Tshwane University of Technology's Faculty of Arts and Design, the University of South Africa's (UNISA) Music Foundation and the Mzansi Philharmonic, South Africa's national orchestra, have joined creative forces to present a ground-breaking concert titled Bolly-Jazz Symphonic Encounter. The concert is scheduled to take place on 16 March 2024 at 19:00 at the UNISA ZK Matthews Hall.

This innovative event presents a fusion of South African, Indian and African music and dance, offering a unique celebration of our cultural diversity and unity through the arts.

The concert aims to bring together different cultures, with the energetic rhythms of Bollywood, the elegance of jazz, and the rich heritage of South African music.

 The line-up will include performances by Prof Nalini Moodley, Executive Dean: TUT Faculty of Arts and Design; TUT dancers; Dr Roland Moses, TUT Performing Arts lecturer and celebrated jazz musician; Prof Chats Devroop, Research Professor and internationally acclaimed musician at TUT’s Faculty of Arts and Design; Prof Mageshen Naidoo, internationally renowned jazz artist and co-ordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of Pretoria; Nthabysang, one of South Africa’s most up-and-coming singing stars; Siddharthiya Pillay, dancer from the University of KwaZulu Natal; and a string ensemble and rhythm section drawn from the finest talents in Gauteng, and many more.

“The Bolly-Jazz Symphonic Encounter is a blend of different musical styles and traditions that celebrates our South African essence. This event offers an unrivalled musical experience that combines the vibrancy of Bollywood music and dance, combined with the refined essence of South African and popular music. It also serves as a platform for the celebration of cultural diversity and unity,” says Prof Devroop, who played a pivotal role in the conceptualisation of the event.

UNISA ZK Matthews Hall, renowned for its outstanding acoustics, will provide an immersive experience for an audience of music lovers and cultural explorers.

More than just a concert, this event is a milestone in South Africa's cultural landscape, inviting attendees to experience the transformative power of music and dance.

Join us for an evening of artistic innovation and cultural exploration.

Tickets are priced at R180, with a special rate of R140 for senior citizens, ensuring accessibility to a wide audience.

Tickets will be available at the door.

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