (with Darius Brubeck) for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, “Let the Freedom Ring Suite.”  He also wrote music and conducted a 100-piece Drums for Peace Orchestra for the Nelson Mandela Presidential Inauguration in 1994.  In the course of his career, Zim has worked with Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masakela, Miriam Makeba, Max Roach, Yusef Lateef, and David Murray.

In 2004-05, Zim lectured in Jazz Studies at KwaZulu Natal University.  He served as Artist-in-Residence for the University of Tennessee’s Africa Semester in 2003, with return visits to the School of Music in May 2004 and August 2006.  Zim’s recent concert tours include Cuba, Russia, France, Sweden, Finland, Nigeria, and Israel.  His current projects involve the Zimphonic Ourchestra (a 56-piece jazz, classical, rap, hip-hop band), and the Zimology Institute, which seeks to promote a holistic approach to music education, invoking such indigenous African concepts as ingoma.  Zim’s forthcoming recordings include a live concert at UT, and one with Newtopia Project (France).

Name: Zim

Genre: Jazz

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